It's Golf nine to five for former professional hockey player and Olympic Bronze medallist Chloe Rogers. Now a Titleist Product specialist, Women & Golf asks the questions.
Tell us about yourself and your success as a hockey player.
I’d played a mixture of sports, including golf, when I was younger, with my first love being football, but by the time I reached my late teens it became obvious that my future lay in hockey. I made my England debut in 2003 and would represent my country for almost a decade, winning medals at the Commonwealth Games, European Championships, and the Champions Trophy, the highlight being a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games. After retiring from the game, I played a couple of years of full-time amateur golf before deciding it was time to have a proper career and turn professional. I now work as a Titleist
Had you always intended to become a professional golfer once you retired from hockey?
I’d always loved golf but hadn’t had much time for the game whilst I was playing hockey full-time. However, I’d always intended to come back to it in some form. After the London Games I decided to take a break from the sport and try my hand at playing the amateur golf circuit. I had some pretty good finishes, including reaching the final of the English Mid-Amateur Championship at John O’Gaunt, and an 11th place at the British Amateur Stroke Play at Prestwick, which gave
me a great deal of confidence, and after deciding that my heart wasn’t really in a return to hockey, I decided to make the switch.
Do you think it’s important for girls who want to become professional sportswomen to play more than one sport?
The skills that you acquire when playing one sport can be used to develop in other sports. The skills I have from playing football, golf and hockey all helped me to excel in my respective sports. If juniors specialise in one sport too early, it’s easy for them to get burned out or just lose interest and enjoyment.
Do the skills needed to be a top hockey player transfer well to the game of golf?
People often think they are similar, but there are a lot of differences. In hockey, a team of players surrounds you and the coach decides your schedule and training regime, so you grow used to relying on others. If you want to play top-level golf then you need to be self-driven, which I don’t always find so easy. I find I miss the camaraderie of a team game, which you don’t really get in golf.
Have you found the attitudes to women differ at a golf club to on a hockey pitch?
To a certain extent yes, but normally just surprise that I’m a woman in a field that is predominantly male-orientated. I’ve personally never met another female club fitter and people are sometimes surprised when they come to get fitted, but as long as you know your stuff gender doesn’t make a difference.
Tell us about your role with Titleist?
I’m a product specialist, which means that I cover all club training and fitting events in the South East of England. I help ensure that people are equipped with the clubs which best suit their game, whether that be elite golfers, or higher handicappers. We see more and more people nowadays of all abilities coming to get fitted. Golfers are more aware of the importance of club fitting as it can make a big impact to your game. It means spending a lot of time on the road, but I enjoy the variety of seeing new people each day.
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