Thanks to the tremendous support of volunteers, dedicated sponsors and the D.C. and Philadelphia communities, the AT&T National has grown into one of the premier stops on the PGA TOUR, boasting an impressive list of champions — K.J. Choi, Anthony Kim, Tiger Woods, Justin Rose and Nick Watney. The event raises funds and awareness for the Tiger Woods Foundation while paying tribute to our armed forces. Dave served as one of the 2012 volunteers, helping on the practice range for the AT&T Pro-Am day, and the first round of professional play.
“I was assigned to the range on Wednesday (practice round/Pro-AM day) and the short game area on Thursday (1st day of the tournament). Here are some of the things I observed that you might find interesting and/or helpful:
1. The first thing almost every player did before hitting one ball was place an alignment stick down.
2. Every player began their warm-up with a short iron or wedge, making half to ¾ swings.
3.Each player was given the exact ball they play to hit on the range. In case you’re wondering what ball the majority of the pro’s play, it is not even close: Titleist ProV1x.
4. I saw several players working on and struggling with a swing change. None of those players made the cut. Difficult to play well while thinking about your swing.
5. Time spent on the driving range, short game area and putting green was equally divided for most players. Tiger was one of the exceptions. He spent more time on the putting green. I believe he made the cut, didn’t he?!?
6. On Wednesday most players appeared relaxed, were talkative. Not so much on Thursday. Most players arrived with their game face on (Charlie Hoffman was the lone exception; he arrived carrying his own bag and wore flip flops during his entire warm-up).
7. I watched most of the morning group’s te off on Hole #1 on Thursday. Over 50% of the players missed the fairway. It appears no one is immune from the 1st Tee jitters.
Adam Scott almost missed his tee time Thursday morning. I watched him rush through a modified warm-up at the short game area. He was 4 over after 9 holes. Hummm