LPGA.com sat down with Brittany Lincicome to reflect on 2010, talk about her off season, and find out how she has prepared for 2011. Lincicome recently finished T18 at the season-opening Honda LPGA Thailand.
Can you believe this will be your 7th year on Tour?
It feels like my years are going by in twos. It feels like just yesterday I was a rookie on Tour standing next to Annika Sorenstam on the driving range freaking out because she's so cool. Now it's my 7th year. That's pretty crazy.
Sum up 2010? Did you meet your goals?
I think 2010 was one of my best seasons yet. Obviously I didn't have a win, but I was more consistent. I think I only missed one cut all year which is pretty darn good. I'm very satisfied with 2010.
At the end of the season, what did you feel needed improvement?
Short game is where you can save strokes. Maybe some more chipping and putting. This off season I felt I drove the ball well. The stat doesn't show it as well I would've liked but I'm not hitting the ball out of bounds, it's staying in play and I'm happy with it.
How did you spend your off season?
I just hung out. I did some fishing here and there. I liked being home. It was very calm and relaxing.
When did you pick up your clubs?
I think I probably only took one day off this off season which is really weird for me. Normally I take the whole month of December off. I found some buddies who are really good and they want to make me be better so I've really enjoyed playing with them week in and week out. We play it from 7500 yards and it is a really good test and will help me for 2011.
How do you go about preparing for a new season?
I try to play as much as I can. I normally take off the whole month of December and then it takes a little bit longer in January to get it back. So I feel like I don't have to work as hard. When the first tournament comes around I should be pretty prepared. I'll see how the first couple of tournaments go and see where the areas are that I need to work on and work on them as I go.
What was it like playing the Men’s Mini Tour event?
It didn't go as well as I would've liked. The yardage wasn't the issue. The weather was awful. I had five pairs of pants on the one day because it was so cold. I just wasn't putting well. I had four three-putts one of the days which is not normally my style. I think I was just a little bit more nervous because I wasn't playing in my normal element with girls. It was fun though and I'd definitely do it again if I can. The guys in my group couldn't have been nicer which was a huge help in calming my nerves.
What are you goals for 2011?
A win maybe two. I've only had a one-win season before and I want a multi-win season. Solheim Cup is probably my number one goal.
Will the Solheim Cup points be in the back of your mind?
No. I will just play my game. A buddy just asked me if I knew where I stood and I said, "No and don't tell me." Obviously I need to be higher and keep playing good but I'm not going to worry about it.
What the best part of your game right now? And what will you be working on as the season begins?
Normally driver doesn't leave me so that will probably be my strongest point. Hopefully I'll be hitting it further after playing with all those guys in the off season. Chipping has always been my struggle and I always chip with the same club which is my lob wedge. Hopefully I'm going to start incorporating some new wedges and try to hit some different shots around the green.
You threw out a lot of pitches last year, how many do you think you’ll do this year?
I really enjoy doing it. It's pretty nerve wracking. It's probably equally as nerve wracking as making a five-footer to win the Kraft Nabisco Championship. It's totally different. You don't want to bounce it. I'm trying to be big and strong on the mound. I don't want to one hop it in because that doesn't look good. I know I can always get it there but I want to throw it hard and that brings in accuracy and missing the catcher all together. It's pretty stressful.