Last time, I did a short post on how getting your baby/toddler/kids started early in golf has a lot to do with their success when they grow up to be an adult.
Well, that is true, you want to get your kids started in golf ASAP, even if your kids don’t end up playing golf the rest of their lives, having the learned golf early in life will help them to enjoy and play golf as well as possible.
The other day, I hit a milestone in my life, I realized that I have actually got myself “ready” for the PGA Tour.
Well, I found a way to make residual income from my blogging business. Which is great since I can pretty much control my own time, meaning I will be hitting up the links any time I want.
Now, a lot of my pro golfer colleagues who decided to keep playing mini-tours have gone dry. Basically, they didn’t win enough to pay for their expenses and living costs and ran out of money.
That’s right, I will tell you right now that the best insurance against failing in pro golf is money. Of course, great players who at least win 1 PGA Tour tournament is going to have enough money to keep trying until they win their next one. There’s a lot of those folks too except those players probably only make up a small fraction of all the pro golfers in the world.
So what really happens to those pro golfers who run out of money?
Nothing, absolutely nothing. Nothing happens to them because they run out of money and can’t play in tournaments anymore. Maybe they will keep trying but most of them will end up starting life all over again with a job.
The most profound advice I can give your 12 year old or even 18 year old kid is that you need to learn to make money too with something other than golf.
Think of it as a side job or insurance you can depend on.
I am not talking about a college degree here, that’s easy but I am actually talking about bringing in hard, cold cash without the use of golf clubs.
In the best possible scenario, your kid can get a golf scholarship to college, finish Top 10 in NCAA, and go straight to the PGA Tour with sponsorship from Nike.
LMAO, that certainly doesn’t happen unless you are handful of players in the world. If your kids on this route and he/she’s that good, you can stop reading this post right now.
But if you are seriously passionate about your kid becoming a professional golfer, then read on.
Becoming a professional golfer on the PGA or LPGA Tour isn’t hard if you have the next 30 years to keep trying and trying. The hard part is that most pro golfers run out of money while trying whether that be 1 year or 10 years.
Now, if your kid had enough money to keep going until he/she turns 50, I am 100% positive your kid will make it to the Tour, unless he/she simply sucks at golf and never improves. (or lazy)
That being said, a lot of great college golfers never end up on the PGA/LPGA Tour, simply because they get a job, get caught up with life, have kids, and their dream changes.
Don’t let that happen to your kids, let them learn other ways to fund their dreams.
I am not saying here that you should set up a trust fund for your kids so that they can keep trying out for the Tour until they reach 50.
What I am saying here is to teach your kids to catch fish.
Feed your kids fish and they will keep waiting for you to give them fish.
Teach your kids how to fish and they will probably find a way to the Tour.
I’ve seen hundreds of talented young golfers on the mini-tour. Most of them will never make it mainly because they don’t have enough money to keep trying.
For example, if you are a real estate millionaire, you should teach your kids how to make millions of dollars on the side with real estate. Even if your kids don’t make it to the Tour, at least they can take couple years off and make millions on real estate.
The greatest beauty of golf is that most pro golfers peak at mid 30s or even 40s. One of the greatest golfers in history of golf, if not the greatest, Ben Hogan, didn’t start winning majors until he was past 30.
There’s always plenty time to play professional golf in one’s life, you simply need to have enough time and money to do it.
With that said, I am finally announcing my come-back in life to play pro golf again or at least keep trying every year for the PGA Tour.
If I didn’t keep trying to start my own business, this day would not have come.
While most of my colleagues are busy finding jobs after failing to make the PGA Tour in the last 2-5 years, I have finally got myself together to keep trying again.
My advice to you on raising the next PGA star, “Teach your kids how to make residual income whether that’s blogging, real-estate, or whatever. Once your kids can learn to feed themselves without working at a corporate job 9 to 5, that’s when your kids will be able to keeping hitting those golf balls rest of their life and make it to the PGA/LPGA Tour some day”.
I’ve seen a handful of talent that go wasted, don’t let that happen to your kids.
Don’t take a chance that your kids will be the lucky ones that receive sponsorships out of college.
My last words?
I am that very kid who kept playing competitively until one day I ran out of money. Of course, I had to learn all this advice through trial and error but eventually, I found a way to earn residual income and control my life. The earlier you can do this, the longer you can play professional golf.
If your kid’s as passionate about golf as I am, he/she’s going to need this advice. Think of it as “insurance” for your kids. No matter what, your kids will be a fun life, playing more golf than the rest of the population.
Well, just something to think about.
Most start-ups these days don’t make it because they run out of money to keep going, not because their ideas suck. Likewise, your pro-aspiring kids can make it to the Tour eventually, they simply need a way to finance their dreams for the next 30-40 years, not just 2-5 years.
Okay, I will stop here but now you know your job as a parent and how to get your kids to keep trying until they make it.
P.S. I know about a dozen great pro golfers who would have won dozen PGA Tour tournaments if they had money to keep going. Money is the only thing holding them back. If you have enough money to bet on every spot in roulette, you’d win at least once. Likewise, if you have enough money to keep trying for the PGA Tour for the next 30 years, you will make it.
Next time, I will do a blog post on how to market your pro-golf career with a blog I think. Something I didn’t do but could possibly build your fan base and enough money to keep your pro-golfing career going.