‘I saw what you did with Michelle . . .’
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
SAN DIEGO – Dave Stockton has a lesson tomorrow morning with one of the top 5 players in men’s golf, but he won’t name-drop.
Stockton was out at the Samsung World Championship Wednesday with his son, Ron, to work with Yani Tseng. His own golf game is on the back burner as he recovers from the rotator cuff surgery he had earlier this month.
The short game guru said his phone has been ringing off the hook since Michelle Wie putted lights out at the Solheim Cup. Stockton worked with Wie the week prior to the Solheim in California and got plenty of press for his efforts.
The conversations with potential students start like this: “So I saw what you did with Michelle ...”
“It’s been unbelievable,” said Stockton, who already planned to scale back his tournament schedule next year.
The two-time major winner sounds giddy when he talks about the rush he feels from helping players shave strokes off their games. He’s especially excited about the prospect of helping more players like Tseng win major championships.
“It’s fun teaching really good players,” said Stockton, who has worked with both Tiger Woods and Annika Sorenstam over the years. “Getting in their heads and seeing what you can do with them.”
While Stockton gave advice for free in the past to fellow professionals and sought no publicity, he’s realized that has to change. At least the money part.
Sorenstam once gave Stockton a really nice shotgun for his efforts. (He likes to hunt.) Now he’s looking at his teaching from more of a business angle – life’s next step.
“It’s going to be fun to help (players) turn their lives around,” Stockton said.
One putt at a time.