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Hello everybody,
I am a 14 year old from southern Ontario. I play a lot of hockey and in the off season I change to golf. The problem with this is I need to pick one or the other to pursue in an attempt to make it to the pros. The best round of golf I have ever had was when i shot an 88. I believe that this is rarely good considering that I only golf about 10 times a year. I was hoping that you guys could give me feedback on if you think that it would be a possibility to become a pro golfer. Thanks
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One way to look at is, Pro Hockey players sustain more injuries than golfers do. In fact I worked on a former pro hockey players home, you may know the name, Rob Blake, formerly of the L.A. Kings. At the time he had a hip replacement, which happened later in his career, also many of his pro hockey friends had injuries too. Golfers do suffer some injuries, but not as bad as hockey players.

 

Also, you still have time to decide what you'd like to do, if your that good at hockey, and not as good at golf, then hockey may be the sport to work at, if it's golf, then work at that. I doubt anyone can advise you what's best for you at this point in your life. at 14 you should be having fun and not worrying so much about what you will do in 10 yrs, time goes by way to fast, have some fun while your still a teenager.

 

Whatever you do, best of luck to you, and welcome to the TST.

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Only you can decide which sport you really want to pursue.  Hockey and Golf seem about as different as two sports can be, one is very much a team sport, the other is you solo.  One is in your face rough and tumble action, the other is quiet and contemplative in comparison.  Perhaps these differences can help you decide which is more your style.  I will say that I suspect that outside the ranks of actual successful tour golfers and active members of pro hockey teams, there are probably a lot more long term careers centered around golf than hockey.

 

Which ever sport you decide on, please keep in mind that the competition is fierce and the chances of some kind of injury that may sideline you are very real, more so in hockey I guess.  So don't forget to keep up with your education, even if you have your sights set on playing pro sports of one kind or another.  You may need a fall back plan.

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Just my opinion but there's no way a 14 year old should be even thinking seriously about "a possibility to become a pro golfer" (or a pro in any sport).

 

Seems to be a whole lot of that going around.

 

Play a sport because you love it and for no other reason. If you hit the lottery and turn out to be one of the best in the world that's great. Not likely to happen though.

 

Most of us probably played games in the backyard as kids where we were hitting a game winning home run in game 7 of the World Series, making a buzzer beater to win the NBA Championship, or making the winning putt in the Masters, but we knew it was just a silly childhood game and not likely to ever actually happen.

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Hello everybody,
I am a 14 year old from southern Ontario. I play a lot of hockey and in the off season I change to golf. The problem with this is I need to pick one or the other to pursue in an attempt to make it to the pros. The best round of golf I have ever had was when i shot an 88. I believe that this is rarely good considering that I only golf about 10 times a year. I was hoping that you guys could give me feedback on if you think that it would be a possibility to become a pro golfer. Thanks

 

Possible yes, the chances are slim, I wont say its a no. 

 

You will need to put in the dedication and effort to have any sort of shot. I mean shot, I don't mean guarantee. You could put in 4 hours a day for the next 5 years and not make the PGA tour. So its the risk versus reward you are going to have to make yea. Do you want to put in the amount of effort knowing you might not make it. That's just how it goes, but it could be a great journey for you. Making it would be an amazing accomplishment. 

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