Instead of relentlessly chasing down titles such as world’s best golfer in her class, Kiwi Lydia Ko says she’ll instead take each day of every competition as it comes while believing in a bigger plan and making the best of whatever comes her way.
Ko’s recent stellar performance at the ANA Inspiration, the closest she’s come to winning a Major in five years, was according to the New Zealander the result of her new-found realisation and truth. And while being off on a unique and personal journey may sound like New Age-babble to some, the Kiwi has clearly regained much of her former magic. Even if that means that success will be had from everything but constantly chasing down titles in the hopes of becoming the next big force in the world of golfing.
Obvious too is that swing “guru” and coach Sean Foley has had an even bigger impact on the 23-year-old’s mental tenacity than on her actual physical performance. Under Foley’s guiding hand, Ko has climbed golf’s world rankings from 55 in August last year, to a stunning 11th place ranking last week.
Hers has been a personal path back to self-discovery involving three words to live (and play) by: patience, gratitude, and acceptance. Due to the tricky nature of the game, said Ko after her top-notch ANA performance, it’s impossible to know exactly what awaits on any given day. Instead, she’s decided to control that which happens to be within her power to control while playing with full commitment and absolute confidence.
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