Swedish women

What a weekend it was for Swedish Golf! Two women winning on tours on either sides of the Atlantic. If you look more closely the two of them actually make two quite interesting case studies on how to develop into a really successful golfer. Anna Nordqvist who, at 22 and as a rookie on the LPGA Tour, just won the LPGA Championships is the fantastic talent that sprung from a blistering career in the amateur game into the professional game to shoulder the old Annika Sorenstam mantle. Her win is a fantastic achievement and knowing what she has done previously I am positive that she will continue to prosper and be a factor to consider in many more majors to come.

The same weekend on a not so glamorous tour and of course with the top names out in America to compete for the major, Johanna Westerberg won on the LET. Johanna was never anywhere near Anna’s amateur record and I would have thought that more than once in her career she has stopped to think about what she is doing. All the travelling and the time put in for very little money and recognition – is it really worth it? Now, at 31 and with boyfriend the tennis professional Joachim ‘Pim-Pim’ Johansson on the bag she is a winner. And obviously somewhere deep inside that potential was always there.

These two case studies are well worth considering when trying to build the foundations of programmes that will develop the future top players. Or why not the top student, banker or businessman. It is so easy to design the programme for Anna, but how do we make sure that there is room also for Johanna, to develop at the pace that is right for her? Only the truly individual programme will have the capacity to help her reach her potential. The really tricky question is to do it before she runs out of money!

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