Tuesday at the U.S. Senior Open. Only two days until Round 1 begins and all the players are starting to feel the excitement. Stu and Bryan have kept themselves busy and offer another account of the overall experience and what they continue to learn as the major gets teed off later this week.
Stu tees off Thursday, July 10th at 9:00am on hole number 1 and will be playing with Ron Skayhan and Rob Gibbons. For live scoring updates, be sure to check the official website of the 2014 U.S. Senior Open.
PGA Status: PGA Member
GolfTEC Woodland Park
|Bio: Stuart has been a PGA Member since 1991. Joining GolfTEC in 2007, Stuart has taught over 12,000 lessons and is a 6-time recipient of GolfTEC’s Outstanding Achievement in Instruction Award. Stu played collegiate golf and won multiple PGA tournaments.|
|Today we played 9 holes with Frank Esposito, Patrick Burke, and Esteban Toledo. I was a little self conscious warming up and too concerned with what others were thinking about my swing and game. As a result my play on the course was not as good as I hoped, but it provided me with a positive learning experience – I must remember to stay in the present and also remember it’s okay for the game to be about me while I am playing and competing at such a high level.
After playing 9 holes we had breakfast in the players area and spent a chunk of time on the range to practice a variety of shots I plan on playing. We also spent a lot of time practicing in the short game area and on the putting green.
The coolest part of the day was going to the tour equipment van and getting some Callaway golf clubs custom-made for me on the spot. Shortly after the club fitting we went to the tour exercise van where I learned several new stretching and muscle activation exercises. Once the clubs were finished, Bryan and I headed back to the range to see if any of the clubs would make it to the bag for round 1 and ultimately decided on a 3-wood and a driver.
Bryan Vander May
|Bryan Vander May|
|Bio: Graduated from the Golf Academy of America with extensive teaching and club fitting knowledge. Worked at Echo Lake CC and has taught individuals of all levels. Competes in local professional tournaments. Has a passion to help you reach your goal.|
|Today was a long and productive day at the course. It started with a 9 hole practice round and some small tweaks to a few clubs. Stu feels in a good place and has prepared hard both physically and mentally.
We focused on alignment and shot shaping with clubs Stu knows he will hit off certain tees. He also worked on the putting green using a chalk line so he could watch his putts stay on the line for about 10 feet and ensure his stroke was where it needed to be. He used the right hand only drill which helps keep his putter face more stable through impact.
Lastly and most importantly we talked about how his mental game varied over the course of the 3 days we’ve been out here. As we finish getting ready for Round 1 and have one more day for preparation and planning, we focused on what he needs to do to make sure he performs at his best.
Stay tuned for an update following Stu’s first round and make sure to follow day 1 of the U.S. Senior Open!