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GOLF: Ko Shows “Courage” to axe Caddie and Coach

17th February 2018

Golfer Lydia Ko’s former mental performance coach said she showed “a lot of courage” to axe her caddie and coach.

Earlier this week, the former world women’s No1 announced she had replaced her coach Gary Gilchrist and caddie Peter Godfrey ahead of the Australian Open.

Ko revealed that she would be working under the guidance of Ted Oh, who made six starts on the PGA Tour, alongside her new caddie Jonny Scott.

The decision to axe her 10th caddie and second coach in less than five years since turning pro raised eyebrows, but her former mental performance coach David Niethe said “it showed courage”

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Top mental coach backs players’ fight against World Rugby’s message ban

29 November 2017

A leading mental performance coach says World Rugby’s ban on players writing personal messages on their wrist tape could adversely affect their on-field performance.

David Niethe, who over the past 20 years has worked with some of New Zealand’s leading sports stars, including Lydia Ko, told the Herald he shared athletes’ disappointment in the ban confirmed by World Rugby on Wednesday.

According to Niethe, something as small as a message or a symbol written on a piece of tape could have a major influence on a player’s mental game.

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The 2016 Fox Memorial Premiership is only just over a month old, but already Richmond have registered the same number of wins they managed in their entire campaign the last time they were in the first division.

Richmond coach Bernie Perenara said improved mental strength has been the driving force behind the good start to the year.

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Mike Hosking Interviews Dave on Seven Sharp

Talking about how Lydia Maintains her Mental Aptitude.

To Understand Lydia Ko’s Astounding Ascension, Look To New Zealand

By Bill Fields | Jun 10, 2015

Special to espnW.com

When Ko grew a bit older, those valuable Sunday sessions gave way to formal training with someone else, mental performance coach David Niethe. Ko saw Niethe –
who has degrees in neurolinguistics programming and hypnotherapy and consults with athletes in various sports — for an hour once a month for approximately seven years.

“You never see Lydia upset, nor do you see her overly excited,” he says. “What we’ve taught her over the years is what we call ‘the performance window.’ She doesn’t get too passive. She doesn’t get too aggressive. She just stays assertive.
And that’s the key.”

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High Performance Manager Mike Fitchett says the Academy programme plays a huge part in the club’s success.

The group will also receive off court development with David Niethe (mental performance coach), Gavin Clearkin (nutrition) and Andrew Dewhurst (media/communication skills), all three are Breakers experts in these areas and work throughout the club’s playing structure. Club Trainer Steve Buckley also takes time out from his work with the fulltime roster to take a weekly fundamental movement pattern session.

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