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I gotta say after 4 weeks of playing tournaments every weekend WHEW! The preparation, the practice and the fatigue of holding down a job and 1/2, wife and kids ... then tournaments on the weekends.. I AM EXHAUSTED!

For all of you out there that bang it out every weekend and tour at am and pro levels both,

Hat's off to you!

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The touring Pros are amazing. If they don't win this week then they might not have the money for gas and entry fees to play the tourney next weekend. That is a kind of pressure most of us don't experience.

The touring Pros come to a new town and a course they have never seen. All they have to do is beat the local Pros who know every blade of grass on their home course and the prevailing winds and the weird little spots where you are screwed if you go there. Don't forget that the local Pros are motivated as heck to beat the Big Name Touring Pros so they can brag about it forever.

I have, on occasion, been on the road for a couple or a few weeks. Then I am SO ready to go home and sleep in my own bed and get back to normal life. I remember talking to a Touring Pro Road Warrior who had lived on the road for 5 years and asked him how he put up with it. He told me he preferred the road because he didn't want to live in a "BOX". A Box!, I exclaimed, that box has a soft bed, a real shower, air conditioning and all the comforts of home, because, after all, it is home. He told me that no matter how nice the box was, it was still a box.

When an average disc golfer gets done with a tournament he has to drive home: maybe a couple hours away. The Touring Pro's next stop might be across the country and they cannot afford the luxury of a hotel room in the cheapest dirt-bag hotel.

When you think about the talent and the sacrifice and the dedication of these players, if they weren't disc golfers there might be a charity drive to help them like other "homeless" unfortunates. Instead they are respected an envied because they play the game we all love so much better than we do.
That really puts things in perspective and explains everything really well. I kind of expected it coming from you.
Just playing 10 events in my state took alot out of me.
Yeah, thanks Mark, it does really put things in perspective. I just went on a weekend trip across the state to Ludington to play Mason County Park and Leviathon. Those courses are huge and we were beat after playing them, not to mention is was out first time over there and it took some work before we could even throw some of the holes. Searching for the basket is lame, it takes away from the concentration. We lodged at the Nova Motel in Ludington and went to Hickory Hills the next morning. All that driving made us stiff as hell and we did not perform well.

All in all it was a great trip and a ton of fun but I was glad to get home. Those guys must sacrifice a ton to do what they do. It has to hard on the body, mind, and spirit. I must say though, I would do it if I was that good. Im not sure how long I would last, but I would do it.

When I win the lottery, I will buy a small motorhome so I have all the luxuries of home on the road with me!!
Not to mention the field work they need to keep up on as well ie putting, distance, up shots
and finding a place to do it week after week in different locations. I went to a clinic with Des and Jay Reading at the throw shop, They had an RV with them that I thought they must have stayed in, but then it just had a bunch of boxes in it from what I saw. Can't imagine they sleep in there often.

Also Eirik I think you told me at one point you were working 80 hours a week? That is not a job and 1/2. You could get your kids into AM 4 events and let them start playing. They could be mini Nate Doss's in the making.

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