Fans in more than 100 countries tuning into the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour broadcast this October will see Jodi Ewart Shaddoff wearing pink on the green. In the month of Breast Cancer Awareness, it’s the English professional golfer’s effort to raise public consciousness for getting tested. Shadoff, who lives in Orlando, Florida, also plays on the Ladies European Tour. The 28-year-old has been fortunate not to have had a personal brush with the disease. Her sponsor, carbon-neutral Radar Tires, of the Singapore-headquartered Omni United, is a supporter of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Shadoff, too, is an inspiration to female golfers wanting to stay fit. Prestige caught up with her during her recent – and third – trip to Singapore, to find out how she stays in the pink of health.
I played soccer since I was four until I was 16. I was the only girl in my town who was my age, so I was one of the boys. I think my granddad was like ‘Gosh, I need to get (her) away from being out from these boys all the time; let’s take her out and play golf.’ I got lessons. Ironically, I was the only girl who played golf. I started from when I was eight. Women’s golf you can play all your life and make a good living out of it. There wasn’t a really a future in women’s soccer.
Both my parents were in horse racing. My dad used to be a jockey. I never used to be into horses.
Working out when travelling…in season (end January to end November) is more stretching and mobility work to stay flexible and avoid injuries.
When the hotel’s gym isn’t very good, I just use it for cardio. I also work out in my hotel room. I always travel with a TRX. You hook it over a door and it has bands that you can stretch on to do body weights; it’s great for golfers.
Last off season, I was working out five times a week – more weights, trying to get stronger.
It’s probably been the first year that I haven’t had an injury… I put it down to working with my fitness trainer Trevor Anderson and my coach David Ledbetter. Trevor helped me get really strong. He understands Leadbetter’s swing theory and we base our fitness programme around my swing mechanics. That means everybody is on the same page and if there’s a problem we can all meet and figure it out.
I get an hour a day of massage therapy with my physiotherapist… and if I need it, dry needling, which is more aggressive than acupuncture. The needles make the muscle twitch. Once the muscle is relaxed, they’ll take the needle out. It’s very painful, and awful when you go through it. But the next day is like day and night.
This year, I’m able to go out there and not stress…if I was going to make the cut, or make any money this week.Last year, I had my worst year. It’s not just the way you think but the things you do on the golf course as far as pre-shot routines go. I started working with sports psychologist Dr Bob Winters in August. Mentally, I had to get over that hurdle of putting so much importance on playing well that I forgot how to enjoy playing golf.
Sports psychology is something I would consider post golf. My psychology degree(from the University of New Mexico) really didn’t come into play in my game. In college, I took a lot of criminal psychology and sociology classes.
If you had a bad hole…you got to remember that that’s in the past, and it’s something you can’t change. A lot of golfers will have a bad hole. They get really mad, stay mad and have lots more bad holes. You’ve just got to let go of it.
You’ve got to have a life outside of golf… to take your mind off golf or how you did that day. Because not every day is going to be a good day…and you’ve got to figure out how to get over it, and get though the next day. In Taipei, I had pretty much the worse round of my year on the first day. Then I came back two days later and shot my best round of my career.
I chill out on tour by going out with the girls for dinner… On the women’s tour, we are like a travelling family. We go out with the girls for dinner and breakfast. Having a regular conversation, not talking about golf, is an escape. I’ve met some of my best friends playing golf and in college too.
I am a massive Yelp-er; I go on the app to check restaurants that are close by and the reviews. Everybody on tour comes to me to point them in the direction of good local restaurants to go to. There are some cities where we’ll play the event just because of the local food. Portland is amazing and San Francisco has great local restaurants to go to.
I’m not on a strict diet, but I’m also not eating fast food every day. I always try to get a good amount of proteins and carbs for energy for the next day.
I also chill out by…watching TV. I get obsessed with Netflix. I could sit for hours and watch episode after episode. I’m really into horror – don’t judge me! I watch the TV series of the movie Scream, and The Returned.
I’m not a very superstitious person, but…I never play with a ball that has a number 3 on it. I think it came from when I was younger and I didn’t play well with a 3. But I always have three tees in my hair (in between ponytail and cap). It always has to be three.