4 Jan 2017

Ko changes clubs, sticks with caddie, undecided on coach

2:48 pm on 4 January 2017

New Zealand golfer Lydia Ko has revealed her new equipment deal and caddie for the new year.

Lydia Ko, February, 2016.

Lydia Ko Photo: Photosport

The 19-year-old world number one has signed with new club manufacturer PXG.

She also said she would be sticking with South African caddie Gary Matthews on a full-time basis.

Matthews has previously caddied for Sergio Garcia, Anthony Kim and Camillo Villegas.

Matthews caddied for her for the final few weeks of the LPGA season, after she dumped Australian caddie Jason Hamilton in October.

Ko is yet to make a call on who her new coach will be, though, after she parted ways with world-renowned coach David Leadbetter last month.

After about a month off, Ko returns to work at her base in Florida this week.

Ko told the Golf Channel she was not ready to reveal her new coach yet.

Ko would not play the LPGA season opener at the Bahamas Classic at the end of the month, instead she would make her debut at the Australian Open in mid-February.

"I can't really say any coach's names yet," Ko said. "Because I haven't tried out anyone yet. I just got back to Orlando last night, and I'm going to see what my options are. I'll definitely have a coach before going to Australia.

"It's important for me to understand more about my swing and my game, no matter who I end up working with," she said.

"The new coach isn't going to be with me 365 days a year. If I learn more about my game, I'll be able to find answers within myself, when I'm away from my coach. I think that's going to be really important, so I'm not as reliant on coaches."

Ko said she was seeking something basic from a new instructor.

"I just want to try to keep it simple," Ko said. "I don't want to rip the swing apart. I feel like there are a lot of positives in my swing. I'm really going to work around the rhythm of my swing, being able to keep my rhythm and being more consistent.

"Consistency is what I'm looking for, performance wise."

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