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Why Nelly Korda has hired a new swing coach despite season of dominance

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Even though she is currently in the midst of her best season as a professional golfer, Nelly Korda recently brought in a new swing coach.

As the AP reported, Korda brought in Jamie Mulligan a few weeks ago, and it paid immediate dividends as she just won her fourth LPGA victory of the season last week at the Pelican Women’s Championship.

Mulligan was introduced to Nelly by her sister, Jessica, and she also knew that he had worked with PGA star Patrick Cantlay in the past, so he came highly recommended.

Korda spoke about how she has been looking for the right fit for a new coach and why she believes the two have gelled thus far:

“I’ve kind of surfed around [for coaches]. I thought about a couple coaches here and there, and I liked [Mulligan’s] demeanor, I like the way he’s super positive. I think we’ve just clicked kind of since the first day and I really enjoy being around him.”

The 23-year-old will still be working with her longtime short-game coach David Whelan.

Korda hasn’t made any swing alterations since the new hire, but explained how even knowing her swing as well as she does, how vital it is to still have some guidance as well as someone to lean on – hence the new hire.

“I definitely do know my golf swing. I’ve kind of gotten really obsessed with it in the past couple of years. I think it’s very important since you’re kind of by yourself week in and week out to be your own coach in a sense and kind of know some stuff about it.

“But I think it’s super important also to have the guidance and to have someone to lean on.”

Korda has emerged as a true superstar on the LPGA Tour, having won the gold medal for the United States at the Tokyo Olympics and also won the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship back in June.

Despite such a remarkable season, the Rolex Player of the Year insists she isn’t done yet as she looks to win the CME Group Tour Championship and the $1.5 million check that accompanies the trophy: “Everyone [in the family] would get a really nice Christmas present,” she said.

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  4. T-Bone

    Nov 17, 2021 at 1:27 pm

    Under “easiest job in golf”, I found “swing coach for Nelly Korda”. Her swing is perfect already.

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Massive club-snapping crab clashes with golfers in Australia

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The Golden Bear, Great White Shark, The Walrus, El Pato and maybe even Tiger. Just some of the ‘wildlife’ names found throughout golf over the years.

But ‘coconut crab’?

9News Australia recently posted a video on Twitter of a group of golfers on Christmas Island clashing with one of these huge crustaceans, confirmed by Wikipedia as ‘the largest terrestrial arthropod in the world’.

Indeed, probably better known as a ‘robber crab’, that name seems far more appropriate given the beast’s actions in the clip where he clamps down hard on three clubs despite the golfers’ attempts at pulling the sticks free of the exceptional behemoth.

Eventually they recover a couple, but the longest club in the bag is never leaving his pincers.

Weighing up to 4.5kg (10 pounds) and measuring up to one meter from leg tip to leg tip, this was golfers versus ‘a chainsaw’, as one player named the creature.

Indeed, the way he snaps that driver suggests it was very much a match the golfers would never win, although surely he was going for the putter with that claw grip!

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You can play this Minnesota golf course for free if you’re under 18

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Golf is in a great place at the moment, with an enormous interest in a mere sighting of Tiger Woods on the range and then at his own Hero Challenge.

Top that with the healthy debate on the recent PIP awards and what looks like being record amounts of bloggers and podcasts in 2022, and the sport is in rude health at premier level. But what of grassroots?

As reported by The Morrison County Record, the Little Falls Golf Course will no longer charge anyone aged 18 or under to play golf as ”an investment in our community”.

Aimed at getting a younger generation to take up the sport, City Administrator Jon Radermacher continued, “If you get people hooked on golf, or at least exposed to golf when they’re in their younger years, they’re going to come back when they’re older and capable to pay. They’re going to be future members for our course. I think, for us, that could yield some great benefits.”

With the circa $200 junior membership fee a thing of the past, as well as family membership now a discontinued option, and the abandonment of senior and resident discounts, single membership and that for couples rises to $800 and $1500, respectively.

As well as the initiative, Little Falls will use the increase to offset increasing expenses and to offer pay rises for their employees, many of which have seen their workload increase over the past year as interest in golf has soared both here and throughout the world.

Whilst green fees will change slightly depending on date and time, they expected the average round to be around $45 for a non-member aged 18-plus, something Radermacher says will “be in line with where we need to be.” He continued, “With those changes on the membership side and then the greens fees side, I think that really would set us in line for future years.”

Radermacher called the plan “radical,” but the Minnesota course is hopefully on track to produce another Tom Lehman, one of the County’s most successful golfers.

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The 10 most read articles on GolfWRX in 2021

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With the year almost in the books, here we take a look back at the top-10 most-read articles on GolfWRX for 2021.

From big equipment news and in-depth analysis to hot takes and beyond—excluding WITB pieces—here are the top-10 stories that grabbed the attention of WRXers over the past 12 months. And THANK YOU for reading and your loyal following.

10. Golf fans react to bizarre driving range video

A stranger driving range video is unlikely to ever be found.

Read it here.

9. GolfWRX Members Choice: Best fairway wood of 2021

Our fitters break down the best fairway woods of 2021.

Read it here.

8. Symetra Tour player hit with baffling two-stroke penalty

A rules violation that had more than a few people scratching their heads.

Read it here. 

7. The member list at Michael Jordan’s private golf club is a sight to behold

MJ’s member’s list at The Grove is as exclusive as you would expect.

Read it here.

6. Gary Player’s son ‘banned from the Masters’ for perceived guerrilla marketing

The incident that clouded the opening day at the 2021 Masters in controversy.

Read it here.

5. Sergio Garcia’s wife fires warning to ’embarrassing’ U.S. Ryder Cup fans

Sergio Garcia’s wife putdown of the U.S. Ryder Cup fans got many people talking before this year’s Ryder Cup.

Read it here.

4. Best driver 2021: By club fitters for you!

Our fitters break down the best drivers of 2021.

Read it here.

3. ‘Patrick Cantlay p****d me off’ – European Ryder Cup rookie hits out at U.S. star

Shane Lowry was not happy with Ryder Cup star Patrick Cantlay following a one-sided affair at Whistling Straits.

Read it here.

2. Bryson reveals the cut-off point on money list where players make an annual loss on Tour

DeChambeau had his say on what the cut-off point is where players make an annual loss on Tour, and his answer stunned many of our readers.

Read it here.

1. ‘What the f**k you doing?’ – Former Masters champ tells Brooks Koepka to ‘get a life’

Ian Woosnam sticking the boot into Brooks Koepka was our most read article of 2021.

Read it here.

 

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