Re: What it Takes to Go Pro
Originally Posted by mdvaldosta
Ideally, the original poster (OP) would have started his quest as a child. Since that is no longer possible, here are some other options:Practice Time
- Depending on your financial situation, this could be the dream-killer. If you don't have to work for a living, you need to practice golf like it's a full-time job - at least 8 hours a day. To facilitate this, you should have been born wealthy, or recently sold an Internet-related business. Another option - get sponsors. Convince other people to support you for the next couple of years, so you can practice and not have to work a job. Offer them a percentage of your winnings.
If these ideas don't work out, it's possible to work a job, and then practice after work and weekends. Please budget for the upcoming divorce and child-support payments. Also, the job cannot be any kind of job that requires you to be "on call" or carry a blackberry. When you are not working you need to be 100% focused on golf. Or if your wife is game, SHE can work and support your golf dream. Then once you turn pro YOU can divorce HER and hook up with a younger model.Proper Technique
- My opinion - you will need to hire a coach to guide your practice and improvement. The fact that you're on a message board asking about going pro tells me you have NO IDEA what it takes, and how to get there. So you need a coach - ideally one who has coached pros. Forget Leadbetter and Haney - your budget cannot handle those guys, and you don't need that level of instruction yet, anyway. Get someone from the next tier.Natural Ability
- Hard to tell how important this is. Since most pros started playing as kids, it's difficult to know if they were naturally gifted as golfers, or benefited from the fact that everything comes easier if you start it as a child. Probably if you looked at current tour pros, you will find a spectrum of athletic ability - some who played multiple sports in high school, and others who played golf so they wouldn't get picked on by the football players. I wouldn't worry too much about this - after all, there is no one on tour built like Terrell Owens.