A professional golfer plays the sport of golf for a living. If male, the golf pro will strive to play in Professional Golfers Association (PGA) tournaments. If female, the pro golfer may aspire to golf in the Ladies Professional Golfers Association (LPGA) tournaments. Playing in national and international golf tournaments is often the ultimate goal of professional golfers. There is often a long series of other activities, expectations, and responsibilities to triumph before a pro golfer competes in prize winning golf tournament events on a regular basis, however.
An aspiring professional golfer typically attends a golfing school in order to learn the rules of the game; golfers may also take part in golf clubs in universities or colleges. Aspiring professional golfers usually hope to be selected for apprentice programs. These golf apprenticeships provide training in the technical skills of the game. The best college apprenticeships are usually reserved for career-minded golfers with a single figure golf handicap. In the game of golf, a handicap number under 10 is considered desirable whether golfers are pros or amateurs.
A golfer who wants to become a professional athlete must keep practicing the game. The perfection of the golf swing is especially important, but hitting balls daily at a driving range is a good way to eventually get a consistent under 10 handicap. Professional golf takes a great deal of determination, patience, and practice; pro golfers must have a strong passion for the game.
What many people don't realize is that most professional golfers spend a lot of time teaching golf. Being a golf teacher provides a good living for many pros in the sport. A golf pro may also run public courses or manage sport association groups.
Managing the pro shop is a main duty for many golfers. A pro shop is a store located at a golf course. In addition to selling golf equipment, shoes, and clothing, pro shops employ golfing experts to give club members professional advice. For instance, a golfer who works in a pro shop may spend much of his or her time analyzing golf swings and fitting clubs to individual golfers. Most golf club pro shops prefer to hire golfers who are certified by the PGA or LPGA.
When a professional golfer gets good enough to play regularly in PGA or LPGA tournaments, winning large amounts of prize money is a real possibility. Prize winning top golfers are then usually offered product endorsement contracts with advertisers. These contracts usually pay very well and add greatly to the income of a pro golfer.