If it’s working, don’t tinker, Veer Ahlawat’s motto

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The work put in on stability has helped Veer Ahlawat's golf swing after Lockdown 2.
The work put in on stability has helped Veer Ahlawat's golf swing after Lockdown 2.

If it’s working, don’t tinker. Veer Ahlawat put to use the saying during the time he was away from competition after March.

His season on the Professional Golf Tour of India thus far makes for impressive reading with almost all results in single digits, and the earnings and status on the order of merit too signalling towards another productive year.

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So, with all departments up and running, Veer did not feel the need for improvising training methods at home during lockdown. No hitting balls into a net in the backyard or shadow practice in the drawing room.

Clubhouse leader Veer Ahlawat did not miss anything six feet from the pin on Day 2 of the Players Championship in Panchkula.
Clubhouse leader Veer Ahlawat did not miss anything six feet from the pin on Day 2 of the Players Championship in Panchkula.

“I like to see the flight of the ball, and that isn’t possible with indoor practice,” said Veer. Besides, there was fear of the “feel going” by trying out innovative methods. So, it was almost complete abstinence from golf, save the odd occasion when the putter was wielded on the living room carpet. “The momentum was good before the Tour stopped, I wanted it to stay that way.”

 

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Veer stands vindicated, or so it seems, after two days of the Players Championship at the Panchkula Golf Club. Back on Tour after an extra week’s break due to family commitments, the mind’s fresh after the time away. The enormity of the 10-under 62 gets watered down as there was preferred lie following the heavy morning shower, but as clubhouse leader Veer is taking heart from the stat that he did not miss anything within six feet of the pin.

 

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There was work on another front when golf was on pause. Veer put in the hours on body stability. “My hitting was always good, the swing is a lot more stable following the work on this aspect,” he said.

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The time away would have given Veer time to reflect and acquire perspective on how he perceives the remainder of the season to pan out. The start of his campaign after the break indicates the intent as he sits on a seven-shot cushion going into the business end.

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