« on: August 16, 2012, 10:18:44 AM »
The problem is there is no real incentive for players to move up to pro unless they are exceptionally skilled and likely to begin cashing right away. The competition is tough, there are very little freebies or players packs, and it costs more to enter. If you are playing a big A-tier or Nt event the odds of a high finish are very slim. I'm not saying that the big guns don't have bad tourney's or rounds, but cracking the top 20 in those events pretty much requires shooting well above 1000 rated rounds every round.
Really the only incentive is pride and a drive to want to be the best for a day or weekend and not just the best in your division.
That being said, playing in the open division is not really that scary or difficult. I've watched climo miss a 20 footer. I've seen all kinds of mistakes made by pros. It's just limiting your mistakes and not letting it totally mind f#$% you when you do. That is really the key, keeping your bad rounds from being any where below 950.
If you feel pressure to move up even though you are not 100 percent sure of it i would say don't. It can be extremely frustrating to feel extra pressure to play perfect and then you don't, then you get pissed off, then you drop a 890 round in an NT event and want to throw all your discs in the garbage.
On the positive side of that, while i have experienced a lot of frustration there are reasons to push yourself against tougher competion. The standard answer is that you learn more from better players but it is more than that. Competing against and hanging with great players will do more for your confidence than anything. I didn't play all that well at the KCWO, but in the first round i had Climo in the rear view mirror all round til he just got me by 2 strokes at the end. Moments like that can fuel motivation and positive mojo more than any advanced tourney success can do.
I grew up and played a lot in oklahoma and there are a handful of 980 and above players who have been dominating the advanced ranks for years. I would just use that as extra motivation to beat those guys.
Just do whatever it takes to keep yourself motivated to improve and you guys will be fine. If winning some advanced tourneys and experiencing some success and the feeling of winning then do that. If you want to take a shot at hanging with someone with a proven track record then do that.
There are a lot of ways to the the top, do what works for you.