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Old 05-04-2009, 02:39 AM
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"Pro" status

I am not sure how many of you have participated in other sports on a professional level but I find disc golf to be a bit different than many sports in that anyone can play pro.

My point is you don't earn pro status in DG, you just sign up in Open (or whichever pro division)

That system does not automagically make you a pro, imho.
It just means you are playing for cash.

How many dgPros do you think get up in the morning and run for a few miles?
Eat a specific diet? Train constantly? Run some more, swim, etc... and actually make a LIVING from the sport like a true professional athelete?

Sure, the Feldburgs and Climos of the world, and a select few others are truly professional (my impression, anyway) but many of the other folks are weekend warrior donators at best. I am not trying to be mean. Just kidding around with my wording, but it is true.

Is it just me, or are some pros in DG really NOT professional atheletes?

I understand that OPEN means anyone with a pulse can sign up, but is that a good thing? I play pro masters (quite good shape for 50) and our local pros rarely beat me. (a few exceptions)

I do not consider myself a pro... I just don't want to play for plastic nor rounds with kids. Like, dude.

Don't get me wrong.... folks can sign up as pro grand novice for all i care...
I find the mentality of "some" pros to be a bit... funny, is my longwinded
point. Almost ego inflated.

They just play for cash, is all.

That does not transform them magically into a professional.
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Old 05-04-2009, 06:08 AM
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even climo and feldberg supplement their income with selling excess gear from innova. due to the lack of mainstream notice our sport doesnt have as large a following and therefore a large lack of "professional" limitations. although the titles of entries are left mainly up to TD's.
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Old 05-04-2009, 07:28 AM
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I am referring to the actual mindset and physicality of the "pros" not what a TD decides to call their division, fyi. Sorry for not being more clear.
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Old 05-04-2009, 08:29 AM
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How many dgPros do you think get up in the morning and run for a few miles?
Eat a specific diet? Train constantly? Run some more, swim, etc... and actually make a LIVING from the sport like a true professional athlete?


Not sure of what the "pros" eat or do for training, but I don't think that there is enough $$$ in the sport to actually make a living just playing disc... I do know that there are other "sports" that just about anyone can try to compete in(IE-bowling-darts-US Open in golf)... I have bowled in 3 or 4 PBA Regional event in the past... I really think that trying to compare disc golf to other "real" sports, is like comparing apples and oranges...IMO
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Old 05-04-2009, 08:44 AM
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You have a point. I agree... that it is "different"

Most of those other pros have to QUALIFY to play at a pro level.

In dg you just walk up and pay an entry fee.

If you would say comparing apples and couch potatos I would agree %100

:^p

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Old 05-04-2009, 09:09 AM
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many people feel they have to play pro(me included). hearing sandbagger at every tournament gets old quick. in NY, a 950 rated player will win the highest amateur division most of the time...but that same player will have a real hard time "cashing" in open in most parts of the country...is there a need for special training and running for disc golf?..imo, there isn't..looking at the big picture, disc golf as a sport is decades and centuries younger than most professional sports, so comparing it to ANY other game is ridiculous
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Old 05-04-2009, 09:12 AM
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I applaud you for not being a bagger. I played AM divisions for about 1.5 seasons and made the personal choice to play for cash instead of plastic.

On the other side of the coin I have seen the masses push a player into pro before they even had a chance to understand what PDGA Am Worlds, is...

Shame on some of these folks in DG. I blame the deep payout structure. When you pay as deep as DG folks tend to get spoiled is the impression I have been given over the years.

Not all of course.... many folks are a pleasure to volunteer for!
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Old 05-04-2009, 08:24 PM
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You have a point. I agree... that it is "different"

Most of those other pros have to QUALIFY to play at a pro level.

In dg you just walk up and pay an entry fee.

If you would say comparing apples and couch potatos I would agree %100

:^p
how about this if youre sponsored your a pro.
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Old 05-04-2009, 08:26 PM
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That is a great topic... and you have a good point.

When Innova or other disc co's pick someone... it is obviously because of demeanor and skill.
Look at who they got rid of if you have any doubt.

I tend to agree with you.
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how about this if youre sponsored your a pro.
Agreed. If some company is willing to pay you - you are pro. As far as personal training - let's make a ball golf comparison:

Tiger Woods = pro, John Daly = Pro. However, we all obviously know the differences in their training regimens. Tiger works out and practices, Daly drinks and then practices, but we still call them both pro.
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