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Posted: Thursday, September 20, 2012 | 10:47 PM

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Alena Sharp hits a tee shot in Thursday's first round at the Navistar LPGA Classic in Prattville, Ala. (Darren Carroll/Getty Images) 
Alena Sharp hits a tee shot in Thursday's first round at the Navistar LPGA Classic in Prattville, Ala. (Darren Carroll/Getty Images)

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The Navistar LPGA Classic is our last event prior to the limited-field events that fill the remainder of our season. And coming into this week, there are a lot of distractions. No matter.

The Navistar LPGA Classic is our last event prior to the limited-field events that fill the remainder of our season.

Coming into this week, there are a lot of distractions.

This is the last chance to make money, you get to know your status for 2013 and it's the last event until March. That's a long break -- almost 5 full months off, minus the practicing, to get ready for next season.

I'm sitting outside the Top 100, which might mean I won't get into the first few events in 2013. So at the end of the week, it would be nice to get inside the Top 100. I have never finished outside the Top 100.

It's been a bit of a struggle with my long game this year, which is weird for me. But it is what it is. Thinking about mechanics doesn't help your golf game. Mechanics are for the range. I tell amateurs this all the time. I'm glad I'm finally taking my own advice.

I had a great talk with Chris Dorris, my mental coach, about putting things into perspective, about seeing the big picture but, at the same time, being entirely focused on my game plan.

The big picture is I'm living my dream, playing on the LPGA tour, own a house -- basically, it's a great life.

The small picture is being a warrior out on the golf course and being entirely target focused. Getting away from mechanics completely. No swing thoughts. No fear. Just pure playing the game.

How do I do this? Slow down my routine. Take longer looks out to the target. This will slow down my tempo and help me hit shots on my intended line.

'Set my tempo all day'

I actually played today [Thursday] before I wrote this and had an amazing round! I was 5-under par through nine holes and finished at 5-under 67. I hit 17 greens and every fairway but one. It was amazing.

I did exactly what I wanted to do with my routine. I looked slowly at the target and the results were awesome -- 80 per cent of my shots were dead online. The key was when I brought my eyes back to the ball, I waited a second before taking the club back. It set my tempo all day long. So now that's part of my new routine!

Time to enjoy tomorrow's second round and go from there. One round at a time. One hole at a time. One shot at a time. Staying totally focused in the present.

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