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Pavon’s swing improved

Alexa Pavon
Alexa Pavon, the only member of Knoxville Catholic High School girls golf team, reconstructed her swing based on advice from a reliable source.

“I think my swing is a lot better, I’ve changed it completely,” the Lady Irish sophomore said of the change, which began in May. “I just didn’t think it looked very good.”

That decision came thanks to advice from her mother, who happens to be Tennessee Lady Volunteers head coach Judi Pavon.

“I think I took it back too far, so I brought it more, like, upward,” Alexa said. “I can control it better, so I can hit it straighter.”

As a result, Alexa said she’s getting “probably 20 yards more off the tee.”

Judi said Alexa’s “good shots were always really good, but her bad shots were really bad because her swing would get off plane.

“So, I thought that if she would really start working on her swing, her bad shots would get better,” Judi added. “That would help her enjoy the game more. She gets really frustrated when she’s hitting great shots and then all of a sudden a terrible shot comes out.

“Basically she needed to change it if she wants to continue on and go a little bit further.”

But Judi wasn’t the instructor.

“I couldn’t be the one to work with her on it, so my assistant coach [Andrew Pratt] has been teaching her and doing a great job helping her out,” Judi said. “They’ve been a really good fit working together.

“She doesn’t quite have it all yet, it’s only been a month-and-a-half that she’s been working on it,” the UT coach added. “It’ll take some more time for her to get it.

“But her bad shots are better, and that’s the goal. She’s getting there.”

As a result of changing her swing, “I haven’t played in any tournaments this year,” Alexa said. “I took off all winter, then I probably started up in May from my new golf swing.

“I didn’t know if I would get used to the swing on time, but I did,” Alexa added. “I like it, so I’m confident this year.”

While her swing changed, Alexa’s club brand didn’t.

“I’m still using TaylorMades,” she said of her entire club set minus her putter. “I think I just hit them the best. They just feel better. … I’ve been playing with them for a while now.”

As for Alexa’s putter, “I think it’s a Chinese brand, I don’t know,” she said. “I think my putting’s pretty good.”

Looking back on her freshman season last year, “It was intimidating because when I was in middle school [Sacred Heart Cathedral School] … I was ranked, like, third in East Tennessee … I was one of the better players, but these older girls are a little better than me,” Alexa said.

Alexa, 15, said she’s been playing golf “since about 5 or 6,” adding she’s had lots of good college examples to watch up close.

“I watch [UT] girls play, so I want to be like them one day … they talk about how they like it,” Alexa said. “Hopefully get a scholarship to some school that I like.”

Alexa said that may or may not be her mother’s Lady Vols.

(Other team members were determined in a tryout held after deadline)


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