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Forum Thread of the Day: “How big of a role does coming from money play in making it as a pro golfer?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from J2putts who opens the discussion asking just how important coming from money is to join the PGA Tour. Our members discuss how money, more than other sports, helps those achieve Tour status and whether or not superior talent loses out to players with decent ability and unlimited funds.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • lumberman2462: “Deep pockets early will always have an advantage in golf.  Premium instruction at an early age means kids with means will win earlier and develop the game and confidence that will carry through to a successful career. Here’s the deal, I’ve been around golf for 40 of my 48 years…and I’ve seen it all.  Kids that grew up with not much money beating the ever living $@&” out of rich kids and seeing young players with some means at their disposal becoming good players- but not great.  The junior tours are full of the sons and daughters of Doctors, Dentists, Lawyers and whatever successful profession you can dream up… Some become ok players, and others flame out. I can’t condemn a kid because his Dad started a computer company…you still have to hit the shots and make the putts.
  • Bye: “They still have to put a score together over four days, but it can’t be understated how big an advantage it is. It costs a lot to play full time let alone paying to live as well. Being able to travel to warmer places to play and compete all year round is one of the biggest advantages.”
  • straightshot7: “Deep talent, desire and work ethic is waaaay more important. Look up all the stories of guys who hit balls in the backyard, garage into a mattress, etc.  If you have the game people will back you, too. I think you’d be really hard pressed to find a guy who had a world class game but didn’t make it because of lack of money. Unless he refused to be sponsored and quit. But that’s a choice that stopped him.  Those guys on YouTube you referenced aren’t firing 65’s on a routine basis in tournaments. Their game is what’s stopping them.  Show me someone who can consistently shoot 65-69 in tournaments, and I’ll show you 5000 guys who will sponsor his way through Q School.”
  • Shawn Paul: “I always wanted to play golf as a kid, but golf was expensive.  Neither my father or mother played golf.  I played football, basketball, baseball and ran track.  All of these sports were not expensive to play.  Eventually, my Dad’s boss gave him some old hand me down snake killers and a 5-gallon bucket of balls.  It helped me to get started, but it wasn’t until I was 21 that I played golf on an actual course. From there I didn’t start golfing for real until I was 32 years old because, in my circle of friends, nobody played golf.  In my experience, money can certainly make the difference to get started in golf.  I wanted to play my entire life but couldn’t until I had not only the means but the pipeline of friends and contacts to do so.  My son’s been playing since he was 6, now 12.  He has the head start I never had!”

Entire Thread: “Does money trump talent in helping guys achieve Tour status?”

 

 

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5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Nucking Futs

    Mar 15, 2019 at 9:39 pm

    Thanks for deleting my post!!! Clowns!

  2. Nobody likes you Tom

    Mar 13, 2019 at 6:53 pm

    If money was no a problem:
    Then I’d be easily on Tour.

  3. golfraven

    Mar 13, 2019 at 4:08 pm

    This one is very controversial.

  4. D

    Mar 13, 2019 at 11:14 am

    This is so dumb

  5. ActualFacts

    Mar 13, 2019 at 10:50 am

    Money provides easier/more convenient access to equipment, facilities, and instruction. That said, heart and tenacity will usually prevail if the talent, the ethic, and necessary support are in place.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “What has made it into your bag so far in 2019?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day discusses new equipment that has made it into the bags of our members so far in 2019. From new club additions to shaft changes, our members share the tweaks they have made so far this year and divulge what has been successful as well as what has failed to work for them.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • Jackal66: “Went from 816 DBD Alpha driver to M3. Changed Odyssey Fang putter to Scotty Cameron Newport putter. Bought a 56° wedge and it is competing with my 53° Diadic.”
  • ObiwanForAll: “Gone all in with TaylorMade clubs and UST shafts.”
  • macedan: “Successes- Ping G400 9*, thought the smaller head size may hamper my confidence, but It has performed beautifully. Mizuno ST180 16*, No words, performs as needed and looks absolutely sharp. Middle of the road- Ping G Crossover 21*, unfortunately, I fell into a swing slump across the bag not long after buying it. When my swing is on, it is one of my absolute favorites in the bag. My biggest complaint is just the appearance of the massive amount of offset.”
  • pollock21: “Been quite a year…TS3 knocked out my trusty G400 LST which was quite a feat. Now shafted with 130 Rogue Silver. I500 w/LZ 7.0 125’s experiment is on the way out. They’ve been excellent irons for me, but I just hit them obnoxiously long. Currently looking for my next set. Also dabbling with a hi-toe 60 to replace my trusty 60* Glide 2.0 stealth. So far, I’m loving it. Last change was putting in the copper spider x which knocked out my ketcsh and scotty newport 2.0.  Failed experiment so far with the flash sz fairway. Putting the trusty 16M2 back in the bag. Definitely moving on from the flash, I’m just not as consistent with it.”
  • shanx: “Took a lesson late spring and my ballstriking has improved. I ditched the Callaway X20 Pros, Cally X Forged ’07s, added Mizzy MP15s with C Taper Lites. Not sure if those shafts will work for me in the long run, but I am going to play them for a bit as I am still working on swing changes from the lesson. Rotating three drivers (2 Titleists and a Callaway Epic), thinking about going to get fit for my driver soon.”

Entire Thread: “What has made it into your bag so far in 2019?” 

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Scotty Cameron custom putter”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day showcases a custom Scotty Cameron flat-stick which has been turning heads in our forums. All facets of the putter have impressed our members who unsurprisingly would love to see the club become available at retail.

For more photos, check out the full forum thread here.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • Wdwfreak: “Just wish you could get one of these for less than a small fortune.”
  • PreppySlapCut: “Perfect.”
  • NoGimmes: “They (custom Scotty’s) are available from the California and Tokyo galleries, but as others have said, they cost a small fortune. I was at the Tokyo gallery recently, and there wasn’t a putter under $2500.”

Entire Thread: “Scotty Cameron custom putter”

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Forum Thread of the Day: “One driver for the rest of your life – what would it be?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from DCMorgan89 who asks an intriguing question – if you could only play one driver for the rest of your life, what would it be? Our members weigh in with their choices, with plenty of different drivers receiving a mention.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • JDMRN81: “G400 Max with an AD TP shaft and it’s not even close! Incredibly forgiving, low spin with a laser mid-flight.”
  • Valtiel: “I’m someone who rarely changes drivers. Several years ago it would have been a 910D3 as well, and I still plan on building up another one sometime soon. I’m hoping it will be the Mizuno ST190, but we’ll see!”
  • LONGBALL777: “Callaway Big Berta Fusion. Straightest driver ever!”
  • regiwstruk: “ST190. Just has it all.”

Entire Thread: “One driver for the rest of your life – what would it be?”

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