Michael Block is a Southern California PGA head professional at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club in Mission Viejo, CA. He made his name as a player when he hit a 22-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole of the 2007 U.S. Open Sectional qualifier. To reach the the playoff, Block birdied the last three holes of the 36-hole qualifier, proving pressure only fueled his fire to fulfill a lifelong dream of playing in a major. A further indication of Block’s naiveté to pressure, he marks his ball “WHY NOT?” stating “I honestly believe I can play with those guys” [in reference to the PGA Tour]. His primary focus is admittedly his wife and two kids, but his competitive nature and passive confidence won’t keep him from making a run in the upcoming PGA Championship.
Staff Pro Q&A
Career low score?
61 @ Annandale CC & The Palms
What is your dream foursome?
Payne Stewart, Fred Couples & Tiger Woods.
How many hole-in-ones do you have? 1 and none in competition.
What is your most memorable shot? 22 foot birdie putt on the 1st playoff hole in the 2007 US Open Sectionals that qualified for me to play at Oakmont.
What are your primary swing thought(s)?
Quiet body and mind.
What is your favorite golf hole?
Any at Augusta – never played it though.
Do you have a specific ‘Pre-game’ meal?
Nothing different than any other day.
What kind of ball marker do you use?
I try to use a pesos from my annual trip to Cabo for the TaylorMade Invitational.
How do you mark your golf ball?
With “Why Not” on the side and a black dot next to the number.
As a teacher, what golf tip do you give the most?
Grip pressure drills. Very few students ever hold the grip to light.
What is the most common problem you see with your students?
Most average golfers have issues with their balance due to over swinging which then causes them to hold onto the grip to strong.
What is the best golf tip/advice you’ve received? From who?
“Finish your back swing before you start your down swing.” Simple, yet effective. Also, “To be in control, you need to feel out of control.”
If you could change one thing about your game, what would that be?