The final countdown

DP World Tour player Chris Paisley looks ahead to the final run of events this season, and sets out his plans for the weeks ahead

As I write, I’m in Denmark for the Made In Himmerland. This is one of my favourite events of the year because the crowds provide an electric atmosphere, and I have a good record here. For some reason, the course really suits my eye too.

This is my second event in a run of potentially 10 in a row. Quite simply, I have to play exceptionally well to salvage what has been the worst and toughest season of my career. 

I usually plan my schedule so that I don’t play more than four events in a row and have a chance to take a couple of weeks off at a time. Given my current position, I am just going to go with the flow. I am in a fight to save my job and I am going to keep battling until I have either accomplished that goal or run out of events. 

This isn’t the position I envisaged I would be in at the start of the season. Frankly, I can’t believe how badly the year has gone so far. 

I have made some poor decisions in the last 18 months in an effort to improve, and unfortunately the opposite has happened. It has been a harsh lesson to learn, but I suppose that’s sport. My work ethic, desire, and attitude are still there, but making some big changes to my swing has proven costly. The problem with golf is that if you work like a maniac on the wrong things, then you are heading further and further from where you want to be. It then takes the same, if not more effort to get back to where you were. This is where I am currently. I’m working my socks off with my coach, Andrew Nicholson, to piece my swing together and it is slowly getting there. 

Despite the fact I need some really high finishes to retain my card, I need to stay calm, positive and patient. My confidence has taken a massive hit over the past year or so, but deep down I know I have the ability to get out of this mess. One thing is for sure, if I do manage to pull this off, I’m going to throw one hell of a party to celebrate!