Gearing up during the off-season
The action on the PGA Tour is thoroughly underway, but LPGA Tour players are still waiting for their first event of the 2011 season (the Honda LPGA Thailand, from Feb 17-20). With a noticeably longer break, we wondered how three of the tour's brightest players are keeping their games sharp to ensure the first-tee butterflies don't sabotage their scores.
Brittany Lincicome: The Competitor
Playing a few mini tour events has helped me keep my game sharp. We have so many months off between the last event of the season and the first, so if I don't stay competitive I'll be way too nervous on the first tee in Thailand. I need to stay competitive to get ready for that first event and get back into game mode. And I hit it long enough, so distance hasn't prevented me from playing good.
Also, I don't like to practice, so I'd much rather play. Most of the time, I'll play 18 holes with my buddies, and when I do, I always play the back tees.
Yardage doesn't bother me. I'd rather be on the course where I'm going to be playing than on the practice green and driving range. But when I do practice, I've been putting a little bit more than I have in the past.
During the off-season, I found a new friend who plays in the Hooters tour events. I've never had anybody to practice with, so it's been pretty fun and productive off-season. Am I interested in dating him? No! That might be selfish on my end because he's a good-looking guy, but I want to keep it business. I'm getting a lot out of having him as a practice partner.