"We do not just work on our swing all day, and chip and putt around just so we can say we are not neglecting our short game.
In the blink of an eye, my second semester at PTGC has come to an end. They say time flies when you're having fun, and I couldn't agree more!
The best and most important part though, is that I've seen improvements in various aspects of my game from the number of assessments we have done through the two semesters!
Before I started out with PTGC in October last year, I knew roughly where my weaknesses were but it wasn't anything concrete, and my training wasn't very well structured or organized.
Here at PTGC we have a daily training log where we record down every shot we hit, and together with the comprehensive assessments that we have to go through three times a semester, it allows us to have a much clearer picture of the level that each area of our game is at.
Here are some illustrations of my very first assessment (below left) in my first semester, compared to the most recent assessment of my second semester (below right).
You can see how much clearer it becomes to see where each of my skills are at, and it becomes even clearer when we fill out our daily training log, because the more data we take down, the more accurate the numbers become.
As you can see, several of my skills have improved, and I can also have a better understanding of which areas need more work on. Currently my long game is going through some technical work at the moment, which explains for the dip in my results, so that will be one of my top priorities.
Apart from that, I really want to push up my 1 - 4m putts to an average of 70%. I hit that number on one of the assessments, but my average tends to be just under 65% at the moment. I would also like to push my approach wedges up to the orange zones.
I found training at PTGC to be beneficial for my progress because the program covers everything a professional needs to know or work on.
We do not just work on our swing all day, and chip and putt around just so we can say we are not neglecting our short game.
On the contrary, because we know exactly what we need to be working on (based on our assessment), we can allocate our timing respectively. Besides the structured approach to training, I found it really useful to have two world class coaches around to overlook our training.
Of course, the program they teach us at PTGC is structured independent training, but I cannot deny that their valuable insights into the various aspects of the game have helped me tremendously in my progress.
We have mental psych sessions every Wednesday mornings where we go through a myriad of topics, from Neuro-Linguistic Programming to course strategizing, from self-confidence exercises to going through rules and statistics.
Outside of that session, anything else that we are unsure of, we have David and Lawrie close by to ask.
Between the two of them, they have amassed so much useful knowledge, strategies, tips and tricks, that practically no stone is left unturned.
Now that my second semester is over, we have a two week break before the next one starts. It's time to taper my training down a little and get some rest, but even then I already can't wait for the next semester to start!
Ian Sim - Singapore
Professional Golfer and Pro Tour Golf College Student