How To Conquer The First Tee Jitters


This week the top stars of ladies golf from Europe and the United States will be facing off against each other in the Solheim Cup. Many think it’s the most prestigious event in ladies golf and is played every two years, similar to the Ryder Cup. The first matches took place in 1990 and since then Team USA has had eight victories and Team Europe has had five. Team Europe is defending the Solheim Cup and seeking its 3rd straight victory. I’ve had the privilege of making the European Team eight times, competing in a total of 37 matches, and winning 24 points.

Last week, Lydia Ko took home her first LPGA major at the Evian Championship. I knew it was only a matter of time before it would happen. The fifth and final major of the year also marked the end of the competition for the 2015 Rolex ANNIKA Major Award. It recognizes the player who had the most outstanding record in all five major championships during the LPGA season. Players earn points only by placing in the Top 10, and to win the award you must also win at least one of the majors.  This year’s winner is Inbee Park. She had a remarkable year, capturing the career Grand Slam with her victory at the RICOH Women’s British Open Championship. She had such a stellar season that through the first four majors, she had already clinched the award – making it impossible for other players to catch her. Congratulations to all of the ladies for their hard work in this year’s majors and I can’t wait to see who takes home the prize next year.

And if you’re in the Orlando, Florida area, don’t forget to check out the ANNIKA Intercollegiate Presented by 3M next week. Reunion Resort will play host to 12 of the top Division I women’s golf teams, including the top 11 in the country. I’ll also be presenting the ANNIKA Award Presented by 3M to the nation’s best female collegiate golfer, as selected by her peers, college coaches and media, Leona Maguire.

The ladies teeing it up in the Solheim Cup and the ANNIKA Intercollegiate will be facing plenty nerves on the first tee, just like you do at your local golf course. A great way to conquer first tee jitters is to focus on your rhythm, timing and balance. Watch the tip below, from my sister Charlotta Sorenstam, who also played in the Solheim Cup.

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Annika is the greatest female golfer of our generation, and often regarded as the best of all-time. During her 15 year Hall of Fame career, she rewrote the LPGA and Ladies European Tour record books, won countless awards, and changed the way women’s golf was played, viewed, and covered. She amassed 89 worldwide victories, including 72 on the LPGA, ten of which are Major Championships. She has a record eight Rolex Player of the Year awards and holds the record for the lowest scoring average in a season (68.6969 in 2004). She has a record six Vare Trophies for the year’s lowest scoring average. She represented Europe in eight Solheim Cups. She is the only female to break 60 in an official event, which garnered her the nickname, “Ms. 59.” Annika was the first and only female to cross the $20 Million mark for LPGA career earnings and her total of over $22 million is nearly $5 Million more than the next closest competitor despite not competing since the 2008 season. Annika was the recipient of the Patty Berg award in 2003 for her contributions to women’s golf. She was the Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year from 2003-2005, and the Golf Writers Association of America Female Athlete of the Year in 1995, 1997, and from 2000-2005.

Annika stepped away from professional golf after the 2008 season to focus on her family and the ANNIKA brand of businesses, including the ANNIKA Academy, ANNIKA Financial Group, ANNIKA Course Design, the ANNIKA Collection of apparel with Cutter & Buck, and signature high-end wines. In 2007, Annika created the ANNIKA Foundation as a way to teach children the importance of living a healthy, active lifestyle through fitness and nutrition, and offer aspiring junior golfers opportunities to pursue their dreams. The Foundation has partnered with key organizations to promote healthy, active lifestyles for children, including SPARK, Florida Hospital for Children in support of its Healthy 100 Kids initiative and The First Tee in development of the Nine Healthy Habits curriculum for children. The Foundation annually conducts four major golf events for aspiring junior girls, including an award-winning AJGA tournament, ANNIKA Invitational at Reunion Resort in Orlando, Fla.; the ANNIKA Invitational at Mission Hills, the first all-girls junior tournament in China; the ANNIKA Invitational in Europe; and the ANNIKA Cup, a team event for the top juniors in Sweden. With the support of 3M, the Haskins Commission and Golfweek, the Foundation created the ANNIKA Award Presented By 3M, which is given annually to the best collegiate female golfer. In concert with the award, the Foundation launched the ANNIKA Intercollegiate Presented By 3M, a college tournament featuring 12 of the top Division I schools, held annually on the Watson Course at Reunion Resort.

In 2008, Annika joined Arnold Palmer as only the second Ambassador of the United States Golf Association, and in 2009, along with Jack Nicklaus, she was named a Global Ambassador by the International Golf Federation and aided in the successful bid for golf in the 2016 Olympic Games. In 2011 Annika was named the winner of the USGA’s prestigious Bob Jones Award, given annually to someone with distinct character on and off the course. In 2013, she was named the First Lady of Golf by the PGA of America. Annika served as a vice-captain for the victorious 2011 and 2013 European Solheim Cup Teams in Ireland and the United States, and will serve in that same capacity in 2015 in Germany. Annika also appears regularly as a guest analyst on the Golf Channel’s popular Morning Drive show and as an Analyst for NBC Golf’s broadcast of LPGA Major Championships. Annika was recently named the top female athlete of all-time in her home country of Sweden.

In addition to expanding her brand and growing the game, Annika and her husband Mike McGee have two children, Ava (9/1/09) and Will (3/21/11). Annika represents world class companies that include 3M, ADP, AHEAD, Callaway, Cutter & Buck, Golfing World, Lexus, Oakley, Pacific Links International and Rolex. Annika’s Twitter handle is @Annika59 and more information can be found at