Bill Fields does a very comprehensive look at Lydia Ko. Much better than I’ve ever seen before.
He quotes John Lister who also said, ‘It was like she was born to play golf. She's once in a lifetime, really."
Not your regular Sunday morning foursome
Bill writes, ‘Lister was no stranger to Ko by the time he saw the accuracy hat trick. Before the girl turned 10, he had been a part of a regular Sunday game with her at Gulf Harbour for several years. The group was filled out by veteran Kiwi pro Bob McDonald and a talented Korean-born player 7 years older than Ko…The foursome would play 15 to 20 times a year. Ko's mother, Tina Hyon,’ who also provided sushi for sustenance.
Hypnotized many a time
And many a time I’ve searched for some in-depth clues to explain Lydia. Much has been written about her links with coaches and compliments about her calmness. And now thanks to Bill a more detailed explanation.
‘When Ko grew a bit older, those valuable Sunday sessions gave way to formal training with someone else, mental performance coach David Niethe. Ko saw Niethe -- who has degrees in neurolinguistic programming and hypnotherapy and consults with athletes in various sports -- for an hour once a month for approximately seven years. "Lydia has been hypnotized many a time by me," says Niethe, 46, a large brick of a person who used to compete in strong-man competitions. In using hypnosis during her formative years as a golfer, Ko has that in common with Tiger Woods, who as a teenager was hypnotized by Dr. Jay Brunza, a friend of his late father, Earl, as one tool to better his play.’
Bill writes, ‘Beyond her natural talent enhanced by instruction, Ko certainly put in the time. Wilson and Niethe believe in a theory published by Swedish psychologist K. Anders Ericsson in a 1993 study and popularized by Malcolm Gladwell's 2008 book "Outliers: The Story of Success" that 10,000 hours of "deliberate practice" is the key to world-class excellence. Whether it was the evenings after dinner at the Takapuna range -- where she would try to keep up with Ahn in the adjacent hitting bay -- skipping down the sloping fairways of Pupuke or locking up after a late session with the key she was given at the Institute of Golf, many in greater Auckland observed how much Ko put into golf. Sara Jasmat, a Pilates instructor and low-handicap amateur, recalls a day she and her husband played 36 holes at North Shore Golf Club. Ko was practicing when Jasmat teed off and when she came by the clubhouse after nine, 18 and 27 holes. When Jasmat putted out on her 36th hole, Ko was still there.
"She was there the whole day," Jasmat says. "At the end she was playing in the dark, and her dad had his night-vision binoculars on so he could see where the balls were going."
Link to Bill Fields
Quote of the Day
"If our goal from day one was to get her to hit it as far as she can, she wouldn't be playing golf anymore.She'd be busted, her back would be done. We always said that rhythm was good." – Guy Wilson
For Ken and any other regular readers wondering why so few posts.
I’ve been in Portugal for a month and away for some time.