If you're a golfer, and you've payed any attention to Instagram in the last year, chances are Paige Renee Spiranac is at least a familiar face. That is, if you're not already following her.
The 22yr old Instagram #golfbabe, known as much for her athletic golf swing as for her looks, became a social media sensation nearly overnight. Paige's sexy selfies, cute golf and fitness pics, and videos pulling off trick shots or massive drives went viral within a matter of months. The attention quickly propelled her Instagram following into the hundreds of thousands.
The increase in hype that Paige has received in the last six months has labeled her as the new "Hottest girl in golf". Her sudden massive following has even earned Paige features in local magazines, as the cover girl for Pacific San Diego, as well as gaining national coverage through Golf Digest, CallawayLive, and Golf Channel's Grill Room. Callaway was especially quick to catch on and is now Paige's first major sponsor on her path of pursuing her dream to play on the LPGA.
What is most impressive about Paige Renee Spiranac is her marketability on more than one level. Yes, she is Hot! Yes, many of her pictures are a bit sultry. But she is also extremely talented! What made Paige Renee stand out above other hot golf babes on social media in the first place was her outstanding strength and athleticism. Paige is not afraid to show that off, and her followers are loving it.
As for her unique, rule-breaking golf style, inspiration, and role models, I had the opportunity to ask Paige a few questions myself. Through our recent correspondence, Paige confirmed without even trying the three biggest reasons why so many of us have chosen to follow her Instagram feed:
Alicia Moon: What is your favorite style of golf apparel to wear?
Paige Renee Spirinac: I love to wear fabrics and styles that enable me to swing and keep cool. Spandex or other stretch fabric for my skirts and usually sleeveless shirts are my go to for on the course. I can easily swing in comfort because the clothes move with me and my swing.
Reason Number one why we enjoy Paige Renee's Instagram feed: She's not afraid to break golf apparel rules. She may look a little too sexy for the golf course at times, but she also looks like she could take down anyone who challenged her. Her athleticism alone validates her choice of practice apparel. Even when Paige wears her more formal Callaway sponsored apparel for competition or public appearances, it is evident that she prefers to go for the sleeveless tops and spandex bottoms for comfort.
Alicia: What do you enjoy more, competing or playing socially?
Paige: That's hard to say because they are both so different. Tournaments are fun because you can put all your hard work to the ultimate test. But I also love playing rounds with my friends where there is no pressure and you can just enjoy yourself.
The second reason we follow Paige: She's a well rounded girl who seems to have the full package. Paige's Instagram showcases a mix of impressive trick shots, humorous fun-making mistakes, and a competitive team spirit as seen through her SDSU posts.
Alicia: Outside of imitating Mickelson style trick shots, who is your next favorite PGA and/or LPGA player that inspires you to keep working on your game?
Paige: There are so many players on the LPGA that I admire. Stacy Lewis, Paula Creamer, and Natalie Gulbis to name a few. They work so hard and have accomplished so much. Not only are they great players but seem like even better people. Definitely my role models and my inspiration to work my hardest.
The third and best reason we follow Paige: She has the skills to ACTUALLY play on the LPGA! The recent graduate of SDSU was impressive enough in helping her team win the Mountain West Conference for the first time ever back in April, but it doesn't end there. Paige has also independently shot an impressive personal best round of 62, as well as two competitive rounds of 65, to add to her list of accomplishments with many more accolades not mentioned here. Most golfers simply hope to break par.
Paige will be playing as a rookie in the upcoming Cactus Tour season and fully expects it to be a step on her road to the LPGA. We all hope to follow her progress in getting there!