Golf Talk Live - Tommy Bolt Transcript Segment 4
MAN THAT, YOUR SWING WAS AS FAST AS HOGAN'S, WASN'T IT?
YEAH PETER. YOU HAD TO TAKE TWO CAMERAS TO CATCH MY SWING BACK IN THOSE DAYS.
SO WHAT ARE THE THREE OR FOUR THINGS THAT HAVE MADE IT WORK FOR SO LONG FOR YOU?
PETER, WHEN I FIRST STARTED PLAYING OUT THERE ON THE TOUR, I HAD THIS LEFT HAND WAY OVER HERE. NOT THAT FAR OVER, BUT ABOUT RIGHT THERE, AND, BOY EVERY TIME I DREW IT BACK I HAD TO
BLOCK THAT THING OUT, BLOCK THAT, I'M BLOCKING THE HOOK OUT, THAT LEFT HAND WANTED TO GO OVER, YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU RELEASE YOUR HAND, YOUR LEFT HAND CAN TURN OVER TOO QUICK.
I WENT TO HOGAN IN 1955. I'D ALREADY WON TOURNAMENTS BUT I DIDN'T KNOW HOW I WON THEM, REALLY. I DIDN'T, I, I, I WON THEM BECAUSE I COULD GET IT UP AND DOWN AND HOLE ALL THE PUTTS AND HE CHANGED MY GRIP. HE PUT MY LEFT
HAND ON THERE, LIKE THAT. THE BACK THREE FINGERS OF THE LEFT HAND ACROSS THE PALM, JUST LIKE THAT. THAT'S THE WAY YOU HOLD THE CLUB.
HE SAID WE'LL ALL BE BETTER PLAYERS IF WE'D AMPUTATE THIS THUMB AND FOREFINGER HERE AND GRIP IT LIKE YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO. THAT'S THE WAY YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO HOLD THE CLUB AT THE TOP OF THE SWING, RIGHT THERE.
WHERE DO YOU LIKE TO SEE YOUR THUMB AND FOREFINGER?
RIGHT DOWN THE SHAFT. RIGHT DOWN THE SHAFT JUST LIKE THAT, IN THE, IN THE NEUTRAL POSITION, PETER. THAT'S NEUTRAL. WHAT THEY CALL NEUTRAL.
AND RIGHT HAND NEUTRAL, TOO?
YEAH, WELL YOUR RIGHT HAND SLIGHTLY TO THE RIGHT, RIGHT THERE SO YOU CAN RELEASE THAT POWER. YOUR RIGHT HAND IS YOUR POWER AND YOU HAVE TO UTILIZE THAT RIGHT HAND IN ORDER TO GET THE DISTANCE. YEAH, THOSE HANDS
HAVE TO WORK TOGETHER AS A UNIT. YOUR HANDS ARE PART OF THE SWING AND IF YOU DON'T USE YOUR HANDS YOU'RE NOT GETTING THE MAXIMUM OF YOUR POWER. THAT'S ALL IT TOTALS UP TO.
DO YOU FEEL LIKE IT WAS YOUR HANDS AND ARMS THAT WERE THE ENGINE THAT DROVE YOUR GOLF SWING AND THAT YOUR BODY RESPONDED OR NOT?
YEAH I THOUGHT, I, I THINK IT WAS MY HANDS AND ARMS, YES I DO, PETER, AND ALL I DID WAS SWING THE CLUB AND LET THOSE HANDS RELEASE, AND THAT'S THE WAY YOU GET YOUR DISTANCE.
WHAT ABOUT, WHAT WERE YOUR THOUGHTS ON SET UP AND, AND KEEPING GOOD BALANCE?
WELL BALANCE IS VERY IMPORTANT. BELIEVE ME IT IS. YOU HAVE TO HAVE GOOD BALANCE. THAT'S ONE THING THAT TIGER WOODS HAS. HE HAS SUPER BALANCE. HE COULDN'T HAVE STOOD IN
THAT BUNKER AND HIT THAT 6 IRON ACROSS THAT WATER TO THAT 5 PAR HOLE
AT THE CANADIAN OPEN LAST YEAR
IN THE CANADIAN OPEN. THAT SAND, HE STOOD IN THE SAND. HE HAD TO STAND FLAT FOOTED BOY, YOU CAN'T MOVE THOSE FEET, YOU KNOW, IN THAT SAND, YOU'D SLIP ALL OVER THE PLACE AND SO
THAT JUST SHOWS YOU THAT BALANCE IS VERY IMPORTANT.
IS IT SOMETHING YOU EVER HAD TO WORK ON OR THINK ABOUT DURING YOUR GOLF SWING OR DID THAT COME TO YOU EASILY?
UH PETER, I'VE ALWAYS HAD A PRETTY FAST TEMPO. YES, I, I'VE WORKED ON MY TEMPO. I TRIED TO SLOW MY SWING DOWN A LITTLE BIT TO GET COORDINATED, SO I COULD GET IT ALL TOGETHER AND I STILL, I THINK THAT'S
VERY IMPORTANT, IS TEMPO.
DID THE FACT THAT YOUR BACK SWING WAS FAIRLY SHORT IN TERMS OF WHERE YOUR ARMS WOULD FINISH MAKE IT EASIER FOR YOU TO GET EVERYTHING IN THE RIGHT SEQUENCE?
WELL, I'VE GOT A LITTLE ARTHRITIS NOW, PART OF THE BACK AND IT'S HARD TO GET ANY FURTHER BACK THEN THAT, PETER.
YEAH BUT YOU WERE SWINGING THAT WAY IN 1958, TOO. IT WAS SORT OF VERY THREE QUARTERS WASN'T IT?
YEAH, IT WASN'T REALLY A LONG SWING. NO I NEVER HAD A LONG SWING. I TOOK IT BACK ABOUT, WELL, I, I GUESS ABOUT THREE QUARTERS, YEAH .
WHAT, WHAT ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF MAINTAINING WHAT EVER GRIP PRESSURE YOU STARTED WITH AT ADDRESS? WAS THAT AN ISSUE?
PETER, HOGAN TOLD ME YOU'VE GOT TO HOLD ONTO THE CLUB AT THE TOP OF THE SWING. HE NEVER TOLD ME ABOUT, ANYTHING ABOUT GRIP PRESSURE, BUT
YOU'VE GOT TO GRIP THE CLUB, NOT A DEATH GRIP, BUT GRIP IT HARD ENOUGH
TO HOLD ONTO THE CLUB AT THE TOP OF THE SWING. THE, MOST ALL SHOTS ARE MISSED RIGHT UP HERE, AT THE TOP OF THE SWING. THAT'S WHERE YOUR HANDS COME OFF THE CLUB, AND SOME PEOPLE HAVE THOSE BIG LONG SWINGS AND THEY OVER SWING AND THOSE HANDS COME
LOOSE LIKE THAT AND THEY REGRIP IT ON THE DOWNSWING, SO THEY'VE LOST COMPLETE CONTROL OF THE CLUBHEAD. I WANT TO TAKE IT BACK AS FAR, AS YOUR SHOULDERS TURN, IN OTHER WORDS.
DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU WERE SWINGING WITH ALL OF YOUR POWER OR JUST MOST OF YOUR POWER?
WELL, I NEVER REALLY TRIED TO HIT IT THAT HARD. I PLAYED, I NEVER SWUNG AT IT LIKE TIGER WOODS. I NEVER TRIED TO HIT IT THAT HARD, NO. I, I TRIED TO HIT IT WITHIN MYSELF TO CONTROL THE BALL.
A LITTLE BIT LIKE SAM.
YEAH, SNEAD, SNEAD'S GOT, HAD BEAUTIFUL TEMPO.
WHENEVER YOU WOULD PLAY WITH HIM AND STEAL THAT TEMPO.
STEEL THAT TEMPO FROM HIM. YEAH THAT'S, THAT'S GOOD.
SO HE WAS THE GUY TO PLAY GOLF WITH ON WEDNESDAYS, RIGHT?
WELL YOU GOT TO PLAY GOLF WITH SAM ON, ON, ON TUESDAYS AND WEDNESDAYS, BECAUSE HE'LL, YOU'LL DEVELOP SOME TEMPO OFF OF HIM.
WE'LL COME RIGHT BACK. DON'T GO AWAY. LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT A FEW OF THE CAREER HIGHLIGHTS AS WE LEAVE YOU FOR A MINUTE.
THAT WAS PERFECT.
TOMMY BOLT- SELECTED CAREER ACHIEVEMENTS:
- INCLUDING 1958 U.S. OPEN WIN, 11 TOP 10 FINISHES IN PRO. MAJORS SPANNING FROM 1952-71.
- 3-1-0 IN 2 RYDER CUP APPEARANCES
-WON 12 UNOFFICIAL SENIOR EVENTS INCLUDING 4 CONSECUTIVE NATIONAL SENIOR ASSOCIATION OPENS (1968-72)
Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational
Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.
The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.
Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.
The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.
Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.
There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.
Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump
Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.
Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.
None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.
Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.
An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.
In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.
Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.
Playing with the pros
Tiger, DJ and Faxon
President at the Presidents Cup
Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham
Cart on the green
Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open
Trump golf properties
Reportedly fake TIME covers
Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story
Pros comment on the president
Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017
GolfChannel.com is counting down the top 10 Newsmakers of the Year as voted on by Golf Channel’s writers, editors, reporters and producers. Check out the list below, including future release dates. And click here for the full collection of articles.
No. 1: Dec. 18