LPGA.com sat down with Paula Creamer to reflect on 2010, talk about her off season, and find out how she has prepared for 2011.
Can you believe this will be your 7th year on Tour?
Wow – it seems like in many ways, I’m still a rookie, but time certainly does have its way of flying quickly!!
Describe your 2010 season using only one word?
H how about two? Each at the opposite end of the spectrum: Metacarpophalangeal! Oakmont!!
What were you feeling when the season came to a close after going through such highs and lows with your injury and then winning your first major?
I felt that with all the highs and lows of 2010, I would hope not to have to go through it again in 2011 or ever.
What did you do during the off season?
I took a little time off to visit family, made some appearances on behalf of my business partners, worked out and practiced pain free!!
How long did you put down your clubs and when did you start gearing up for the new season?
Just a few weeks, although they were never totally out of sight. Mentally I never stop preparing!!
How do you prepare yourself for a new season?
I am working with my long-time swing coach, David Whelan, fairly regularly on a few aspects of my game.
What specifically have you worked on?
Too much to really go into detail, but basically fine tuning what we’ve been working on for much of the past year. The difference is now I am healthy and can do more.
What is the best part of your game heading into the season? And what needs a little more work?
I have to get tournament sharp.
What are you goals for 2011?
To win many times and to be healthy all year.
What are you looking forward to the most this season?
Playing pain free!!
How nice will it be to not be labeled the best player without a major?
Although I always viewed it as a back handed compliment, it is a question I am so happy never to hear again!!
It’s a Solheim Cup year, will those points be on your mind each week?
Yes and no. If I accomplish the goals that I’ve set, hopefully the Solheim Cup points will take care of itself.
Tell me about your new puppy?
You mean Tank ?? He's crazy. Right now Tank likes to bite everything. It really doesn't matter what it is, sticks, paper, shoelaces, etc. Just about anything he can get his mouth on.
How did you pick the name?
He is half Doberman and half Bulldog, so he will grow to a pretty big (probably 80 lbs.) -- the size of a tank!!
Will Tank be traveling with you?
No……….he’s holding down the fort while I’m gone. I left him a truckload of food.
Have you taught Tank any tricks yet?
No tricks yet, but he is going to be attending Obedience School soon. He needs it!
Will it be tough to leave Tank once the season starts?
We’ll just have to see on that one, but I do enjoy having him around.