PGM Tour players answer!
Answers to questions by DAMARU GOLF on why we the Malaysians are not even near Thai players.
On the sidelines of the CIMB CLASSIC 2013 at KLGCC.
The two who played and others who were on the sidelines have something in common. Some grievances worthy of looking at are as follows:
1. No course to practice. 240+ clubs in Malaysia and most do not allow. The few clubs that do allow (including the home club Kinara insist on using a buggy. Walking is part of the game for professionals golfers; using the buggy defeats the purpose of practicing. Even when the course is empty, no course allows at any time to play repeat shots or to practice the short game which includes approach shots to the green and then putting and repeating such practice with a few balls.
Further we have no greens at a stimp-meter reading of 11.5 to putt. These professional golfers practice and play on greens that have a speed of 8-9 while foreign players have putting greens at 11.5 for practice and play on greens with a speed of 13-14. When these foreign players play on Malaysian courses, this is a big advantage for them.
As result (of not being able to practice approach shots form fairways), we fear attacking pins that are dangerously placed near water hazards or bunkers while they confidently attack the pin.
DAMARU GOLF FEELS this issue has to be addressed to see any measurable progress in Malaysian golf. Putting and short game excellence is achieved only by practice by one-self and inner feel; these not possible in an academy or by the help of another The feel ,the sensation for the shot needed cannot be taught be another. This part of the game consist of 80 %++ scoring.
2-Poor sponsorship hence lack of funds prevent total dedication to the game . This is due to poor media coverage. Sponsors need mileage for the name they wish to advertise. Without significant improvement in media publicity companies do not come forward to sponsor. PGM events are not published widely not read widely hence advertiser do not feel worthy of the RINGGIT they spend.
DAMARU GOLF FEEL this is indeed a factor . To harness followers media must , make publish, exciting stories about PGM Tour. We at DAMARU GOLF will be doing all possible to get a better reader ship expecting more Malaysian to follow golf news or even come to the tournaments to follow the PGM tour events. DAMARU GOLF at present geared to more Asian coverage rather than focusing on country needs. Editorial board will decide soon to give a wider coverage for the PGM events
May we suggest equipment manufacturers to have their bazars during PGM tour events as an additional attraction for the golfing fraternity .Making the event more of a social gathering.
3- Lack of foreign exposures we feel inadequate. This is totally Due to lack of funds. Even when we have opportunities to play over seas players prefer not to. As suh participation cost large sum of money.
4-Mental barrier that does not allow the best game that we have . DAMARU GOLF feels This is a problem of the individuals that has to be addressed by the players FIRST. It is the feel of being small for internal reason an out side party may help to a certain extent but more help is needed from within. What happen to the Malaysia bolleh slogan that is all over ?Mahathir s twin tower is to inspire the nation – think big Malaysia-