Who Is Nelly Korda's Coach?

Who Is Nelly Korda's Coach?

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Who currently coaches the American Nelly Korda. Find out here.

Who Is Nelly Korda's Coach?

Nelly Korda is one of the biggest rising stars in golf, with multiple LPGA Tour titles already to her name.

As the American continues to add to her resume, who currently coaches her? Find out here.

Who Is Nelly Korda's Coach?

Korda is currently coached by long-time instructor, David Whelan. The American began to work with Whelan when she was just 15-years-old.

She did have a brief split with Whelan in September 2020 to work with Justin Sheehan. However, the pair reunited in December.

Speaking at the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions in January, Korda said: “I just trust Dave so much, I wouldn't be where I am without him. He holds a special place in my heart and always will. I think the chemistry is obviously there and we work well together.”

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Nelly and Jessica Korda have both worked with Whelan. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

At the event, Korda finished in third, only two shots behind the winner and sister, Jessica Korda, who has also worked with Whelan.

Whelan has been coaching Korda for more than seven years, with the Englishman seeing her rise from a Symetra Tour player to comfortably sitting inside the world's top 10.

Speaking to the Golf Channel after her victory at the Women’s Australian Open in 2019, Whelan said: “It’s the understanding that you can’t be perfect, that you are not going to play well every day, and not to worry about that, but to focus on the more positive things in the big picture.

“I think that’s far and away the biggest improvement she’s made in her game getting to this level. She’s a lot calmer and probably the best driver of the ball I’ve ever taught,”

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Whelan and Paula Creamer at the 2008 US Women's Open. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Whelan enjoyed a fantastic playing career himself before turning to coaching, with his biggest win coming on the European Tour at the 1988 Barcelona Open, where he defeated world number one, Sir Nick Faldo, in a four-hole sudden death play-off.

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As well as working with both Nelly and Jessica Korda, Whelan has also coached 2010 US Women's Open champion, Paula Creamer and victorious Solheim Cup Captain, Catriona Matthew.

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Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

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Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

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