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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?
The attitude that amateurs are the core of the sport? The attitude that catering to "pros" has drained the sport of resources that could have been better used toward grssroots development? The initiative to develop a professional mechanism (ratings) to allow players to compete and develop by playing in appropriate skill level divisions? Supporting development of the amateur merch payout system which has helped fund tournaments and contributed to added payouts for "pros?"
Whatever the org's struggles have been, they were partly overcoming the earlier mistakes of "pseudo pro-ism" echoed by oldtime "pros" like Larry who really didn't know they were missteps. They really didn't have better options at the time. Cash was simply easier to deal with for tournament prizes. Heaven forbid any TD make any money running an event in the early years since everyone took turns running them unlike most places today. But still not recognizing those mistakes now and hanging on to a glorified past continues to be a drag on the future development of our sport.