I chat to one of S. A’s top young up and coming golfers… David Meyers. I asked him a few questions about golf, his training and plans for the future.
DM: When I was about 3-5, I used to follow my Dad and his friends around the course. I started practicing and playing from about 8, nothing hectic, just social golf. Tournament golf only started when I was 13.
MK: How often do you play golf?
DM: 4-5 times a week, but I practice every day.
MK: What type of training do you do?
DM: I am currently training at BDGA (Buhrman Du Toit Golf Academy), following the Amateur/Pro Program. We do fitness, golf-specific gym and then work on my golf swing. In the afternoon, I play a couple of holes on the course.
MK: What achievements are you the proudest of?
DM: Probably qualifying for The SA Open this year and playing in the event. That was a dream come true. Also, coming 9th at The Callaway World Junior at Torrey Pines in 2013. (The field consisted of 250 top International players.) And winning a National title in 2012: The SA U17 Championships. Being part of the Ernie Els & Fancourt Foundation the last 3 years was an amazing experience.
MK: What do you enjoy most about playing golf?
DM: I enjoy that you compete with yourself every time you step on a golf course. There is no perfect round, you can always improve some area of your game. It stays exciting as every round is unique.
MK: What do you find is the most challenging aspect of playing golf?
DM: The mental side. Staying positive when everything goes wrong and dealing with all the different kinds of mental pressures in Competitive Golf.
MK: What kind of injuries have you sustained over the past few years?
DM: Shoulder and back injuries from over-training.
MK: How do you find physiotherapy treatment to be beneficial?
DM: I’ve learned how to warm up correctly and which exercises work for my particular weaknesses. The recovery time from an injury increases significantly if physio is part of your regime.
MK: What are your goals for the future/ what would you like to achieve?
DM: I am going to Oklahoma City University in August on a Golf Scholarship. I hope I’ll get International experience there and hopefully turn Pro after I completed my degree.
MK: Any advice for youngsters that want to get into playing golf?
DM: Don’t rush into competitive golf too early. The mental aspect of competitive golf requires a certain level of maturity. Just play as much as you can with your friends and family. Also, be careful not to overdo it while training, many of my golf friends who started very early already has severe back injuries.
….. All the best David going forward!