Wie credits stronger legs for improvement


NAPLES, Fla. – Michelle Wie’s legs attracted a lot of attention Thursday night at the Rolex Awards Dinner.

Wie’s dinner attire included a slit up the side of her skirt, exposing her long legs, which were photographed extensively as she made her way along the red carpet entry way into the dinner.

Turns out those legs were a key to her comeback this season.

Swing coach David Leadbetter said Wie’s increased strength in her legs is a large factor in her improved ball striking this year. He credits Wie and her trainer, David Donatucci, for hard work building a strong foundation for her swing.

“Her swing is built around the stability of her legs,” Leadbetter said. “Her legs are twice as strong as they were a year ago. She’s struggled at times in the past, with her feet being over active. Her legs are as strong as they’ve ever been, and it helps her footwork.”

Wie is feeling the benefit of all her strength work.

“I always thought I was quote/unquote strong, but I really wasn't,” Wie said. “I was unstable. I was not strong in the right places for the golf swing. I really feel like Dave Donatucci this year has really helped me to figure out where I need to get stronger.

“There are certain things in my swing I wanted to fix with Leadbetter, but we just couldn't. No matter how hard I tried, I just couldn't get in that position. But I feel like Donatucci really helped me to get stronger and that helped the club to get in the right position.”