Golf Talk Live - Tiger Woods Transcript Segment 5
TIGER HAS COMPLAINED HE'S HAVING A LITTLE TROUBLE WITH HIS SWING. WERE GOING TO WORK SOME THINGS OUT WITH YOUR HELP. LET'S SEE A COUPLE OF WEDGE SWINGS.
A COUPLE OF WEDGES HOW ABOUT AN 8 IRON.
HOW ABOUT AN 8 IRON.
NOT BAD FOR AN OLD STIFF GUY HUH.
YEAH RIGHT ESPECIALLY THE AGE YOUR GOING TO BE SOON. HIT ONE MORE FOR ME.
AND TELL ME WHAT IT IS THAT YOU THINK ABOUT. YOU KEEP IT SO SIMPLE WHEN YOU PLAY WITH AMATEURS THEY TEND TO NOT KEEP IT SIMPLE DO THEY .
YOU KNOW THEY THINK ABOUT A LOT OF THINGS. ONE IS DON'T GO HERE DON'T GO THERE.
YEAH DON'T THOUGHTS, FOR ME MY DAD HAS TAUGHT ME WHERE DO YOU WANT THE BALL TO GO AND I SAID DADDY I WANT TO HIT THE BALL RIGHT THERE AND HE'D SAY THEN HIT IT RIGHT THERE AND IT'S AS SIMPLE AS THAT AND HOW EVER YOU DO IT IS UP TO YOU. YOUR MAIN THOUGHT IS TO GET THE BALL WHERE YOU WANT IT TO GO AND DON'T WORRY ABOUT ANYTHING ELSE.
WHEN YOUR HITTING A PARTIAL SHOT WHICH MOST RECREATIONAL GOLFERS HAVE TROUBLE WITH WHAT DO YOU DO TO ENSURE THAT YOU GET THE RIGHT FEEL FOR THE DISTANCE THAT YOU NEED?
I FEEL IT THROUGH MY HANDS , I DO A LOT OF HAND WORK THIS WAY I TRY TO FEEL HOW MUCH FORCE I'M GOING TO USE THROUGH A SHOT AT IMPACT. IT'S ALL, SHORT SHOTS ARE ALL FEEL AND YOU'VE GOT TO ALWAYS BE IN TUNED WHAT YOUR BODIES DOING THAT DAY. WHETHER YOU HIGH ON ADRENALINE OR YOUR SLUGGISH BECAUSE YOU AT TOO MUCH OR WHATEVER IT IS, YOU JUST GOT TO BE ALWAYS IN TUNE AND CERTAIN DAYS YOU DO CERTAIN THINGS.
HOW EARLY DO YOU FEEL YOUR GRIPPING THE GOLF CLUB. DURING ADDRESS AND DURING THE GOLF SWING ITSELF. ON A ONE TO TEN SCALE, TENS THE FIRMEST HOW WOULD YOU RATE IT?
GOOD QUESTION I'VE NEVER THOUGHT ABOUT IT. IT'S PROBABLY ABOUT A 6 OR 7.
DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU MAINTAIN THROUGH OUT THE GOLF SWING?
YEAH I FEEL LIKE I DO BUT I KNOW AT TIMES. EVERY PLAYER AT IMPACT THEIR GOING TO TIGHTEN UP JUST A LITTLE BIT, IT'S JUST NATURAL.
I ALWAYS FEEL LIKE WHEN I WATCH YOUR SWING, THAT YOUR NOT SWINGING AT 100 PERCENT YOU WERE TALKING TO TOM CURTSIR THE OTHER NIGHT AND HE ALWAYS LOOKS LIKE HE'S 80, 85, WHAT DO YOU FEEL LIKE?
ON A PERCENTAGE SCALE I'M PROBABLY AT A NORMAL AVERAGE SHOT I'M PROBABLY ABOUT 75 PERCENT WITH MY DRIVER I'M RIGHT AROUND 80 PERCENT I'VE GOT A LOT LEFT TO RESERVE BUT I START TO LOSE IT IN MY ACCURACY WHEN I DO THAT.
PROBABLY PRETTY GOOD ADVICE FOR OUR VIEWERS AT HOME ISN'T IT.
HEY YOU GOT TO KEEP IT IN THE SHORT GRASS.
LET'S GO AHEAD AND TALK TO TRIPP IN OKLAHOMA, HOW ARE YOU TRIPP?
PHONE CALLER TRIPP
AH GOOD THIS ISN'T TRIPP KEENE, THIS IS TRIPP KENWORTHY.
WERE STILL HAPPY TO TALK TO YOU.
PHONE CALLER TRIPP
UM, I WAS JUST WONDERING TIGER HOW YOU GET SO MUCH CLUB HEAD SPEED ON YOUR SHOT AND HOW FAR DID YOU DRIVE IT AT 15 YEARS OLD?
HOW FAR DID I DRIVE IT WHEN I WAS 15. WELL I COULD HIT IT PROBABLY AROUND 280 TO 290 BUT I ABSOLUTELY HAD NO IDEA WHERE IT WAS GOING. I LEAD THE STATS IN OTHER FAIRWAYS HIT BUT I WAS ALL OVER THE MAP BUT I THINK MY SPEED IS NATURAL, I'VE NATURALLY HAD THE HIP SPEED TO GENERATE THE CLUB HEAD SPEED THAT I HAVE. IT'S SOMETHING YOU CAN'T TEACH EITHER YOU HAVE IT OR YOU DON'T YOU CAN'T TEACH RANDY JOHNSON OR ROGER CLEMENS NOT TO THROUGH 100 MILE AN HOUR FAST BALL , IT JUST DOESN'T HAPPEN IT'S JUST A NATURAL THING FOR ME IT'S NATURAL TO HAVE SPEED BUT THEN AGAIN IT'S BEEN VERY HARD TO SLOW IT DOWN TOO.
WOULD IT BE GOOD ADVICE THOUGH FOR OUR VIEWERS AT HOME THAT IF THEY SWING AT THE 80 PERCENT THAT YOU DO AND LOOK FOR SOLID CONTACT THAT YOUR GOING TO HAVE A MORE SYNCHRONIZED MOVE.
YEAH WHEN ONE OF THE INTERESTING THINGS ABOUT MY GAMES I'VE RARELY MISS HIT SHOTS. I HIT THEM OFF LINE BECAUSE MY PATH IS CROOKED BUT I DON'T MISS HIT A WHOLE LOT OF SHOTS BECAUSE I'M NOT GOING AT IT VERY HARD BECAUSE THE HARDER I GO AT IT THE MORE LIKELY I'M GOING TO MISS HIT SHOTS, ESPECIALLY ON THE HEEL.
WE'VE GOT SOMEONE FROM JAPAN, WE HAVE YINOSKY ON THE PHONE , HELLO.
PHONE CALLER YINOSKY
HOW ARE YOU?
PHONE CALLER YINOSKY
I HAVE A QUESTION FOR TIGER
THANK YOU FOR CALLING US.
PHONE CALLER YINOSKY
THANK YOU. FIRST I'D LIKE TO SAY ALL JAPANESE GOLF FANS ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU IN JAPAN. MY QUESTION IS THAT I KNOW YOU ARE A VERY VERY LONG HITTER . DO YOU THINK WHICH IS MORE IMPORTANT LONG GAME OR SHORT GAME AND WHY.
LONG GAME OR SHORT GAME. WELL I THINK BOTH ARE VERY IMPORTANT BUT I THINK THE SHORT GAME IS THE MOST IMPORTANT. IT'S GREAT TO HIT THE BALL LONG LIKE I DO, BUT YOU CAN GET IN A LOT OF TROUBLE AND IN ORDER TO GET YOURSELF OUT OF TROUBLE YOU HAVE GOT TO HAVE A GOOD SHORT GAME AND SHORT GAMES , SHORT GAMES HAVE WON ME A LOT OF MY TOURNAMENTS PROBABLY THE MAJORITY OF MY TOURNAMENTS JUST THE ABILITY TO CHIP AND PUTT ESPECIALLY MAKE THOSE 4, 5, 6 FOOTERS THAT'S WHAT WINS YOUR GOLF TOURNAMENTS.
WHAT'S GOING ON WITH YOUR 4, 5, AND 6, FOOTERS?
I DON'T KNOW CAN YOU HELP ME OUT?
WHAT KIND OF TROUBLE ARE YOU HAVING?
YOU KNOW I THINK IT'S MY OLD AGE .
WELL THE BONES GET BRITTLE WHEN YOU REACH 20 .
YOU KNOW, MY HANDS AREN'T EXACTLY WHAT THEY USE TO BE.
NOW HOW COME YOUR STROKE FROM THIS DISTANCE OR FROM REALLY CLOSER ALWAYS LOOKS QUICKER THAN THE ONE FROM 30 FEET?
I'VE PROBABLY BECAUSE I'M A VERY AGGRESSIVE PUTTER . PERIOD I LIKE TO RUN THE BALL BY 3 FEET , 2 OR 3 FEET I JUST LOOK AT IT AND I TAKE THE LOW LINE AND GO.
DO YOU THINK THAT THERE'S LESS IMAGINATION ON A SHORT PUTT AND THAT YOU JUST TEND TO BE FIRMER.
NO I DON'T THINK THAT'S IT I THINK THE FACT THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE WANT TO GET IT OVER WITH CAUSE THEIR SCARED. I KNOW FROM TALKING TO PEOPLE THAT IF THEY GOT A 3, 4 , FOOTER THEY CAN SEE THE HOLE OUT OF THE CORNER OF THEIR EYE.
AND WHAT THAT MEANS IS IT'S CLOSE ENOUGH WHERE THEY HAVE TO MAKE IT SO THAT MEANS YOU KINDA WANT TO RUSH AND GET IT OVER WITH INSTEAD OF JUST TAKING THEIR TIME.
THAT'S RIGHT CAUSE YOUR EXPECTED TO SO YOU EXPECT YOURSELF TOO.
AND THEN THERE'S A PERFORMANCE ANXIETY.
AND THEN THERE'S MORE ANXIETY IN THE END TO PERFORM AND THEN YOU KINDA ????????????
WELL LET'S SEE WHAT'S GOING ON HERE. WELL WE DO WANT TO GET YOU READY FOR NEXT YEAR.
I CAN'T READ THE GREENS
YEAH IN REAL TROUBLE. I THINK MAYBE INSIDE LEFT.
IS IT CROSS AM I GOING TO HAVE TO GO ACROSS?
YEAH, I'M A LITTLE CONCERNED ABOUT YOUR OPTICS.
I WAS VERY CONCERNED ABOUT IT DURING THE AMATEUR WHEN YOU JUST KEPT MAKING 50 FOOTERS.
I CAN'T PUTT .
WELL I CAN SEE WHY YOU ONLY WON TWO OF THOSE OF THOSE 7 EVENT.
YEAH YOU KNOW
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT WHEN YOU GET OVER A PUTT FOR REAL
DO YOU THINK DURING THROUGH THE STROKE OR ARE YOU LOOKING FOR THE RIGHT FEEL THROUGH THE HITTING AREA?
NUMBER 2, LOOKING FOR FEEL, IT'S ALL PACE PUTTING IS NOTHING BUT PACE YOU WANT TO HIT THE BALL ON THE LINE THAT YOU CHOSE. ACTUALLY IT'S THE OTHER WAY AROUND, PACE DETERMINES YOU LINE BUT YOU GET OVER THE PUTT, FOR ME I GET OVER THE PUTT AND LIKE TO FEEL IT WITH MY HANDS IF YOU'LL SEE ME ON A PUTT, A LOT OF TIME I'LL ACTUALLY DO THIS. ALL I'M DOING IS TRYING TO GET THE FEEL OF THE STROKE AT WHAT I NEED TO ACCOMPLISH.
ONCE YOU DECIDED WHAT THE LINE IS WHICH I ASSUME THAT YOU CAN SEE IN 5 SECONDS AT THE LONGEST, DO YOU THEN, JUST CONCENTRATING ON PACE AND FEEL AND NOTHING ELSE.
NOTHING ELSE YOU DON'T WORRY ABOUT YOUR MECHANICS, YOU LOOK AT THE HOLE, OR YOU LOOK AT YOUR SPOT FOR A SPOT PUTTER, OR LOOK AT A TRY TO FEEL IT, YOU ALWAYS DO SOMETHING TO ELIMINATE THIS, WHAT HAPPENS HERE. I JUST WORRY ABOUT JUST MY FEEL, WHATEVER I'M FEELING THAT DAY. I JUST TRY TO FEEL IT INTO THE HOLE.
WELL APPARENTLY IT'S WORKING, WERE GOING TO TAKE A SHORT BREAK WE WILL BE RIGHT BACK WITH TIGER RIGHT AFTER THIS, DON'T LEAVE US.
CareerBuilder Challenge: Tee times, TV schedule, stats
The PGA Tour shifts from Hawaii to Southern California for the second full-field event of the year. Here are the key stats and information for the CareerBuilder Challenge. Click here for full-field tee times.
How to watch (all rounds on Golf Channel):
Thursday, Rd. 1: 3-7PM ET; live stream: http://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream
Friday, Rd. 2: 3-7PM ET; live stream: http://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream
Saturday, Rd. 3: 3-7PM ET; live stream: http://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream
Sunday, Rd. 4: 3-7PM ET; live stream: http://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream
Purse: $5.9 million ($1,062,000 to winner)
Courses: PGA West, Stadium Course, La Quinta, Calif. (72-7,113); PGA West, Nicklaus Tournament Course, La Quinta, Calif. (72-7,159); La Quinta Country Club, La Quinta, Calif. (72-7,060) NOTE: All three courses will be used for the first three rounds but only the Stadium Course will be used for the final round.
Defending champion: Hudson Swafford (-20) - defeated Adam Hadwin by one stroke to earn his first PGA Tour win.
Notables in the field
* This is his first start of 2018. It's the fourth consecutive year he has made this event the first one on his yearly calendar.
* For the second year in a row he will serve as the tournament's official ambassador.
* He has won this event twice - in 2002 and 2004.
* This will be his 97th worldwide start since his most recent win, The Open in 2013.
* Ranked No. 3 in the world, he finished runner-up in the Sentry Tournament of Champions.
* In 37 worldwide starts as a pro, he has 14 top-5 finishes.
* Last year he finished T-34 in this event.
* Last year in the third round, he shot 59 at La Quinta Country Club. It was the ninth - and still most recent - sub-60 round on Tour.
* In his only start of 2018, the Canadian finished 32nd in the Sentry Tournament of Champions.
* Only player on the PGA Tour with five top-10 finishes this season.
* Ranks fifth in greens in regulation this season.
* Finished third in the Sentry Tournament of Champions and T-4 in the Sony Open in Hawaii.
* Making only his third worldwide start since last June at the Travelers Championship. He has been recovering from a chest injury.
* This is his first start since he withdrew from the Indonesian Masters in December because of heat exhaustion.
* Hasn't played in this event since missing the cut in 2015.
* Earned his first career victory in this event in 2014, shooting three consecutive rounds of 63.
* This is his first start of 2018.
* Last season finished seventh in strokes gained: putting, the best ranking of his career.
(Stats provided by the Golf Channel editorial research unit.)
Teenager Im wins Web.com season opener
South Korea's Sungjae Im cruised to a four-shot victory at The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic, becoming just the second teenager to win an event on the Web.com Tour.
Im started the final day of the season-opening event in a share of the lead but still with six holes left in his third round. He was one shot behind Carlos Ortiz when the final round began, but moved ahead of the former Web.com Player of the Year thanks to a 7-under 65 in rainy and windy conditions. Im's 13-under total left him four clear of Ortiz and five shots ahead of a quartet of players in third.
Still more than two months shy of his 20th birthday, Im joins Jason Day as the only two teens to win on the developmental circuit. Day was 19 years, 7 months and 26 days old when he captured the 2007 Legend Financial Group Classic.
Recent PGA Tour winners Si Woo Kim and Patrick Cantlay and former NCAA champ Aaron Wise all won their first Web.com Tour event at age 20.
Other notable finishes in the event included Max Homa (T-7), Erik Compton (T-13), Curtis Luck (T-13) and Lee McCoy (T-13). The Web.com Tour will remain in the Bahamas for another week, with opening round of The Bahamas Great Abaco Classic set to begin Sunday.
Mickelson grouped with Z. Johnson at CareerBuilder
He's not the highest-ranked player in this week's field, but Phil Mickelson will likely draw the biggest crowd at the CareerBuilder Challenge as he makes his first start of 2018. Here are a few early-round, marquee groupings to watch as players battle the three-course rotation in the Californian desert (all times ET):
12:10 p.m. Thursday, 11:40 a.m. Friday, 1:20 p.m. Saturday: Phil Mickelson, Zach Johnson
Mickelson is making his fourth straight trip to Palm Springs, having cracked the top 25 each of the last three times. In addition to their respective amateur partners, he'll play the first three rounds alongside a fellow Masters champ in Johnson, who tied for 14th last week in Hawaii and finished third in this event in 2014.
11:40 a.m. Thursday, 1:20 p.m. Friday, 12:50 p.m. Saturday: Jon Rahm, Bubba Watson
At No. 3 in the world, Rahm is the highest-ranked player teeing it up this week and the Spaniard returns to an event where he finished T-34 last year in his tournament debut. He'll play the first two rounds alongside Watson, who is looking to bounce back from a difficult 2016-17 season and failed to crack the top 50 in two starts in the fall.
11:40 a.m. Thursday, 1:20 p.m. Friday, 12:50 p.m. Saturday: Patrick Reed, Brandt Snedeker
Reed made the first big splash of his career at this event in 2014, shooting three straight rounds of 63 en route to his maiden victory. He'll be joined by Snedeker, whose bid for a Masters bid via the top 50 of the world rankings came up short last month and who hasn't played this event since a missed cut in 2015.
1:10 p.m. Thursday, 12:40 p.m. Friday, 12:10 p.m. Saturday: Patton Kizzire, Bill Haas
Kizzire heads east after a whirlwind Sunday ended with his second win of the season in a six-hole playoff over James Hahn in Honolulu. He'll play alongside Haas, who won this event in both 2010 and 2015 to go with a runner-up finish in 2011 and remains the tournament's all-time leading money winner.
Mackay still a caddie at heart, even with a microphone
HONOLULU – All it took was one week back on the bag to remind Jim ''Bones'' Mackay what he always loved about being a caddie.
It just wasn't enough for this to be the ultimate mic drop.
Mackay traded in his TV microphone at the Sony Open for the 40-pound bag belonging to Justin Thomas.
It was his first time caddying since he split with Phil Mickelson six months ago. Mackay was only a temporary replacement at Waialae for Jimmy Johnson, a good friend and Thomas' regular caddie who has a nasty case of plantar fasciitis that will keep him in a walking boot for the next month.
''The toughest thing about not caddying is missing the competition, not having a dog in the fight,'' Mackay said before the final round. ''There's nothing more rewarding as a caddie, in general terms, when you say, 'I don't like 6-iron, I like 7,' and being right. I miss that part of it.''
The reward now?
''Not stumbling over my words,'' he said. ''And being better than I was the previous week.''
He has done remarkably well since he started his new job at the British Open last summer, except for that time he momentarily forgot his role. Parts of that famous caddie adage – ''Show up, keep up, shut up'' – apparently can apply to golf analysts on the ground.
During the early hours of the telecast, before Johnny Miller came on, Justin Leonard was in the booth.
''It's my job to report on what I see. It's not my job to ask questions,'' Mackay said. ''I forgot that for a minute.''
Leonard was part of a booth discussion on how a comfortable pairing can help players trying to win a major. That prompted Mackay to ask Leonard if he found it helpful at the 1997 British Open when he was trying to win his first major and was paired with Fred Couples in the final round at Royal Troon.
''What I didn't know is we were going to commercial in six seconds,'' Mackay said. ''I would have no way of knowing that, but I completely hung Justin out to dry. He's now got four seconds to answer my long-winded question.''
During the commercial break, the next voice Mackay heard belonged to Tommy Roy, the executive golf producer at NBC.
''Bones, don't ever do that again.''
It was Roy who recognized the value experienced caddies could bring to a telecast. That's why he invited Mackay and John Wood, the caddie for Matt Kuchar, into the control room at the 2015 Houston Open so they could see how it all worked and how uncomfortable it can be to hear directions coming through an earpiece.
Both worked as on-course reporters at Sea Island that fall.
And when Mickelson and Mackay parted ways after 25 years, Roy scooped up the longtime caddie for TV.
It's common for players to move into broadcasting. Far more unusual is for a caddie to be part of the mix. Mackay loves his new job. Mostly, he loves how it has helped elevate his profession after so many years of caddies being looked upon more unfavorably than they are now.
''I want to be a caddie that's doing TV,'' he said. ''That's what I hope to come across as. The guys think this is good for caddies. And if it's good for caddies, that makes me happy. Because I'm a caddie. I'll always be a caddie.''
Not next week at Torrey Pines, where Mickelson won three times. Not a week later in Phoenix, where Mackay lives. Both events belong to CBS.
And not the Masters.
He hasn't missed Augusta since 1994, when Mickelson broke his leg skiing that winter.
''That killed me,'' he said, ''but not nearly as much as it's going to kill me this year. I'll wake up on Thursday of the Masters and I'll be really grumpy. I'll probably avoid television at all costs until the 10th tee Sunday. And I'll watch. But it will be, within reason, the hardest day of my life.''
There are too many memories, dating to when he was in the gallery right of the 11th green in 1987 when Larry Mize chipped in to beat Greg Norman. He caddied for Mize for two years, and then Scott Simpson in 1992, and Mickelson the rest of the way. He was on the bag for Lefty's three green jackets.
Mackay still doesn't talk much about what led them to part ways, except to say that a player-caddie relationship runs its course.
''If you lose that positive dynamic, there's no point in continuing,'' he said. ''It can be gone in six months or a year or five years. In our case, it took 25 years.''
He says a dozen or so players called when they split up, and the phone call most intriguing was from Roy at NBC.
''I thought I'd caddie until I dropped,'' Mackay said.
He never imagined getting yardages and lining up putts for anyone except the golfer whose bag he was carrying. Now it's for an audience that measures in the millions. Mackay doesn't look at it as a second career. And he won't rule out caddying again.
''It will always be tempting,'' he said. ''I'll always consider myself a caddie. Right now, I'm very lucky and grateful to have the job I do.''
Except for that first week in April.