Have You Guys Noticed Anything Odd About the LPGA Lately?

8 years ago

I always think of golf as being an extraordinarily conservative game. Any game that requires a person to wear a collar most of the time can come off as uppity. I think that is why people are noticing unusual behavior on the ladies tour recently.

It may appear that Guilia Sergas just ate a York Peppermint Patty, but no - she is just pretending to snowboard. And while it may sound like that would be the weirdest thing going on during an LPGA tournament it isn't.

Suzann Pettersen has been counting obsessively out loud as she walks
down the fairway. Italy’s Giulia Sergas has been pretending to
snowboard while waiting for her turn. Finland’s Minea Blomqvist has
been attempting to channel Ms. Sorenstam’s spirit, mimicking her
posture, tempo and facial expressions. And this April at the Kraft
Nabisco Championship in Rancho Mirage, Calif., Brittany Lincicome sang
and whistled country songs by Keith Urban and Sugarland after nearly
every shot.

- Hannah Karp, WSJ Online

When I first read Karp's article I thought maybe someone had dosed all of the players, but apparently this is the work of two coaches, Pia Nilsson, and Lynn Marriott who are taking a holisitc approach to golf.

What does a holistic approach mean when it comes to golf?

They coach the whole person, making sure to address any emotional needs
— as in, say, singing to take your mind off bad shots. And they aren’t
just available to professionals — their golf school, Vision 54, takes amateurs, too. Cost: $300 an hour.

- Lori Shontz - The Penn Stater

Wow. That may sound hilarious and expensive, but Brittany Lincicome won the tournament when she whistled the country tunes.

Maybe these ladies are on to something.

The LPGA has had some strange press this year with the girly ball decorations and the "English Only" fiasco.

Maybe this is the kick they need. With Annika Sorenstam retiring the tour lost their superstar. Losing a high profile player like Sorenstam is hard on television ratings. That being said, I can see myself tuning in to a tournament if only to see a professional golfer pretending to snowboard.

(My kingdom for a video of this to insert here.)

 

Contributing Editor Sarah also blogs at Sarah and the Goon Squad and Draft Day Suit.

 

 

 

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