In this month's Florida's Natural Moms Blog, we look at Karine Icher who is a new mom on Tour. Icher talks about how she balances family life with Tour life.
Q: How much has your life changed in the past year being a mom?
KARINE ICHER: My life is changed forever. To have a baby, it's completely different. Now my priority is not anymore my golf but my daughter. Maybe I'm more relaxed and happier for sure. It's fun to travel with her, to have her on tour, and to be a golf professional as well.
Q. What surprised you about the impact of having a baby? How did it affect you in a way you didn't expect it to affect your golf?
KARINE ICHER: It affect my golf last year because I played until seven months pregnant. So when I played being pregnant, I lost a lot of distance. Sometimes you can have people saying, being pregnant you're going to gain some distance. For many, many player it was completely the opposite.
Then to have the break you lose so much so fast. The beginning of this season I lost a little bit my feeling, short game, putting was hard to coming back and be good on this part of the game.
Long game was okay, but short game was affected a little bit.
Q. How much length did you lose being pregnant and where are you back to now?
KARINE ICHER: I lost maybe one club on my iron, and on the driving, maybe between 20 and 30 yards, which is hard when you're playing on the Tour.
Q. And you've got all that back now?
KARINE ICHER: Yeah, because then to have a break it was good to be back on the technique work on the basics. So Lola was born in August, so I've been back this year in February. I had like six months to work on my game, and now it's okay.
Q. Overall you're saying it's a good experience for your golf to have a baby because it makes you more relaxed and balanced?
KARINE ICHER: I think so. Be focus like 24 hour a day 7 days a week your golf game, sometimes you can collapse. Now I'm more focused on my baby and a little bit less on my golf game, which is good, because I can take more time off golf. And when I know I'm going to train, maybe I'm going to have two hours instead of six because I need to spend time with her.So it's more quality rather than quantity. You have to be very well organized and put your priority in an order when you practice.