It was a sunny Monday afternoon when something very special happened at Golfsmith HQ: 9-time PGA Tour winner and longtime international golf superstar Sergio Garcia dropped by to hit a few buckets of balls.
Okay, maybe that’s not why he was here. Maybe he popped in because he was in town for the Dell WGC-Match Play at Austin Country Club, and he wanted to help some of Austin’s locals stripe it, with a little help from ESPN’s Michael Collins.
Sergio spent a few hours at our driving range, talking with the throng of fans who showed up to the TaylorMade #aMbush event. He spoke to the crowd about the state of his game, gave pointers, and walked us through his current club setup in very specific detail. In his bag for 2016, he’s got the M2 woods and PSi Tour irons.
Ask anyone who’s spent time around a PGA Tour practice range, and they’ll tell you that the sound these players make at contact is unlike anything you’ll ever hear at your local muni. Ask anyone who’s spent time around Sergio’s ball striking, and they’ll tell you his stands out even against the best in the world.
Having witnessed Sergio’s stripe show in person, we can attest: there are few people in the world who can pure it like the Spaniard.
After a short clinic for the fans in attendance, Garcia walked the range, stopping and helping locals with their games. He was particularly enthused by one junior’s fluid swing, and his extended range lesson definitely earned him at least one new young fan.
The TaylorMade #aMBush was an incredibly fun experience, and one of the rare occasions golf lovers have the opportunity to get up close and personal with one of the best players in the world.
After the event this year one feeling is for sure at Golfsmith HQ, we can’t wait for the 2017 Match Play.