Jake: It’s complicated… or is it?

Sun Boardwalk Challenge: Day 1When he starts his second round in the R700,000 Sun Boardwalk Challenge at Humewood, Jake Redman will take plenty of encouragement from his fine six-under-par 66 in the opening round.

Redman, who plays out of Fancourt, has been having one of his leanest years on the Sunshine Tour since he turned professional in 2010, largely as a result of working on some swing changes which are not settling in as easily as he had hoped.

“The consistency hasn’t quite been where I’d like it to be, but it’s all a work in progress,” he said. “The changes that you make in a golf swing – it takes a bit of time to get the consistency you’re looking for, I suppose, but it’s on the right track.

“When I get a round like today – I haven’t had a good round in a while now, since at the Wild Coast – it definitely does help the confidence. It’s still not where I’d like to see my confidence yet, but it’s definitely a step in the right direction.”

The Sun Wild Coast Sun Challenge gave him his best performance on the 22015 Sunshine Tour: He finished in a share of fourth with rounds of 66-70-65. “You do look back at tournaments where you’ve played really nicely, and the Wild Coast was a really nice one because I didn’t have a round over par there, and in the last round, I gave the guys a real go. I’m looking to feed on tournaments where I’ve had good rounds,” he said.

Like most golfers who make swing changes, he battles to articulate just how to bring those changes into action in tournament play. “I’m just trying to keep things a bit more simple,” he said. “When you’re making changes, sometimes you tend to overthink things, and every now and then, you’ve just got to keep it simple again and let everything click by itself.

“And that’s the golfers’ way – to make things more complicated than they should be. Sometimes you’ve got to get a little bit more complicated at times, but then you’ve got to get away from it. You’ve got to balance it correctly. Obviously, when you’re out there playing, and you want to be playing well, you can’t be thinking of too many things.”

And he really didn’t have too much on his mind during his 66 at Humewood. “I was thinking more of trying to keep a clean sheet in the first round than anything else, and the three-putt bogey on the last hole really gave me a bitter taste, but that was the only blemish in the whole day, so I’m very happy about that,” he said.

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