Wang Blog: Good to be in Samui

Wed 15 Jun 2016

Wang Blog: Good to be in Samui

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By Jeunghun Wang (Kor)
It’s good to be in Samui although I’ve got a slight strain in the neck.
You know, I’ve played on the Asian Tour for several years now and I have improved by playing in tournaments in Asia. I’ve also learned a lot. Previously, I would just hit ball after ball on the range, but now, I’ve learned on how to play the course better and it’s helped with my course management.
I used to have problems with my putting, especially found it hard with short putts but the other players like Unho Park, Angelo Que and Anthony Kang have helped me a lot. I asked them for advice and they are always obliging. It’s a friendly Tour.
As junior golfer, I lived in Manila for four years from 2007 to 2011. My dad is a teaching professional. He plays every day and I followed him every day to the golf course starting when I was five or six years old. I started hitting the golf ball when I was 10 or 11 and I really liked it. I loved it. I liked the feeling when you hit it well, it goes very far. It’s nothing like the other sports.
My dad, Youngcho Wang, is 58 and now retired. He was strict before. He taught me everything that he know. I played golf only after school when we lived in Manila. There was no time for other games or hanging out with my friends. My focus was all about golf and I would think about golf only. He made me practice and I liked it. After school, I would like spend five hours practising.
He told the mental side of the game is very important. And you should not be nervous. When we approach the last few holes, I would get nervous. He said, don’t think about winning but just think about the next shot. I won like five or six junior tournaments in the Philippines. He’s the only teacher that I have and I don’t plan to change because I’m winning.
In Dubai  in 2014, it was better to not win. If won, I wouldn’t have gotten the experience of contending at the last hole and losing the tournament. Dubai helped me to win (in Mauritius and Morocco).
There were a lot of lessons to take from there. I was really nervous down the last hole in Dubai. I hit it so hard on the second shot and it flew into the bushes on the right, then found the fringe and made bogey. I was leading. I was crying after that. It was learning how to win. In Mauritius, I wasn’t nervous and was in control and knew what to do.