Tseng to work on 'imagination' shots in offseason

Yani Tseng with caddie Jason Hamilton during the final round of the CME Group Titleholders at Grand Cypress in Orlando, Fla.

ORLANDO, Fla. – Look for Yani Tseng in the woods this offseason at Lake Nona. She’s putting herself there on purpose. Tseng wants to work on shaping the ball, getting close to tucked pins and easing herself out of trouble situations.

“Try to hit those imagination shots,” said Tseng, who used to spend at least 30 minutes a day shaping the ball during practice.

“Before if I say, ‘OK let’s fade five yards.’ I can do that. Now I don’t think I can,” Tseng said. “This year, lots of courses were pretty straightforward.”

That is, until these last two weeks.

Tseng closed with a 74 at Grand Cypress to finish tied for sixth at the CME Group Titleholders, seven shots behind winner Hee Young Park.

“Party too much,” Tseng said laughing. Truthfully, she wanted nothing more than to end her historic season with one more title.

It’s important for a player like Tseng, who ends the year with 11 victories worldwide, to find ways to challenge herself going forward. She’s anything but one-dimensional. Tseng needs a certain level of excitement to keep her interested.

Tseng’s 2012 season will begin at the ISPS Handa Australia Women’s Open at Royal Melbourne. She hopes the greens are as quick for the ladies as they were for the men this week at the Presidents Cup.

“It would be so much fun,” she said. “You’re working hard; you want to challenge yourself.”

First, Tseng will play in one more invitation-only event in Taiwan, The Swinging Skirts. Eight of the top 10 players in the world will be on hand for the 54-hole event. All players must wear a skirt during the pro-am, including the men. Tseng played in a skirt for the first time at an exhibition in Taiwan last year and put on rain pants at the turn.

Kraft Nabisco champion Stacy Lewis and So Yeon Ryu, winner of the 2011 U.S. Women’s Open, will join Tseng and Paula Creamer for a skins game prior to the 54-hole stroke play event.

After that she’ll head back to the U.S. to check out Las Vegas for the first time. She’s also in the market for a new car.

“I’ve had the same car (Porsche Cayenne) for four years,” Tseng said in a can-you-believe-it tone.

She can afford the upgrade.

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