I was introduced to the game by my father who was in the military and, having dealt with machines all the time, he used to often comment, "a man is as good as his machine". Later on in life and education, you realise that behind every machine or tool is technology.
Technology in golf has been improving ever since I remember holding my dad's club. I was just 12 when my coach recorded my swing on a video camera and analysed it on the VCR.
But today, every sport depends on technology for optimum results using minimum energy. The VCR has been replaced with highly sophisticated real-time video analysis, which gives me an exact measure of my game.
The Touché Academy in Bangalore where I train boasts of being the first and only state-of-the-art centre in India for golfing pros and amateurs. It has a setup of six motion cameras and sensor-monitoring units that can help you iron out mistakes, however small. It's really amazing how all these gadgets improve your overall game and confidence. Talking about technology, the association of LG with the PGTI as its "Official Technology Partner" is a shot in the arm for Indian professional golf.
Personally, I am on a small break preparing for a hectic four-week schedule. I am also excited about my debut on the European Tour when I play the Omega European Masters in Switzerland before stopping over in Singapore for the Singapore Classic on the Asian Tour and flying back to India for the DLF Masters.
It is also heartening to see a lot of international events being staged in India.
These events, apart from boasting of big prize purses, also give an opportunity to the home pros to showcase their talent while prepare for international tours.
The PGTI has come a long way and produced great results in such a short period. Today, the prize money has increased manifold, thus making golf a lucrative career option.
For the others who have already made a mark on the Indian circuit, it has helped them graduate to higher levels. I am happy that the sport is headed in the right direction.
(The first in a series of columns which takes us into the minds of the leading lights of India’s golfing scene.)