Kim blog: Maintain the tempo

Fri 16 May 2014

Kim blog: Maintain the tempo

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By Chan Kim
I started off really well. Birdied four out of five holes and when you are playing that well, it gives you the momentum to carry on. I made bogey on 16 but bounced back on 17 to keep myself going. I planned my shots really well.
I talked to the head instructor (Patrick McGuire) at the Legacy Golf Performance Center in Phoenix, United States last week in Korea and we were talking about swing tempos. I was just focussing on my tempo the whole round and it worked really well. Previously I slowed down on my back swing but now I’m going a little faster so my swing is in sync.
Last year I shot one-over for the first round (Solaire Open) and thought, well that’s not a bad score. Then in the second round I shot a seven on the famous (par three) eighth hole! I couldn’t get any momentum after that and missed the cut by one. I’m happy I made par there today!
I worked really hard on my game and put in a lot of time with my coaches. In my first three Asian Tour events (missed cut) I was playing really aggressive and it didn’t work out. I figured out that I should be hitting it straighter rather than longer and that’s been helping me out a lot.
You need to hit it straight out here (Wack Wack). The rough is not that long but it is pretty narrow because of the trees. If you hit it on the wrong side, you definitely have no shot for the green. You have to keep your ball on the fairway.
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