Lives: Bradenton, Florida
Story: Six wins on the LPGA Tour, including the 2021 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Also won the 2021 Olympic gold medal.
Sister act: I’ve been swinging golf clubs since I started walking, using those cute plastic golf clubs at first. As I got older, I was never really lacking for golf equipment. I was always getting hand-me-down clubs from my older sister, Jess, and I would be very happy when I would get a full set. I was that annoying little sister who got everything.
Specs Titleist TSi1, 10°, Graphite Design Tour AD IZ 6S shaft.
▶ Ever since my rookie year, I’ve struggled to find a driver that suits me. I like to hit a draw, and when I tested this one, I fell in love with it. The slightly smaller look appeals to me, too. I won at Lake Nona
the first week I put it in the bag.
Specs Titleist TSi2, 16.5°, Fujikura Ventus Red 70S shaft; Titleist TSi2, 21°, Mitsubishi Tensei AV Raw Blue 75S shaft; Ping G425, 19°, Fujikura Ventus 80S.
▶ I like that I can see the face on the 7-wood at address. I feel like I can hit it high, and that’s what I need because I tend to have a low trajectory.
Specs Titleist T100 (5-PW), Aerotech SteelFiber i80cw F4 shafts, Golf Pride Tour Velvet grips.
▶ I’ll take a look at the new T100s at some point, but the consistency of these will be tough to beat. I hit controlled shots at all times, a lot of 90 percenters. But when you hit controlled shots, you’re generating more speed. I’ve had irons in the past that got a little jumpy with that, but not these.
Specs Titleist Vokey SM8 (50°, 54°, 58°), Aerotech SteelFiber i95cw S shafts.
▶ A 4-degree gap has been my wedge setup since I was a junior. My bounces are pretty standard, and I don’t change them very often. My boyfriend’s favourite number is 22, so my 58-degree has 22s all over it. It reminds me of him while I’m playing.
Specs Scotty Cameron by Titleist Special Select Squareback 2 tour prototype, 35 inches,
3.5 degrees, Scotty Cameron Pistolini grip.
▶ This putter has a longer flange than the putter I was using, and that longer alignment line works for me. As a junior I used a lot of mallets, but I had a choppy stroke back then. Going to a blade I could see and feel my stroke smoothing out.
▶ I always raid the putter-cover stash when I go to Scotty Cameron’s studio. This one is fun. I’ve had it for a couple of years. I also have a USA one from the Solheim Cup. In all I probably have more than a dozen putter covers.
BY THE NUMBERS
▶ My ball superstition is using numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 on Thursday through Sunday. I was using the 2017 version of the Pro V1 until going to the 2021 model last year. I get more peak height and carry, and it feels great around the greens.
▶ These tiny stuffed animals hang on my bag, and I travel around the world with them. My best friend gave me lions, and I have ones from my mum, caddie and from a Czech children’s show. It’s quite the group.
Photographs by Steve Boyle
Nelly Korda photo: chloe knott/r&a via getty images