Golf Talk Live - Nick Faldo Transcript Segment 2
WHEN YOU WALKED IN THE STUDIO TONIGHT, IN ADDITION TO PLAYING THE AIR GUITAR YOU SAID, I'VE GOT SOME THOUGHTS ABOUT TIGER AND THE BOULDER.
WHY DON'T YOU SHARE THOSE WITH US.
NOW I'VE CALLED FANNY IN FACT AND I'VE PUT HER ON NEW STEROID PROGRAM AND A WEIGHT LIFTING SO SHE'S GOING TO GO OUT AND JUST PICK IT UP AND JUST SHOT PUT IT AWAY. NO IN FACT I CALLED MY FRIEND AT THE USGA AND HE SAYS IF YOUR GOING OUT AND YOU DON'T HAVE A
GROUP OF MORE THAN 15 WITH YOU GET 2 STICKS OF DYNAMITE TO BLOW UP ANYTHING THAT YOU NEED IN YOUR WAY. I MEAN I THINK, NO I THINK THAT WAS STRETCHING IT A LITTLE BIT WASN'T IT, AS A LOSE IMPEDIMENT BUT IF IT'S THE RULES, IT'S THE RULES BUT AS , IF YOUR OUT THERE WITH A GALLERY, ARE THEY GOING TO MAKE A RULE THAT YOU CAN
HAVE THE GALLERY HELP YOU OR WAS IT LIKE THE ?RAC? RALLY IF YOU DRIVE YOUR CAR IN A DITCH YOU GET THE CROWD TO PUSH YOU BACK OUT ON THE ROAD AND OFF YOU GO AGAIN, SO IT MAKES IT KIND OF YOU KNOW IF YOUR
OUT THERE AND YOUR ON YOUR OWN WITH 2 MEN AND THE DOG WATCHER, I SHOULD THINK THE DOG WOULD BE COCKING HIS LEG UP AGAINST THE ROCK RATHER THAN HELPING YOU. I THINK THAT'S THE, I THINK THAT'S PROBABLY
ISSUE HOW YOU GET THE, YOU KNOW YOUR GALLERY INVOLVED.
BUT DOESN'T IT VIOLATE THE SPIRIT OF THE GAME TO MOVE AN IMPEDIMENT THAT LARGE. THE RULES SAYS YOU CAN MOVE IT.
YEAH THAT'S RIGHT. I CAN'T IMAGINE ARNOLD DOING THAT WHEN HE WAS 23 YEARS OLD OR WHATEVER SO, LET'S LEAVE IT AT THAT.
WHAT DO YOU THINK TOM WISEKOFF THE DESIGNER OF THE GOLF COURSE WAS THINKING AS THAT THING WAS BEING MOVED, IN HIS QUIET WAY.
YEAH I GUESS THEY'RE GOING TO BE BIGGER NEXT YEAR, THERE PROBABLY GOING TO BE.
WITH STAKES RIGHT THROUGH THE MIDDLE.
3 TON OF ROCK NEXT TIME AND THAT WILL BE.
I'VE GOT A LIST THAT I WANT TO SHARE WITH YOU TO SEE IF IT STILL HAS YOUR FULL ATTENTION. AND THAT LIST WOULD BE OF MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS
WE'LL TAKE A LOOK AT THAT RIGHT NOW AND AS WE LOOK AT WHERE YOU RANK AND THE GREAT PLAYERS THAT ARE STILL AHEAD OF YOU, WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIPS AND YOUR ABILITY TO CONTINUE TO WIN
WELL I THINK THAT I STILL FEEL I'VE GOT ONE IN ME OR HOPEFULLY MORE I MEAN THE WAY, YOU KNOW I'VE HAD A ROUGH TIME THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS BUT WE'VE BEEN WORKING ON THINGS, AND I FEEL I'VE BEEN PUTTING THINGS BACK
TOGETHER. I THINK I'VE WORKED AT A LOT OF THE PROBLEMS FOUND THE SOLUTIONS AND NOW I'VE GOT TO GET
OUT THERE AND WORK ON IT AND THEN PLAY THEM IN. I'M FEELING PRETTY GOOD, I JUST WANT TO GET OUT THERE AND PLAY AND GET ON A GOOD RUN, I THINK THAT'S GOING, THE KEY WHEN I COME BACK TO THE STATES, IN A YOU
KNOW A FEW MORE WEEKS I'M GOING TO BE PLAYING SOMETHING LIKE 8 OUT OF 9 WEEKS SO I THINK IF I GO INTO THAT RUN KNOWING I'VE GOT THE GAME BACK IN GOOD SHAPE AND I CAN REALLY WORK HARD ON YOU KNOW TOURNAMENT SHARPNESS AND THAT SORT OF THING.
I MEAN THAT'S, YOU KNOW THAT'S WHAT I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO I'M STILL KEENE, STILL ENTHUSIASTIC, STILL DEDICATED SO AS LONG AS I'VE STILL GOT THOSE IN ME I THINK I'VE STILL GOT A
HELL OF CHANCE TO YOU KNOW ADD A COUPLE MORE.
IF YOUR PHYSICALLY CAPABLE, AND YOU LOOK AS EXACTLY AS YOU DID A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO WHEN YOU SAT HERE. IF YOUR PHYSICALLY CAPABLE OF MAKING THE SAME GOLF SWING YOU MADE WHEN YOU WERE WINNING YOUR MAJOR
CHAMPIONSHIPS WHY AREN'T YOU MAKING THAT GOLF SWING?
WELL IT GETS A LITTLE, I THINK I GOT A BIT OUT OF WHACK THROUGH THIS LAST SUMMER. THINGS I WAS WORKING WITH DAVID DIDN'T WORK OUT HE WAS WORKING VERY MUCH ON THIS DYNAMICS
OF THE SWING AND WHAT HAVE YOU, AND
IT REALLY UPSET MY TEMPO, TIMING WHATEVER YOU WANT TO CALL IT THAT SORT OF THING AND THAT'S WHAT WE FINALLY HIT ON EVEN THIS WEEK, I'VE BEEN WORKING WITH CHIP, THE BIG WORD OF THE MOMENTS IS BALANCE, I'VE BEEN
OUT OF BALANCE, MY GAMES BEEN OUT OF BALANCE AND IF YOUR OUT OF BALANCE THEN YOU CAN'T GET THE TEMPO AND TIMING BECAUSE IT JUST DOESN'T HAPPEN SO THAT I THINK HAS BEEN A MAJOR BREAKTHROUGH. WE'VE WORKED HARD OVER THE LAST, SINCE I
STARTED WITH CHIP LAST AUGUST, WHY WE'VE BEEN WORKING ON EACH AREA, YOU KNOW BUNKER SHOTS WERE BAD, CHIPPING WAS BAD, PUTTING WAS AND WE'VE SLOWLY GONE THROUGH EVERYTHING. SO I FEEL GOOD THAT
WE'VE DONE ALL THE HARD WORK NOW, WE SORT OF FOUND THE YOU KNOW THE SOLUTIONS TO EVERYTHING WE FOUND THE RIGHT WAY TO PRACTICE. IT REALLY IS THE MORE I PRACTICE THE BETTER I'M GOING TO GET RATHER THAN PRACTICING JUST TO FIND IT. AND SO AS I SAID, I'M
GOING TO GET OUT THERE AND PLAY IT IN NOW THAT'S THE IMPORTANT THING.
WHEN YOU STARTED TO WORK WITH DAVID LEADBETTER ACTUALLY IN THE SPRING OF 85 YOU HAD ALREADY WON ONCE OUR TOUR AT HARBOR TOWN, A GREAT GOLF COURSE A SHOT MAKERS COURSE. YOU HAD BEEN THE BEST AMATEUR IN ENGLAND. YOU BEAT TOM
WATSON IN YOUR FIRST RYDER CUP IN SINGLES IN 77, WHEN HE WAS THE NUMBER 1 PLAYER IN THE WORLD. WHAT IS YOU WERE TRYING TO FIX AND WERE UNHAPPY ABOUT?
WELL ACTUALLY MY, I HAD A SWING THAT WAS A, THE GOOD OLE YOU KNOW FROM THE 70'S, IT WAS VERY MUCH THE WILLOWY, FAST HANDS, FAST LEGS YOU KNOW YOU COULD DO IT THEN YOU HAD
TO HAVE GREAT TIMING AND THE WILLOWY ACTION, AND I HAD THE OLD REVERSE C FINISH AND SO YOU KNOW IT WS REALLY BALL FLYING TRAJECTORY THAT WAS THE KEY THING, IS GETTING THE BALL MORE SOLID. I USE TO HIT THE
BALL WITH THIS, YOU KNOW LOT OF LEG, LOT HAND ACTION SO I USE TO HAVE THESE LOW HIGH SORT OF THINGS AND SO I WANTED THE THING TO COME OUT AND BE A MORE POWERFUL BALL STRIKER AND BETTER PLAY, YOU KNOW YOU NEED THAT TO PLAY A LINKS, OBVIOUSLY IF YOU
START PLAYING THE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP AT ?????? I MEAN A NORMAL DAY THERE YOU DON'T EVEN SEE THE GRASS MOVING AT 20 MILES AN HOUR DO YOU, YOU LOOK OUT AND THE FLAGS ARE JUST
FLUTTERING, THEY CALL IT A BREEZE BUT YOU KNOW THERE'S 2 CLUBS OF WIND AND WHAT HAVE YOU, SO YOU GOT TO BE A SOLID BALL STRIKER, AND THAT WAS REALLY WHAT I, THAT'S WHAT MY FIRST AND BE CONSISTENT AND THAT WAS THE OTHER THING, YOU KNOW I WANTED TO BE
CONSISTENT. BEFORE I HAD A GREAT YEAR, IN 90 I MEAN 83 BUT YOU KNOW I PUTTED THE EYEBALLS OFF THE THING. YOU KNOW SO THAT WAS THE WAY I FELT I DID IT THEN AND I WANTED TO JUST BE JUST A SOLID, SOLID PLAYER AND THAT'S HOW WE STARTED TO WORK.
TOGETHER YOU AND LEADBETTER BECAME, THE BEST KNOWN, HE BECAME THE BEST KNOWN TEACHER IN THE WORLD, YOU BECAME THE NUMBER 1 PLAYER IN THE WORLD, A 15 YEAR WORKING RELATIONSHIP. A LOT OF US ARE CURIOUS, WHAT CAUSED YOU TO END
THE RELATIONSHIP, WELL HANG ON WITH A NOTE AS OPPOSED TO A PHONE CALL, OR SHOW UP, 15 YEARS. WE RESPECT YOUR RIGHT TO END THE RELATIONSHIP BUT A NOTE TO DAVID LEADBETTER.
WELL HANG ON, YEAH HANG ON A MINUTE. WE HAD A MAJOR, HAD A MAJOR BREAKDOWN IN COMMUNICATION. LEAD CALLED ME AFTER THE OPEN, BRITISH OPEN AND SAID DO I WANT TO PRACTICE
AND I SAID, I COULDN'T BECAUSE I WAS INJURED MY ARMS WERE INJURED, WE'LL 2 CIRCLES HERE. AND I SAID, WHAT'S THE PLAN, WHERE DO WE COME IN, HE SAID WELL I HAVEN'T WORKED ON MY SCHEDULE YET, I SAID, WELL WHEN ARE YOU COMING TO THE PGA OH I'LL SEE YOU
IN FLORIDA WELL I HAVEN'T WORKED ON IT, SO THAT MADE ME THINK. SO BY THE TIME I GOT TO AMERICA I ALREADY FOUND OUT THAT LEAD HAD BEEN TELLING HE WAS BEHIND ON A BOOK, THAT HE WAS DOING, AND THAT'S WHY HE WASN'T COMING TO THE PGA SO I ALREADY KNEW
THAT BEFORE HE THEN CALLED MY MANAGER, DIDN'T CALL ME YOU SEE.
WHAT ABOUT THE DEATH OF HIS FATHER, THE MONTH BEFORE?
WELL SURE, THAT WAS PRIOR TO THE.
PART OF THE BRITISH?
NO THAT'S WAS PART OF THE US OPEN OKAY, SO THERE IS A TIME PERIOD SURE. AND HE CALLED JOHN MY MANAGER, AND SAID NO I'M NOT GOING TO MAKE IT NEVER CALLED ME, SO I THOUGHT THIS IS VERY STRANGE, WHY WOULDN'T LEAD SUDDENLY WANT TO CALL ME AND SAY
HEY LOOKS GREAT, OR NO YOU NEED TO WORK ON THIS I'VE SEEN THIS LOTTIE DA, GOOD LUCK DADADA, NOTHING. SO I THOUGHT THIS WAS VERY STRANGE AND THEN I HAD LOUSY YOU KNOW, PGA MISSED THE CUT I THINK IN DENVER, GOT BACK TO FLORIDA STILL NO
COMMUNICATION OR ANYTHING SO I THOUGHT WOW, WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON HERE AND THEN WHAT HAPPENED TRANSPIRED, AND I WENT DOWN TO THE MY INSTITUTE, HAD A CHAT WITH CHIP AND I SAID, HEY LET ME THROW A FEW SWINGS ON THE COMPUTER LETS HAVE A
LOOK, I WANTED SOME FEED BACK AND CUT A LONG STORY SHORT, HE GAVE ME HIS IMPUTE AND I WAS VERY IMPRESSED AND I SAID, HEY JUST COME OUTSIDE FOR
A LITTLE BIT AND WE WENT OUTSIDE AND WE WORKED ON A FEW MORE THINGS, THIS WAS A MONDAY AND I THOUGHT, RIGHT I'LL SEE YOU TOMORROW MORNING AT 8 O'CLOCK. AND I STAYED EVERY DAY, I KEPT CANCELING MY FLIGHT IT WAS
MEANT TO LEAVE THAT NIGHT, AND I KEPT CANCELING AND I BASICALLY STAYED TILL THURSDAY, AND I DID 4 DAYS SESSION, AND THEN THE DECISION WAS ALMOST MADE I THOUGHT YOU KNOW. YOU KNOW THE STUFF I'D BEEN WORKING ON WITH DAVID, HE'D BEEN WORKING ON
THIS WHAT HE WAS CALLING HIS DYNAMICS AND IT TIED ME INTO KNOTS. YOU KNOW I THOUGHT HE WAS LOOKING FOR SOMETHING BRAND NEW TO CURE ME OR WHATEVER, IT WASN'T SOMETHING
NEW THAT I NEEDED WE WERE WORKING ON A , IT HAD DONE MY ARM IN. I WAS HITTING THE YOU KNOW A BEAN BAG WITH THESE DIFFERENT CLUBS AND BASEBALL BAT AND ALL THIS SORT OF THING, AND THAT'S WHAT CAUSED THE
INJURY IN MY ARM. SO YOU KNOW THAT WAS HOW IT ALL HAPPEN AND NOW 6 MONTHS DOWN THE LINE, OBVIOUSLY A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN TO ME SINCE AND SAID, YOU KNOW I LOST MY TEMPER WITH MY PUTTING AND EVERYTHING,
AND OBVIOUSLY IF YOU'VE GOT PEOPLE LIKE BEN CRENSHAW, ONE OF THE GREATEST PUTTERS EVER AND A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE HELPED ME WHO'VE BEEN OUT ON GOLF AND WHAT HAVE YOU AND SPORTS PSYCHOLOGIST WHAT HAVE YOU
AND I'D LOST MY TOUCH, MY TEMPO, MY TIMING, AND MY BALANCE, THIS IS WHAT WE'VE BEEN SAYING SO THAT IS 6 MONTHS DOWN THE LINE. NOW I LOOK BACK WHAT WE WERE WORKING ON, AND SOME OF THE DRILLS HE HAD ME DOING. IT REALLY
MESSED UP MY TEMPO AND TIMING, WHICH WAS MY HOLE MARK WAS MY, IF ANYBODY SAID TO ME WHAT WAS MY, THE KEY THING IN FALDO, IT WAS MY TEMPO, THE TIMING AND A FEW OTHER BITS, SO IN A WAY THAT'S HOW IT ALL HAPPENED.
BUT IF YOU, OKAY NOW HERE WE ARE IT'S MONTHS LATER THE DUST HAS SETTLED EMOTIONS ARE MUCH CALMER. WOULD YOU WRITE HIM A NOTE OR WOULD YOU
CALL HIM, IF YOU COULD DO IT AGAIN NOW.
SURE, YOU'LL MAKE, BUT AT THE TIME I WAS, SURE WHATEVER I THINK YOU'D DO IT BOTH WAYS YOU KNOW. YOU WOULD SIT DOWN, WE ALL MAKE THINGS AT THE TIME WE THINK GEE THAT'S NICE
THERE'S NO QUESTION THAT WE SAY, IF I COULD JUST DO THIS ONE THING OVER AGAIN, I WOULD DO THIS.
I THINK YEAH, BUT THERE WERE SOME OTHER SIDES TO IT AS WELL YOU KNOW I COULD TELL YOU SOME MORE THINGS WHICH A, BUT I THINK THAT'S DIGGING UP DIRT AND I DON'T NEED TO EVEN DO THAT BUT YOU KNOW I THINK, THERE WAS A
BREAK DOWN BOTH WAYS IN A WAY SIMPLE AS THAT.
WE'LL TAKE A LITTLE BREAK WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH NICK FALDO, DON'T GO AWAY.
The Social: G.O.A.T., after G.O.A.T., after G.O.A.T.
Tom Brady compares himself to Tiger Woods, who coincidentally is returning to the PGA Tour this week, Jordan Spieth hangs out with some decent company and kids these days ruffle some feathers with their friendships.
All that and more in this week's edition of The Social.
Well, it’s finally Farmers Insurance Open week and Woods has been spotted practicing for his official return to the PGA Tour on Thursday.
Some thought this day might never come after a 2017 filled with mostly downs for the 14-time major champ.
But as he has taught the golf world time and time again, you just can't count Tiger out.
Back on TOUR. pic.twitter.com/OPmjaXFo1l— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) January 23, 2018
So even as Jon Rahm attempts to overtake Dustin Johnson for No. 1 in the world this week at Torrey Pines, all eyes will be on one of the greatest we've ever seen do it, even if that guy is ranked No. 647 in the world.
Speaking of greatness …
There’s not many who can just offhandedly compare themselves to Tiger, but if anyone gets a pass, it’s Tom Brady.
The 40-year-old New England Patriots quarterback led his team back to the Super Bowl for the second straight year despite playing the AFC title game with a cut on his throwing hand.
When asked about it after the Patriots come-from-behind victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Brady answered, “I think it's kind of arrogant to say it bothered me when we had a pretty good game, so I wouldn't say that. It's like when Tiger Woods said, ‘That was my C game’ and he won the tournament.”
Tom Brady, postgame, on wearing the wrap on his hand: “I think it's kind of arrogant to say it bothered me when we had a pretty good game, so I wouldn't say that. It's like when Tiger Woods said, ‘That was my C game’ and he won the tournament.”— Ryan Lavner (@RyanLavnerGC) January 22, 2018
So there you have it. A 40-year-old Brady is winning AFC Championships with his C game. Good luck, Eagles; you’re going to need it.
Also, if for some reason you wanted an update on Justin Thomas' life, it's still awesome:
I was thinking we kick @JordanSpieth out and replace you with him... everybody wins! enjoyed yesterday man— Justin Thomas (@JustinThomas34) January 22, 2018
Yeah, that's last year's PGA Tour Player of the Year hanging with Cy Young winner Cory Kluber in a suite at the Patriots game and teasing us with a possible #SB2K18 cameo.
Curtis Strange likes his competitive golf straight up, hold the friendliness.
This, according to Curtis Strange.
The two-time U.S. Open champ took to Twitter during the CareerBuilder Challenge to vent his frustration regarding the constant chit-chat and friendliness between Rahm and Andrew Landry:
Watching Andrew Landry and Jon Rahm in playoff. Walking off tee talking to each other. Are you kidding me ? Talking at all. ?— Curtis Strange (@golf_strange) January 22, 2018
@JonRahmpga and Andrew Landry.Hopefully no offense taken on my comment yesterday. You guys are terrific, I’m a huge fan of all players today. Made a adverse comment on U guys talking during playoff.Not for me. A fan.— Curtis Strange (@golf_strange) January 23, 2018
Never went out of my way to disrupt. Having a chat wasn’t for me,my generation, or before me. Some inside baseball. Honesty.— Curtis Strange (@golf_strange) January 23, 2018
This, of course, makes sense in theory. But good luck watching golf – or really any sport – from here on out. Sure there will be a few old school guys who buck the trend here and there, but for the most part, it’s really hard to share a private jet/dinners/vacations/(insert awesome thing here) with someone, and then completely turn off the friendship coming down the stretch of a big tournament.
Damn millennials. They ruin everything.
By now you've all seen that poor Philadelphia Eagles fan who lost his battle with a subway station pillar (from multiple angles), so instead here is a video of a man attempting to stand on an egg. Bet you can't guess how that goes.
Seriously if you haven't seen the video of that Eagles fan, here's your last chance in this column. You'll be glad you did.
Jordan Spieth, Michael Phelps and Bryce Harper walk on to a golf course … there’s no punchline, that actually happened last week in Las Vegas.
Was the whole thing just a big advertisement for Spieth’s new Under Armour shoe? You bet.
But that doesn’t make the optics of three of the biggest superstar athletes on the planet teeing it up for a round any less awesome.
The trio has three major wins, five All Star Game appearances and 28 Olympic medals between them, and there they were over the weekend just fake laughing for the camera and driving around individual golf carts with their own personalized logos on them.
Matt Kuchar. Still good at golf. Still overly polite. This according to European Tour pro Eddie Pepperell who had the privilege of hitting on the range next to Kuuuuuch in Abu Dhabi last week.
Hit balls next to Kuchar yesterday and two very Matt Kuchar things happened; He didn’t miss a shot, and when he let out a fart he went, “oopsies.”— Eddie Pepperell (@PepperellEddie) January 20, 2018
That image is burned into your brain forever now, thanks Eddie. From now on when you think of Kuchar you're going to think of those Sketches ads and "oopsies."
Which, I suppose is better than a, "Did you get that?"
Blayne Barber's caddie, Cory Gilmer, collapsed and hit his head while at a restaurant at the Sony Open and has been mostly unconscious in the neurological intensive care unit ever since.
The outpouring of love and support from the golf community has been overwhelming on social media, and a GoFundMe page has been set up to help with the mounting medical costs for Gilmer and his family.
Check out the link below for more info or to donate to a worthy cause:
Many people have asked how to help Cory and his family during his time in Hawaii. We set up a GoFundMe page! Check it out and give! Thank you all for the prayers and support.https://t.co/4frdZN4vrQ— Blayne Barber™ (@BlayneBarberAU) January 22, 2018
Top-ranked amateur wins LAAC, earns Masters invite
Joaquin Niemann walked Augusta National Golf Club as a patron last year. He’ll be a competitor in 2018.
Niemann, the top-ranked amateur in the world, shot 8-under 63 Tuesday at Prince of Wales Country Club in his native Santiago, Chile, to win the Latin America Amateur Championship.
And with the title, both redemption and an invitation to the Masters Tournament.
Niemann finished runner-up in last year’s LAAC to fellow Chilean Toto Gana. He followed Gana around Augusta grounds, watching as his best friend played two rounds before missing the cut.
Niemann, who was going to turn professional had he not won this week, started the final round one back of Mexico’s Alvaro Ortiz. Niemann was sluggish from the start on Tuesday, but then drove the 313-yard, par-4 eighth and made the eagle putt. That sparked a run of five birdies over his next six holes.
Niemann was bogey-free in the final round and finished five shots clear of Ortiz, at 11 under.
Judges Panel, Host Announced for Wilson Golf's "Driver vs. Driver 2," Premiering This Fall on Golf Channel
‘Driver vs. Driver 2 Presented by Wilson Currently in Production; Sports Broadcaster Melanie Collins Returns to Host
Morning Drive: Driver vs. Driver 2 Judges Announced
Golf Channel and Wilson Golf announced today the panel of judges and host for the second season of Driver vs. Driver, the innovative television series that follows aspiring golf equipment designers as they compete for the opportunity to have their driver idea or concept transformed into the next great golf driver from Wilson. The show is currently in production and will premiere this fall.
Joining judge Tim Clarke, President of Wilson Golf, are two newcomers to the series: 9-time National Hockey League (NHL) All-Star and current NHL on NBC hockey analyst Jeremy Roenick – an avid golfer with a single digit handicap and a self-described golf equipment junkie; and PGA Professional, golf coach, equipment reviewer and social media influencer Rick Shiels.
“Golf is a big passion of mine, and personally I enjoy learning about new equipment and concepts,” said Roenick. “To be able to see this side of the business in how equipment is developed first-hand is fascinating. Being a part of the process in reviewing driver concepts and narrowing them down to an ultimate winning driver that will be sold across the country is a tremendous honor.”
“Jeremy, as an avid golfer, and Rick, as a coach, equipment reviewer and golf professional, bring incredible, real world insights and different perspectives to the show and this process,” said Clarke. “I’m excited to work alongside these two judges to push the boundaries of innovation and bring a next-generation driver to golfers around the world.”
Sports broadcaster Melanie Collins returns as the host of Driver vs. Driver 2. Currently a sideline reporter for CBS Sports’ college football and basketball coverage, Collins hosted the inaugural season in 2016 and formerly co-hosted Golf Channel’s competition series, Big Break.
Production for Driver vs. Driver 2 began in the fall of 2017 and will continue through the summer, including this week at the PGA Merchandise Show. The series is being produced by Golf Channel, whose portfolio of original productions include interview series Feherty hosted by Emmy-nominated sports personality David Feherty, high-quality instruction shows School of Golf, Golf Channel Academy and Playing Lessons and a slate of award-winning films.