Meet the Golfer: Fahmi Reza

By: Simon Reynolds

Fahmi Reza

Golf Indonesia had to pleasure to meet one of Indonesia’s brightest prospects in golf, Fahmi Reza at Pondok Indah driving range. The softly spoken Fahmi was fresh from his unique appearance competing at the Faldo Series Grand Final at the Greenbrier in the USA. Fahmi Reza had the honour of competing in this event having won the Faldo Series Indonesian championship, also finishing as the top player in the U-21 Faldo Series Asia Grand Final at Mission Hills in China earlier in the year, where he had the opportunity to meet one of his boyhood idols, Sir Nick Faldo. The Faldo Series is a fantastic set up which allows top youngesters in golf from all over the world to compete against one another at world class venues against the very best fellow players form all over the globe. Former winners of the Faldo Series grand final include: Rory McIlroy, Nick Dougherty, Oliver Fisher and Yani Tseng.

Fahmi is still an amateur and this opportunity to play at the Grand Final amongst the world’s very best amateurs was a world away from the humble links of Sawangan Besar, his home course in Depok. Although he was disappointed with his performance, the conditions were challenging, with the temperature -1 at tee-off on one day, a stark contrast from playing conditions in tropical Indonesia. He now knows what it takes to compete with the world’s best amateur golfers, and is inspired to continue to improve his golf.

Fahmi RezaHi Fahmi, a brief introduction please.
My name is Fahmi, I was born in Bogor. I have three brothers, all of which play golf as well.

So it sounds like you are a golfing family. Who usually wins when you play?
I have the lowest handicap of us all at 1.5, but when I play poorly sometimes they can beat me.

You first swung a golf club at the age of eight, did you fall in love with the game straight away, or was it a hobby, which took time to develop?
Well, actually my father was a huge influence in me taking up the game. He guided me towards golf, and always motivated me to continue playing and to appreciate just how wonderful a sport it is. He actually encouraged all of us to play golf, today he still helps by coaching my game.

At what age did you realise you wanted to fully commit towards becoming a top golfer and future professional?
By the age of 14, in junior high school, my game was really developing and I was winning many local junior competitions. I realised that I had the passion as well as the talent to compete and win at the highest level amongst the Indonesia’s top golfers. This inspired me to continue to improve and still does today. As soon as you stop practising someone will catch up or even overtake you.

What career outside of golf would you consider pursuing?
I would be interested in being a banker.

What are you hobbies outside of the game of golf?
I like to relax and play Playstation when I am at home and I also like to support my beloved Manchester United.

Fahmi RezaWhere would you take your foreign guests and friends when they came to visit you in Jakarta?
I would take them to my two favourite golf courses: Royale Jakarta or Bogor Raya.

What is your favourite course in Indonesia?
I love New Kuta Golf in Bali. It is a links style golf course, which is very unique in Indonesia, and I find the challenging conditions fun to play in.

What is your goal as a golfer in five years from now?
I would like to be in the Top 10 rankings on the Asian Tour. In five years I will be 27 years old and I would like to be ready to compete on the PGA Tour. I think the PGA is more prestigious than the European Tour.

Who would you pick as your dream flight of golfer to join you for a round of golf at your home course at Sawangan Besar?
Tiger Woods, Adam Scott and Jack Nicklaus.

What would you work on and how would you focus during a driving range session?
I often hit 400 balls. I like to set myself targets for my short game: 50, 70, 90 and 110 yards with my wedges. I like to check my statistics and I give myself pressure situations. So, I set myself a goal of hitting 20 wedges in a row on to the target greens; if I fail, I start again from the beginning. This helps to replicate the feeling of pressure in tournament conditions. I do a similar exercise with my long game.

About Simon Reynolds

Simon fell in love with the game of golf at an early age. Watching Happy Gilmore when he was 12, Simon was hooked, and to this day thanks Adam Sandler's genius in the film for his passion for the game. His golfing hero is more refined and mature these days, and he continues his spiritual quest to model his golf game on Ben Hogan's perfect golf swing.

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