I see this phrase often in messages here; how people have been playing for awhile but are now "getting serious" about golf. I practice 4+ times per week and play 1-3 times on the weekends during the summer months. In my spare time, I read this golf message board. While I enjoy learning about the game and improving, it's just a hobby. When I was a little younger, this free time was spent playing video games, but I wasn't "serious" about video games (except when I was yelling at my Nintendo guys to tackle Bo Jackson). I know a lot of people who spend 20+ hours per week watching sports, but they aren't "serious" about it.
To me, "being serious" means dedicating yourself to golf as a profession and making it your full-time job. Considering we haven't seen more than a couple pick up the game late in life and turn pro (and defy all odds), what does "being serious" mean to people on this message board?