04/17/2015

We’re seeing Arron Oberholser in a few different places today. He was a long-time PGA Tour member and his now on the Golf Channel, but we’re seeing him in commercials too? What is Oberholser’s story?

Arron Oberholser is a professional golfer from San Luis Obispo, California who played his collegiate golf at San Jose State. He turned professional in 1998. During 1999 and 2000, he played on the Canadian Tour finishing second in the Tour’s Order of Merit during 2000.

By 2001, he was onto the Nationwide Tour in the U.S., but he only competed their three times before a wrist injury sidelined him. In 2002, he finished the Nationwide Tour season in second place on the money list, finally giving him his PGA card.

Driving Series

During the first three seasons he was on the PGA Tour, Oberholser played well. His top finish on tour was the 2004 Wachovia Championship where he was defeated in a playoff. In 2004, he was victorious at the Shinhan Korea Golf Championship, which was a Challenge Season event sanctioned by the PGA Tour.

He won his first PGA Tournament in 2006 at the AT&T Pebble beach National Pro-Am. By September of 2007, he had reached the top-25 in the Official World Golf Rankings.
Injuries plagued his career for much of 2008 through 2011 undergoing surgery on his right hip and left hand. In 2012 he planned to make a comeback by never could succeeded.

Oberholser on the Golf Channel

Oberholser has since joined Golf Channel as an analyst and commentator thanks to his vast knowledge of the game. His hand injury was such that certain shots irritated the nerves in his wrist. When hitting shots, two of his fingers would eventually get tingly as he would lose his grip on the club.

After failing to find a remedy, his hand specialist suggested he wear a glove with additional padding over the affected area near the base of his thumb. Great idea, except he had not used a glove on Tour–he hadn’t used one since age 14. Oberholser said he has a single mom who could not afford certain things and the luxury of a golf glove was one of them.

The problem was not alleviated completely with the new 1/8 inch thick pad, but all reports indicate it is far better than before.

Getting back on the Tour full-time has not worked out. But he is now working with professional Doug Tewell on Square-to-Square a set of DVDs that helps a player break down his or her swing into segments such as grip and stance and onto follow through and finish.

Tewell said doctors told him he would not play again professionally due to injuries. But he found three simple swing adjustments that have worked very well. He began hitting the ball longer and straighter and wanted to help others do the same.

It was the inception of Square-to-Square. His says the tweaks in the swing are so simple that before you complete a basket of balls on the driving range you will be seeing results.

Oberholser is one to listen to when it comes down to injuries and playing the game of golf well.