Finding a calling in life does not come at the same time for everyone. A lot of people know what they want to do from an early age and they spend most of their early years trying to achieve that dream. There are also those who are uncertain about what it is they want to do with their lives so they drift and do the best they can until they figure it out.
There is also a third group that is a bit more special and peculiar. They already found what they want to do and they are doing it, day in and day out. However, they are very passionate about a certain activity or hobby. For the luckiest and/or the most hardworking of them, that activity or hobby can become a legitimate source of income.
Being an amateur and turning pro in any area is worth every praise, let alone a sport that is an established competitive one with millions of dollars in even the smaller tournaments. Of course, being a professional does not only mean competing against the best and becoming a star athlete.
A pro is someone who earns money for what they are doing, and it can be golf for a lot of players who are better than average. In this article, we talk about potentially becoming a pro golfer but starting as a complete amateur. For something like this, there needs to be a guide, and that is exactly what we have in store for you here.
Important Tips for Beginners
No matter the thing, beginners (and therefore amateurs) have a lot to learn. Getting the hang of things, learning the ropes, call it what you will. One thing that is certain is that there is a whole field of advice to reap. Here are some tips for the beginner golfers among you to instantly put you on the right path:
- Get the right equipment: First and foremost, you will need a set of quality golf clubs that are suited to your height and swing. Do not waste time trying out bargain and budget options and focus on something good. You can get fitted at a golf store or by a veteran. You will also need golf balls, tees, golf shoes, and a golf bag. The sooner you get used to it all, the better.
- Learn swing basics: The golf swing is a complex and diverse move that can be done in a lot of ways. It is important to learn the basics to get started as well s to try out different ones. You can take lessons from a golf pro or find instructional videos online. Asking around when you see something you like is also good. However, try to find your own niche.
- Practice consistently: Golf requires a ton of practice to improve your skills and develop muscle memory. You can practice at a driving range, putting green, or even in your backyard. A lot of people practice putting in their offices!
- Understand golf etiquette: Golf has its own set of rules and etiquette that pros have to oblige by. There are things you should do, must do, and mustn’t do. You should learn the basics like repairing divots, raking bunkers, and not talking during someone’s swing. All of this will make you a better player in the end and prepare you for more serious games.
- Play with others: Golf is a social sport and playing with others is not only a fun way to learn and improve your skills but how the game is meant to be played. You can join a local golf club or find a group of friends to play with. Playing alone is good for practice, but you need competition and a lot of it. Such a challenging sport is enjoyable and rewarding, but you need to beat those better than you to improve.
From Amateur to Pro
Now that we are done with the basics, here are some real tips on how to eventually go pro from being just another golf amateur enthusiast who plays at the weekends.
Set Clear Goals
The first step to advancing your golf career is to set clear goals that you will then follow. This includes determining what you want to achieve, both in the short and the long term. It could be improving your handicap, finessing your skills, or becoming a professional golfer, but having specific goals in mind will help guide your efforts.
Practice (and Play) Consistently
Consistent practice is essential for improving your golf game just like anything else. This of course includes practicing your swing, putting, and chipping. Consider working with a golf coach or taking lessons to help you identify areas where you need improvement. Play as often as you can too, as practice can only do so much for you.
Play in Tournaments
If you have professional aspirations, participating in golf tournaments is a great way to test your skills and gain experience. Tourneys include local club tournaments, amateur events, and eventually, professional tournaments where you can really expand your game.
Keep in mind that tournaments can be a nerve-wracking experience, but it is valuable and will help you develop your game. Eventually, tournaments will be where you play for the most part.
Build a Network
Networking is important in any career, business, or sport, and golf is no exception. The game is highly sociable and most courses are also prestigious clubs where you can meet important people.
This includes building relationships with other golfers, coaches, and industry professionals, but also potential partnership deals and sponsors. Consider joining a golf club, attending golf conferences, and connecting with others on social media.
While we are on the topic of engaging more, you should also keep up with the latest trends and developments in the entire golf industry. Living and breathing golf comes in a lot of ways, not just playing it as much as possible.
This includes reading golf magazines and websites, attending industry events, and following golf professionals on social media. Staying up-to-date on the latest equipment, techniques, and strategies will give you a big advantage.
Actually Consider Going Pro
Thinking about going pro and actually wanting to do it are two very different things. If you are serious about advancing your golf career, you must really consider turning pro and changing your life around it.
This includes competing in professional tournaments, seeking sponsorships, and working with agents. Keep in mind that becoming a professional golfer requires a significant amount of time, dedication, and hard work. Again, it does not mean being a star but it does allow comfortable living of your game.
Take Care of Your Body
Last but definitely not least, you must take care of your health, body, and mind. Golf is a physical sport and exercising and eating healthy are essential for long-term success.
This includes a healthy and balanced diet, getting enough rest, and staying in shape. Consider working with a personal trainer or fitness coach to develop a golf-focused workout routine that is tailored to your needs.
Sumayya Parrish, a golf aficionado and wordsmith extraordinaire, brings her wit and wisdom to the fairways of FloridaEliteGolfTour.com. Known for her uncanny ability to turn a bogey into a birdie with her humor, she serves up engaging content that keeps readers chuckling even when their golf game has them crying.