15th September 2014 | IGT Challenge Tour

Liddle dials back the years at Asian Q-School Race ERPM

ERPM15-17SepDay1 (154)(Photo – Brett Liddle; credit CJ du Plooy)

BOKSBURG, 15 September 2014 – After 24 years in the pro golf game, Brett Liddle knows that sometimes it’s function over form. The 44-year-old Boksburg native has been playing so poorly this year, though, that he was desperate to try anything to solve his problems on the course.

Then the seven-time Sunshine Tour winner discovered a little gadget called the Swingclick and the result was a six-under-par 66 in Monday’s first round and the lead in the IGT Tour’s Race to Asian Q-School at ERPM Golf Club.

The Boksburg native beat a shaky start with a pair of birdies and toured a flawless back nine to seal a one stroke lead over Tokkie van den Berg.

Former Africa Open champion Shaun Norris finished two shots back in the pack on four under with Byron Garvie, John McClean from Northern Ireland, amateur Jacques de Villiers and Portugal’s Antonio Rosado, a three-time winner this season.

“Jeez, I think the last time I was interviewed, I still had hair,” Liddle quipped after the round.

“I had a bit of a wobble at the start, because the pressure was on to perform at my home course and I don’t play that often anymore. I hit a terrible second shot at the first and missed a two-footer for par and a bad drive at the third that ended in bogey.

“But I was able to come back with birdies at two and four and I settled into my routine by the fifth hole. After that it was pure pleasure.”

The Sunshine Tour pro was thrilled at his turn of good fortune.

“You know, I’ve never used a gadget once in my career, but it’s true what they say, you’ll do anything when you’re desperate,” the veteran admitted.

“My biggest problem with my swing is that my return is too quick under tournament pressure.

“I heard that Clinton Whitelaw was marketing the Clickswing in the USA and Andre van Staden is selling it in New Zealand, so I though I might as well give it a try.

“It’s made a world of difference to my swing and I’ve even started using it with players that I coach.”

Liddle birdied the 10th and 11th to go two under and a driver, eight-iron and three-foot eagle putt combination at the 13th took him at four under.

Another pair of birdies at the 16th and 17th and par at the 18th left him in pole position.

“My iron shots were off the charts and that’s what you need on a tight layout like the ERPM course,” he said. “I’ve been a member here since I was 11 and this was one of my better rounds at this track.

“All my birdie putts were inside six feet and that’s a direct result of a better controlled swing. You strap this Clickswing to your arm when you practice and it makes this clicking sound when your arm is the correct position at the top of your backswing.

“It basically trains your brain to wait for the click and that forces you to slow down your swing. The result is that you come back down on the right path into the slot. You generate more club head speed that way and your ball goes further and straighter.

“I’m absolutely stoked about this round because I see some light at the end of a long tunnel. I’m definitely on the right track with this device.”

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