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Michelle Wie takes full swings for the first time since finger injury

September 02, 2014

Michelle Wie posted this photo of herself hitting balls today (see below)

You'd obviously expect a golfer to post about golf, but lately her Instagram has been dominated by photos of her art work and a few putting drills. That's why today's picture is especially good to see: It's the first time she has hit balls since withdrawing from the Meijer LPGA Classic in the second week of August.

Pain in her right hand was making it hard for her to hold the golf club. It was later diagnosed as an over-use injury in her right index finger. At the time of the injury, Michelle said she'd be out between three and five weeks. She admitted that had this happened earlier in her career, she would have rushed the recovery. This time around, she vowed to practice patience and let the injury fully heal.

Here's to hoping the strategy worked: The Evian Championship, the final major of the year, starts September 11 in France.