“But mum relented and told dad to give us 200 balls a day so that we could start practising. Dad was a fairly good golfer so he began teaching us the game,” said the 24-year-old professional golfer. With the encouragement of his parents, Hanafiah started taking the sport seriously and even took part in tournaments, winning his first Under-12 competition when he was only 10 at the SportExcel Junior League.
“I had a proper coach when I was 12 and started winning at bigger events. I eventually turned professional when I was 16,” he said. As a professional golfer, Hanafiah trains about seven hours a day, six days a week.
“We would take a day off on different days of the week so that we don’t get stuck to a routine. My training time also changes. Sometimes I start in the morning and sometimes, at 2pm.”
Hanafiah is looking forward to this week’s Maybank Malaysian Open, confessing that the golf course at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club would be quite challenging.
“It’s a scenic course and I enjoy playing there but it will be a difficult one to tackle because it is very narrow. Fortunately, my brother Iylia is good at strategising so I actually go through the game with him a lot,” he said.
Being involved in tournaments also means spending a lot of time on the road and with Ayam Brand currently sponsoring Hanafiah, it means that his nutritional needs are taken care of.
“I snack on tuna and sardines because they help in muscle recovery. My mother actually suggested this a few years ago after reading about it in an article. It is great now that Ayam Brand is sponsoring me because their products can be eaten straight from the can,” he said.
Hanafiah’s coach, Ayoub Oussar, 45, believes it is important for sportsmen like Hanafiah to eat well regularly.
“They do a lot of walking so if they do not eat properly, the body will dig into their natural reserve of energy and they will feel the effects later on,” said Ayoub.
“Ayoub is actually a good cook so we not only get golfing tips from him but also cooking tips,” said Hanafiah with a laugh.
Meanwhile, Ayam Brand marketing manager Marie-Magali Falcoz said the sponsorship of Hanafiah was in line with its commitment to promote a healthier lifestyle by working with young people involved in sports.
“Everyone should be aware of what they eat and make good dietary choices. We are proud to sponsor Hanafiah and wish him all the best at the Maybank Malaysian Open 2013,” Falcoz said.
*Sumber dari StarMetro