RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – There’s by no means been a doubt that Lexi Thompson works hard. She does two-a-day exercises in the health club and is among the fittest gamers on the LPGA Tour.
In 2021, she’s making that very same dedication to her recreation.
Work was the buzzword on Tuesday as Thompson met with the media forward of the season’s first major championship, the ANA Inspiration, which she received in 2014. Coming off a runner-up end at final week’s Kia Classic, she pointed to the hours she’s been spending on all facets of her recreation, starting from placing, to brief recreation, to psychological health.
“It does a lot for my confidence but I think anybody’s in general, knowing that you’ve put in the hard work and dedication and see it pay off under the gun and under pressure,” Thompson stated about her second-place end final week. “It just makes me want to work even harder to hopefully win and just see the results continue to improve.”
Tuesday, Thompson revealed her success comes on the heels of a few classes with Martin Hall, who has lengthy labored with fellow South Floridian Morgan Pressel. Thompson says they’ve labored collectively the previous a number of months they usually met on a handful of events. Thompson’s father, Scott, has been her major coach all through her profession however she’s additionally spent transient stints with teacher Jim McLean.
“I put a lot of work in on my chipping and putting, hours a day, and just really making sure my ball-striking is more consistent,” Thompson stated. “Keeping things simple but at the same time trying to improve on little things.”
Thompson, 26, is coming off the primary 12 months she didn’t win on Tour since 2012. In her season debut at the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions, she instructed GolfChannel.com she’d been engaged on “everything” in the course of the Tour’s transient off-season.
Everything might be examined at a major championship just like the ANA Inspiration, notably Thompson’s psychological agility. A troublesome take a look at like Mission Hills Country Club calls for fixed focus and precision. And as a lot because the reminiscence of leaping into Poppie’s Pond can buoy her spirits, it’s additionally a place the place she endured a painful loss. In 2017, she was defeated in a playoff by So Yeon Ryu after incurring a penalty stroke on the closing stretch when a viewer known as in to report an infraction that occurred the day earlier than. The rule has since been modified to keep away from the scenario being repeated.
Thompson is now higher outfitted to mitigate these robust reminiscences, together with the pressures that include competing on the most important stage in golf as she makes her twelfth look at this occasion.
“Earlier in my career, like when I didn’t play as much as a full schedule, I think there’s a little bit more pressure on the majors,” Thompson stated. “I’ve been working hard on my mental game and being more relaxed out there, and hopefully that helps me out more than anything.”
There’s by no means been a query whether or not Thompson works hard. The query is when will on a regular basis, power and energy pay off. And whether or not it occurs at this week’s ANA Inspiration.
“I know I’ve put in the work physically on my game. So, just letting it go and letting my true talent show is what I want,” Thompson stated. “You know, if that comes out to a win, great. If not, I’m going to continue working.”