Lydia was the top rated women’s amateur for 2 ½ years, from the age of 14 to 16. She turned pro and after playing in only 23 events she was ranked 5th in the world. She moved to number 1 when she was only 17, and has been there ever since, finishing 1st, 1st, and 2nd in the last 3 women’s majors. Here we look at the massive swing changes she has undergone in the past year, from a conventional “on-plane” backswing to one that subscribes to David Leadbetter’s “A-Swing”, wherein the arms and hands pull the club inward in the takeaway, then get it almost vertical at left arm parallel and well across the line at the top. It certainly doesn’t seem to make any sense to rework a swing like this, but you can’t argue with results (there has been no drop off in her success and in fact she seems to just get better all the time), and I would have to surmise that, like Tiger Woods, she is one of the few golfers on the planet for whom swing technique doesn’t really matter. She is so good that she could win with just about anything. That said, her new swing has much better pivot movement as she loads her right hip much deeper in the backswing and moves less out from under herself than before. She has never really experienced any sort of slump, so it will be interesting to see how she does going forward.