October 8th was one of those gorgeous North Carolina fall nights that Old Chatham members feel are best appreciated on the golf course –75 degrees with a clear blue sky. On this particular night, about 50 Old Chatham members and their guests were treated to something only a club like Old Chatham can offer – an up close and personal, free putting clinic with short game guru Corey Pavin.
“Corey has recently been contracted to do a series of clinics for the millions of viewers of the Golf Channel, and to be able to have a handful of us sitting around talking with him was just incredibly cool,”remarked a new young professional member of Old Chatham. This was the fourth year Corey has given a free clinic to Old Chatham members, and each year has been on a different topic.
Corey is one of the PGA and Champions Tours most well-liked and successful professionals, having spent more than 150 weeks in the Official World Golf Rankings top 10 list between 1986 and 1997. He boasts an impressive 15 PGA Tour wins and has won numerous titles on other tours around the world. Corey won the U.S. Open in 1995 and competed on four Ryder Cup United States teams, being named captain for the 2010 team.
Corey was at Old Chatham to meet with his longtime sports psychologist Dr. Dick Coop, a member of Old Chatham. During their strategy session to prepare for the SAS tournement, Corey played the course, remarking on the beautiful greens and overall outstanding maintenance and beauty of the course, and later ate lunch then sat in a closed-door session in the boardroom.
During the free clinic, Corey fielded questions from members and guests and elicited a lot of enthusiasm to his responses. There was a lot of laughter and witty repertoire, clapping and shouts –especially when he drained a right to left breaking 60 footer!
In addition, Corey shared his best physical and mental tips to improve putting, all the while demonstrating personal technique on everything including plumb-bobbing, the perfect pre-shot routine, relaxing before a pressure-filled key putt, how to best spend practice time, effective practice drills, the different focal points of practicing and playing, and much, much more.
This clinic wouldn’t have been possible without the help of our very own Dr. Coop. We would like to thank him for arranging this amazing opportunity, and know our members and their guests all benefitted from his expertise and the insights offered by Corey.
A video of the clinic will be available soon to Old Chatham members through the Members Only section of our website at http://www.oldchathamgolf.org/membership/member-login/.