PGA of Germany Teacher of the Year, Peter Wolfenstetter, has worked alongside Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee for over 12 years and is travelling to Rio as the Thai Team Coach.
Explain a bit about how you began working with your athlete and when that was.
PW: 12 years ago there was a friend of mine whointroduced me to Thongchai when he was playing the BMW tournament in Munich and then we started working together a little bit and after that we started our partnership.
What are the key things you are going to work on to prepare your athlete for the Olympic Games?
PW: What we want to do is to play every week the best we can and I think we will not do anything special. But the week before I will fly to Asia and we will be practicing together.
When he is good and in form there is no need to change a lot but we will make sure he’s playing his best form when he’s in the Olympics.
I think it’s definitely a special event – 100 years I think since it was in the Olympics and it’s special and we have been talking a lot about what we are doing, what’s going on, how we are working and now we have made a plan and I think we’re on a good path.
How will you stay in touch with your athlete during the Olympic Games?
PW: I am very happy that the Thai Olympic Committee have involved me so I will be going with my player and I am very happy about this.
What does it mean to you to be working with a potential Olympic qualifier?
PW: I think it’s very special and there’s not too many players and not too many coaches that can go to the Olympics…for me it’s bigger than a Masters or a major.
You meet a lot of different sports and athletes and you can talk with all the coaches and I think it is a totally different atmosphere than when we go to the Open Championship or something like that.
What do you think the impact of Olympic Golf will be?
PW: Most of the time I see him between the end of Novemeber and then at Abu Dhabi again. But during the year I think I am in contact with him most of the time and he sends me videos.
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