Amateur Davis Thompson gave his coach and our 2019 PGA Professional of the Year, Eric Eshleman, plenty to smile about today with his stellar opening round of 69 at the U.S. Open at Winged Foot Golf Club.
We caught up with Eshleman afterwards, and his three takeaways on Davis Thompson are perfect things to consider for all of us in pursuit of lower scores.
1) Davis' confidence has continued to grow since his junior year at University of Georgia. Being a finalist for the Haskins Award really sealed him as one of the top amateurs in the world. He’s a straight driver of the ball and has found a new gear in distance. He never played a shot out of the rough until 9. And very few after that.
2) We’ve tried to keep his swing very neutral and very patient through his transition. He’s got great body control for a taller player and keeps his motion very simple.
3) I’ve taught Davis since he was 12 years old. He’s always been very calm and poised in golf tournaments. The bigger the pressure the more focused he becomes. He’s very comfortable being successful. He has great parents and that's where he gets his nice, calm demeanor. He’s always been a joy to work with as his Coach. I couldn't be more proud!
Hitting the driver straight, simplifying the swing and staying calm... Sounds like a dream combination to us! Go get 'em tomorrow, Davis- and congrats on creating such a great relationship with your player, Eric.
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