Michael Schwartz for GOLF
A few of my co-workers and I spent a day with Nelly and Jessica Korda last month on the May issue of GOLF. magazine. We spent an overcast afternoon at The Yards, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, and collected video, instructional content, cover photos and information for this month’s cover story.
We also invited our Instagram followers to send Nelly some questions for her to answer. For the most part, it was an open book, but it contested the most common question we were asked: What are your goals for this year?
“I don’t share my goals,” she said sternly, but with a smile on her face.
I found this interesting. It’s a common question for players, and I’ve never heard of anyone before not answer. I’ve asked a handful of male pros about their goals, and their answers seem pretty much the same: winning a major, a Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup team, and climbing the golf world rankings. Justin Thomas even shares his (very specific) goal list at the end of each season.
I stood there with Nelly as I went through the long list of questions we asked her. More than half were, “What are your goals for this season?” We laughed, and Nelly said “None of your business!” She prefers to work toward her goals silently.
Fortunately for us, we still have to learn a little more about Korda through the Q&A.
what is your favourite meal?
Sushi, ie Mediterranean food, Greek food. I don’t eat pizza much but maybe that’s a cheat for me that I really like.”
What part do you want from your sister Jess game?
“Put it down. It’s very good.”
This made me curious what part of Nelly’s game Jess wanted to get, so we asked her, too.
What part of Nelly’s game does Jess want to own?
“There are actually two parts of her game that I really want. 1, she drives the ball very straight and 2, her short game is probably the best I’ve seen.”
Well, back to Nelly.
What is your favorite childhood golf memory with Jess?
“We used to play Future Collegians World Tour events that day and I won their league and I won my division and that was the first time we won the same event.”
How do you keep your focus after a bad hole?
“I’ve always told myself there’s more golf to be played with one shot at a time.”