This month’s “Quick Nine” is with Andy Lesenski on becoming a professional golfer. Let’s check in with Andy and see what he’s up to.
1. Andy, tell us a little about yourself and your background?
My name is Andy Lesenski. I’m 25, grew up in Greenfield, a small town in Western Massachusetts, and currently live in Northfield, Massachusetts. I have played golf my entire life, and I want to play for a living. I have a beautiful girlfriend (of 8 years) Lindsay, a degree in Criminal Justice, I’m a Boston Bruins fan, I’m a bit of a gaming-nerd, and I’m making my debut as a professional golfer in 2014!
Note: check out Andy’s site at: andylesenski.com
2. What are your golfing goals for 2014?
I have a bunch of stat goals, and I want to get a course record this season, but my main career goals are to win a pro tournament, and play in Q-School at the end of the summer.
3. What have you been doing in the off-season to prepare yourself?
Aside from hitting as many balls as I can, I have been working-out like a madman. I have also been eating properly and reading Dr. Bob Rotella books somewhat religiously. It feels great. I feel prepared, and I have been able to easily integrate these things into my daily life.
4. What new equipment will you be playing this year?
I’m more of a tried-and-true type of guy when it comes to equipment. I replace my wedges quite a bit due to wear, so I’ll replace my Titleist Vokey SM4’s. The grooves on my irons are getting close to the end of their life, so I’m in the market for new blades. Other than that…I did get a sweet, new, non-glare, paint-job on my woods.
5. Where do you think your game is at currently?
My game feels great. Despite the harsh winter we’ve had here, I’ve been able to hit balls and practice. I’ve been able to tighten up a few positions in my swing, and get a good feel for my body as I changed it. I’m very excited to test it in competition.
6. What couple things do you think would provide the biggest improvement in your game?
I admittedly, have a slight tendency to tinker, so I think getting a coach. Not necessarily a swing coach, but someone who can help me stay focused on one thing at a time.
7. What’s holding you back, why aren’t you on tour yet?
They didn’t “hold me back”, but the injuries I have suffered over the last few seasons have allowed me to learn, and realize, truly what has been holding me back. Getting injured made me realize that I wasn’t committed enough, committed to being fit, committed to being healthy, committed to being strong and committed to the lifestyle of professional golf. But I have matured and learned, and now I am those things.
8. What are some of the biggest obstacles that a new pro faces?
One thing that every new pro will face is learning that your golf game is a business, and it needs to operate like one. An obstacle that is unique to me, is becoming more comfortable putting myself out there, and being more open and candid with everyone I meet.
9. Where can people find more about you and support you?
I’ve been spending the off-season trying to sock away money for this season’s upcoming tournaments and, of course, preparing mentally and physically but expenses do add up.
Therefore, I am accepting donations in 2 ways.
1. I’m offering a T-Shirt Fundraiser (limited time only)
2. Or feel free to donate here: andylesenski.com/donate
Any and all donations, sponsorships, purchases, etc. are extremely appreciated and will support my initial path forward as a professional golfer.