‘I Had the Yips’: Paige Spiranac Gets Candid About Her Derailed Golf Career

Published 04/17/2022, 4:50 AM EDT
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – DECEMBER 05: Paige Spiranac of the United States is overcome by emotion whilst talking about being a victim of Cyber Bullying during her press conference as a preview for the 2016 Omega Dubai Ladies Masters on the Majlis Course at the Emirates Golf Club on December 5, 2016 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Hitting a draw in golf can be hard sometimes. Moreover, it is even more challenging when a professional struggles to play. Paige Spiranac recently spoke about the same on her podcast and, in the process, even gave the reason for her off-track professional career.

The 29-year-old is among the professionals who quit playing competitive golf early. Moreover, Spiranac is now a social media sensation and major resorts to uploading instructional golf content on Youtube. She has a huge fan base with 3.2milion followers on Instagram and has 269K subscribers on Youtube.


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Paige also runs a successful podcast with her co-host Amanda Rose namely Playing a Round with Paige Renee. In the latest episode of her famous podcast, she spoke about the Masters and revealed her derailing golf career as a professional.

Paige Spiranac gets real about her professional career

She spoke about her golf game while speaking about the art of hitting a draw or a fade in golf. Paige said, “So I naturally also draw the golf ball. But it was hard for me to play competitively because I had the yips and so naturally I want to draw it but I had a two-way miss going. And I think that is the problem.”

She added, “It’s like when you are struggling with your game, you can still play a cut when you are struggling with your game and you’re hooking it. Good luck because you’re going to be screwed because you have that two-way mass and you can slice it and you can play that slice and it just kind of gonna land soft.”

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 27: Starter Paige Spiranac looks on formthe 1st tee during day three of Omega Dubai Desert Classic at Emirates Golf Club on January 27, 2018, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Moreover, Spiranacs words prove how tough it is to sustain and play consistently professionally. At the same time, it also proves that while struggling with your golf game, golfers tend to hit a slice.


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Why did Spiranac quit playing as a professional?

The 29-year-old professional was among the rising stars in golf. Spiranac even managed to pick up her first win as a professional in 2015. In June of that year, she won an event on the Cactus Tour at the Orange Tree Country Club by carding a final round of 68. As a result, she defeated Hannah O’Sullivan, the World’s Number One amateur at that time.

However, after her win, things started to go downhill for Paige in 2016. She could not secure her card for the LPGA Tour as she did not make it through the qualifying school. Moreover, at the 2016 Omega Dubai Ladies Classic, Spiranac revealed the amount of cyberbullying she received and broke down in tears during a press conference while telling the same. Furthermore, with all the factors adding up, she announced her retirement from professional golf in December 2016.


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Bazif Qadri

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Bazif Qadri is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing BSC Economics Hons, Bazif is a golf enthusiast. Not only a fan, but he is also an avid golfer himself.