A few months ago I was fortunate enough to observe ,caddy for & interview Lydia Ko during an18 hole social game at Moor Park.
Sometimes it can be difficult to relate to the worlds best players , however I believe there are some Simple Ideas You & I can learn by observing the very best golfers.
5 of Lydia's Keys which you & I can learn (a lot) from :
1.Rhythm is King - All Shots from Driver to Wedges are played at same Tempo
The Swing is Perfectly Smooth & Balanced throughout the swing - an out of balance swing is out of control & leads to an out of control golf ball
2.Lydia Spends over 50 % of the time on Putting & Short Game and practices the putting indoors on a perfect surface - by practicing indoors we can concentrate on stroke mechanics & build confidence.
3.Every Shot has a target!!
Always have a landing target for all tee shots & approaches , this helps you focus on where you want the ball to end up - rather than just aiming down the fairway , pick a specific place for the ball to end up.
4.Keep Swing Practice to the Range , On the Course Just Play!
Lydia does her Swing Practice at her Home club (Lake Nona -Orlando). On tour , Lydia spends the available time on playing the course or short game feel - on practice days she sometimes plays 2 rounds to learn The Best Way to Play each Hole rather than hitting lots of balls.
5.Golf is only one Part of Life - interestingly (especially for someone so young) when i talked to Lydia about her goals, most were outside of golf .
- by having a balanced outlook , the pressure is greatly reduced
What we can learn.. each shot good or bad is only a golf shot & we should not get too attached to the result -we should look to try our hardest , focus well & enjoy good result but not dwell on bad ones- There are far worse places to be than on the course however poorly we might have played.