Fresh from booking a prized spot on next season's Duramed Futures Tour, Golf.co.uk's rising star Rachel Connor gets back to work at the David Leadbetter IMG Academy.
Hello to everyone at golf.co.uk.
Can I just say a big 'Thank You' to everyone for the messages that I have received following Tour School - they mean a lot!
After a busy week at Tour School the last week has been filled with the practicalities of arranging my affairs for life on tour in America in 2010. I will be continuing my training at the David Leadbetter IMG Academy in 2010 and Bradenton will be my base for the distant future this is a prospect that I am relishing.
Following a weekend of apartment hunting, furniture sourcing and general traipsing around department stores, I was more than ready to get back to the Academy today. A typical day at the Academy starts at 8.00am with a combination of long and short game work, mental conditioning, swing analysis and usually IPI.
The Athletic & Personal Development program (IPI) is really something special, my sessions include speed/agility conditioning and in-season weight training that is relative to golf. Sessions are taken by Coach TA or Trevor Anderson you can view one of our sessions here:
Coach TA is an inspirational guy the type of person that wants you to push yourself to the limit - with a smile on your face!
There are ten golf courses that are affiliated to IMG in this area and on a daily basis we are timetabled to play at one of these courses. My favourite course and one to visit, if you are ever in this area, is Sarabay Country Club.
Bobby Jones once said of Sarabay "It is one of the finest I have ever seen. It is what I call a true championship layout." So that is recommendation indeed. A typical day at the Academy will finish at 5pm.
So, I'm pleased to be back at the Academy. Our group of post-graduates now totals 13 and seems to growing each day. We are from a mixture of cultures and diverse backgrounds, male and female, and we have different interests outside golf. But we all arrived in Bradenton with one common goal - to be the best that we can be.