MEL REID

The 28-year-old be­lieves she’s in a po­si­tion to take her game to the next level af­ter re­cov­er­ing from a bad run of in­juries

Golf Monthly - - Your View -

How do you ap­proach the sport these days from an ath­letic stand­point? Are golfers ath­letes? I train in Lough­bor­ough, and I think I’m rel­a­tively strong un­til all the rugby girls come in! I think you have to be ath­letic in golf. There’s a huge amount of strain on your body, it’s a quick move­ment and you have to be very strong from the ground up, es­pe­cially in the women’s game. I think the guys can kind of get away with it, but I think to re­ally reach their po­ten­tial in golf, a girl has to be an ath­lete. Lexi Thomp­son is tall and grew up with brothers, Charley Hull is built well and I’m built like a grasshop­per! So I have to work twice as hard, be­cause I’m built as a longdis­tance run­ner, not for power. You’ve re­cently made some changes to your set-up at home. Can you tell us about that? Yeah, I’ve con­verted my garage into a golf stu­dio. I’m also go­ing to con­vert the gar­den into a putting green. It’s not nice to prac­tise out­side for six hours

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