‘Feel’ player Dhruv Sheoran can now count on technique

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Dhruv Sheoran carded a 6-under 66 for a career milestone on PGTI at the J&K Masters in Srinagar on Thursday.
Dhruv Sheoran carded a 6-under 66 for a career milestone on PGTI at the J&K Masters in Srinagar on Thursday.

Dwelling on the past or present is not for Dhruv Sheoran anymore. To put it in perspective, neither the level-par 72 nor the 6-under 66, a career first on the Professional Golf Tour of India, and its ramifications on the J&K Open are being given much thought.

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Intrinsic matters mean more to the 26-year-old pro, or as Dhruv would say “the process”. His strength has always been off the tee, it is the short game that is the letdown. This is said despite Thursday’s low round. “I won’t even talk about yesterday (Wednesday) and can’t imagine the putts I missed today despite giving myself so many opportunities,” said Dhruv.

 

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Two off the lead at 6-under 138, it’s not the position on the leaderboard after the jump of 19 spots that is in focus. Of course, it will count on the money list, for Dhruv, “the things I have been working on are giving results”, means more. The process has been on for a while and Dhruv credits coach and mentor Priya Puri for helping him into a space where consistency matters. “There are good days and bad ones, that’s the beauty of the sport.”

Dhruv Sheoran at work with coach-cum-mentor Priya Puri.
Dhruv Sheoran at work with coach-cum-mentor Priya Puri.

That he is getting consistent shows in the results, the string of missed cuts are down and the results against his name make for better reading. The season’s best so far has been T16 at the Delhi-NCR Open, and what this and a couple of other better finishes has done is give faith into the work being put in. “I used to be a feel player, now it is backed by technique.”

 

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Better equipped to cope with a bad day at office, Dhruv is aware of the area that needs focus during the short break after Srinagar. Putting it is. The flaws in the long game have been sorted, next up is work around the greens. If this area can be fixed, it could be birdies galore for Dhruv.

 

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He has been through a patch in the past — winning Q-School and back-to-back events on the Feeder Tour, there is no reason why there can’t be a repeat.

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