Professional golfers, sometimes known as golf pros, are members of the Professional Golfers' Association. Individuals and small groups are typically coached by golf experts to assist them improve their technique. They plan and execute golf clinics, summer programs for kids, and golf competitions. Pro golfers receive training from age 10 through retirement. When they become proficient at their sport, they can advance to the next level, which in turn may lead to more advanced tournaments and paychecks.
Golf is a game that requires skill to play well. Like many sports, golf has various levels of competition that increase in difficulty. The lowest level is called "amateur" because it is played by people who do not get paid to play it. Amateurs often have help from friends or coaches to learn how to play. Some amateurs compete locally or nationally, while others play for fun rather than money.
The next level is called "junior" because it is played by persons younger than 18 years old. In some countries, juniors can be as young as 15 years old, but in other countries, the minimum age is 17. Junior golfers often have coaching from adults who have been playing for many years themselves.
The highest level of competition is called "professional" because it is played by people who receive salaries to play golf.
Club professionals are golf professionals who manage golf courses. The golf pro is in charge of everything from daily administration to course maintenance and advising other golfers on what equipment to use at country clubs, driving ranges, public courses, and resorts. Most country club pros also act as instructors, helping members improve their swings.
There are about 5,000 professional golfers in the United States, and only about 100 of them work at country clubs. The rest work at resorts, schools, businesses, or other places where they can use their skills. Although most club professionals make less than $100,000 a year, some earn much more.
Country club membership is usually very expensive, and owners hope that their professionals will help get more people to join up. The club also hopes that hiring a good pro will make people want to stay longer when they do come for a visit. In addition, the club tries to hire qualified individuals who will be able to offer advice on equipment and techniques. Finally, the club wants someone who has a positive attitude and enjoys working with others.
Professional golf has many different roles at country clubs. Some countries require that all employees be members, so everyone from the kitchen staff to the groundskeepers to the ball washers must play the game.
Golf pros in general provide equipment recommendations, and some may coach scholastic teams at the high school or college level. A professional golfer earns or seeks to earn a living by competing in events on one or more of the world's professional circuits. There are three such circuits: the PGA Tour, the European Professional Golf Tour (EPGT), and the Asian Development Tour.
On the PGA Tour, players pick up their paychecks each week at the season-ending "Christmas Tour" held in December. The top 20 players on the money list earn membership into the World Golf Hall of Fame. Players outside the top 20 need only finish inside the top 125 to retain their status for future years. If no player within the top 125 finishes inside the top 50 on the money list, then the number of new members will be reduced to 25 instead of 50.
PGA Tour professionals are considered to be among the best golfers in the world, and many have been ranked as the No. 1 player in history. Some popular golfers who have played on the PGA Tour include Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Sam Snead, and Tiger Woods.
The LPGA Tour is the second largest circuit in golf with more than $50 million in prize money awarded annually.
These people are known as tournament pros, tour pros, or pro golfers. A professional golfer is someone who gets paid to play golf.
The term "professional" was once also used for people who played golf for a living, such as innkeepers who gave their guests free meals in return for a night's lodging. Today, the only professionals who use this designation are those who make their living from golf; all other players are amateurs.
Golfing has been called the perfect game because it can be enjoyed by anyone at any level of ability. However, there are certain advantages that professionals enjoy over non-professionals. They usually have better equipment than ordinary players, including more powerful drivers and smaller balls. Their clubs are light and designed for maximum distance.
Professionals often travel with their own caddies because they cannot afford to hire help on the side. This is another reason why golf is considered a perfect game for everyone. There is no need for supermen or women to play this sport.
Finally, professionals work hard to improve their games. They read books on technique and training, take lessons, and watch videos of great shots to learn how others play.