Constant Improvement: Key to Building a Pedigree of Champions
When Romit Bose took a break from the professional Golf Tour to nurse a back injury, he was offered to pioneer a junior development program in New Delhi. It was the perfect opportunity. The New Delhi Golf Club provided an arena for Romit to make his mark on two things he is most passionate about: junior golf development and technology.
Romit is known as the coach who breeds champions. He was instrumental in the junior golf movement in India along with expanding the junior golf scene in the country. Romit’s students form an impeccable roster of junior golfers who bagged titles in junior and amateur championships, such as the National Junior and International Junior championships. In 2008, the Bombay Presidency Golf Club sought Romit’s assistance to blueprint the Structured Junior Development program as lead consultant.
Apart from his vast involvement in the junior development program in the country, Romit is also known to raise the level of golfer’s play through technology. Romit is the brand ambassador of the Japanese maker of innovative high-quality golf equipment Honma, and has more than 10 years of experience in biomechanics and club fitting.
AS: You are perhaps the most involved coach in developing junior programs in India. Can you share with us how you got started with this field of golf?
The first junior development program I helped establish was the Delhi Golf Club’s. At that time, the important problem the Team needed to address was to make golf more appropriate to the juniors. Back then the juniors were always made to play on longer courses developed for adults. Because of the physicality required for these types of courses, young golfers were seeing poor results in their game which ultimately discouraged them to play.
In the US and Europe, the concept of age-specific courses was already in place. I adapted the same idea in curating the junior golf development program in the Delhi Golf Club and made the juniors play on shorter tees. Eventually the kids were able to shoot birdies and eagles, seeing deeper commitment to the sport like never before. We are very proud that by changing the standards for these young golfers, 50% of the graduates in our junior program have gone on to join the professional circuit.
AS: You’ve trained young golfers who eventually won major titles in junior golf championships, making you one of the most sought after coaches in the region. Tell us your coaching philosophy.
I believe in doing things differently compared to other coaches. Precision is important to me, I want to minimize as much guesswork as possible in my coaching. Technology helps me in this aspect. With the use of these advanced tools, I am able to identify the problem and evaluate what kind of improvement needs to be done on a player’s game. Most of the time they are unaware of the intricacies of the technology. Behind the screens, I translate the information with these advanced tools into something my students are able to understand and apply in their game.
AS: We all know that all these technologies are very expensive. Do you see any returns in these investments?
In India, monetizing technical and mechanical ways of game improvement is difficult, if not improbable. I am less concerned about the profitability of the business and more driven to increase the level of play in Indian golfers. Utilizing these innovative technologies, local golfers perform on par with players abroad. Therefore, the biggest return is the fulfillment I get by helping young athletes be the best players they can be.
AS: Who is your favorite athlete, and why?
Tiger Woods. Our perception of golf and the way we play the game today is very different from when I was growing up. He changed the universal conception of golf, from being an old man’s sport to a game for all ages. He raised the bar of competition in unprecedented heights. Because of his mastery of the sport, courses were made tougher, equipment and technology became more sophisticated. Despite the issues surrounding his personal life, I believe Tiger Woods is nevertheless remarkable for having broken new ground for the sport.
AS: How do you define success?
To me, success is the constant pursuit of satisfaction. If I am not satisfied then I am unsuccessful.
By nature I am a perfectionist. Hence, I am never satisfied. The discontent I feel works as a negative reinforcement. As a result, I strive to perform at my highest level, constantly outdoing myself and looking out for the next challenge. Dissatisfaction builds in me hunger to try new things, walk the untrodden path—and these experiences mold me to becoming a better person every day.