Valentine Derrey has been on fire the last few weeks. After recording her best finish on the LET of third at the Helsingborg Open, she bettered it with a tie for second at the recent LACOSTE Ladies Open de France at Chantaco.
She is now placed 17th on the ISPS HANDA Order of Merit, playing in her first season full-time on the LET. (She has been a member since 2011 but split her time between Europe and the US Symetra Tour, where she won a professional tournament in 2011).
Derrey moved to St Jean de Luz at the beginning of the year and her hard work is now paying off. Here she discusses her practice schedule and her warm-up routine before a tournament round.
Practice during a non-tournament week:
I usually practice six days out of seven and play 18 holes on the course four days.
If I have a 9am tee time I wake up at 7am, get there 30 minutes before and play 18 holes with friends. We usually play a match and then have lunch.
Then I practice on the practice range and chipping and putting for around three hours. One hour on each aspect of the game.
Then I go to the gym for an hour. Then I go home and have dinner.
Routine before a tournament round:
At a tournament, I normally wake up 2.5 hours before my tee time.
For breakfast, I tend to have a bowl of cereal and an egg with some ham.
I go to the course 1.5 hours before my tee time.
I go to the range, hit balls, from sand-wedge, five clubs up to driver and after that I go to the chipping range to hit some bunker shots and chipping.
I mark my balls. Then I go to the putting green 25 minutes before the tee time to hit some long putts and then short putts, finishing with putts from a metre.
I go to the tee ten minutes before the tee time!