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I'm a 10 handicap now Used to be a 3 Didn't golf for a year Will be a 3-6 very shortly can you guys think of anybody my age, going pro when they are 30? I'm 26 with a crazy work ethic, thinking I'll be pro when I'm 30-33. Anybody follow igolftv? Awesome guy! Zack

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If you have enough money to not need a job for the next 7-8 years I'd  say you have a chance of playing on one of the smaller tours. PGA Tour is pretty much out of the question.

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Welcome to the site, there is a wealth of information here that can assist you on your journey.

If you do a search on here you'll find numerous threads (similar to yours) from different individuals asking about their chances of going pro.  It seems we get these questions a few times a month and they all end up the same.  Numerous posters will state the facts about the difficulty of making the Tour and the huge variance between being a scratch golfer and pro level which usually is not received well by the OP.  A 3-6 HI won't win you a club championship at most country clubs so until you get to scratch and better you won't even be considered a top amateur.

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There are different levels of being involved in golf. Let me put it this way. I know guys who shoot in the mid-upper 60s who are working behind the cash registers at driving ranges because they're not good enough for the tour. That is no joke. I know guys who are on a smaller tour and shoot in the low 60s on that and they can't make it on the major tour.

You're a 10 handicap, but you want to be a professional golfer? Have you considered working in other aspects of the game? There are ways of being involved in golf that do not require you to play at world class levels.

I made a run at being a concert pianist at the age of 26. I was very good. I got to the equivalent of a scratch golfer on the piano. I didn't stand a chance. A career cannot be made on one piano concerto and three solo pieces.

If you were 13 years old, I'd say go for it. Hire a coach and take lessons and practice year round. Study hard and get good grades.

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A lot of negativity.. Lol is that because all yall didn't make it? Or didn't have the money to do so? I own a gym and that opens my schedule to golf or at least practice 7 days a week, for as long as I keep my gym open. Went out yesterday and shot +4 with 5 three puts, now that is my best round in the month I've picked up this game again. now this is after not playing for 2 years, Ill probably be scratch by the end of this year. I'll keep yall updated, and stop hating, would love some feedback on the best route to take! Thanks!!

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A lot of negativity.. Lol is that because all yall didn't make it? Or didn't have the money to do so? I own a gym and that opens my schedule to golf or at least practice 7 days a week, for as long as I keep my gym open. Went out yesterday and shot +4 with 5 three puts, now that is my best round in the month I've picked up this game again. now this is after not playing for 2 years, Ill probably be scratch by the end of this year. I'll keep yall updated, and stop hating, would love some feedback on the best route to take! Thanks!!

Rule #1. Don't ask questions, if you don't want to hear the answer.

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A lot of negativity.. Lol is that because all yall didn't make it? Or didn't have the money to do so? I own a gym and that opens my schedule to golf or at least practice 7 days a week, for as long as I keep my gym open. Went out yesterday and shot +4 with 5 three puts, now that is my best round in the month I've picked up this game again. now this is after not playing for 2 years, Ill probably be scratch by the end of this year. I'll keep yall updated, and stop hating, would love some feedback on the best route to take! Thanks!!

Seriously, this isn't "find your rainbow.com". This is a large golf website/forum with many professionals and just plain smart people. We come from all over the world and many, many different professions. We all love golf to a profound level of near insanity. The advice you get here is honest and straight to the point. @Shorty pretty much sId it straight. Pursuing your goal is your business. It's entirely up to you. Dedicate yourself 100% for the next year and keep us posted. You will get wonderful advice all the way. But please understand if you want someone to snow job ya and tell you what an inspirational big dreamer you are, there are websites just for that. Good luck bro. Work hard and keep us all posted on your progress.

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A lot of negativity.. Lol is that because all yall didn't make it? Or didn't have the money to do so? I own a gym and that opens my schedule to golf or at least practice 7 days a week, for as long as I keep my gym open. Went out yesterday and shot +4 with 5 three puts, now that is my best round in the month I've picked up this game again. now this is after not playing for 2 years, Ill probably be scratch by the end of this year. I'll keep yall updated, and stop hating, would love some feedback on the best route to take! Thanks!!

No hating here, you came into the forum and asked a question we've been asked hundreds of times by strangers like you who don't post swing videos, don't have any real competitive experience and in your case hasn't even reached scratch golfer level and you want us to tell you that you're going to be a pro?

You own a gym, so if I posted to you that I'm 6'1 and 220lbs and want to be a professional body builder, I have some decent muscle mass and plan to work hard and take vitamins, what do you think my chances are of making it to Mr. Universe what would your response be?

There's no way in the world for us to assess your ability given the information you provided but the reality is the odds are stacked against you (and everyone else) but that doesn't mean you shouldn't try if that's what you want to do.

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I think nobody can say which is true. It's up to you.

If you strive to make out, you can. Otherwise, it'll remain as empty words or day dream.

How do you think what you are doing for becoming pro now? May have answer in it.

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Height? Weight? Competitive Experience? Swing video?

Also depends on what kind of pro, odds that you make it to the PGA tour are slim to none and thats just the truth, but get to play on some mini tours or something of that nature could happen.

Doesn't really matter what people on the internet say it comes down to how well you do and how hard you work, anything can happen but odds are not in your favor. I would suggest reading Paper Tiger and start learning as much as you can about pretty much everything in golf.

Also to the people who said there are other jobs in golf can you guys let me know what they are and how well they pay. I am 17 and have one more year until college but trying to figure out what I want to do with my life. I am thinking something in the medical field but if I could make decent money doing golf or something in the golf related field that would be sweet.

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Height? Weight? Competitive Experience? Swing video?

Also depends on what kind of pro, odds that you make it to the PGA tour are slim to none and thats just the truth, but get to play on some mini tours or something of that nature could happen.

Doesn't really matter what people on the internet say it comes down to how well you do and how hard you work, anything can happen but odds are not in your favor. I would suggest reading Paper Tiger and start learning as much as you can about pretty much everything in golf.

Also to the people who said there are other jobs in golf can you guys let me know what they are and how well they pay. I am 17 and have one more year until college but trying to figure out what I want to do with my life. I am thinking something in the medical field but if I could make decent money doing golf or something in the golf related field that would be sweet.

First off, what's your definition of "decent money"?

One of the guys who works in my home course's pro shop is a plus handicap and made it as far as a short stint on the Web.com tour, fighting through qualifiers and spending more than he was making.  He's now around 34 years old and makes $15 an hour to fold shirts and ring up green fees.  A young lady a couple years older than you went through a golf professional school (which wasn't cheap!) and got her PGA Instructor certification.  Her goal was to eventually get on the LPGA Tour.  She too ended up working in the pro shop and teaching lessons/clinics on the side for a little extra cash.

To make "decent money" you'd probably have to either become a high profile, highly-sought instructor (think Hank Haney, Butch Harmon, etc.) in an area with plenty of clientele willing to pay for your services, or maybe be an elite course designer or something of that nature.  I'm sure some course/country club owners are raking it in, but they had to have money to buy the course in the first place.  Maybe I just don't hang out at the right courses, but it seems to me that very few people in the golf industry (outside of the top PGA Tour pros) are making the big bucks.

As to the OP - chase your dream if you have the means to do so.  Not saying you won't make it, but the odds are millions to one against you.  A lot of very, very good golfers with "crazy work ethics" who were scratch or better handicaps long before they were 26 years old have tried and fallen short.  There are plenty of scratch and plus handicaps right here on this board who will tell you (from their own personal experience) that the difference between a scratch golfer and a PGA Pro is bigger than the difference between a scratch golfer and a 15 handicap.  That's not negativity or "hating", that's just reality.  If nothing else, you'll have some great stories to tell.  I love listening to the stories from our 34-year old Web.com guy in the pro shop - as he sells beer and candy bars and makes a fresh pot of coffee for 15 bucks an hour.

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A lot of negativity.. Lol is that because all yall didn't make it? Or didn't have the money to do so? I own a gym and that opens my schedule to golf or at least practice 7 days a week, for as long as I keep my gym open. Went out yesterday and shot +4 with 5 three puts, now that is my best round in the month I've picked up this game again. now this is after not playing for 2 years, Ill probably be scratch by the end of this year. I'll keep yall updated, and stop hating, would love some feedback on the best route to take! Thanks!!

It's just because making it as a tour player is extremely difficult. You basically have to be able to shoot in the mid 60's from the tips at any course you tee it up at. Your chance of making it would be very slim even if you were currently a scratch golfer. There are A LOT of good players out there that will never tee it up on the PGA Tour. Not trying to be negative, just realistic.

Check out this thread, will give you an idea of what you need to do.

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A lot of negativity.. Lol is that because all yall didn't make it? Or didn't have the money to do so? I own a gym and that opens my schedule to golf or at least practice 7 days a week, for as long as I keep my gym open. Went out yesterday and shot +4 with 5 three puts, now that is my best round in the month I've picked up this game again. now this is after not playing for 2 years, Ill probably be scratch by the end of this year. I'll keep yall updated, and stop hating, would love some feedback on the best route to take! Thanks!!

Check out @Nosevi http://thesandtrap.com/t/80287/petes-programme-single-digit-to-tour-player thread.

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Hi Zack. You asked for a player that made it about your age. Don't know your actual skill sets but you may want to study Tommy "Two Glove" who had to grind his way to status. There is a progression to follow - as with most sports. Glad your in the position your in with the gym at your age and just caution don't let one dream go for another without careful consideration. Gainey working on I think $70k this year so its its not a money pot for lot of them. Start playing with scratch players if you can to see how they can turn up the heat on you when they need to. "Gainey turned professional in 1997, and for the next several years played golf on smaller tours in the southern United States. Gainey won four events on the Egolf Tarheel Tour, two in 2006 and one in 2007. He also won an event on the NGA Hooters Tour, and he played on the Gateway Tour.[2] In 2005, Gainey appeared on the Golf Channel's show The Big Break IV: USA vs. Europe, being eliminated in the sixth episode. He would return to the show in 2007 for The Big Break VII: Reunion at Reunion, which he won. In 2007, Gainey played four events on the Nationwide Tour and recorded one top-ten finish. At the end of the 2007 season, he earned a PGA Tour card through graduating from Q-School, finishing the six rounds T-19, after going through all three elimination stages of qualifying, a total of 14 rounds. That made him the first Big Break alumnus to earn a PGA Tour card."

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I'm a 10 handicap now

Used to be a 3

Didn't golf for a year

Will be a 3-6 very shortly

can you guys think of anybody my age, going pro when they are 30?

I'm 26 with a crazy work ethic, thinking I'll be pro when I'm 30-33.

Anybody follow igolftv? Awesome guy!

Zack

What @mvmac said.

Get your handicap down to a +4 to +6 and you'll have a shot. You need to shave 16 strokes off your handicap in 4-5 years.

You might want to do the following,

Hit the ball over 285 yards with only 2.5 to 4 degrees of accuracy.

Hit 67% GIR, on courses ranging from 7200 to 7500 yards.

Scramble 55% of the time or better.

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