H and cad­die changes ‘the right de­ci­sions’

The New Zealand Herald - - SUPER SPORT -

e ed c cs o of e er d d has had 11 cad­dies since turn­ing pro five years ago. And she’s on her third coach af­ter hir­ing and fir­ing one within a year.

But Ko says crit­ics of her changes miss the point.

“I’m try­ing to make the de­ci­sions where I think it’s the best for me in my ca­reer,” Ko said.

“Some­times, I think ‘hey, maybe I shouldn’t have done that’. But I feel like I made the right de­ci­sions.

“All I can do . . . is do what I think is best for me and some­times not every­body is go­ing to agree.”

Ko last year lost her world No 1 rank­ing amid her first win­less LPGA sea­son since 2012.

Her mea­gre year came af­ter switch­ing coaches from the renowned David Lead­bet­ter, with whom she worked from 2013 to the end of 2016.

In came Gary Gilchrist, who lasted just the year. Now, Ko is work­ing un­der Ted Oh.

“Hope­fully, this one does go a long way,” she said.

Ahead of her open­ing round, Oh said the pair worked nine-hour days for a five-week span as part of his ‘old school’ coach­ing method.

Oh told GolfChan­nel.com that he didn’t make any changes to Ko’s swing as he be­gan coach­ing in Jan­u­ary in Phoenix.

“Her me­chan­ics were al­ready great,” Oh said. “It was more fine­tun­ing things. It was more about se­quence, tempo and bal­ance and a lot of prac­tice. We worked a lot on her scor­ing clubs, her short irons and wedges and shots around the green. We spent hours and hours with the scor­ing clubs.”

Oh said they went into a boot­camp-style prepa­ra­tion for the new sea­son af­ter the Kiwi went win­less in 2017.

“The days would have been longer, but the sun went down,” Oh said.

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Ly­dia Ko is among the lead­ers af­ter the first round of the Aus­tralian Open.

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