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Friday, November 2, 2018

Pia Nillson and Lynn Marriott on Playing in the Wind

Since In-Kyung Kim is doing so well at the TOTO Japan Classic (she's leading as I write this), I thought it might be helpful to see what she works on. This Golf Digest article with Pia and Lynn talks about one of her keys from 2017 -- playing in the wind.

In-Kyung Kim lines up a putt

Lynn Marriott said that, after an injury derailed part of her season, I.K. began focusing on what Lynn calls "the 'human skills' necessary to play satisfying golf."

In the article Pia says:
"It's very important and helpful to be OK with 'good enough' shots -- even if they're a little short, right or left."
And Lynn added that:
...mindset -- always an important component in putting -- becomes even bigger when dealing with windy conditions.
So often we talk about the mental side of golf as if it were some kind of magical hypnosis, where we convince ourselves that we can do something that we aren't really confident about. But what the founders of Vision54 are talking about is something much simpler -- that is, just allowing ourselves to be human and not expecting perfection.

In golf, 'good enough' is often a very good shot indeed!

I'm afraid we've been brainwashed by the unrealistic standards the pros often set for themselves. We see them hitting shots that most of us would pay for, then throwing clubs and berating themselves because the ball landed three feet farther from the hole that they wanted. A judgmental attitude like that isn't conducive to good golf; it causes players to wreck their bodies with too much practice, which won't solve the problem anyway simply because they're human.

And while the pros may delude themselves into believing perfection is possible, the average golfer can't put in the ridiculous amount of practice necessary to make such a foolish goal seem plausible. That's especially true in the wind, where luck can play as much -- perhaps more -- a part as skill does. Your evaluation of your shot should more often follow Pia's guideline:
Did you get a usable result from your efforts?
If you can answer 'yes,' then perhaps you should appreciate what you've done. If you do, you'll probably play better in the wind while also taking more enjoyment from your game.


  1. Sometimes we should be happy with our game...
    Then you have less stress, and that usually works out positively.
    After all: it is just a game... Ough