Paige Spiranac has revealed how she has gone through hell and back on social media over the past couple of years, but has come out the other side a stronger person.
Ladies professional golfer Spiranac has the largest social media following of any ladies golfer, taking her Instagram account to over 1 million in very little time thanks to posting a series of trick shots, instruction tips and fitness videos to help grow her fan base.
In an emotional Instagram post on Monday night, Spiranac touched on how she was harassed and sent death threats off the back of her instant social media success, as well as her love of practising but difficulty competing as she continues her goal to one day make it big on the LPGA circuit.
As a result of being a target for a minority, Spiranac has become an ambassador for cyberbullying where she holds clinics for youngsters.
Check out Spiranac's Instagram post below...
I love golf. I love the golf swing. I love learning everything I can about the game. I love practicing. I don't love competing and that's a fight I've been dealing with the last few years. People think that "making it" is just about ability but there's so much more to it. Especially with golf, being mentally strong is 90% of the game. Last year I was beat up mentally and was dealing with more than anyone could imagine behind closed doors. It took a toll on me and I started to hate this game I love so dearly. I played around 20 tournaments, made money in all but 2 and got a win as my first year as a pro. However I hated every second of it and was having breakdowns because of all the harassment, death threats, and other problems I wish to keep private. This year I have taken some time off from competing to focus on myself and my passions which is being an ambassador for cyberbullying, doing clinics for young girls and boys, and creating fun videos to hopefully help grow the game. Within this time I've been grinding on my swing and fitness and it's by far the best my swing as felt ever. I appreciate all the support and thank you for following my journey! I always try to be as honest as possible about what I'm going through in hopes I can help others but also show that no matter how perfect or easy someone's life might appear on social media that we are all dealing with our own personal battles. Again thank you for following and always making my day better with every positive comment A post shared by Paige Spiranac (@_paige.renee) on Jul 3, 2017 at 3:39pm PDT
Spiranac is also a brand ambassador for the new 18Birdies app.