Randhawa reverts back to original style to get into groove

Mumbai: After a change in his style that did not yield any dividends, ace golfer Jyoti Randhawa, who showed an indifferent form this season, has reverted back to his original way of playing to get back into the groove.

"I tried to change a few things, to keep adapting to swing changes. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn`t. You want to try and find out what works out for you. So I`m there and my swinging is okay now. The way I used to play before that was what works best for me. So I have gone back to that," he told reporters.

"I`m more of a body player than arms and hand so if I`m turning my body more I`m a better performer. I had started to work with my arms more. I have stopped doing that and am using my body more now," said the 39-year-old Arjuna awardee, who will be participating in the Rs one crore prize money Crompton Greaves Open 2011 tournament here beginning tomorrow.

Randhawa, who had four top-20 finishes on the Asian Tour in 2011 with a best result of tied fifth at the Panasonic Open, said he was gradually getting back to his best.

"I had a tough one-year. This is golf which is a lot like life. You have played well for 10-15 years and you have one bad year. And now I`m in some form. Hopefully, I will carry this form next year and make that year a better year," he said.

"Next year, I`ll be playing a lot in the Asian Tour and in the European Tour. Hopefully, I will do well," he said.

Randhawa said winning a tournament in Europe was among the major targets he had set for himself next year.

"First thing I want to do is to win a golf tournament in Europe. I have won everywhere except Europe. Hopefully, if I can do that next year, it would be great."

On his prospects of playing in US again, he said, "I have played there a couple of times before. Hopefully, if I have a good next year, I will play there next year."

Stating that representing the country in the Olympics was his dream, Randhawa said the proposed reintroduction of golf at the 2016 edition of the quadrennial sporting extravaganza would help the growth of the sport in the country.

PTI