Outside The Ropes

Outside the ropes: Charley Hull

Learn how to swing like a pro with professional golfer Charley Hull and instructor Lip Ooi.
Charley Hull.
Charley Hull.

The 20-year-old from England has won one LPGA Tour title, at last year's CME Group Tour Championship.

Q No. 1 golf tip for amateurs?

A Hold your finish, keep your balance and complete your swing. Players tend to look at the ball when putting but they should just keep their head down. The more you want to see it go in, it will not go in.

Q How many aces have you hit?

A Just one, during practice at the Solheim Cup in 2015. I hit a six-iron past the pin and it spun back in.

Q Funniest thing that happened to you?

A Topping my driver 40 yards off the tee. I laughed and I was embarrassed.

Q Favourite tournaments?

A The ANA Inspiration and the British Open. The ANA was the first tournament I played in 2012 when I was an amateur and I finished second in the same event last year. The British Open, of course, is my home event.

Q What did you buy with your first serious pay cheque?

A A £1,000 (S$1,730) Mulberry handbag when I was 16. I love Mulberry handbags and I've got five of them now.

Q How many putters do you have?

A Five. I don't really change them often. My oldest putter is three years old.

Q Favourite male athlete?

A Rafael Nadal. I've watched him play a few times at Wimbledon.

Q The hardest thing about golf?

A Keeping your concentration for five hours straight when you're out there playing on the course. But I often let my mind wander because it's tiring to keep thinking about golf for five hours. I get bored and I think about other things - like shopping and Mulberry handbags (laughs).

Q Who is the most intimidating player on the Tour?

A Suzann Pettersen. She can come across as scary. But she's not and she's my (2015 Solheim Cup) partner.

Alvin Chia

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 04, 2017, with the headline 'Charley Hull'. Print Edition | Subscribe