Lee Jeong-eun (27)’s nickname is ‘hot 6’. The six was added because he was Lee Jung-eun, the sixth person named in the Korea Women’s Professional Golf Association (KLPGA). In fact, his registered name is ‘Lee Jung-eun 6’. Fans added ‘hot’ to Lee Jung-eun’s hot game. It became his nickname as it synergized with the energy drink ‘Hot Six’, which began to gain popularity around that time.
Lee Jeong-eun, who recently met with the Korea Economic Daily, said, “Lee Jung-eun 6 has not been ‘Hot Six’ for the past two years.” Then he was confident that it would be different starting this year. Lee Jung-eun said, “I think the last two years were a time when I crouched down for a while to take a bigger leap forward.”
He cited identifying problems with his swing as the reason he is certain that this year will be different. He said that in the second half of last year he learned ‘a number of things’ from a Korean swing coach in Canada. After entering the US in 2019, Lee Jung-eun trained alone without the help of a coach. It was because he was afraid to meet an American coach because he was not confident in English. that became poison Since there is no coach to correct the swing that is messed up at that time, the wrong swing has become hardened.
Until then, Lee Jeong-eun was truly a ‘Hot Six’. After conquering the Korean stage by winning the KLPGA Tour Rookie of the Year in 2016 and 6 wins each in 2017-2018 for two consecutive years, she entered the US as the top of the LPGA Tour Qualifying (Q) Series in 2019. Then, that year, he won the US Open, a major tournament, and won the Rookie of the Year title.
It was from 2020 that Lee Jung-eun was shaken. He confessed, “As the games were canceled one after another, the amount of practice decreased and the tension seemed to be relieved.” The most painful thing was that the sharp iron shot became dull. He said, “The swing should be simple, but I had a lot of worries from the backswing to the downswing.” The more I thought about it, the more my swing got twisted, and I couldn’t afford to worry about the course strategy because I couldn’t swing. As the vicious cycle continued, the swamp of sluggishness deepened. The world ranking, which finished 7th in 2019, fell to 38th at the end of last year.
After finding problems with his swing in the second half of last year and entering corrections, his grades began to rise. Following a tie for 6th at the SK Networks and Seogyeong Ladies Championship held in Korea last November, she tied for 4th at the CME Group Tour Championship, the final match of the season. 메이저놀이터
Regarding his sluggish performance over the past two years, Lee Jung-eun said, “It was a valuable growing pain.” He said, “I learned that life doesn’t work out the way I want, and I also learned how to endure and overcome that time. If this is an achievement, it is also an achievement,” he laughed. He said, “Nevertheless, the past two years were not ‘two years of losing everything.’” “When I was active on the KLPGA tour, I only used three or four types of shots, but now through practice, I can use more diverse shots in short games or trouble situations.” said
Now, Lee Jung-eun’s eyes are on the Paris Olympics next year. He said it had been his long-held dream to play with the national flag on his chest. To qualify for the Olympics, a player must be in the top 10 in the world rankings by the end of the year.
“My goal this year is to win at least two games. That way, you can significantly increase your world ranking. Wouldn’t it be possible if we play like ‘Hot Six’ as we have been doing?”