News about Lydia Ko 2017
Lydia Ko Working With New Instructor
February 2017 – Lydia Ko officially starts working with new instructor Gary Gilchrist. Gilchrist is also the instructor of LPGA players Ariya Jutanugarn, Moriya Jutanugarn, Shanshan Feng, Paula Creamer and Yani Tseng. Lydia Ko Working With New Instructor, Gary Gilchrist.
Time will tell whether the change was the right move for Lydia, but my initial thoughts are that it’s a move that makes sense. Lydia won five times worldwide in 2016, all under the guidance of her former instructor, David Leadbetter. This leads to the question, why leave a partnership that has had so much success? Well, sometimes change is necessary for improvement and maybe more importantly, confidence. Lydia was in search of a coach that would be a little less mechanical. In an interview with golfchannel.com Ko said, “It’s important for me to understand more about my swing and my game, no matter who I end up working with.”
The move to Gary Gilchrist makes sense because he worked under Leadbetter and was in charge of the David Leadbetter Junior Golf Academy for nine years. Leadbetter, in many ways, was a mentor to Gilchrist and taught him a lot as a player and instructor. Gilchrist has a basic understanding of Lydia’s swing and where she is coming from. This gives Lydia the opportunity to work with an instructor who has similar philosophies to Leadbetter but will keep things simple.
Talking to other players and students of Gilchrist helped her make the decision. At a media day in New Zealand Ko said, “That was kind of the aspect I thought would be great. I tried a few lessons with him. I felt like it was really simple and we didn’t like rip the swing apart and I think that was very important and I think that was good to see the changes we have made.”
Lydia hopes to become less reliant on coaches because she knows they can not be with her every day of the year. If Lydia was going to make a coaching change, Gilchrist makes as much sense as anybody.
Lydia Ko Changes Caddy, Coach, and Leaves Callaway Golf
A set of significant changes were announced by Lydia Ko and her management following her relatively poor end to the 2016 LPGA season.
October 2016, Lydia Ko dismissed Jason Hamilton, her caddy since 2014.
December 2016, Lydia separated from her long-time coach, David Leadbetter. According to David Leadbetter, Lydia’s parent’s were sometimes intrusive – ‘It’s not easy coaching three people.’.
Respected golf writer, Amy Rogers, covered Lydia’s explanation in her LPGA article – LYDIA KO OPENS UP ABOUT END OF YEAR CHANGES.
January 2017 – Lydia Ko changed equipment provider from Callaway to Parsons Xtreme Golf (PXG) – Lydia Ko leaves Callaway, signs equipment deal with PXG.
About Lydia Ko
Lydia Ko (turning 20 in April 2017) is a Korean-born New Zealand professional golfer who became the No. 1 ranked woman professional golfer on 2 February 2015 at 17 years 9 months 8 days of age, making her the youngest player of either gender to be ranked No. 1 in professional golf. She is the current No. 1 golfer.* Source: Wikipedia.
Lydia Ko in 2016 (Source: LPGA)
24 events, 24 cuts made, $2,493,059 (2nd in the money list)
Four victories including her second major championship at the ANA Inspiration with 10 additional top-10 finishes including three runner-ups.
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