(CBS New York) – Golf seems to be an individual sport. When a player steps up to tackle that little white ball, that player looks very lonely. But that player brings with them the accumulated knowledge and training bestowed on them by a group of individuals. That could be advice from a knowledgeable caddy received shortly before. It is possible to alter adjustments made by a coach last week. And, in Dottie Pepper’s case, those could have been the wisdom words of a mentor on her way to stardom.
Pepper is currently a regular CBS Sports correspondent in the course of running PGA Tour events. But before that she was a longtime player on the LPGA Tour, where she has won 17 events including two major championships. Pepper was not up to such heights alone in the game. She had help George PowderLongtime Head Professional at both McGregor Links and Saratoga Golf & Polo, near Saratoga Springs, New York, her hometown. During her founding years, it was his advice that led her to NYS Women’s Amateur (1981) and NYS Girls’ Junior (1981, 1983).
In Pepper’s new book, Letter to future champions: My time with Mr. PulverShe expressed gratitude to her former mentor who helped hone her skills on the course and her personality as a player. She kept his letters in a hardcover book as “my reference book on everything about golf”.
“I realize that adhesives are much more than that,” said Pepper. “This is a blueprint to honor the history and traditions of golf; It is also about mentorship, beliefs, curiosity, courage, grace, dreams, disappointments, success and the value of education. “
Modern players may also find some value in Pulver’s words. Dustin Johnson is ranked number one in the world. While he had his thirteenth draw at the RBC Heritage, he missed out on the Masters, where he had won the previous year. Genesis Open was the only tournament in his top 10 Tour since the Masters of November 2020.
“He’s always believed in the fundamentals and didn’t turn his back on what took you from the end of the game to the top,” said Pepper of Pulver. “So with Dustin Johnson, I think he goes back to the basics to make sure your grip is good, make sure you turn it all around, make sure your alignment is good. He’s always been very special about making sure the fundamentals are noticed. “
Will Zalatoris has risen to 27th on the world rankings based on his second place at Masters 2021. The 24-year-old upstart is 12 years younger than Johnson, but is becoming one of the winners. Future stars of the game. He finished sixth at the US Open in September, and has had five Tour finishes in the top 10 since.
In Pepper’s eyes, Pulver may have a number of different advice for Zalatoris. “As for Will Zalatoris, I think he’ll tell him to enjoy it for as long as you can. But when you feel like you’re exhausted, take a break and stay away from it for a while. He’s always really concerned about that, about having a balance in your life, because you rarely can play with things like Will. So play until you start not having much fun with it, until you feel like you’re not on the road of growth and feel good then take a break. “