When most people are 18-years-old, they are graduating high school and just starting to think of what they are going to do for the rest of their adult life. For Lydia Ko, she knew before she was 18. She would golf. “I really don’t know what I’d be if I wasn’t a professional golfer,” says Lydia.
When she was 17, Lydia was the top ranked professional female golfer in the world. Less than a year later, she won the Evian Championship in France, making her the youngest woman to win a major championship. “The last two years has been much better that I would have ever imagined. In my rookie year I won the season finale event and I ended up playing much better than I set my goals to be,” Lydia says.
Born in Seoul, South Korea, Lydia was always drawn to the idea of golf. It wasn’t until her family moved to Auckland, New Zealand, when she was 6-years-old, that she started playing regularly. Ever since, she has loved every second of the experience. In 2014, she was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. In 2015, she was voted LPGA Player of the year, putting her in a league all her own, even when looking at the best athletes of our time. Wayne Gretzky was 19-years-old when he was voted MVP, while Tiger Woods and Jim Brown received their fist elite accolades in their early 20s. To add to the already flourishing success, In April 2016, Lydia continued her streak of excellence when she won the ANA Inspiration. The list seems to never end for this prodigy. Nevertheless, Lydia keeps a humble head on her shoulders, “To me, golf is more than just about winning,” says Lydia. If you end up winning and becoming a champion, that’s great, but there are a lot of things [about the sport] that can make you happy and that can make you call it a successful week.”
For an elite athlete like Lydia Ko, elite equipment is needed. She has her Callaway gear, and now she has her G-Tech Hand Warmer. It’s no secret that golf is more of a mental game than an physical one. But when the cold strikes, it’s not long until your confidence is shattered. “It’s important for your hands to feel warm. It’s all about how the club feels in your hands,” says Lydia. The advanced, military grade, technology used in every G-Tech Apparel Hand Warmer has the wearer’s success in mind. One of the most revolutionary aspects is the patent-pending internal grab bar. “I think the bar feature is probably one of my favorite parts of it. You can really get the direct heat, and if you don’t want it, necessarily, then you don’t have to hold it as much and you still have heat, “says Lydia.
With G-Tech Apparel by her side, Lydia will be able to start her day earlier, practice longer, and continue to blow past the goals she has set for herself. It sounds like she plans on doing just that.
“I always feel if you had a good day at the course, you can always do better.”