MOBILE, Ala. – Golfers can make interesting decisions and it's easy to second guess players.
After winning my first collegiate event in my freshman year at Georgia Tech I decided to change irons the following week. Not just one club, but the whole set. My dad thought I was crazy. My coach thought I was crazy. My teammates thought I was crazy. There might have been merit to their view because I did not win again that season. At the time it seemed like the very best decision I could make. Looking back, I'm not so sure.
I think something like this is going on with Michelle We right now. After spending time with Dave Stockton last year and then immediately looking like a different player on the greens in the Solheim Cup and also in her first ever LPGA victory in the Lorena Ochoa Invitational, she has now switched to Dave Pelz for help with the short stick. Don't get me wrong, I don't favor one 'guru' over the other. Both Daves are extremely knowledgeable and have had tremendous success in their field. But, they couldn't be farther apart in their teachings.
Pelz is literally a rocket scientist that approaches the short game in a very logical and scientific manner. Stockton is a two time major champion that comes at the short game from a more artistic and simple perspective. Pelz uses a complex formula and Stockton uses magic dust. Every indication is that they are both very effective.
I just have a hard time understanding why success with one would lead to time with the other.