“Now, we have a gaggle of players who can win every week”: French golf, represented by Victor Perez at the Augusta Masters which begins this Thursday, has maybe by no means been so effectively, based on Benoît Ducoulombier.
National coach in cost of the French professionals till 2018, the one who’s nicknamed “Le Druide” directs the Golf Academy of Saint-Donat, close to Cannes, and has simply accompanied Antoine Rozner at the highest degree, twice victorious this yr. winter because it begins on the European circuit.
He nonetheless works with Victor Dubuisson, the solely French golfer to have participated in three Masters in a row, from 2014 to 2016, when he had climbed to the fifteenthe world rank.
“When Victor (Dubuisson) won (Editor’s note: on the European circuit in 2013), it brought something”, explains the one who now trains, privately, about twenty gamers, most of them French, and two younger gamers together with Lucie Malchirand, 19e Saturday of the Women National Amateur, in Augusta, on the legendary course of the subsequent Masters.
“I have already participated (as a coach) in ten victories on the European circuit, ten victories for girls, and perhaps thirty on the Challenge Tour (Editor’s note: the European D2). All these accumulated victories have brought something. But it is thanks to the federation, which has invested a lot in professional golf, in the rounds of the Challenge Tour, the coaches. “
“In 2000, it was the desert”
The current upturn, thanks to Perez, Rozner, but also Romain Langasque, Mike Lorenzo-Vera and Benjamin Hébert, is the result of twenty years of hard work, according to him: “We have really caught up on our delay compared to 2000, when I started training for the federation. It was the desert, there were two players, (Jean) Van de Velde and (Raphaël) Jacquelin. “
At the time, the French pros each played in their own corner, says Ducoulombier. So, when he proposed to the president of the newly elected FFG, Philippe Martin, to take care of them, he was first answered: “No need, we never managed to get them to agree. “
But he insisted and even obtained a substantial budget to finance travel, physical preparation and joint training.
“We would go together, we would eat together”
“The objective was not to put everything on two players, but the opposite: take as many players as possible and move them forward together, so that individualities stand out. We would go together, we would eat together, and the results came, with the elders playing the game and serving as leaders. “
“The golf federation played a somewhat pioneering role, which for example aroused the interest of the Italians. There was a real budget for each player, with compulsory training, ”provides Ducoulombier.
The “Druid” doesn’t advise Perez, 29e world participant, however he willingly offers his opinion on him: “I see that he’s somebody who stays in his fundamentals, who doesn’t scatter, who doesn’t see 15,000 coaches. He stays on two or three keys: he hits arduous, he has an excellent physique. I usually inform my gamers that there’s nothing worse than being curious in golf. “