My name is Robert Booth and I am 31 years of age. I have been a fully qualified member of the PGA for 10 years. Since the start of this year I have been the Head Assistant Professional at Crosland Heath Golf Club in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire and prior to that I played full time golf on the Europro Tour from 2010-2015. Hoping to gain a challenge tour from that.
I have played in a number of high ranking events from the PGA club pros championship in Scotland, to European final stage and won some big events over the last couple of years including winning the Yorkshire PGA classic for the last two years running and also competing in the European tour qualifying stage.
My aim for this first blog is to give you an insight from my perspective into the life of a professional on tour, pressures encountered and working to earn a living to show you a different side to the glamorous tour life that one would expect.
WHY I WANTED TO BE A PROFESSIONAL GOLFER
I started playing golf at the age of 15, so I was a relatively late starter compared to the players on tour these days. I was more into football growing up but my father was a big influence and said that there is a great life ahead being a Professional golfer. Both from the playing side and a teaching role. It is like having two parts to fall back on if one doesn't quite reach the potential that I set out to achieve. I just loved the game from the start and wanted to see where hard work and practise, with the correct coach, would take me in golf. My practice time is around 2 hours per week, depending on how busy I am. Normally do 1 per event so if there are three events per week then I do three hours practice. Tiger Woods was a massive factor and inspiration for me because of his pride and he always tries his best and never gives up. Given the life of a Tour Pro now, who wouldn't want to be a top player as a kid with a dream?
LIFE ON TOUR
The tour is not the life everyone thinks it is, unless you're Rickie Fowler or any other famous name that you might have heard of. It is good old fashioned hard work. The lifestyle is everything I wanted it to be when you're playing well, but when you're not, it is a dog eat dog environment.
On my next blog there will be an insight to the life of playing full time and the pressures of it.