Golf Talk Live - Mike Weir Transcript Segment 2
WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO GROW YOUR HAIR AGAIN LIKE
THAT WITH THE CURLS AND EVERYTHING?
OH BOY. I CAN'T!
20:LIKE THE QUAKER OATS GUY.
WOW, I CAN'T BELIEVE MY MOM SENT THOSE IN... THAT WAS AWFUL.
THOSE ARE OF COURSE FROM YOUR NEW BOOK WHICH YOU HAVEN'T SEEN LATELY
BECAUSE IT'S NOT QUITE DONE YET.
20:BUT ON COURSE WITH MIKE WEIR AND THOSE ARE SOME OF THE SHOTS AT THE BEGINNING SO BEFORE IT GOES TO PRINT YOU MAY WANT TO CALL
HOME AND THE PUBLISHER.
I'M, I'M GOING TO, EXACTLY. CALL AND SEE IF MY MOM HAS SOME BACK UP PICTURES BECAUSE SUPPOSEDLY
THE MUSTACHE AGAIN AND THE LONG THING
HOW IMPORTANT DO YOU FIND ROUTINE TO BE IN GETTING READY FOR AND PLAYING YOUR GAME?
IT'S EXTREMELY IMPORTANT FOR ME, TO SET, TO SET UP FOR A TOURNAMENT, YOU KNOW, I'M VERY DISCIPLINED, REALLY BEGINNING TUESDAY, AND AS WEDNESDAY'S A LITTLE CLOSER TO GAME TIME, I'M A LITTLE BIT MORE DISCIPLINED
AS FAR AS MY PRACTICE, PLAYING THE PRO-AM, A LITTLE CLOSER TO GAME TIME AND THEN THURSDAY, WHEN IT'S READY TO GO, I REALLY UH, KIND WHEN I WALK THROUGH THE ROPES, IT'S MY OFFICE SO TO SPEAK AND IT'S KIND OF GAME ON RIGHT AT THAT POINT.
THERE'S A NUMBER OF PLAYERS WHO, WHEN THEIR ROUTINE IN PRE-SHOT IS BROKEN BY ANY DISTURBANCE, INTERNAL OR EXTERNAL, BILLY CASPER OF COURSE COMES TO MIND. HE WOULD, AS YOU DO NOW, START THE ROUTINE COMPLETELY
OVER AGAIN. PUT THE CLUB BACK IN THE BAG, PUT THE HEAD COVER OVER IT, START WITH THE YARDAGE. WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT TO GO, FOR YOU, ALL THE WAY BACK TO THE BEGINNING?
I THINK IT REALLY JUST SETS ME UP MENTALLY. UM, YOU KNOW, PULLING MY, PULLING MY HEAD COVER OFF, OFF THE CLUB AND GETTING READY TO HIT THE SHOT REALLY JUST SETS MY MIND UP TO, TO BE FOCUSED AND IF SOMETHING BREAKS THAT CONCENTRATION, I LIKE TO
START RIGHT OVER BECAUSE YOU KNOW, YOU KIND OF LOOSE SIGHT OF THE TARGET, LOOSE SIGHT OF UH, THE TRAJECTORY YOU WANT TO HIT THE SHOT, VISUALIZATION THAT YOU'VE, THAT YOU'VE CREATED, SO TO PUT IT BACK IN,
YOU JUST SET YOURSELF RIGHT BACK UP TO HIT THE SHOT AND FOR ME, MY PRE-SHOT ROUTINE IS, IS AS IMPORTANT AS HITTING THE ACTUAL SHOT.
WAS THAT LITTLE MOVE THAT YOU JUST MADE, WHICH YOU'LL MAKE AGAIN OVER THE BALL, SORT OF MAKING HALF OF YOUR BACK SWING, IS THAT A, IS THAT SOMETHING TO GIVE YOU THE FEEL FOR WHERE YOU WANT TO GO, RATHER THAN THE MECHANICAL POSITION?
EXACTLY, PETER. A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE SAID THAT, YOU KNOW, YOU LOOK LIKE SUCH A MECHANICAL PLAYER BUT FOR ME, IT'S GIVING ME A FEEL OF THE TYPE OF SHOT I WANT TO HIT AND THE WAY I WANT TO CUT MY WRIST ON THE BACK SWING, MY RIGHT WRIST, AND WHICH HELPS GET,
FOR ME TO GET THE CLUBFACE A LITTLE BIT MORE OPEN AND HELPS ME KEEP IT NICE AND SHORT. KEEPS MY RIGHT ARM IN FRONT OF MY CHEST. A LOT OF, IT DOES A LOT OF FEEL THINGS FOR ME. THAT SETS ME UP TO HIT A SOLID SHOT.
DOES IT ALSO HELP YOU OVERCOME TENDENCIES THAT YOU WOULD OTHERWISE NOT WANT TO HAVE WHEN YOU FEEL THOSE POSITIONS AGAIN?
I THINK SO. YEAH, IT'S UH, YOU KNOW, AT FIRST, MY COACH AND I FIRST CAME ON TO THAT AS A DRILL. HE CAME UP WITH IT AND I JUST USED IT ON THE RANGE AND THEN I HAD A, A DIFFERENT, A LITTLE DIFFERENT VERSION OF THAT THAT I USED
INTO THE QUALIFYING SCHOOL IN '98 AND YOU KNOW HAD SOME GREAT SUCCESS THERE AT THE QUALIFYING SCHOOL AND
THEN I, I'VE MODIFIED IT AT TIMES THROUGHOUT THE PAST TWO YEARS. YOU KNOW IT'S KIND OF A TWO PIECE WAGGLE THAT I DO NOW. I, I USE IT SOMETIMES, JUST A ONE PIECE. SOMETIMES THIS YEAR I'VE, I HAVE GONE WITHOUT IT. AT THE
MERCEDES CHAMPIONSHIP, I THINK TWO OF THE FOUR ROUNDS THERE I DIDN'T USE IT ALL AND I THINK EVENTUALLY DOWN THE ROAD, AS MY SWING GETS A LITTLE BIT MORE EFFICIENT, I DON'T THINK I'LL HAVE TO USE IT AND I THINK I'LL BE ABLE TO CREATE MORE SHOTS NOT USING IT, BUT AT THIS TIME I STILL FEEL LIKE I NEED TO USE IT.
AND IT'S GOOD YOU'RE NOT PLAYING AT PUBLIC COURSES WHERE THERE'S A RANGER. YOU PUT THAT THREE WOOD BACK IN THE BAG AND PUT THE HEAD COVER ON AND YOU'RE GOING TO THROUGH THAT ROUTINE, YOU'RE OUT OF HERE.
YEAH EXACTLY. YOU'RE SLOWING THINGS UP.
THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS THAT YOU DON'T HAVE. ONE DOESN'T HAVE CONTROL OVER ON THE GOLF COURSE. JOE DURANT SHOOTING 65 IN THE WIND AHEAD OF YOU. THE BALL THAT HITS THE SPIKE MARK ON THE WAY TO THE HOLE, OR THAT JUMPS IN THE FAIRWAY BUNKER WITH THE BAD KICK.
20:WHAT ARE THE THINGS THAT YOU FEEL LIKE YOU CAN CONTROL IN GOLF?
WELL I THINK YOU CAN CONTROL THE PREPARATION AND THE GAME PLAN. I THINK SOMETHING YOU LEARN FROM JACK NICKLAUS IS THE WAY HE PREPARED FOR EVERY TOURNAMENT HE PLAYED. HE WAS VERY MENTALLY PREPARED AND IF
A CERTAIN HOLE DIDN'T FIT HIS, HIS GAME OR HIS VISUAL OF THE SHOT HE WANTED TO HIT, HE WOULDN'T HIT A DRIVER, HE'D HIT, YOU KNOW, HE'D PUT IT IN POSITION,
WHERE OTHER GUYS MIGHT HIT DRIVER ON THAT HOLE, BECAUSE IT'S SET UP COMFORTABLY FOR THEM, FOR HIS GAME PLAN, HE WOULD NOT AND THAT'S THE DISCIPLINE THAT GOES INTO THE GAME. THE LITTLE INTANGIBLES THAT, THAT PAY OFF AT THE END OF A WEEK, AND, SO THOSE ARE THE KIND OF THINGS THAT YOU CAN CONTROL. THE WAY YOU, YOU
PREPARE FOR A TOURNAMENT AND THEN DOING THE SMALL THINGS, LIKE, FOR ME, STARTING RIGHT OVER AND NOT BEING UH FEELING LIKE I'M IN A RUSH. THAT, PEOPLE ARE WATCHING LIKE OH WHAT'S HE DOING, HE'S STARTING OVER. HE'S BEING SLOW, YOU KNOW, YOU JUST CAN'T
BE DISTRACTED BY THOSE THINGS BECAUSE I DON'T FEEL LIKE I'M A SLOW PLAYER BUT IF SOMETHING DISTRACTS ME, I'M NOT GOING TO HIT A SHOT UNTIL I'M READY.
YOU KNOW BEN HOGAN, OF COURSE, FELT THE SAME WAY AND HAD THAT SAME SORT OF TUNNEL VISION INSIDE THE ROPES THAT YOU DO. YOU GUYS ARE ROUGHLY THE SAME SIZE AT 5'-9', 155, 160 POUNDS, BOTH WORKED A LONG TIME BEFORE SUCCESS
STARTED TO COME ALMOST EXACTLY THE SAME NUMBER OF YEARS BEFORE THE FIRST WIN AFTER TURNING PRO, BUT YOU GOT AN AFFINITY FOR HIM BEYOND THAT STUFF. WHAT IS THAT AFFINITY THAT YOU HAVE FOR BEN?
WELL I DON'T' KNOW WHY I CAN RELATE TO HIM SO WELL, AND, AND HIS TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS AS A GOLFER UM SO WELL. I, I JUST, I JUST CAN FOR SOME REASON. I, I THINK IT HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH STATURE, OUR SIZE. IT HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH BEING ON THE RANGE AT THE CANADIAN OPEN A FEW YEARS AGO AND HITTING BALLS BESIDE NICK PRICE AND GOING TO WORK ON MY
OWN GAME TO TRY TO FIGURE OUT AND, AND FOR ME, BEN HOGAN WAS A PERFECT MODEL TO FOLLOW BECAUSE OF OUR SIZE AND ALSO THE COACH THAT I'VE BEEN WORKING WITH REALLY HAS STUDIED HOGAN QUITE EXTENSIVELY AND WAS VERY GOOD AT RELATING PARTS OF HIS
GAME OVER TO THE LEFT HANDED SIDE FOR ME, AND, SO JUST UH, JUST A LOT OF STUDY AND RESEARCH ABOUT THE GAME AND, AND I THINK A LOT HAS TO DO WITH RELATING HIS SWING TO MINE, BECAUSE OF OUR STATURE.
WELL OUR PRODUCER HAS PROMISED TO PUT TOGETHER ALL THE FOOTAGE THAT WE HAVE IN OUR GOLF CHANNEL LIBRARY OF BEN HOGAN AND GIVE IT TO YOU.
I'M EXCITED ABOUT THAT, FOR SURE.
WE'LL, WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.
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Hahn jabs USGA over possible ball rollback
As debate continues to heat up over possible sweeping changes to the golf ball amid distance concerns, PGA Tour pro James Hahn chimed in to question the merits of a potential rollback.
The ball and distance debate gained traction earlier this week when Jack Nicklaus offered that the ball should be rolled back to the approximate distances achieved in 1995, and he put blame for the current situation squarely at the feet of Titleist. That drew a response from former Titleist CEO Wally Uihlein, who put the onus back on the governing bodies.
It's an issue that will likely be discussed for months to come, but Hahn took to Twitter to throw a jab toward the USGA and play devil's advocate on some key arguments related to a possible rollback:
Breaking news. In addition to limited flight balls, the USGA plans to ban working out, proper diet and swinging faster than 105mph. They are also planning on removing the 3 point shot in the NBA.— James Hahn (@JamesHahnPGA) February 23, 2018
If we were playing a match, would you rather hit 7 iron to my 9 iron OR hit hybrid to my 5 iron? Oh and by the way, I can still hit par 5s in two with 3 wood. You can't.— James Hahn (@JamesHahnPGA) February 25, 2018
Hahn, who has two career PGA Tour wins and lost in a playoff last month at the Sony Open, ranks 55th on Tour this season in driving distance with an average of 301.2 yards off the tee.
Na fires back over slow play criticism from cricketer
Kevin Na fired back over recent criticism he received about his purported slow play at last week's Genesis Open.
Kevin Pietersen is a retired English cricketer with more than 3.6 million followers on Twitter. He tweeted a video of Na, known as one of the slower players on the PGA Tour, taking more than a minute to line up and hit what he described as a "Tap In" during the final round at Riviera:
SERIOUSLY, Kevin Na?!?!— Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) February 18, 2018
That Is A Tap In, MATE! pic.twitter.com/YMmNT6m5H7
He then added another video of himself on a green in Dubai, where he again called out Na and showed how long he believed it should take for a player to brush in a short putt:
Na has faced his fair share of slow play criticism, but this time he decided to defend himself. Na isn't on Twitter, but he took to Instagram to tell Pietersen to "stick to your own sport," pointing out both the length of the putt in question and the stakes that were involved during the final round, when Na went on to tie for second behind Bubba Watson:
@kp24 lets get some facts straight. Shot tracker shows what u call “tap in” 3ft 4in. Since when is 3’4’’ on green speed 12 a “tap in.” FYI 1 shot for me on Sunday was 300k. Difference between T2 and T4. Yes, I did back off because the line didn’t feel right. So what! BTW that was the only putt I backed off all day. Also our group was on pace all day! We waited if anything. @pgatour @golfdigest @golf_com @golfchannel #getyourfactstraight #sticktoyourownsport #everyshotcounts
Pepperell wins his first European Tour title in Qatar
DOHA, Qatar - Eddie Pepperell survived a tense finish to win the Qatar Masters at the Doha Golf Club on Sunday for his maiden European Tour title.
The 27-year-old Englishman held off a spirited challenge from compatriot Oliver Fisher, who needed a third successive birdie on the 18th hole to force a playoff, but had his putt from six feet slip past the hole for a par.
Pepperell shot a 2-under-par 70 for a four-day tally of 18 under 270, while Fisher, who started the day tied for the lead, could only manage a 71.
Sweden's Marcus Kinhult (68) finished third at 16-under.
The No. 154-ranked Pepperell made things difficult for himself with a bogey on the 15th hole, but hit a superb wedge to three feet on the next to get back to 18 under again.
Fisher, who appeared to have fallen out of contention with three bogeys starting on the third hole, stormed back with birdies on the 14th, 16th and 17th holes.
On the last, Pepperell laid up with his second into the thick rough, made wet and unwieldy by rain in the Qatar capital, but found the green in three and two-putted for the win when Fisher missed his birdie putt.
''I did the things I needed to do, I didn't play fantastic but I won ugly and for the first win to be ugly is good. Hopefully, I'll have some prettier ones in the future,'' said Pepperell.
''I knew I was playing well, especially tee to green, so I expected a lot of myself this week and I guess to pull it off is amazing. When Oli birdied the 17th, that was when it really caught up with me that I was only one ahead. I was in my own zone, I knew I had a couple of shots of lead but Oli did great. It was a tough front nine for him and I had to stay right in my own way and out of the two guys' way because they were struggling a bit and it's sometimes easy to get dragged into that.''
Fisher was disappointed, but saw the silver lining in the way he fought back.
''It went all the way to the last hole which, after my front nine, was what I was hoping for on the back nine,'' said Fisher, who won the 2011 Czech Open, but recorded his first top-three finish since the 2014 Africa Open.
''I hit a lot of good shots coming down the back nine and gave myself a lot of good chances, but there were just too many bogeys today, four in total, so you're never going to win a tournament making that many mistakes on a Sunday. But at least I pressed him all the way.''
Italian Renato Paratore (66) had the low round of the day and finished tied for fourth place at 15 under par, where he was joined by the Spanish pair of Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano and Pablo Larrazabal along with Gregory Havret of France.