It took Shivendra Singh Sisodia a while to grasp that all he had control over was the process, not the result. He needed some help and it came from coach Pritam Saikia.
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It was the week of the Delhi-NCR Open in March just before Lockdown 2. Going into the business end on his home course, Golden Greens Golf Club, Shivendra had worked his way up the leaderboard and a strong finish loomed.
Given the time, perhaps the monetary benefits that come along with a decent pay cheque were also playing on the mind, and Shivendra could not be blamed given the turbulence during Lockdown 1.
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Pritam stepped in and that one-liner going into the final day of that week not only summed up Shivendra’s career on the Professional Golf Tour of India but has also stayed on and drawn upon regularly. “Wait for good things to come to you.”
Driven by the advice, Shivendra got busy in making birdies and lost track of the leaderboard. He finished T2 for a career first and has clung on the piece of advice.
After restart last week in Hyderabad, there was a haste to go deep in the Golconda Masters but then the coach’s words were replayed and all that worked for him in the week in March.
Another solid result came his way last Sunday, a T7, and that is incentive to keep striving and adding to a solid season. Next up this week, the Players Championship at the Panchkula Golf Club.
Photo credit: Shivendra Singh Sisodia
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