Golf Talk Live - Tommy Bolt Transcript Segment 5

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 10, 2000, 5:00 pm
PETER KESSLER
TOMMY, HERE'S A QUESTION THAT WAS SENT IN BY ONE OF OUR VIEWERS. AND THE QUESTION IS,

'WHAT DO YOU THINK OF CADDIES LINING UP PLAYERS? SHOULDN'T WORLD CLASS PLAYERS BE ABLE TO LINE THEMSELVES UP?', WANTS TO KNOW, SHAWN WALLACE IN CLEVELAND, OHIO.

TOMMY BOLT
YES, PLAYERS SHOULD BE - SHOULD LINE THEMSELVES UP. IT . THERE IS - THE . CADDIES SHOULDN'T . CADDIES UH SHOULD JUST UH GET THE YARDAGE, WHAT THEY DO NOWADAYS.

BACK IN THE - BACK WHEN WE PLAYED OUT THERE, PETER, WE - WE PLAYED BY SIGHT. WE DIDN'T HAVE YARDAGE BOOKS AND ALL THAT KIND OF JAZZ BECAUSE WE UH, WE PLAYED DIFFERENT TYPES OF SHOTS.

YOU KNOW, YOU EITHER HIT IT SOFT OR YOU HIT IT FULL. NOWADAYS, THEY HIT EVERY - THEY GOT A CLUB FOR EACH SWING. AND EVERY SWING IS A FULL SWING. THERE'S NO HALF SWINGS OR .

TIGER WOODS IS THE ONLY ONE THAT CAN HIT HALF SHOTS OUT THERE AND - AND HIT THEM ACCURATE.

PETER KESSLER
GOT A GOOD FRIEND OF YOURS ON THE PHONE WITH US. WE HAVE CHRIS IN GEORGIA, THE WONDERFUL TEACHING PRO. HOW ARE YOU CHRIS?

CHRIS FROM GEORGIA
I'M DOING GREAT, PETER. GOOD TO HEAR FROM YOU.

PETER KESSLER
SAME HERE, SIR.

CHRIS FROM GEORGIA
HEY TOMMY.

TOMMY BOLT
HELLO PETER, HOW ARE YOU?

PETER KESSLER
THAT'S CHRIS.

TOMMY BOLT
UH CHRIS, I'M SORRY.

PETER KESSLER
THAT'S ALRIGHT.

CHRIS FROM GEORGIA
PETER, THIS . TOMMY, THIS IS CHRIS, CHRIS MERMIN IN GEORGIA.

TOMMY BOLT
YES, YES . I GOT YOU, CHRIS.

CHRIS FROM GEORGIA
OKAY.

PETER KESSLER
I'M CONFUSED NOW.

TOMMY BOLT
GO AHEAD.

CHRIS FROM GEORGIA
HEY UH, YOU KNOW, WE WERE TALKING ABOUT THE HALL OF FAME EARLIER.

TOMMY BOLT
YEAH, YEAH.

CHRIS FROM GEORGIA
AND UH, IF THEY USE THE CRITERIA OF HELPING OTHERS AND JUST BEING A - A GOOD PERSON, YOU'D BEEN IN THERE 3 TIMES.

TOMMY BOLT
THANK YOU.

CHRIS FROM GEORGIA
UH, YOU KNOW, A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T KNOW ALL YOU'VE DONE FOR TOM WEISKOPF AND CHI-CHI AND ALL THE OTHER YOUNG GUYS OUT THERE.

AND UH, I JUST WANTED TAKE A MINUTE AND MAKE SURE EVERYBODY UNDERSTOOD THAT ABOUT YOU. AND - AND I HOPE YOU TAKE A MINUTE AND EXPLAIN THAT.

TOMMY BOLT
OH, THANK YOU - THANK YOU, CHRIS. I APPRECIATE THAT.

CHRIS FROM GEORGIA
UH .

TOMMY BOLT
YOU'RE - HEY, YOU'RE A GREAT PLAYER. YOU'RE A PROT_G_ OF MINE.

CHRIS FROM GEORGIA
WELL, I'M - I'M FORTUNATE TO BE ONE OF THOSE GUYS THAT - THAT UH, THAT HEARD ALL THAT STUFF THAT YOU LEARNED FROM HOGAN AND YOU'VE PASSED IT ON. AND YOU WERE FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO DO THAT FOR ME AND - AND MANY OTHERS.

THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT WERE - WERE BLESSED BY KNOWING YOU.

TOMMY BOLT
I APPRECIATE THAT.

CHRIS FROM GEORGIA:
UH .

TOMMY BOLT
CHRIS, LET ME TELL YOU THAT UM, TOM PURTZER UH, APPROACHED - APPROACHED ME IN - IN UH, PHOENIX UH 2 OR 3 YEARS AGO AND THANKED ME FOR UH,

TEACHING - TELLING WEISKOPF ALL THE THINGS THAT HOGAN TOLD ME `CAUSE WEISKOPF PASSED THEM ON TO HIM. AND HE THOUGHT THAT IT HELPED HIS GOLF GAME.

AND HE DOES HAVE A BEAUTIFUL SWING, TOM PURTZER DOES HAVE.

PETER KESSLER
IF YOU WERE GONNA SAY A COUPLE OF THINGS THAT - THAT HOGAN WOULD HAVE PASSED ALONG THAT WOULD BE GREAT PIECES OF KNOWLEDGE FOR EVERYBODY WHO LOVES TO PLAY GOLF AND WANTS TO GET BETTER, WHAT WOULD THOSE BE?

TOMMY BOLT
UM, I WOULD THINK THAT UH, PETER, THAT UM ...

THAT THE GRIP, YOU GOT UH .

BASICALLY, THE GRIP IS THE - THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IN GOLF. IF YOU DON'T GRIP THE CLUB PROPERLY, YOU'RE NOT GONNA BE ABLE TO MAKE A GOOD SWING AT IT.

SO IT'S JUST THAT SIMPLE, TO START WITH. THEN YOU UH . THEN YOU HAVE TO HIT A LOT OF PRACTICE BALLS AND - AND YOU'VE GOT TO WORK AT IT.

GOLF'S A TOUGH GAME. IT'S THE HARDEST GAME OF ALL OF THEM. YOU REALLY HAVE TO WORK AT IT TO PLAY WELL.

PETER KESSLER
YOU KNOW, PEOPLE TALK ABOUT HOW TIGER WOODS HAS GOTTEN HIMSELF INTO INCREDIBLE SHAPE, BETTER THAN EVER, HOW ERNIE ELS HAS BEEN WORKING OUT SO THAT HE CAN COMPETE AT HIS BEST AS OFTEN AS HE IS POSSIBLE.

AND THERE IS A SORT OF A SENSE THAT WHEN YOU AND - AND SAM AND BEN WERE IN YOUR PRIME THAT YOU GUYS DIDN'T DO ANYTHING TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELVES. BUT THAT'S FAR FROM THE TRUTH, ISN'T IT?

TOMMY BOLT
YES, IT IS. WE - WE - WE WORKED AT UH . I WAS IN THE CONSTRUCTION BUSINESS. I WAS PRETTY STRONG TO START WITH WHEN I WENT OUT THERE, PETER. UH, BUT I - I KEPT MYSELF IN - IN PRETTY GOOD CONDITION

AND SO DID THEY. SNEAD WAS A GOOD - REAL GOOD ATHLETE AND SO WAS HOGAN. AND UM, YOU - YOU - YOU HAD TO STAY IN SHAPE. GOLF IS A . IS A TOUGHER GAME THAN IT'S BEEN UH GIVEN CREDIT FOR BEING.

IT'S HARD UH, TO PLAY 36 HOLES IN ONE DAY, YOU KNOW, UNDER UH TREMENDOUS PRESSURE AND THAT'S WHAT WE DID.

PETER KESSLER
AND SNEAD USED TO DO SIT-UPS AND PUSH-UPS AND .

TOMMY BOLT
YES, YES HE DID.

PETER KESSLER
AND RUNNING DOWN HALLWAYS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT.

TOMMY BOLT
HE'S . HE'S STILL IN GOOD SHAPE, SAM IS.

PETER KESSLER
AND HE'LL LET YOU PUNCH HIM.

TOMMY BOLT
YES, HE'LL LET YOU PUNCH HIM RIGHT IN THE STOMACH, BOY, AND YOUR HAND WILL BOUNCE BACK, I'LL TELL YOU THAT.

PETER KESSLER
IT DOES. IT'S LIKE A PIECE OF WOOD.

TOMMY BOLT
IT REALLY IS. IT'S HARD.

PETER KESSLER
WE'RE GONNA TAKE A BREAK, TOMMY. WE'LL COME BACK AND KEEP TALKING RIGHT AFTER THIS.

TOMMY BOLT
OKAY.

(BREAK)

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What's in the bag: CareerBuilder winner Rahm

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 10:37 pm

Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry in a playoff to earn his second PGA Tour title at the CareerBuilder Challenge. Here's what's in his bag:

Driver: TaylorMade M4 (9.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

Fairway wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

Irons: TaylorMade P790 (3), P750 (4-PW), with Project X 6.5 shafts

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52, 56 degrees), Milled Grind Hi-Toe (60 degrees), with Project X 6.5 shafts

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

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Strange irked by Rahm-Landry friendly playoff

By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 9:45 pm

Curtis Strange knows a thing or two about winning golf tournaments, and based on his reaction to the CareerBuilder Challenge playoff on Sunday, it’s safe to say he did things a little differently while picking up 17 PGA Tour victories in his Hall-of-Fame career.

While Jon Rahm and Andrew Landry were “battling” through four extra holes, Strange, 62, tweeted his issues with the duo’s constant chit-chat and friendly banter down the stretch at La Quinta Country Club, where Rahm eventually came out on top.

The two-time U.S. Open champ then engaged with some followers to explain his point a little more in depth.

So, yeah ... don't think he's changing his perspective on this topic anytime soon ever.

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Randall's Rant: The Euros won't just roll over

By Randall MellJanuary 22, 2018, 9:36 pm

The Ryder Cup may not be the King Kong of golf events yet, but you can hear the biennial international team event thumping its chest a full eight months out.

As anticipation for this year’s big events goes, there is more buzz about Europe’s bid to hold off a rejuvenated American effort in Paris in September than there is about the Masters coming up in April.

Thank Europe’s phenomenal success last weekend for that.

And Rory McIlroy’s impassioned remarks in Abu Dhabi.

And the provocative bulletin board material a certain Sports Illustrated writer provided the Europeans a couple months ago, with a stinging assault on the Euro chances that read like an obituary.

McIlroy was asked in a news conference before his 2018 debut last week what he was most excited about this year.

The Ryder Cup topped his list.

Though McIlroy will be trying to complete the career Grand Slam at Augusta National come April, he talked more about the Ryder Cup than he did any of the game’s major championships.

When asked a follow-up about the American team’s resurgence after a task-force overhaul and the injection of young, new star power, McIlroy nearly started breaking down the matchup. He talked about the young Americans and how good they are.

“Yeah, the Americans have been, obviously, very buoyant about their chances and whatever, but it’s never as easy as that. ... The Ryder Cup’s always close,” McIlroy said. “I think we’ll have a great team, and it definitely won’t be as easy as they think it’s going to be.”



McIlroy may have been talking about Alan Shipnuck’s bold prediction after the American Presidents Cup rout last fall.

Or similar assertions from TV analysts.

“The Ryder Cup is dead – you just don’t know it yet,” Shipnuck wrote. “One of the greatest events in sport is on the verge of irrelevancy. The young, talented, hungry golfers from the United States, benefitting from the cohesive leadership of the Task Force era, are going to roll to victory in 2018 in Paris.”

European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn won’t find words that will motivate the Euros more than that as he watches his prospective players jockey to make the team.

And, boy, did they jockey last weekend.

The Euros dominated across the planet, not that they did it with the Ryder Cup as some rallying cry, because they didn’t. But it was a heck of an encouraging start to the year for Bjorn to witness.

Spain’s Jon Rahm won the CareerBuilder Challenge on the PGA Tour, England’s Tommy Fleetwood started the week at Abu Dhabi paired with American and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and won the European Tour event, and Spain’s Sergio Garcia won the Singapore Open in a rout on the Asian Tour.

And McIlroy looked close to being in midseason form, tying for third in his first start in three months.

Yes, it’s only January, and the Ryder Cup is still a long way off, with so much still to unfold, but you got an early sense from McIlroy how much defending European turf will mean to him and the Euros in Paris in September.

The Masters is great theater, the U.S. Open a rigorous test, The Open and the PGA Championship historically important, too, but the Ryder Cup touches a nerve none of those do.

The Ryder Cup stokes more fervor, provokes more passion and incites more vitriol than any other event in golf.

More bulletin board material, too.

Yeah, it’s a long way off, but you can already hear the Ryder Cup’s King Kong like footsteps in its distant approach. Watching how the American and European teams come together will be an ongoing drama through spring and summer.

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Quail Hollow officials promise players easier conditions

By Rex HoggardJanuary 22, 2018, 9:14 pm

Quail Hollow Club - a staple on the PGA Tour since 2003 - debuted as a longer, tougher version of itself at last year’s PGA Championship, receiving mixed reviews from players.

The course played to a lengthened 7,600 yards at last year’s PGA and a 73.46 stroke average, the toughest course in relation to par on Tour in 2017. As a result, it left some players less than excited to return to the Charlotte, N.C.-area layout later this spring for the Wells Fargo Championship.

It’s that lack of enthusiasm that led officials at Quail Hollow to send a video to players saying, essentially, that the course players have lauded for years will be back in May.

The video, which includes Quail Hollow president Johnny Harris and runs nearly five minutes, begins with an explanation of how the first hole, which played as a 524-yard par 4 at the PGA, will play much shorter at the Wells Fargo Championship.

“I had a number of my friends who were playing in the tournament tell me that tee was better suited as a lemonade stand,” Harris joked of the new tee box on the fourth hole. “I doubt we’ll ever see that tee used again in competition.”

Harris also explained that the greens, which became too fast for some, will be “softer” for this year’s Wells Fargo Championship.