This weekend, history was made. I am not referring to the Superbowl XLIX and Tom Brady’s excellent performance. I am talking about Lydia Ko, the youngest player in history (male or female) to become the number one player in the world. In the case of the LPGA, number one in the Rolex Rankings. That is incredible and I am very happy for Lydia for working so hard and achieving her dream at such a young age of 17.
I remember when I was part of the the initial introduction of the Rolex Rankings on the LPGA, which was established in early 2006. The ranking system is sanctioned by eight women’s tours and organizations. Players receive points for each good finish on the relevant tours, with the number of points available in each event depending on the strength of the field, as determined by the competitors’ existing rankings. Since the conception, the modification formula has changed slightly, but overall the ranking is based on consistent play.
In my mind, consistency and course management have always been the key factors that enable players to perform at the highest level over a long period of time. I admire players that utilize their strengths and play to them each week. Zach Johnson laying up on every par five when he won the Masters a few years back comes to mind. Of course we all want to hit it 300 yards and a have a killer short game, but it takes discipline to have a playing strategy, to stick with it and trust your abilities under pressure. At my ANNIKA Academy in Orlando, we often talk about consistency and playing “your” game, so I would like to share a few tips on being consistent to help you reach your full potential. The first tip in this series is striving for consistency in your wedge game. Stay tuned for fairway play and driving tips that should help you become “your #1.”