I want 2012 to be a transition year for me: Manav

New Delhi: Rising Indian golfer Manav Jaini wants this season to be a transition year for him and is working on his swing and drive to compete at the highest level when he travels overseas.

Manav, who was in contention for his first Asian Tour title at the SAIL Open on home soil last year before settling for fourth place, said he is not able to hit long when he is playing abroad in the Asian Tour.

"I had a reasonably good last year but this year I have to work on my drive and distance. I`m somehow not able to hit further or even reach the distance which I regularly do in India. So I want to work on my swing. I want to make it a transition year for me," he told reporters on the sidelines of press conference to launch an exclusive golf channel Ten Golf on a three-year partnership with PGTI.

The 28-year-old Delhi golfer was also in the spotlight at the Panasonic Open (India) where he lost in a three-way play-off to countryman Anirban Lahiri.

One of the biggest events in India, the Avantha Masters Championship will get underway at the DLF Golf and Country Club at Gurgaon from February 16 to 19 and Manav said he is looking forward to the tournament.

"Avantha Masters is one of the biggest tournament in India and it is a very important tournament for the Indian golfers and I am really excited and looking forward to the event," he said.