Younger Prodigy: Nothing left to probability, Raghav Chugh continues to march on the greens


At 16, Raghav Chugh will not be solely the nation’s finest in his age group however may maintain his personal towards older gamers. (Categorical picture by Amit Mehra)

No facet was insignificant. No element was too small to be handled as trivial. If Raghav Chugh’s skills needed to attain the specified stage, these round him ensured that nothing was left to probability.

Even earlier than he entered his teenagers, Raghav had given sufficient indications that he was a particular golfer. His talent at hitting the ball cleanly so impressed his maternal grandfather Vijay Mehta that Raghav’s curiosity in cricket, soccer and basketball fell by the wayside. At 16, he’s not solely the nation’s finest in his age group however may maintain his personal towards older gamers.

Raghav received the All India Junior Golf Finals in December 2018, his four-day rating of 5-under was 10 strokes higher than the runner-up. He additionally triumphed on the Japanese India Junior Boys Championship in addition to the South Zone Championship final 12 months, whereas developing simply quick within the Western India event. He was ranked No.1 within the under-15 class in 2017 and adopted it up with being the perfect on Indian Golf Union’s u-18 benefit checklist final 12 months.

“He has the expertise to be among the finest golfers ever to come back out of India. Such a expertise comes as soon as in a really very long time. Within the nation, nobody in his age bracket comes shut,” says Raghav’s coach Romit Bose, who over his 20 12 months profession has guided greats likes of Rashid Khan, Vijay Kumar, Himmat Rai, Chiragh Kumar, Manav Jaini, Ridhima Dilawari and Gurbani Singh.

Not that Raghav has tasted success solely on dwelling soil. Final November, he helped India win the gold medal on the Singha Junior World Championship at Hua Hin, Thailand, carding 6-under on the ultimate day. He was the youngest participant within the 15-18 age group on the Taiwan Junior Open, however ended up successful by 7 strokes.

Raghav’s success will also be attributed to the meticulous planning and a focus to element. “As quickly as Raghav started exhibiting an curiosity in golf – he was about 10-11 years outdated then – we acquired him smaller golf equipment that suited his age and physique,” Mehta says.

When he got here underneath Bose’s tutelage, Raghav started enjoying from ahead tees. “At such a younger age, it’s not advisable to play the total size of a gap that the male professionals play. It could immediate youngsters to hit farther leading to accidents. Additionally, enjoying from again tees might lead to greater scores which can damage a participant’s self-confidence at an important age,” says Bose.

Nonetheless in his teenagers, Raghav has been to a number of well-known programs all over the world. His favorite occurs to be at Turnberry, the venue of 4 Open Championships. “I went there in 2015. It was very windy,” Raghav says.

Watching the greats from shut quarters served as a supply of inspiration. Raghav, who hones his sport at Delhi Golf Membership, was there when Tiger Woods performed a spherical in February 2014. “I had heard of Tiger Woods earlier than I even knew something about golf. Seeing him in motion was an important thrill.”

Raghav has additionally been a part of the Faldo Sequence, and attended a training clinic performed by the six-time Main champion in Vietnam. “He gave an essential piece of recommendation that one ought to have a particular goal in a follow spherical. One shouldn’t simply undergo the motions for the sake of it.”

Raghav claims to achieve the 280-yard mark from the tee and his achievements within the sport have vindicated the choice of these near him. “He was the captain of his faculty workforce in cricket, soccer and basketball. However after we centered on golf, there have been lots of people who stated we have been making a giant mistake,” Mehta recollects. “They stated golf was an outdated man’s sport. However Raghav was attracted by the person nature of the game, which rewarded one’s personal effort.”

In response to Bose, the truth that Raghav performed different sports activities helped his golf by way of hand-eye co-ordination and aggressive spirit. “Usually after I’m about to fall asleep, I hear Raghav practising his placing on the terrace,” his paternal grandfather KL Chugh says indulgently.

However whether or not his household is round or not, Raghav hardly suffers from lack of motivation. “When they’re round, I can get a bit acutely aware. However I all the time get butterflies in my abdomen whereas competing,” says prodigy.

His Class X board exams are approaching, and the household could be very specific that he doesn’t neglect his research. “Should you get a critical damage or don’t lower it on the high degree, you want one thing to fall again on,” Mehta says. Raghav’s faculty permits him leeway so far as attendance is anxious, however he has to meet up with the teachings subsequently.

In truth, golf and teachers depart Raghav with valuable little time. And after his exams, he will likely be a traveller for about 5 months. “At this stage of his profession, he can’t afford to take a seat at dwelling for even two months. So, we’ve chalked out his schedule from April to August very long time in the past,” Bose informs. “After just a few tournaments in India, he will likely be off to the UK in Might and to the US in July to play at occasions there.”

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