This is a story about the heart. It begins three years ago, when I introduced myself to Marilynn Smith, the Hall of Famer and one of the founders of the LPGA. We smiled at each other and there was an instant connection. She watched me play at the inaugural Founders Cup in Phoenix and then again later that year at the CME Tour Championship in Naples, Fla. I don’t know why she picked me, but the connection grew stronger. Her hugs were the best, no matter my score — they were real and honest.

 

 

In the world of social media, it’s easy to get caught up in the negativity of it all. But taking a quick scroll through Sandra Gal’s Instagram account is like escaping to an oasis in the desert. Inspirational quotes are framed by photos of Gal and beautiful snaps from around the world, which are often captioned with positive words and phrases. “Infinitely blessed,” she posted alongside the photograph of an ocean at sunset. Tranquility oozes from the screen.

 

 

As she prepares to begin her 2019 on the LPGA Tour, Sandra Gal joins Diane to talk about her off-season preparation, why she made some big changes in her team and what she's been working on specifically to get ready for her first event in Thailand. Also, Steve Elkington previews the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.



 

It's fairly common for golfers to limit their use of fairway woods to second shots on par 5s and tee shots on long par 3s. They might use them only a few times a round. That's a shame, because fairway woods are useful in many situations. They're designed to be forgiving on mis-hits; they make it easier to get the ball off the ground or out of the rough; they provide more distance than irons and better accuracy than drivers—and they're a pretty reliable chipping club. Here are four ways to get more out of your fairway woods to help you score.

 

Callaway Golf has partnered with Seamus Golf Co. and various Callaway Creators (celebrities, artists and golfers - including the LPGA's Sandra Gal) to design custom headcovers.




 

Yep, you read that right. Our guest this week is Sandra Gal. The LPGA Tour winner and two-time Solheim Cup team member called in from a lake in Germany on her vacation before playing the Scottish and British Open. We had some fun with this episode chatting about her life on and off the LPGA Tour!



 

Sandra Gal Working with Cameron McCormick; Goes Left-Hand Low






 

Sandra Gal talks about her 67 over two days and how she prepared for Saturday's restart. Gal also talks about chipping in on back-to-back holes.





 

To be the best in the world, you have to beat the best in the world.






 

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