Football. From the bench to the golf course, the new life of Nicholas Vial-Bayler

Since leaving Valence d’Agen, Nicolas Vial-Pailler has radically changed sports and life. (© Icon Sport)

We left him at the end of last season, when he announced his departure from Valence Dagen (Federal 1), somewhat tired of rugby and eager to see “something else”. At 39, the former manager Nicholas Vial Bellerwho also passed through Gordon, Trelissac, Pérego, the Tunisian national team or Limoges and Sarlat, decided to cut off the Oval world “completely”, without regret, and now devotes himself to his second passion, golf.

“This new daily life makes me feel happy. I have More time to enjoy life My daughters and I no longer need to set my schedule around rugby. From now on, I do what I want, when I want,” the person in question acknowledges rugby news. “At the moment I’m fine and I don’t miss rugby. It’s a new life that fits me perfectly and in which I feel completely satisfied. I feel like I have time and also dedicate myself to my work which is also my passion. Today, I can’t see myself coaching a rugby team and talking to the players.” »

More than 25 competitions on 15 different golf courses since last May

Since last May he has moved away from the world of rugby, “NVP”, shoot my clubEssendieras Dordogne has previously played “more than 25 competitions on 15 different golf courses”. “I need to feel the adrenaline and constantly test myself on new courses, and get out of my comfort zone, rather than playing the same golf course all the time,” he explains. “I don’t play golf to walk in the cart… I prefer to put myself to the test by doing the competition to the fullest.”

At the end of June, adopted, but originally from Isère, Périgourdin, who grew up in Saint-Marcellin, spent 10 days in Los Angeles (US) playing on the world’s most famous golf courses, such as Torrey Pines Course where stars Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy train . And in November he will travel to Ireland, with his cousin, to discover “2-3 anthology golf courses”, as referring to the one who also hits the small ball a lot with Pierre Lafitte, professional rugby player in Soyaux-Angoulême (Pro D2 ).

Nicolas Vial-Pailler advances very quickly, because it is already a 10 (the index corresponds to the differentiation of Par, the ideal number of strokes to make on the hole, and your ability to do so). “I played up to 5 par on a course and in the last three competitions I was between 5 and 7 under level. The index calculation system is complicated in golf, now I regularly play under 10, but they take the average of the top 8 competitions, so be patient, Said the person who hopes to get close to level 0, corresponding to a professional players degree. “I aspire to be a sure one player. Today, there are a lot of non-professional players, business leaders or employees, who are in index 1 or 2 and give their all, without ever becoming their job.”

A level that gives him the opportunity to play his first professional tournament, from September 28-30, in Novara (Italy). “I was invited by the French-Swiss professional golfer, Arthur Emile Blanchen, to take part in the Alpine Open Tour, European Pro Level 3. I could see better at the Continental level, with the best youngsters.”

“In golf, you are alone against yourself, unlike rugby…”

Depending on his schedule, his employer tries to play golf at least 3 or 4 times a week. “Thanks to my job, I have the opportunity to be mobile, so I play a little bit on all the golf courses. When I go to a business meeting, I try to spare some free time and organize myself for a short course, but it never comes before work.”

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A discipline that Nicholas Vial Byler discovered however late, in February 2021, thanks to Jerome Pradel, coach responsible for the defense of Valencia Dagen. “He picked me up and I fell home straight away,” Nicholas Viall-Byler recalls. “Golf is like life, you have to persevere, because you are alone with yourself, unlike rugby. If I play a bad shot, I can only blame myself, and if I take a risk and it does not work, it is because I played poorly. That excites me.”

Nicholas Vial Beller
Nicholas Vial-Byler is now enjoying golf. (© DR)

A sport in the midst of nature where he is alone with his destiny and rediscovers himself. “It allowed me to really know who I am and what I deserve. That’s the big difference with rugby, which is a team sport. When you’re a coach, you think you control things that you don’t control in the end… It’s an illusion, because you’re subject to refereeing standards, to the opponent.” , and even to the desire of your players, according to whether or not they believe in your project … Today, I am facing myself and with a small ball. The former technician says, before continuing:

Golf is one of the mentally toughest sports in the world because, overnight, your performance can be completely chewed up, while you change nothing in your movement. In professional tournaments, it is sometimes played by one difference. It is an excellent school for life, because life is what you must sustain to achieve your dreams, even if there are times that are more difficult than others.

Nicholas Vial BellerFormer Director of Valence d’Agen

“Golf is all about perseverance and hard work”

The second passion where the man of challenges Nicholas Viale-Beller saw amazing progress: “It’s just persistence and hard work. When I do something, I do it all the time, otherwise it’s useless. It’s my perfect and only side, and golf fits perfectly, because you have to ask From yourself. “

With this new system, NVP also combines business with pleasure, as it takes advantage of golf to do business. “I regularly happen to do business with courses,” explains the person who works as a broker in financial investments and runs NVP Courtage. Moreover, inviting professional golfer Arthur Emil Blanchen to participate in Alps Tour Golf is not an easy matter, since the latter is a client of his company.

And even if the former manager takes great pleasure in hitting the little ball and loves the friction of the continent’s best golfers, he intends to remain an amateur. “I am so passionate about my work that I don’t want to do anything else. But this sport offers the possibility to participate in high level tournaments, even when you are an amateur, so it is really great to accompany Arthur to Italy. I am going there to make the most of it!”

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