Golf Talk Live - Carin Koch Transcript Segment 4

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2001, 5:00 pm
PETER KESSLER
NOW HERE'S A QUESTION THAT WAS SUBMITTED TO YOU, CARIN, BY ONE OF OUR VIEWERS WHO SAYS THAT YOU HIT TWO THIRDS OF THE GREENS IN REGULATION ON THE LPGA TOUR LAST YEAR. COULD YOU SHARE YOUR IRON PLAY KEYS WITH US? STEPHANIE CHAMBERS WOULD LIKE TO KNOW. SO WOULD THE REST OF US.

CARIN KOCH
OKAY. I ACTUALLY CARRY 5 WOODS IN MY BAG SO I GUESS, I THINK, A LOT OF THOSE TIMES I HIT THE GREENS I HIT MY 11 OR MY 9 WOOD AND THAT WOULD DEFINITELY BE ONE OF MY SECRETS IS TO, EVEN FOR BIG STRONG GUYS, NOT TO BE SO TOUGH, BUT TRY TO, YOU KNOW, TRY THOSE 9 WOODS, BECAUSE I KNOW A LOT OF THEM ARE A LITTLE TOO MACHO TO EVEN DO IT.

PETER KESSLER
SO 6 IRON'S YOUR LONGEST IRON, OR 5 IRON?

CARIN KOCH
I HAVE A 5 IRON. YUP. I HAVE A 5 IRON. AND THEN I HAVE 11 WOOD, 9 WOOD, 5 WOOD, 3 WOOD AND, AND DRIVER.

PETER KESSLER
AND HOW FAR DO YOU HIT YOUR 5 IRON?

CARIN KOCH
I HIT MY 5 IRON ABOUT 155.

PETER KESSLER
AND IF, IF YOU HAVE AN ACCESSIBLE PIN AND A GOOD LIE IN THE FAIRWAY FROM 155

CARIN KOCH
MHMM

PETER KESSLER
WITH YOUR 5 IRON, WHAT DISTANCE FROM THE HOLE ARE YOU HAPPY WITH, YOU KNOW, GIVEN THAT, NOT AN UNDULATING GREEN, AND FAIRLY CALM CIRCUMSTANCES. WHAT'S THE GOAL?

CARIN KOCH
TO GET IT TO WHERE I CAN MAKE A PUTT AND MAKE BIRDIE.

PETER KESSLER
YOU CAN DO THAT FROM ANYWHERE.

CARIN KOCH
(LAUGHS)
YEAH

PETER KESSLER
SHARE WITH US WHAT YOU DO IN TERMS OF YOUR KEYS FOR GOOD IRON PLAY. IS SET UP, SWING THOUGHTS

CARIN KOCH
YUP, I, I TRY TO HAVE GOOD FUNDAMENTALS. TRY TO HAVE A GOOD... I TRY TO CHECK MY BALL POSITION OFTEN AND

PETER KESSLER
GO AHEAD AND, AND SHOW US WHERE THE BALL, WHERE DO YOU

CARIN KOCH
OKAY

PETER KESSLER
LIKE TO KEEP IT?

CARIN KOCH
WELL THIS IS AN 8 IRON. I WOULD KEEP IT A LITTLE BIT IN FRONT OF THE MIDDLE. RIGHT HERE. IT'S EASY TO GET IT A LITTLE TOO FAR BACK, AND NOT, AND THAT PROHIBITS YOU TO SWING THROUGH IT. IT'S IMPORTANT TO HAVE IT A LITTLE MORE IN FRONT SO YOU CAN SWING THROUGH IT OKAY, AND THEN, I THINK THE MAIN THING IS TO REALLY MAKE SURE YOU HIT DOWN ON THE BALL, AND HIT THE BALL FIRST AND THEN THE GROUND, AND NOT TRY SO MUCH, I SEE SO MANY AMATEURS TRYING TO LIFT THE BALL UP AND KIND OF FINISH ON THE RIGHT SIDE, AND THAT, SAME FOR ME, I NEED TO REALLY FOCUS ON SWINGING THROUGH IT AND GET TO A GOOD POSITION AT THE END OF THE SWING.

PETER KESSLER
WHAT PERCENTAGE OF YOUR POWER DO YOU FEEL LIKE ON A TYPICAL IRON SHOT IF YOU'RE GOING TO HIT AN 8 IRON LIKE THAT

CARIN KOCH
MHMM

PETER KESSLER
DO YOU FEEL THAT YOU'RE USING RELATIVE TO WHAT YOU HAVE AT YOUR DISPOSAL TO USE?

CARIN KOCH
UM... IT DEPENDS ON THE SITUATION, I GUESS, BUT AGAIN, BUT, I PROBABLY, MOST OF THE TIME, TAKE A PRETTY FULL SWING. I, I'M NOT ONE OF THE LONG HITTERS SO I DON'T HAVE ALL THAT MUCH TO, YOU KNOW I KIND OF HAVE TO USE ALL THAT I HAVE

PETER KESSLER
KEEP IT IN RESERVE.

CARIN KOCH
(LAUGHS)

PETER KESSLER
WHAT ABOUT POSTURE. WHAT DO YOU FEEL IS IMPORTANT FOR YOU SO THAT YOU CAN MAKE YOUR BEST GOLF SWING AND SOMETHING ISN'T BREAKING DOWN BECAUSE OF AN INCORRECT SET-UP?

CARIN KOCH
UM, FOR ME IT'S, I TEND TO GET TOO UPRIGHT, SO I REALLY NEED TO TRY AND BEND FROM THE HIPS AND GET A LITTLE MORE BENT, A LITTLE MORE DOWN LIKE THIS. MORE ANGLES. WHEN I GET TOO UPRIGHT, I SWING TOO MUCH AROUND MYSELF, SO I NEED TO GET GOOD ANGLES SO I CAN SWING MORE UP, AND GET, LIKE I SAID, GOOD ANGLES, AND, FROM THERE, GET MORE DIRECTLY DOWN ON THE BALL. I TEND TO, LIKE I SAID, BE, MAYBE A LITTLE UPRIGHT AND THEN SWING AROUND MYSELF AND GET INSIDE, AND FROM HERE I'M STUCK SO I HAVE TO KIND OF FLIP MY HANDS TO GET THE BALL TO GO STRAIGHT.

PETER KESSLER
WE SEE GOOD PLAYERS ALMOST ALWAYS WHEN THEY'RE HALF WAY BACK, YOU CAN TELL THAT THE PLAYER IS A GOOD PLAYER, THAT THE BUTT END OF THE CLUB IS POINTING SOMEWHERE ONTO THE TARGET LINE

CARIN KOCH
MHMM

PETER KESSLER
AND THAT THE BUTT OF THE CLUB IS DOWN AND THE TOE IS UP. WHAT DO YOU DO EARLY IN THE SWING WHEN YOU'RE WORKING ON THE SWING TO ENSURE THAT YOU'RE ON PATH AND YOU'RE ON PLANE. YOU KNOW, WE SEE KARRIE IN

CARIN KOCH
MHMM

PETER KESSLER
HER PRACTICE MOVE TAKE IT BACK TO HALF WAY TO REMIND HERSELF OF THAT MOVE.

CARIN KOCH
MHMM

PETER KESSLER
WHAT DO YOU DO IN PRACTICE OR OTHERWISE TO MAKE SURE YOU GOT IT RIGHT?

CARIN KOCH
I, I JUST TRY, I , I TRY NOT TO GET TOO MUCH INTO POSITIONS. TO ME, I'M A FEEL PLAYER. I TRY TO THINK OF THE BIG, BIG SCENE AND THE BIG MOVES. SO I JUST KIND OF, MY FEELING IS TO TAKE EVERYTHING BACK TOGETHER AND MAKE SURE THAT I DON'T GO INSIDE TOO MUCH WHICH IS ALWAYS MY, MY PROBLEM, SO I JUST TRY REALLY TO FEEL LIKE I TAKE EVERYTHING TOGETHER AND ALL THE WAY TO THE TOP

PETER KESSLER
WHEN YOU SAY TOGETHER YOU MEAN, YOU MEAN YOUR, YOUR, THE TRIANGLE THAT YOU SET AT ADDRESS?

CARIN KOCH
YEAH AND BASICALLY THAT I'M TURNING AND NOT LIFTING. I DON'T WANT TO LIFT MY ARMS UP, I WANT TO TURN MY BODY AND GET MY ARMS UP THAT WAY.

PETER KESSLER
AND IT'S EASY OF COURSE TO JUST PICK UP YOUR ARMS AND THINK YOU'RE TURNING, ISN'T IT?

CARIN KOCH
VERY. VERY.

PETER KESSLER
TILL YOU SEE THE RESULT OF THE SHOT.

CARIN KOCH
(LAUGHS)
YEAH

PETER KESSLER
AND THEN WE SEE THAT FAMOUS TEMPER. WE'VE GOT DONALD FROM MICHIGAN WHO'S RIGHT IN THAT CAMERA WANTS TO ASK YOU A QUESTION, GO AHEAD DONALD.

DONALD FROM MICHIGAN
HI PETER. HI CARIN.

PETER KESSLER
HOW ARE YOU SIR?

CARIN KOCH
HI

DONALD FROM MICHIGAN
UH JUST FINE. CARIN, I'D LIKE TO HAVE TWO QUESTIONS. I'D LIKE TO ASK YOU, YOU'RE PHENOMENAL OFF THE TEE IN ACCURACY, YOU'RE LEADING THIS YEAR AND YOU WERE LIKE LAST YEAR, 80%. I'D LIKE TO ASK YOU, AT THIS YEAR, ARE YOU DEVOTING YOUR GAME TO ANY ONE CERTAIN PART, LIKE IRON PLAY, PUTTING, POSITIONING OFF THE TEE AND ALSO WHAT COURSES ON THE TOUR FIT YOUR GAME WELL THAT YOU FEEL YOU CAN WIN ON RELATING TO OTHER COURSES?

CARIN KOCH
THAT WAS A FEW QUESTIONS.

PETER KESSLER
THAT WAS LIKE SEVEN.

CARIN KOCH
(LAUGHS)
I UM, I'LL TRY TO ANSWER THEM ALL. I'M ALWAYS TRYING TO GET MY SHORT GAME BETTER BECAUSE I KNOW THAT THAT'S GOING TO MAKE ME A BETTER PLAYER. SO I'M ALWAYS WORKING ON MY SHORT GAME.

ALWAYS WORKING ON MY IRON PLAY, AND LIKE YOU SAID, MY, MY STRONGEST PART OF MY GAME IS PROBABLY MY ACCURACY OFF THE TEE, SO I WOULD MAYBE LIKE TO GET, TRY TO GET A LITTLE LONGER OFF THE TEE, BUT I'D LIKE TO STAY ACCURATE AND, WHAT WERE THE OTHER QUESTIONS?

PETER KESSLER
COURSES.

CARIN KOCH
COURSES! I DEFINITELY LIKE THE TOUGH COURSES. I LIKE THE, I GUESS YOU WOULD CALL THEM KIND OF OLD STYLE COURSES WITH THE NARROW FAIRWAYS, LOTS OF TREES AND SMALL GREENS. I LIKE ANYTHING THAT REQUIRES ACCURACY.

PETER KESSLER
AND OF COURSE, VERY RECENTLY AT GRAND CYPRESS YOU HAD A CHANCE TO WIN, OF COURSE YOU CAN'T DO ANYTHING WHEN SE RI PUCK OR SOMEBODY ELSE SHOOTS 64 IN THE LAST ROUND.

CARIN KOCH
WELL I COULD HAVE SHOT 64 TOO.

PETER KESSLER
YOU COULD HAVE?

CARIN KOCH
(LAUGHS)
I WISH I WOULD HAVE.

PETER KESSLER
THAT'S RIGHT YOU WEREN'T

OKAY, BECAUSE WHAT DID YOU END UP SHOOTING LAST DAY, 68 OR 69. IT WASN'T LIKE YOU GAVE THE TOURNAMENT AWAY.

CARIN KOCH
NO

PETER KESSLER
BUT IF YOU'D MADE 5 OR 6 MORE PUTTS, RIGHT?

CARIN KOCH
YEAH

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHS)
WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK AND AS WE LEAVE YOU, HERE'S ONE OF THOSE GREAT SHOTS FROM GRAND CYPRESS EARLIER THIS YEAR, FROM YOUR LIFE VITAMINS LPGA CLASSIC. IT LOOKS LIKE THE PAR 5 15TH TO ME.

CARIN KOCH
MHMM. YUP.

PETER KESSLER
20:AND THAT'S A TOUGH LITTLE SHOT. THAT GREEN'S SMALLER THAN OUR STAGE IT SEEMS LIKE.

DOESN'T IT?

CARIN KOCH
IT'S VERY SMALL. YEAH, AND THERE'S A LOT OF TROUBLE IF YOU MISS IT.

PETER KESSLER
WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.
 
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Thomas vs. Rose could be Ryder Cup highlight

By Rex HoggardNovember 19, 2017, 11:40 pm

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – For those still digesting the end of 2017 – the European Tour did, after all, just wrap up its season in Dubai on Sunday – consider that the PGA Tour is already nearly one-fifth of the way into a new edition.

The Tour has already crowned eight champions as the game banks into the winter break, and there are some interesting trends that have emerged from the fall.

Dueling Justins: While Justin Thomas picked up where he left off last season, winning the inaugural CJ Cup in October just three weeks after claiming the FedExCup and wrapping up Player of the Year honors; Justin Rose seems poised to challenge for next year’s low Justin honors.

The Englishman hasn’t finished outside the top 10 since August and won back-to-back starts (WGC-HSBC Champions and Turkish Airlines Open) before closing his year with a tie for fourth place in Dubai.

Note to U.S. Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk: Justin v. Justin next September in Paris could be fun.

Youth served. Just in case anyone was thinking the pendulum might be swinging back in the direction of experience over youthful exuberance – 41-year-old Pat Perez did put the veterans on the board this season with his victory at the CIMB Classic – Patrick Cantlay solidified his spot as genuine phenom.

Following an injury-plagued start to his career, Cantlay got back on track this year, needing just a dozen starts to qualify for the Tour Championship. He went next level earlier this month with his playoff victory at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.


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They say these trends come and go in professional golf, but as the average age of winners continues to trend lower and lower it’s safe to say 25 is the new 35 on Tour.

A feel for it. For all the science that has become such a big part of the game – from TrackMan analysis to ShotLink statistics – it was refreshing to hear that Patton Kizzire’s breakthrough victory at the OHL Classic came down to a hunch.

With the tournament on the line and Rickie Fowler poised just a stroke back, Kizzire’s tee shot at the 72nd hole came to rest in an awkward spot that forced him to stand close to his approach shot to keep his feet out of the sand. His 8-iron approach shot sailed to 25 feet and he two-putted for par.

And how far did he have for that pivotal approach?

“I have no idea,” he laughed.

Fall facelift. Although the moving parts of the 2018-19 schedule appear to be still in flux, how the changes will impact the fall schedule is coming into focus.

The Tour’s goal is to end the season on Labor Day, which means the fall portion of the schedule will begin a month earlier than it does now. While many see that as a chance for the circuit to embrace a true offseason, it’s becoming increasingly clear that won’t be the case.

The more likely scenario is an earlier finish followed by a possible team competition, either the Ryder or Presidents cup, before the Tour kicks off a new season in mid-September, which means events currently played before the Tour Championship will slide to the fall schedule.

“So if you slide it back, somebody has to jump ahead. The mechanics of it,” said Davis Love III, host of the RSM Classic and a member of the Tour’s policy board. “I’m still going to go complain and beg for my day, but I also understand when they say, this is your date, make it work, then we'll make it work.”

While 2019 promises to bring plenty of change to the Tour, know that the wraparound season and fall golf are here to stay.

Product protection. Speaking of the fall schedule and the likely plan to expand the post-Tour Championship landscape, officials should also use the platform to embrace some protections for these events.

Consider that the RSM Classic featured the third-strongest field last week according to the Official World Golf Ranking, behind the season-ending tournament in Dubai on the European Tour and the Dunlop Phoenix on the Japan Golf Tour.

The winner in Dubai received 50 World Ranking points, a marquee event that has historically been deeper than that week’s Tour stop, while the Dunlop Phoenix winner, Brooks Koepka, won 32 points. Austin Cook collected 30 points for his victory at Sea Island Resort.

All told, the Japan event had four players in the field from the top 50 in the world, including world No. 4 Hideki Matsuyama; while the highest-ranked player at the RSM Classic was Matt Kuchar at 15th and there were seven players from the top 50 at Sea Island Resort.

Under Tour rules, Koepka, as well as any other Tour members who competed either in Japan or Dubai, had to be granted conflicting-event releases by the circuit.

Although keeping players from participating in tournaments overseas is not an option, it may be time for the circuit to reconsider the conflicting-event policy if the result is a scenario like last week that relegates a Tour event to third on the international dance card.

After Further Review: Whan deserves major credit

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 19, 2017, 11:18 pm

Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.

On Mike Whan's really, really good idea ...

If LPGA commissioner Mike Whan hasn’t earned a gold star yet for creating the Race to the CME Globe four years ago, he deserves one now. The race’s finish at the CME Group Tour Championship has become a spectacular fireworks show. Stacy Lewis said it best on Saturday. She said the pressure the top players feel at CME is the “worst” those players feel all year, and by that she meant the “most intense,” the kind that makes for the best weeks.

You can argue there’s more pressure on the top women at the CME than there is in a major. The Rolex Player of the Year Award, the Vare Trophy for low scoring, the Rolex world No. 1 ranking and the money-winning title all seem to come down to this final week, when there’s also the CME Globe’s $1 million jackpot up for grabs. You have to think the weight of all that might have had something to do with Lexi Thompson missing that 2-footer at Sunday’s end. She came away with the Vare Trophy and $1 million jackpot as nice consolation prizes. We all came away thrilled by Ariya Jutanugarn’s birdie-birdie finish amid the gut-wrenching drama. - Randall Mell


On Austin Cook's improbable winner's journey ...

Despite becoming a Monday qualifying sensation on the PGA Tour in 2015, Austin Cook still had to head to Web.com Tour Q-School that winter. There he collapsed over his final four holes to blow a chance at full status, and one year later the cancellation of the Web.com Tour Championship because of Hurricane Matthew left him $425 short of a PGA Tour card.

But Cook put to rest all of his recent near-misses with four days of nearly flawless golf at Sea Island. Now he’s headed to Augusta National in April and exempt through 2020, afforded ample time to look back at how tough breaks in the past helped to shape his unique journey to the winner’s circle. - Will Gray

On what Cook's win says about PGA Tour depth ...

Players talk regularly about the depth of talent on the PGA Tour, claiming that anyone in a particular field can come away with a trophy on any given week.

To prove the point, Austin Cook, No. 306 in the Official World Golf Ranking, rolled over the field at the RSM Classic with rounds of 66-62-66-67 for a four-stroke victory. Before Sunday at Sea Island Resort, Cook’s only triumph in a professional event was at a mini-tour winter series tournament. That payday was $5,000.

His victory at the RSM Classic was worth considerably more and proved, yet again, the depth of the modern game. - Rex Hoggard

Snedeker feels close to 100 percent after RSM week

By Rex HoggardNovember 19, 2017, 11:09 pm

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Even if the result – a tie for 29th place – wasn't exactly what Brandt Snedeker is accustomed to, given his journey back from injury he’ll consider his final regular-season start of 2017 a success.

Snedeker had been sidelined with a sternum injury since June and overhauled his swing with the help of his coach John Tillery in an attempt to alleviate future injury. Needless to say, his expectations at the RSM Classic were low.

After starting the week with back-to-back rounds of 67 to move into contention, Snedeker wasn’t as sharp on the weekend, but he was still pleased with his week.


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“It was great to see how my swing held up and the golf course toughen up today and the changes we made. Inevitably you kind of revert back to what’s comfortable and natural,” he said. “But now my body feels good. I was shocked. I thought I’d be close to 75 percent this week and felt closer to 100 [percent]. Hopefully it continues to stay that way.”

Snedeker said he has a busy schedule planned for early next season on the West Coast and also plans to play next month’s QBE Shootout.

“Every time I’ve come back from injury I’ve been kind of like, well I’m close but not quite there,” said Snedeker, who added that he was pain-free for the entire week. “This is the first time I’ve come back and been like it’s there.”

Cook hopes RSM win starts a ROY campaign

By Rex HoggardNovember 19, 2017, 10:43 pm

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Austin Cook cruised to his first PGA Tour victory on Sunday at the RSM Classic, a nearly flawless performance that included just two bogeys for the week and a 21-under total.

Earlier in the week, Cook’s caddie Kip Henley said Cook was playing the most effortless golf he’d ever witnessed. But as is so often the case, it can be tough to tell what is really going on inside a player's mind.

“A lot of stuff going on, especially up here,” Cook laughed pointing at his head. “A little tenseness. This week my ball-striking was great, and for the most part my putting was great as well. All around my game was just incredible this week.”


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Following a bogey at the second hole on Sunday that cut his lead to two shots, the rookie responded with a birdie at the seventh hole and added three more over his final four holes to beat J.J. Spaun by four strokes.

It was a timely victory for a player who has set rather lofty goals for himself.

“My goal coming into the year was to win Rookie of the Year and I’ve gotten off to a good start. Now my goal is to make a long deep run into the FedExCup playoffs,” he said.

Cook became the second consecutive rookie winner of the RSM Classic following Mac Hughes’ victory last year.