Golf enthusiasts often spot teenagers on the playing field collecting lost balls and then returning them to the players for a small fee. But, there is also a more rare profession - a diving for golf balls. Precisely a profession, because there are people for whom this is the main income. What are the representatives of this rare craft doing?
For starters, it should be said that these divers earn more than pearl divers, up to $ 100, 000 per year for a professional. Any golfer knows that if there is a body of water next to the course, balls will fly there regularly, to the chagrin of the golfer.
Getting it out of there is not easy, besides, golf is a game of aristocrats who want to throw themselves into the water because of some kind of ball, which is worth a penny by their standards. This is where divers get down to business. True, they, unlike collectors of balls on the field, do not work on trifles, they plunge into a reservoir when there is a decent amount of "trophies".
Having rummaged in scuba gear along the bottom of the reservoir, the collector picks up several hundred, or even thousands of balls. Then, they take them to sports shops or factories, where the balls are given the appropriate look and again put on sale. By the way, in stores, many beginners willingly buy balls that have been in the water. Firstly, they are cheaper than new ones, and secondly, there is a sign that a ball played by a professional will certainly bring good luck.
I must say that in shops and factories, spear hunters are not paid much - about 10 cents per ball, but they literally hand them over in sacks. For example, the American professional diver Forest Rotchild, who works with many golf clubs, claims that his average daily catch is 4, 000 balls. Enough for life!
Sometimes divers have to fulfill a personal order. It so happens that some far from poor player accidentally sent his lucky ball into a pond. And it is this ball that you need to get. Naturally, the price in this case for returning the ball is much higher than what the stores give.
By the way, not only divers earn money on the game of the aristocracy. In many golf clubs there is even a position of a club polisher with a special ointment for better contact of the playing club with the ball. Many polishers have their regular customers who are sure that this particular serviceman will make the club successful.