“Not in My Control”: LPGA Star Danielle Kang Shares Her Perspective on Anxiety and Nerves

Published 10/29/2021, 4:54 AM EDT


Danielle Kang has earned herself the spot as one of the best LPGA Tour players. While she last won an LPGA Tour event in 2020, Kang will surely continue to play more events and impress. She last played the BMW Ladies Championship in South Korea, finishing T10.

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In a recent interview, Kang ended up speaking about mental health – something which she has not shied away from in the past. She even discussed qualifying for the US Open when she started out, along with anxiety, nerves, and problems in general.

Danielle Kang discusses mental health in a recent interview

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Kang has always been vocal about mental health, especially as the COVID-19 pandemic affected everyone across the world. For the five-time LPGA Tour winner, everyone’s problems matter. However, one should always focus on taking care of their own self.

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“For me, anxiety is different than nerves,” Kang said, adding that nerves are a fear of failure for her. The California native herself is ‘OK’ with failing, as she knows she has tried her best. Anxiety, on the other hand, is more about not being in control.

“I kind of want people to understand that. It’s not just athletes either, it’s everybody. Somebody is going through something,” she added, explaining how everyone’s issues are real for them. “So, try and understand. But, taking care of yourself is an important issue.”

While speaking about the US Open, Kang explained how it was her brother who signed her up for the qualifier. The 29-year-old revealed that she just ended up playing after she qualified. However, when asked about playing at the US Open, she had no real response – as she was not aware of what it was.

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Kang has previously spoken up about anxiety and not being in control

Earlier this year, Kang discussed the effects of COVID-19 – which has been the cause of many people’s anxiety. She said, “I want to be able to be in control of how I feel. A lot of people can’t. They can’t control the way they think, the way they feel, but what I can do is work on it and practice how to accept that or deal with it better. That’s one of the things I want to figure out.”

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Having started her LPGA career in 2012, Kang even spoke about coming to love golf over the past four to five years.

The US Open mentioned earlier is the 2007 US Women’s Open event. While her brother signed her up, an oblivious Kang ended up qualifying when she was only 14. Since then, she has won five LPGA events, including her KPMG Women’s PGA Championship victory in 2017.

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Devika Pawar is a Golf and NBA writer at Essentially Sports. A psychology graduate from KJ Somaiya, Devika has an experience with sportswriting at Republic World for around two years now. She loves NBA a little too much, and is a dedicated Golden State Warriors fan.

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