One of my favorite shows to watch on the Golf Channel is Morning Drive. I found it one morning when I was channel surfing because I was tired of the “same old, same old” on the morning network shows.
The show has a lot of guests from the golf world and last week Annika Sorenstam and Hank Haney were on the show. When asked who had the best golf swing, I expected Haney to mention a male golfer but to my surprise he said Yani Tseng. I think Annika was pleasantly surprised because she had a big smile on her face and quickly agreed with Haney.
What stuck with me was why Annika thinks Yani Tseng has the best swing. It is that the swing is “repeatable under pressure.” Any golfer can relate to that statement. Sometimes you listen to golf experts talk about the swing and it is all about swing plain, club head speed, the grip, clearing your hips, etc. and you quickly realize how much goes into a great swing. It can be overwhelming to have all that swirling around in your head.
As an amateur golfer there is nothing more frustrating than starting off the round feeling great because you are swinging well which results in decent shots; then suddenly you hit a bad shot and you can’t figure out what just changed in your swing. And even though there is nothing big at stake (like a career) you start to feel “under pressure” to fix it. And often times it is that self-inflicted pressure that makes it even worse. At that point, golf really becomes a “head game” and you go from feeling great to awful in just a few shots.
I think it is great that Yani Tseng has the ability to repeat her amazing swing under pressure. For me, I’m just happy when I can repeat my decent swing for a full round of golf. Of course, then the next thing to worry about is putting.