Life on tour
Posted May, 20th 2013 at 09:18 by Ben Whelan
I am looking forward to another exciting season on the fairways of the world. Much has happened over the last few months and I would like to take this opportunity to update you on the changes I have made and experiences I have had.
I spent the month of December 2012 in Thailand preparing for Asian Qualifying School, which took place in January 2013. Asia is a part of the world I love travelling to. Always great golf, food and a welcome smile. From a golfing perspective, Asia presents a whole different set of challenges compared to Europe. The incredible heat can be unbearable at times and gripping a club can be a challenge, the grass on the courses are totally different to the western world and require a different technique. Trying to keep control of your hydration levels etc is a real challenge with headaches and lack of focus on the course not uncommon.
Preparation went well and made it all the way to the final round in final stage to narrowly miss out on my card by 3 shots. I was very disappointed at the time but now that some months have passed and the fact that I will still play some tournaments in that part of the world this year meant it wasn’t all bad.
I returned home in early Feb and put a practice plan in place to see me through to the start of the season. After much thought I decided to change my coach and started working with John Kelly from St Margrets late Feb. We have met up once a week since and are making steady progress from a technical point of view. John is trying to incorporate some more power and consistency into my game which has been great on the range and on camera but haven’t quite managed to bring it to the course yet.
My schedule for the 2013 season is an interesting one to say the least. I plan on playing 25-30 events in total and those will be spread out between the Challenge Tour, Asian Tour and the Europro Tour. My season will see me visit some interesting destinations including Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Norway, Switzerland and the Czech Republic to name but a few.
I have been fortunate enough over the last 2 years to gain entry into the Irish Open with the help of the Irish sports Council. I would obviously love to play in my national open again this June and compare myself to the best players in Europe but an invite could be hard to come by so Ill just have to sit tight and see what happens.
At the time of writing, I am currently at home for a week in between 2 Europro Tour events. I have a fairly intense practice week planned, which will include a visit to John Kelly. When I am at home I generally spend my days at The Royal Dublin Golf Club hitting balls and working on my short game for the upcoming tournaments.
Lets hope the weather behaves and we can all get into the swing of the golf season,
Till next time………………….