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Swinging with the boys
Veenu Singh, Photos by Raj K Raj, Hindustan Times
March 09, 2013
First Published: 16:09 IST(9/3/2013)
Last Updated: 20:10 IST(9/3/2013)
These guys bend, twist, swing and attack 18 holes without an ache in their body. Meet India’s coolest golfers in this exclusive photo shoot for HT Brunch at the Capital's own Formula 1 track. (Photos by Raj K Raj)

These guys bend, twist, swing and attack 18 holes without an ache in their body. How? India’s coolest golfers reveal their fitness secrets

Digvijay Singh
Singh, 41, aka Diggi, might be one of the oldest players we have, but he is also among the fittest. Plus, he has won an Asian Tour event.
Fitness regime
Instead of the gym, I’ve been doing functional training, a mix of core exercises and running.
I stay mentally fit by...
Digregularly practising target shooting (I am a national-level shooter). It helps me stay focused.
Destress mantra
Skydiving and riding my Yamaha R1 bike on the Jaipur highway. Also I love to holiday, particularly in Thailand. 
Diet secrets
I never have dinner after 8 pm. But I do eat lots of fruits, cereals, high proteins and carbs. Eggs and meat before a game give me the sustained energy needed for a shot.
If I wasn’t a golfer, I would have been...
an officer in the armed forces.
My ultimate goal is...
to watch my daughter grow up, and win the European tour.

Gaganjeet Bhullar
Ranked five nationally, Bhullar, 24, is the among the few Indian golfers in the million-dollar club.
Fitness regime
GagI hit the gym five times a week to do cross-training as intense workouts work better for golfers who are always under pressure.
I stay mentally fit by...
meditating a few times a week. It helps me stay calm and focused.
Destress mantra
Holidaying in Europe, watching good comedy films and reading fiction. I chill out by playing tennis.
Diet secrets
On the tour, I tend to eat Thai, Japanese and Korean cuisine. I like to have more carbs in the morning and more protein at night.
If I wasn’t a golfer, I would have been...
an officer in the civil services.
My ultimate goal is...
to get the PGA tour trophy.

Anirban Lahiri
Lahiri, 25, lists Jeev Milkha Singh and Vijay Singh as his inspirations. He is among the top golfers in Asia.
AniFitness regime
Circuit training, plyometrics (jump training) and squash at the Golf Academy in Bangalore.
I stay mentally fit by...
going for Vipassana retreats. It has really honed my patience.
Destress mantra
Cooking, partying, watching thrillers and visiting my parents in Jamnagar whenever I can.
Diet secrets
Although I avoid fried and fast food, I love gorging on puchkas whenever I am in Kolkata.
If I wasn’t a golfer, I would have been... 
a lawyer or an engineer.
My ultimate goal is...
To win each major at least once.

Vikrant Chopra
Chopra, 32, was a national-level swimmer before he discovered golf in college. His Asia ranking is 25.
Fitness regime
I lift weights and run for five km. At the the gym, I do circuit training twice. I also play football.
VikrantI stay mentally fit by...
extensive mental training and reading books on golf. I want to begin meditating very soon.
Destress mantra
Listening to old Hindi film music and chilling out by watching all kinds of movies. Also, I love vacationing in Europe with my friends.
Diet secrets
While on the tour, I stick to a vegetarian diet and prefer chicken and fish otherwise. I am fond of street food and sweets such as jalebi and gulab jamun.
If not a golfer, I would have been...
an IAS officer or a soldier in the Army.
My ultimate goal is...
to play the PGA tour and then win a major tournament.

Khalin Joshi
The 20-year-old, who turned professional this season, is ranked 21st on the national circuit.
KhalFitness regime
A lot of freehand exercises.
I stay mentally fit by...
deep breathing before teeing off.
Destress mantra
Listening to music, from hip hop to Hindi movie songs. My idea of a holiday is at a beach resort in the Maldives.
Diet secrets
I try and eat healthy but also like pizzas and chaat.
If not a golfer, I would have been....
Ever since I was a kid, I’ve only thought of playing golf.
My ultimate goal is...
to be the best golfer in the world.


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