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Do top disgolfers get their air fair and lodging paid for by their sponsors? I saw first place at the Aussie open is $6000 AU and getting $6000 to play disc golf is awesome but after you take out taxes and travel expenses that is not much to live on. any pros on here who can speak to this?
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Old 01-31-2015, 08:20 AM
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I'm definitely no pro, and I'm sure someone will chime in as there are a few on here, McBeth is on here but doesn't appear to post all too often. From what I've read and understand, the higher up pro's get lodging and airfare and such paid for by companies. I'm sure it boils down to how good you are and how large the company is that sponsors you. I'm sure some of the local companies wouldn't foot the bill for that, but companies like Innova, Discraft and such I would imagine at least pay a percentage of the costs.
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Do top disgolfers get their air fair and lodging paid for by their sponsors? I saw first place at the Aussie open is $6000 AU and getting $6000 to play disc golf is awesome but after you take out taxes and travel expenses that is not much to live on. any pros on here who can speak to this?
Disc golfers who play pro definitely don't do it for the money....even if you are one of the best players in the world you are lucky to make 50k a year.....that's not even enough to live on for me. Forget travel and expenses.
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Disc golfers who play pro definitely don't do it for the money....even if you are one of the best players in the world you are lucky to make 50k a year.....that's not even enough to live on for me. Forget travel and expenses.
That's something I've always been curious about. Not that I'm ever going to be in their position, but you see the likes of Wysocki, McBeth type guys and they're 110% disc golf. No 9-5's, or at least it doesn't appear that way. I'm thinking they have to be supplemented by the companies that sponsor them, doing clinics, appearances, disc sales, and tournament winnings.
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McBeth gets huge bonuses every time he wins. He also gets decent royalty checks from disc sales as well. A lot of people would be shocked by the amount of money he made in 2014.
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A lot of people would be shocked by the amount of money he made in 2014.
Do you have a decent estimate? Shocking to me would be over $100,000, considering the game we play.
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Do you have a decent estimate? Shocking to me would be over $100,000, considering the game we play.
He made nearly $50,000 in winnings alone last year. I'd see $75,000-$100,000 as a real possibility.
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Do you have a decent estimate? Shocking to me would be over $100,000, considering the game we play.
I don't know the exact figures but McBeth gets a decent bonus each time he wins a tournament. He gets substantial royalties from the McPro series on the pro shop. He also gets royalties on his signature line of discs which include the Champion Thunderbird and Roc3. He also has sponsorship deals with GripEq and Crush Clothing. Redbull recently started sponsoring him as well. This information leads me to believe that he cleared the $100,000 mark in 2014. Plus McBeth gave a hint on this website that he cleared the $100,000 mark.
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This is from Avery Jenkins from this website:

Our Sponsors actually pay us pretty well as far as bonuses go. These bonuses are considered to be used on such things as food, gas and other travel expenses throughout the tour season.

But you right by saying that currently very few players can actually make a living at this sport due to the high competitive level. Eventhough I have been doing this for a living for the past 8 years now and I don't plan on quitting anytime soon.

So an answer to the question is: I make enough playing this year in and year out to get back out there following season and do it all over again. Because I truly love this game and will do everything possible to increase its popularity as a sport.
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He made nearly $50,000 in winnings alone last year. I'd see $75,000-$100,000 as a real possibility.
My guess is 75,000 just from winnings/ salary and bonuses. Plus some sort of stipend for gas/entry fees/food etc so lets say 5,000. There's roughly 80,000 there. And disc sales of about 20,000 maybe??? I bet 100,000 before expenses
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