If you love playing golf, then there’s a huge chance that you’ve dreamt about going pro. In fact, there’s a huge chance that you’ve also daydreamed about it even at work. Don’t worry, that’s nothing to be ashamed of. We’ve all done that. That’s just human nature. But that daydream you’ve been having isn’t really impossible you know. It can become a reality. In order to do that though, you have to throw caution to the wind and go all in. This kind of decision must not be taken lightly. As with any sport that you wish to be a professional at, it will require hard work. In fact, it can be considered back breaking work.
So, if you decide to pursue that dream, the first thing you need to do is to strengthen your resolve. Before anything else, you have to prepare yourself mentally. Once your mental state is prepared to take on this huge undertaking, you can then proceed on doing the actual work. Preparing yourself mentally is especially important if you did not start playing golf at a young age. That’s because the ideal situation to start becoming a pro golfer is if you start young. If you decide to do this though later in life though, don’t despair, it is still totally possible. As we’ve said, it just takes more work.
Now that we’ve established that, the next thing you need to do is as follows:
Build Your Fundamentals
This is the starting point of your journey to becoming a professional golfer. You might think that you have this covered because you know, you already know how to play the game. That can’t be farther from the truth. You have to approach this like you are starting all over again. It will actually work to your advantage when you deconstruct your technique and figure out if they follow the basics. You see, the title professional golfer really means that you’ve mastered the basics that you can even do it in your sleep.
So, with that in mind, you need to re-examine all your basic skills. What we’ve found to be helpful is to make a checklist. You can do something like this:
- Swing (Drive, iron, pitch, and chip shots, as well as putting)
- Strategies for your game
Of course, the only way to really get a handle on this is to learn from another professional. If you can get a professional golfer to help you out with this, you are one lucky guy. Otherwise, hiring an instructor will do (because you know, instructors do know their stuff). Just make sure that the instructors you chose have the proper credentials so you won’t waste your money and time.
After you’ve deconstructed your skills, it’s time to relearn them. You need to do them the proper way. The key to building a solid base for basic skills is repetition. You have to keep practicing the drills that your instructor gives you until every movement is ingrained in your body. Every movement must become muscle memory for you. So that means you will have to spend a lot of time on the golf course. Be prepared to also get equipment that will help you practice at home. That’s a more practical approach. Actually, that is one smart move. The best way to ingrain the proper movements to your technique is to do it as frequently as possible. And what better way to do that than at home? So, we recommend you also get home golf practice gears. This can include hitting mats, pop-up nets and practice balls. Practicing your putting techniques at home can also be very useful. You can get yourself a putting mat, and keep practicing at home.
But, (yes there is a but) practicing at home can only do so much. You also have to hit the green and play a few round on a regular basis. By mixing up your routine, you are actually training your body to be used to different situations. This is very useful because if you ever become a pro, you will have to play different tournaments and that means different conditions and situations. So, what you are really doing is you are preparing your body for the rigors of a professional golfer.
This is the first stage to becoming a pro golfer. Once you’ve established your solid fundamentals, it is time to kick it up a notch.
Develop A Consistent Practice Routine
If in case it is not clear to you, practice is what makes a golfer better. So, in order to become a professional golfer, you have to improve your game. The only way to do that is to practice on a consistent basis. You should develop a practice routine to make sure that you have applied what you have learned when you where building your fundamentals. The time you dedicate to practice your short game is a valuable investment to becoming a pro golfer. But it doesn’t stop there. You have to hit the fairways and greens as well. You can start by allotting 10 hours a week in the golf course. Practice a variety of situations and conditions when you are in the golf course. You have to understand, this is the only way for you to truly master the skills you need to go pro. So, during those ten hours, master your full swing, pitch, chip, lob, bunker, approach wedge and putting skills. That’s why you need to spend time in a golf course, because that’s the only place you can practice those skills. Your home practice tools can only do so much.
The work doesn’t stop there though. Those ten hours that you spend every week must increase gradually. A great goal is to gradually increase the time you spend on the golf course to 20 hours per week. It doesn’t have to be a sudden shift. We understand that it can sometimes be hard to move around your schedule. So, you can commit to that amount of practice every week as soon as you feel you have the time to do so. So take your time and don’t rush. The most important thing is you master the skills you need. Bear in mind that your golf instructor must be around those practice times in order to correct the mistakes you are doing.
Always Find Ways To Play Competitively
When we say competitively, what we mean is that you should play with as much competition as you can. You see, the world of professional golfers is all about competition, who comes out on top. The best way to prepare yourself for that is to join amateur tournaments as often as you can. Tournaments are a great measuring stick as to how well you have improved your skills. Your main goal is to win. But I’m sure you won’t be able to achieve that during your first couple of tries (unless of course if you are a prodigy). So instead, your main focus should be to always improve the results each time you join a tournament until you win one. And once you win one, your new goal should be to win again…..and again…..and again. Do you see where we are going with this?
If there are no tournaments in your area, another way to play competitively is to find a golf partner, one that would be able to raise your game. And by that, we mean someone who also knows how to play. If possible, find someone who is better than you. That way, you can push yourself to be better by trying to win against your partner every time you play. You’d be surprised how effective this kind of strategy is. If you don’t know anyone who can play with you, try checking online. There are services that can help match you with other golfers who also want to play.
Choosing The Right Gear
Of course, playing well will require that you have the necessary skills. Getting the right gear will also help you achieve better results. Therefore, choosing the right clubs for you is also a priority. The logic to this is, you need to choose the right golf clubs that will fit your technique properly. Don’t just go for the most expensive or cheapest one you can find. This takes research and a bit of trial and error honestly. Usually, golfers go through this by stages. They start out with beginner golf clubs. This is a great way to start especially if you are just starting out. You can’t expect to master your technique if you go directly to the advanced clubs. Take it one step at a time. Go get your beginner golf clubs.
You will know when it is time to move on to the intermediate level when you feel confident about your game. Again, do not rush this phase. The best indicator that you are ready to move on to the intermediate level is if you feel you’ve mastered the set and can’t get the desired results you want with them anymore. For example, if you are already very consistent with your drive and you want to get a better result, then it’s time to move on to a better driver. Do you see the pattern in that? The same goes for moving on to more advanced golf clubs. It will honestly rely on how you gauge yourself. So make sure when you analyze your game, don’t make your golf clubs as your crutch. That’s a bad habit to develop. First and foremost, your game should highly rely on your technique and not on your gear. Remember, a pro can always outplay you with a beginner set even if you play with an advanced set of clubs. So, be critical of your game and also, be honest.
Time To Go Pro
So you’ve won several amateur tournaments. You feel like a champion already. You are very confident of your game. It’s time to go to the next level. This is the final step to your journey. Going pro is the goal, so it’s time to do it. But don’t expect to play in the US Open right away. Going pro is just the start of your professional career. First thing you gotta do is to join as many professional tournaments as you can. Of course that will involve considering how much money you can afford to join those tournaments and how much time you have. So as much as possible, join professional tournaments as much as your budget and time allows you.
Going pro is like climbing a ladder. You need to climb the ranks. Also, you need to gain as much experience as you can before you can proceed to the next level. When you feel that you’ve improved and you are confident of your game in the professional tournaments that you’ve registered in (hopefully, you’ve won a couple or at the very least, placed at the leaderboards), you can proceed to the next level. Of course the next level is to play in PGA Tour Qualifying tournaments. When you reach this point, it will be a whole different world. The competition is tougher and the pressure is unbelievable. FYI, the qualifying tournament is played in 4 different stages done in order. Only 144 players make it to the final stage and that will be reduced to the top 25 players who will qualify for the Web.com tour.
As you can see, going pro is a very long and hard road. It involves a lot of hard work, even if you think you’ve got the talent to do it. Keep this in mind, nobody made it to the pros overnight. Everybody had to work their way up to join the ranks. First and foremost, you have to build the mental fortitude needed to take this road. After you are ready, you have to work and work to hone and master your skills. Going pro is a full commitment, so make sure you are ready for that kind of commitment mentally and physically. Good luck and we hope you make it to the end of the road.