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So I have been contemplating being a pro at this day and age in the PDGA era, and I have come to some conclusions.
1. We make absolutly no money to support ourselves as the pro payouts are generally terrible.
2. Unless you tour to hit the 'big' events, don't quit your day job.
Why is this? Why is ball golf supporting so many pros and disc golf is not? I have heard the no corporate sponsors bit and agree, but why is this sport so cheap for pros?
What do you think about making the sport cheap for ams and casuals but somehow upping the ante for professionals. Start pay to play at some of the better courses and increasing entry fees substantially at tournaments. If you want to pay 40 bucks to play a tourney, play am, have fun goofing around and make open pro more serious.
What does everyone think?
This issue has been bantered about before. The only 'Pro' I ever heard say he was making "enough money" off Disc Golf related income alone was Avery Jenkins. All others seem to have a real job somewhere or are college students & living at home.
My opinion is that it's just not popular enough yet. A bunch more people (that really like disc golf) are needed! I'm recruiting new people as often as I can.
I'm sure Kenny is doing OK ($$) too. I just never heard him say it!
I did see a post by AJ stating that he was doing just fine living off of Disc Golf related income
Chuck- Those are some great points, and I always felt the same way when I was into ball golf, I wanted to be playing instead of watching.
I think each of the top 20 touring pros should go out and be responsible to raise 20K each by way of professional endorsement of Keene shoes, North Face Shoes, Budweiser Beer, Captain Morgan Rum, Chev Cruze cars, Frito Lay Chips, Red Lobster, Denny's etc etc and make a few video ads for them ....... take the 400,000 and have 4 events to play for the cash .... the All Pro Pro Endorsement Tour ...... Innova and Discraft should put in 100 K each too ....... promote it on ESPN, use tape delay edited telecasts by disc golf monthly on camera friendly courses - even temp courses set up on ball courses day before PGA televised events , use their cameras and ball tracking cameras to catch the excitement ..... try it for a year and see what happens ...... then you'll know ... what's to lose?
How bout Disc Golf at the X Games? Regular 3 day format, but the first day is a ProAm and they use other X Game participants and celebrities like they do at the Pebble Beach ProAm in ball golf.
Travis Pastrana (Moto X)
Shaun White (Snowboarder/ Skatreboarder)
Pauly Shore (Comedian)
Billy Baldwin (Actor/ Comedian)
Our brightest with their best and most adventerous, I'd go watch that.
After 2 holes. I'd change the channel.
Need some ramps, obstacles in the way.
Make it cool.
How about a basket at the top of the vert ramp?