FirstPoint USA client, Matthew Robertson, began his golfing career in 2013, when he first joined Glasgow Golf Club, and since then has had a huge number of successes. Amongst others, these include; securing 2nd place in both the individual and team (3-man) ISGA National Plate Finals, The Shire London. In 2016, Matthew was the youngest ever finalist in the Moray Open, (low handicap section). Matthew also won the Junior European Open regional qualifier at Alloa Golf Club, and earned himself a place at the European Finals in Spain, 2017.
At the beginning of the month, Matthew jetted off to Florida to embark upon his stay at the IMG Academy's Golf Camp - here, you can find out some more about Matthew's American adventure. Here, Matthew shares with us his experiences from week two at the IMG Academy Golf Camp, Bradenton, Florida.
"Most fun I’ve had in a while. Hanging with my new friends; in the gym early in the morning; practicing hard on the range, indoors and chipping and putting area. Crammed so much into my week that it felt more like a month! Never wanted it to end. I genuinely love being with like-minded people who love golf, are focused on improvement and are so motivated to be the best they can be. I am totally on board!
I did a lot of work this week in the tour studio with Alex, crunching numbers (which looked real good!) and getting fitted for new wood shafts. Cannot wait to test these on the course!
Putting was my focus this week, which included SAM’s putt lab, establishing putting drills to ensure I “practice with purpose”, and working on creating a repeatable routine for setup and stroke that I hope will improve my consistency in competition. Shout out to my new mate Josh- a putting demon – we are regularly coming up with ways to compete with each other, to keep practice fun and focused – our putting drill competition took 35 minutes for someone to finally win!
Last weekend I travelled with a team of IMG full-time students to a IMG tour tournament. It was an unforgettable experience, playing in the tournament and being involved in a team environment. The greens and fairways were tight and many of us struggled with the course conditions. I was disappointed with my scores of +6 and +5, as this did not reflect the progress I felt I had made in my first stretch at IMG. I reckon 7 shots were due to tiredness in the final holes of both rounds as I have not yet adjusted my Scottish body to the temperature - extremely hot and humid weather and a long course contributed to shots being lost in the final holes. Having analysed my card and reflected on my performance I would say I was disappointed to finish with bogeys, however, I was pleased with how I was able to bounce back with 2 or 3 birdies on each day after 1 poor hole. My headspace app (Justin Rose is a fan) has obviously helped me “keep the head”, move on and be present, which is something I have been working on. Overall, a great experience and made lots of memories with friends who I will never forget and hope to play with in college golf soon!"
We’d like to thank Matthew for sharing his experiences from his second at the IMG Academy's Golf Camp; keep an eye out for his week three blog which will be published across our various social media platforms; Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.