No TV Weekend: Youngsters get an above par lesson in golf

  • Camilo Fernandes, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: May 30, 2016 13:42 IST
The free session in progress at the Bombay Presidency Golf Course. (Kunal Patil/HT)

In a city where green is a luxury, HT’s No TV weekend fest took a group of fun-seekers to a vast expanse of rolling lawn — about 87 acres of it.

Forty lucky early-bird registrees — most of them eager teens — gathered at the pristine Bombay Presidency Golf Course (BPGC) for Saturday’s free golf session. The session started off with some simple dos and don’ts.“Be careful where you go because you don’t want to visit your dentist,” said their instructor, the veteran golfing coach Benny D’Costa.

Then came some one-on-one coaching in the basics — grip, stance, posture, alignment.

“This is my first time playing golf and I’m loving it,” said 14-year-old Sanchita Das from Nerul, grinning.“All you need is a nice relaxed action,” said the soothing voice of D’Costa in the background.“It’s good to see new people trying their hand at the sport,” he added.

As the group switched from the energetic tee-off zone to the lazy putting greens, it was a day of new experiences for participants like Akshay Bhaskar, 13, who said he had followed the sport through books, newspapers and magazines but had never actually putted on a green. “I like to read about everything and I know that Jason Day is the number one player in the world, but I had never having played, so I’m glad I came,” added Rohit K, 14, a self-admitted cricket fan. “I’m determined to try out a reverse swing before I leave.”

As twilight descended, the group was joined by coach Wilson D’Mello, who offered tips on soft swings.“It’s always great to see new faces at the golf course and we’ve even had inquiries from some participants about playing on a weekly basis,” D’Mello said.

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