Almost a decade ago, a serendipitous encounter with golf saw a toddler Aadil Bedi getting hooked to the sport. His father Harry Bedi, who was an avid golfer, just added fuel to the passion. The life on greens is never easy but the 14-year-old is now making a steady and encouraging progress. From practising on a vacant ground adjutant to their house in Fatehgarh Sahib to weekends spent in Chandigarh Golf Range, Aadil has sweated a lot to fine tune the game.
As the FCG golf Championship, formerly known as San Diego Masters, at California beckons, even the scorching sun can’t stop the teenager from honing his art at the Chandigarh Golf Range. “The focus is very much on winning and also the experience. Need to know every aspect of the game, play on new courses and analyse and correct whatever feels out of place. I will say that golf is just 50 to 60% about the game an individual has and the rest of it depends on the mental aspects. Forgetting a bad shot, keeping your mind in the state of detachment when you play well so as to focus on the next task in hand. A lot goes in mind,” Aadil said, who is a student of class 9 in Vivek High School, Sector 38.
Apart from the FCG golf event, Aadil will take part in the World Junior Masters in Las Vegas and also the Indian Golf Union (IGU) has recommended his name for the IMG World Cup, formerly known as Callaway World Cup, at California, USA. This year is crucial for Aadil as he will represent the country in the Avian Masters in Paris in September and has already tested waters in the Indian amateur circuit last month at the Indian Amateur Open.
Already towering at 6 feet, Aadil feels playing in USA means making a few tweaks to his game to suit the conditions. “The World Cup in USA is played on a smaller golf course than in India. I am preparing with my wedges and putter for those courses. The courses over there are softer, so the wedge play becomes important. Besides, I am working with my coach Jesse Grewal and also trying to work on my athletic fitness with former PU director sports Gurmeet Singh and fitness coach Sagar Diwan,” Aadil said, who idolises Jack Nicklaus and Rory McIlroy.
In India, next on Aadil’s agenda is junior golf championships in Coimbatore and Bangalore. He secured back-to-back podium finish in Haryana junior golf championship and Northern India junior golf championship.
In the Haryana juniors, Aadil shot a of total 13 birdies scoring 78, 76, 74 and 80 and finished second runnerup, while in the Northern juniors at Army Golf Course in New Delhi, he shot 80, 76, 78 and 75 over the course of four days to finish second in category B for 13 to 15 years last week.
With all the touring involved, Aadil says it’s all about time management that lets him concentrate on both studies and the game. “Generally, I have a structured plan for every single day. I know what I am doing and what needs to be done. My school also helps me a lot. During my time away on tours, my friends generally keep notes for me and I put in extra effort on my return. So, it all about balancing and setting my priorities straight,” the youngster added.
Aadil is already working on bigger plans for next year. To begin with he will increase his participation in the India amateur circuit. “I am concentrating on my fitness which will be crucial for me to play at the next level.
The year 2016 is going to be grueling for me. So, this year will be about gaining experience at the junior level in preparation for the next year,” the golfer said.