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Golf involves hitting shots around a stipulated course by making the least number of strokes/shots to complete the course.

education Updated: Jun 25, 2013 19:01 IST
Hindustan Times
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The lowdown

Golf involves hitting shots around a stipulated course by making the least number of strokes/shots to complete the course. In other words, it is a precision club-and-ball game in which competing golfers attempt to hit the ball into each hole on a golf course with the fewest number of strokes. The golfers use different types of clubs to hit the ball. Golf is one of the few ball games that do not require a standardised ­playing area. The game is, instead, played on ‘courses’, each of which has a unique design. Courses typically consist of nine or 18 holes. If a course has nine holes, it will have to be played twice through to complete 18 holes. Golf will debut in the Olympics in 2016.

A typical work day in the life of a golfing coach
5am: Wake up
5.30am: Do warm-up exercises
6am to 8am: Give lessons at the local golf club
9am to noon: Continue with lessons after a one-hour break for tea and snacks
1pm: Lunch
2pm to 3.30pm: Work out at the gym
4pm to 8pm: Continue giving lessons
8.30pm: Reach home

The ­payoff
At the entry level, a golf ­professional can earn Rs. 15,000 to Rs. 20,000 a month; at mid-level Rs. 25,000 to Rs. 45,000 a month and at the senior level Rs. 50,000 to Rs. 2 lakh month. Talented ­players can earn more. Professional golfers make a lot of money depending on the tour they play and their playing skills.

* A golfer needs to be dedicated, disciplined, hard working and willing to go that extra mile for his sport
* For golf in particular, a strong will is very essential.
* It is one of the few sports where you act and don’t react; so mind power takes you a long way
* Persistence and a steady hand

Getting there
You can take lessons for Rs. 150-Rs. 850 per half hour, depending on the coach you hire. In addition, you pay about Rs. 35 to Rs. 50 for balls and in about four to six weeks, you get to learn the basics of golf. This depends on your personal ability and the time you are able to devote to the learning process. You can rent clubs at any driving range at a golf course near you or at a ­stand-alone driving range facility for Rs. 10 to Rs. 50 per golf club for practice. Becoming a golfer is easy but becoming a pro is an ­altogether different cup of tea. Amateur ­golfers play for ­sport/trophy while pros play for money

Institutes and URLs
* DLF Golf and Country Club
* National Golf Academy of India, Chandigarh
* Delhi Go-lf
* Noida Golf Club
* David Leadbetter Academy, USA
* Butch Harmon School of Golf, USA
* Pinehurst Golf Academy, USA

Pros and cons
* Good prize money in professional golf
* Name and fame
* Chance to play for your country as an amateur
* The sense of competing against the course and your own self will give you a high
* Players have to travel often and stay away from home for long
* Remaining focused is key
* Minimum time required for practice four to five hours
* Physical fitness is a very important aspect as well
* You must play on the course atleast twice a week

In the last five years, golf has grown exponentially in India. This is also partly due to the fact that world-class training facilities are now available --Vani Kapoor, international-level player

First Published: Jun 25, 2013 18:30 IST