25 December 2019: Aditi Ashok is blazing a new trail for Indian golf. She is set to play her fourth straight season on the LPGA, clearly building a substantive international career with plenty of time on her side. Though 2019 would not have measured up to her own high standards, these are the lessons that should help build a solid foundation as she continues the quest for a maiden victory on the LPGA. Meanwhile, the Ladies European Tour continues to be a remarkably fertile hunting ground for Aditi, who rounded off the season with second place finishes in Spain and Kenya.
In this end of season conversation with us, Aditi discusses some of the aspects that stood out during the 2019 season and the experience she is gaining from playing on the demanding international circuit. The new partnership between the European and American tours also opens a new door of opportunities for Aditi and perhaps enable the young golfer to draw on her experience across the pond to gain more success in 2020 and beyond.
What is your perspective on the 2019 season and how have you seen your game progress through your three full seasons on the LPGA?
I think the main thing I have learnt is how to play a variety of courses in different weather conditions. I have also learnt to make a good game plan that suits me and the level of scoring on the LPGA. A lot of the international playing experience especially during my last year as an amateur in UK, Europe and USA was a planned effort and it helped me in getting ready to play professionally but of course playing on tour with the best in the world week after week is completely different. Another thing I have subconsciously done is work on knowing my swing and how to manage it over consecutive weeks of golf, something I didn’t have a lot of experience doing four years ago.
How do you see the integration between the two tours play out and how do you think it might influence schedules in 2020?
With the Olympics on the horizon, what are the kind of inputs you are absorbing about the venue and the course for the competition next year?
I am trying to find out as much as I can about the venue.