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Practice Makes Perfect for LPGA’s Kim

Posted July. 28, 2006 03:45,   


“Golf is a game of continuous struggle with yourself.”

Kim Mi-hyun (KTF), who headed the leader board after the first round of the LPGA Tour Evian Masters with a 6-under-par 66 (nine birdies, one bogey, one double-bogey), said she had received a special lesson before entering the tournament.

Kim told journalists in an official press conference yesterday after grabbing a share of the lead with Lorena Ochoa from Mexico and Shani Waugh from Australia, “During my break from the tour last week, I received some special coaching.”

It turns out, Kim worked on her shots and putts to ready herself for the course’s delicate greens during the eight days of ‘time off’ she had before the start of the Evian Masters, after winning the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic on July 17.

To the interviewer’s follow-up question asking whether Kim practiced despite winning a tournament, Kim replied with a smile, “It’s true, I trained amid very hot weather in Orlando, Florida.” She noted that the training sessions focused on completing her swings with her newly acquired coach this April.

Kim explained her recent string of successes on the field, including two titles to her record sheet this year, a combined result of winter weight training and a shorter backswing. The training gave her greater distance, and the shortening of the swing arc has so far paid off well.

Another notable change in her putting stroke could explain for her amazing run of finishing 18 holes with just 24 putts at the Evian Masters Golf Club.

Young-Sik Ahn ysahn@donga.com