Stephanie Wei reports on the historic accomplishments of Kiwi-lass Lydia Ko and Steph's mention of David Leadbetter brought to mind a Kiwi-guy called Steve (Don't call me Stevie) Williams.
Back in late-December 2013 Emily Kay covered the story-line of Lydia Ko deciding to change her golf coach and her headline reads, "Steve Williams calls Lydia Ko’s decision to dump long-time coach ‘unethical,’ career-threatening."
Emily quoting Steve's thoughts writes, "The most important thing for Lydia is to keep the team around her that’s got her to where she has, but that’s not the case obviously," he said. "It might be detrimental to her career to have chosen the path that she’s gone on."
Way to go Steve however wrong call this time round.
Lydia's 15th club
Larry Williams at New Zealand's NewstalkZB is interviewing David Leadbetter who said among other things his coaching team has only made a couple of little changes to her swing.
David is of the opinion that Lydia's temperament is her 15th club which gives her the ability to stay calm under pressure and David's opening remark that Lydia has, "Ice flowing through her veins," suggests a Hogan-like ability to stay focused.
The rest is just gravy
Given that Tiger Woods' past and recently appointed swing consultants have been swing mechanics and Leadbetter's team haven't tinkered too much with Lydia's swing it does appear that David has done a good job on the mental aspects of her game.
While preparing for the play-off which she eventually won it sounds like David had to tell her she'd won a million dollars. Also reminding her that she'd already won other tournaments and the Rookie of the Year Award and just think, "The rest is just gravy." No big deal just out there and enjoy yourself in the play-off.
Here's the link to Stephanie Wei, Emily Kay and Larry Williams
Quote of the Day
“So I just said, ‘Okay, go out there and have fun, have a couple Top 10s, and just really learn more about the tour and what it’s like to play on the tour full time." - Lydia Ko