Professional's Social Media Post About Practice Causes Heated Split

Professional golfer, Hailey Ostrom, caused quite a stir with her recent post on Twitter...

Ostrom hits a shot
(Image credit: Instagram: @haileyostrom)

The old saying goes that 'practice makes perfect (opens in new tab)' and, although you could argue that perhaps this isn't true, one thing that is for sure is that practice can at least improve your golf game.

Hailey Ostrom, who competes professionally on the Cactus Tour as she chases her dream of playing on the LPGA Tour, is certainly an advocate of said statement, with the 27-year-old tweeting: "If you don’t go to a driving range at least once a week and you don’t work on putting (as in actual putting drills (opens in new tab)) at least twice a week, then you don’t deserve to be mad when you play s****y golf."

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It's safe to say her comments haven't gone down well with some users on the platform, with one stating that: "Some of us don’t have the financials to practice all the time." The reaction caused Ostrom to respond, with the Oregon native firing back: "There are a TON of free ways to practice. Either way you’re missing the point. If you don’t practice, for whatever reason, you don’t deserve to be mad at your game."

Other negative responses included: "Must be nice to have the time to do this. For those who are not professional golfers and don't get their stuff free it's kind of challenging. So yeah we should be able to b***h and complain when we have a s****y round," and "Sadly, some of us live where it snows and is cold in the winter so we don’t have the luxury of practicing 365 days/year. But I used to know everything when I was 28 too."

Others came out in defence of the former George Fox University golfer though, with one comment reading: "I don't think the point was that it's easy to find time to practice. I think the point is that golf is very hard. If you don't practice, you won't be very successful. so you should ease up on yourself, and just enjoy being out of the break from life."

After seeing her replies, Olstrom felt the need to quote retweet her own statement, stating: "The amount of people arguing with me saying they should be allowed to be mad, y’all CHILL. It’s golf! I’m literally telling you to not get mad bc (because) you don’t practice and you’re getting mad at that!? Some of y’all just want to argue. Smh (shaking my head).

Matt studied Sports Journalism at Southampton Solent University, graduating in 2019. Now a freelance writer for Golf Monthly and the PGA, he covers all aspects of the game, from Tour news to equipment testing and buyers’ guides. Taking up the game at the age of six, Matt currently holds a handicap of 3 and despite not having a hole in one…yet, he has had two albatrosses. His favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.