Gabrielle Reece - Developed Passion For Golf
Developed Passion for Golf
Reece was approached by David Lee, a former PGA Tour journeyman, about a "nontraditional teaching method" for golf according to Alan Shipnuck with TL Golf. Lee proposed that she agree to work on this method for a year and a half. Reece states in the article "my greatest strength in all of this, besides my discipline, is my curiosity." It is this curiosity and discipline that helped her realize she liked the challenge of golf, but was not satisfied with the training techniques of the Gravity Golf program. In January 2001 she began working with the Butch Harmon Golf School. Butch Harmon's school takes a much more traditional, yet high-tech approach to training golf. They examine your strokes through computer models to see where improvements needs to be made. Reece has been working with them for the past couple years and intends to train for the LPGA Qualifying School in 2004.
Unfortunately when Reece quit volleyball, her life became askew. Her new passion for golf invaded her life and took over every facet. That left no space for her husband Laird. Reece filed for divorce in January of 2001. Fortunately time heals all wounds. After nearly a year apart, the couple reconciled and have been together ever since. She feels the same way about her pursuit of golf. "I've never quit anything in my life. I started this, and I need to finish it. Even if I'm a bust, I have to finish this journey," she stated to Shipnuck.
Reece was interviewed for the cable channel Life-time's program Intimate Portrait, where she was able to share in her own words the story of her life. Lifetime named her as "one of the 20 most influential women in sports" and "a new female idol." The program outlined Reece's amazing attitude and how she is able to accomplish anything she puts her mind to. She shares how her early life was quite turbulent. Reece was able to express how participating in sports turned her life around and gave her focus. She also explains how she survived the tumultuous years and admitted that it made her a better person because she had to learn to rely upon herself. Reece feels that everything she has is due to her hard work and love and relationships she has encountered along the way are the perks.
Through all of these journeys, Reece has remained true to herself and who she is. She concedes to the issues she addresses saying, "The thing I don't like about this fear of being big is that it feeds into this general female thing of wanting to be less – less powerful, less assertive, less demanding, less opinionated, less present, less big," Reece wants to make it clear that it is okay to show all sides of yourself. She encourages people to be whom they truly are to make a better life for themselves, rather than living up to what everyone else is expecting. Barbara Harris with Shape states, "She is leading us in a direction not only of someone with a healthier body image, but of also being your own person." In an article about her book for Newsday, Reece expressed, "I'm hoping the book is motivating for younger girls, to give them a wake up call." She shares that she regrets not getting involved in sports earlier than age 15. Reece wants to give that chance to other girls. She is obviously making some sort of impact, as she was ranked the ultimate fitness role model by Shape readers two years in a row.