Tokyo Olympics 2020: Lydia Ko hires fifth coach in seven years to 'simplify' swing

Lydia Ko in action
Lydia Ko in action Photo credit: Getty

Lydia Ko has turned to yet another new coach, as the Kiwi golfer tries to turn her growing form slump around.

The former world No.1 is now working with a new coach - Jorge Parada - her fifth in seven years, since she turned pro in 2013.

Parada replaces David Whelan, with Ko trying to simplify her swing, as she strives for Olympic gold at Tokyo. 

Ko's new coach works with several men and women on the PGA and LPGA tours.

Speaking to Radio Sport, Ko said the change was all about going back to what made her successful during her teens. 

"We're trying to simplify things and trying to go, I guess, back to more of the swing I had when I was an amateur," Ko explained. 

"So we're using some footage of my swings from then and just trying to simplify things. 

"We're working towards making sure it can work in a pressure situation, and that it's repeatable and a swing I feel comfortable doing.

"I think we're moving in the right direction."

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Lydia Ko hires fifth coach in seven years to 'simplify' swing
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The Korean-born Kiwi was an instant sensation, when she burst onto the LPGA scene as a 15-year-old.

The 2016 Rio Olympic silver medallist spent two years as the top-ranked women's golfer on the planet, claiming two LPGA Major titles across that span.

The three-time NZ Sportswoman of the Year has since tumbled to 40th, after a career-worst year in 2019. Ko won the Halberg Supreme Award in 2013. 

Just last week, Ko failed to make the cut at the Australian Open - her first event of 2020.