Red-hot Lydia Ko; 5 things to know about the world's No. 2 women's player
13 May 2014
by Benjamin Larsen of AmateurGolf.com

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Lydia Ko has been a player of note here at AmateurGolf.com for quite some time now.

Dating back to when she was the world's top- ranked women's amateur, winning professional tournaments for some insane amount of pro- shop credits, Ko has been a player to watch.

Now, especially following her win at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic last weekend, she's arguably the hottest player in the professional women's game.

Not only did the win move her to No. 2 in the Women's World Rankings, it came with the timely announcement of her inclusion in the Time Magazine's 100 most influential people in the world.

Ko, of course, plays a full bag of Callaway equipment. And Callaway's Jeff Newton recently put together a list of five things we should know about Lydia Ko:

1. What’s in her bag?

X2 Hot Pro Driver (8.5°)
X2 Hot 3-wood (15°)
Big Bertha 5-wood (18°)
X2 Hot Pro Hybrid (20°)
X2 Hot Pro Hybrid (23°)
X2 Hot Pro Hybrid (25°)
Apex Pro Irons (6-PW)
Mack Daddy 2 Prototype Wedges (52° with C- Grind, 60° with C-Grind)
Odyssey Tank Cruiser V-Line Putter

2. She’s striping her X2 Hot Pro Driver

Her driver is cut to 45 3/8” with 1” tipping and a DI 5R Shaft. It’s set to a Draw and a Standard Loft Adjustability. She hit 76.8% of fairways for the week. The first year Callaway Staff Pro has been using this driver all through the 2014 season. You can learn more about our X2 Hot Drivers in our Inside The Chev Callaway video.

3. Her new Tank Cruiser

She moved into a new Tank Cruiser V-Line Putter earlier this month at the LPGA Lotte Championship. It’s 33” long with a 15 gram weight in the grip and 2 15 gram weights in the head. And in her second tournament with the putter in her bag, she picked up the win by making clutch putts, highlighted by her birdie putt on the 72nd hole. Awesome!

We’ve got more on the new Tank Cruiser counterbalance in this Odyssey video.

4. Ice water in her veins

No one (17-years-old or otherwise) should look as cool and composed as Lydia does under pressure. Even when she was locked in a tight 3-player battle over the final few holes, her calm expression never changed. And when she stuck her approach shot to 6 feet on the 72nd hole…nothing. Just business as usual. It’s one of the many reasons why she’s going to be a superstar for a LONG time.

5. 17-years-old and No. 2 in the world

That’s right. With her win on Sunday, Lydia is up to No. 2 in the world golf rankings. Unreal!

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