The astonishing renaissance of Maude-Aimée Leblanc

In October 2019, the wonderful golfer in Quebec surprised many fans by announcing her permanent retirement professional circles.

Over time, I realized that it was never my dream and that golf did not please me, even after good performances.

I didn’t like the person I was on the golf course and always wanted to do something more important in my life than hitting a little white ball.wrote to the Sherbrooke resident on her Facebook account.

Incredibly, two and a half years after that decision, which seemed final, Maude-Aimée Leblanc has made the best start to her career season on the LPGA Tour! In four tournaments, she has already appeared in the top 10 of her record, including fourth at the JTBC Classic in California at the end of March.

Mod Aimee LeBlanc

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Statistically, the 33-year-old impresses on several levels. In particular, it ranks seventh in the department in terms of the percentage of greens beaten in the organizational picks at 76.39%.

Furthermore, his name ranks 10th in the number of rounds concluded under the 70 bar. Of course, his strength remains his trademark. His driving earned him seventh place in the league with an average of 277.13 yards.

Starting Wednesday morning, Maude-Aimée Leblanc will run her fifth tournament of the season, the Lotte Championship, in Hawaii. Plan to participate in 20 or 25 competitions by the end of the calendar.

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For such a shift to happen, LeBlanc says she didn’t change her mind overnight. Instead, it was her toxic relationship with golf that changed.

I have a much healthier relationship with golf now. No longer an obsession. I would even say it is no longer a passion. I play more for fun. I play for a living, of course. But now, when I leave the golf course, I don’t talk about or think about golf. »

Quote from Maud Aimee LeBlanc, golfer

In the past, I would think about golf 24 hours a day, and more often than not I would dream about it at night. It wasn’t healthyshe believes.

In more than three decades of my career, I don’t remember discussing with an athlete who attributed part of his success to drastically reducing his training time. However, this atypical modification proved very useful for Maude-Aimée Leblanc.

Previously, I used to spend between six and eight hours a day at the golf club. Now it may take two or three hours.

In the past, I tended to overcomplicate things on a technical level and saw that it did nothing. You have completely changed that. I spend much less time in the driving field. Before my rounds, I warm up and that’s it. I don’t think much about the technical side. For me, that’s what works and it took me a while to realize thatas you say.

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After announcing her retirement as a professional golfer in the fall of 2019, Maude-Aimée Leblanc has trained and earned a certification from the US PGA allowing her to teach golf.

However, she never studied. After several months away from the field, she instead began looking for a teacher capable of correcting her hits, which she considered her greatest weakness.

You have to put that in context. At the end of the 2019 season I was 30th on the Symetra circuit (the LPGA minor circuit) and I was really at the end of that circuit. Everything is tough there, including the minimal scholarships. Financially, things weren’t going very well either. I no longer have enough money to continue. I think I would have made more money working at McDonald’s. It had no meaning. So, I concluded that I’d better do something elseshe adds.

The golfer takes off.

Mod-Amy LeBlanc at the 2017 Australian Open

Photo: Getty Images/Brenton Edwards

The epidemic delayed the beginning of the following season. And when the LPGA Championships made a comeback on TV in the summer of 2020, she started wanting to get her clubs out of the closet.

The more time passed, the more it annoyed me. I knew I had the talent to succeed and I told myself I still had things to achieve. I decided to get back into the game.

Maude-Aimée Leblanc then went to meet Sal Spallone, a golf instructor from Vero Beach (an area where she’s lived for about ten years) in order to correct her infinite problems.

I’ve heard about Sal in glowing terms. I told myself I had nothing to lose by going to see him. I’ve been working with him ever since. It completely changed my approach and attitude towards the Greens. This is what made all the difference. »

Quote from Maud Aimee LeBlanc, golfer

Besides, Sal has already played professionally. I think it’s good to have a coach who understands how things work in tournaments and what the players go throughindicates.

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On Symetra in 2019, Maude-Aimée Leblanc ranked 61st for the number of shots taken per game. After working with Spallone, she moved up to #9 in 2020.

Since the first time I saw Maud hitting the ball, I’ve seen a special talent. His momentum and talent are natural. They are long (1.85 m / 6 ft 1 in) and physically strong. The length of the tee shots is a major asset. It was a great basis to start a businesssays Spallone, who has competed in a few tournaments on the PGA Tour, as well as the US Open.

We sat down together and made a game plan to take it to the next level. We focused on his hits that prevented him from standing. I didn’t give him a magic potion. We’ve only made small adjustments here and there. Maud Amy absorbed them and allowed her to develop her self-confidence.

The work she’s been doing for two years is paying off. The strategy now is to let her use her sportsmanship and instinct instead of the mechanics of the game, all athletes are different. And in his case, this is the best […] I am happy to see that she has had this kind of success since the start of the season. It’s good for her confidence and shows her that she has what it takes to win at this level. If she keeps knocking on the door regularly, she will end up achieving that famous first victory.thought Sal Spalon.

The main interested party shares her coach’s optimism.

I have matured more as a player and continue to learn what is best for me. In the case of routine training or putIt took me several years to make these discoveries. I think I will have my best years of golf in my thirtiesas you say.

We can’t wait to see what’s next.

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