It’s hard to believe, but today is the 14th anniversary of the day I shot 59 at Moon Valley CC in Phoenix. That’s a long time ago, but the memories are still so clear it feels just like yesterday.
So how did that magical round happen? During my formative junior years on the Swedish National Team, we talked about the VISION 54 approach. It is based on the idea that if you play a course every day, you will eventually birdie every hole; therefore, why couldn’t you do it all in one day? I have always thought it is possible for someone to hit every fairway, every green and one-putt each hole. It was instilled in me from an early age to think positively and believe in your abilities.
This particular Friday started out as an ordinary day. I remember I was running a little behind and didn’t have a particularly good warm up before my round. I had an early tee time and started on the back nine. I got off to a good start, hitting the fairway, and the green and one putting for birdie. I followed up with another birdie and then one more.
After four birdies in a row, I asked my caddie, “How many birdies in a row have you seen?” He answered four. I knew I could do more as I had previously made six in a row during a British Open at Sunningdale Golf Club. I kept going and was thinking positively; after eight straight birdies I looked at my scorecard, saw all the circles and suddenly got very nervous. I thought, “I’m on my way to shooting 54!” Needing to steady myself, I turned to my caddie and told him I’m just looking to make par because I’m so nervous. I did, and made the turn at eight under. Read more →
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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.”