Over the weekend I spent some time at Edgewater Golf Range in New Jersey to test out this new VRS 3 iron I bought on eBay. As I was hitting and ultimately determining that the club is not for me, I noticed someone in the bay next to mine who was absolutely crushing the ball. He was tall, with an athletic golf posture, and had a controlled swing speed that I had not seen in a very long time. I have played with assistant pros at golf clubs, and scratch golfers before, but this guy was “textbook”. Everything was moving in perfect harmony with such violent force and it immediately reminded me of when I saw Dustin Johnson play at The Barclays.
Noticing two Covert 2.0 woods in his bag, I introduced myself as an NGN writer, and asked if I could use his Covert Torque wrench to change the loft on my 3-wood. While he didn’t have it, I noticed the AJGA insignia on his golf bag and became intrigued. The next thing I asked was if he was in high school or college. But once he turned around, I could see a young face on a man’s body. His name is David Gao. He’s a New Jersey native, but he’s currently attending the IMG Golf Academy in Bradenton, Florida as a freshman. Standing already at 6’1 he has the distance and power that is so rare for a young teen. He was just picking out targets and nailing them, and he could hit the high draw beautifully.
David is also sponsored by Nike Golf who hooks him up with apparel and balls. The Covert 2.0 3 and 5 wood were the only Nike clubs in his bag but he really liked the new technology in them. His latest equipment change was the ball, and he recently chose to switch to the RZN Platinum. In speaking to his mother, she too agreed that Nike made the best golf clothing, and I had to agree with her – I was already decked out in Nike head to toe!
As we talked, he told me about his trip to The Oven and how incredible the experience was. He talked about how big it is, and how easy it is to test out new shafts and other equipment. Beyond his swing, the trip to The Oven was something I was truly jealous of!
Look out for David in the future. He’s got some time before college, but great golf schools are already talking to him. He’s playing AJGA events all over the country and hopefully we’ll see him dominating in college and on Tour someday.
David, in the meantime, if you’re reading this, be sure to study and get good grades!