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Lydia Ko (69) leaves to start hot in Ohio with (another) new swing coach

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Lydia Ko got off to a good start with Sean Foley as her new swing coach.




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Ko put on a 3-under-par on Friday 69 at the Drive On Championship in rebooting LPGA after a five-month hiatus amid the coronavirus pandemic. Ko left swing coach Jorge Parada during the long break. Foley has been his seventh swing coach for the past seven years. He said they started working together from about a month to a month and a half ago.

“It didn’t tear anything apart,” said Ko. “He said that what I had there was still quite good. So very small things. “

Ko, 23, a former youth phenomenon who became the youngest winner of an LPGA tournament at 15 and the youngest winner of a female major at 18, has won 15 LPGA titles, but only one in the past three seasons. The former number 1 in the world has slipped to number 52 in the world ranking of Rolex women.

She moved from her childhood coach Guy Wilson to David Leadbetter in late 2013, then left Leadbetter in late 2016. She worked with Gary Gilchrist, Ted Oh, David Whelan and Parada after leaving Leadbetter.

Ko has just started with Foley’s ideas.

“We’re just getting into a position at the start of the swing to make sure we can hit it freely and not, like, manipulate it,” he said.

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Ko is enjoying their conversations.

“It made me not think too much about the lines of everything,” he said. “I tried to change my mentality of not trying to make a video of my swing every time I’m on the driving range.

“I’m going out there, and if the ball is going the way I think it is going then play it. It doesn’t need to look like a perfect swing for me just to play golf. “

Ko hit 11 of the 15 fairways and 13 greens in regulation on Friday, while on average 272 yards per unit on the fast and fast fairways of the Inverness Club.

“I think we are going in the right direction,” he said.

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