Golf Talk Live - Chris DiMarco Transcript Segment 4

By Golf Channel NewsroomJanuary 1, 2001, 5:00 pm
RICH LERNER
WELCOME BACK. CHRIS HAS JOINED ME NOW ON THE SET OF ACADEMY LIVE. WE'RE GOING TO LOOK AT THE PSYCHO GRIP? GATOR GRIP? WHAT DO WE CALL IT?

CHRIS DIMARCO
I THINK ME AND CALC ARE DECIDING WE'RE GOING TO TRY TO GET A GATOR GRIP. JUST GET SOME GATORS IN THERE.

RICH LERNER
HOW, THAT ROUND WITH CALC

CHRIS DIMARCO
IT WAS FUN

RICH LERNER
VERY BIZARRE

CHRIS DIMARCO
IT WAS, LIKE I HAD

RICH LERNER
20:TWO GATORS, TWO

CHRIS DIMARCO
VERY UNCONVENTIONAL

RICH LERNER
TWO CORN BALL GRIPS.

CHRIS DIMARCO
YUP, TOTALLY.

RICH LERNER
UH, HOW DOES BOB BARKER FIT INTO THIS ENTIRE STORY AND THE PRICE IS RIGHT?

CHRIS DIMARCO
YOU KNOW IT

RICH LERNER
SHARE THAT WITH US

CHRIS DIMARCO
IT'S FUNNY AND EVERYBODY HAS THEIR NIGHTMARES AND MY NIGHTMARE WAS ALWAYS, IT WAS A REOCCURRING NIGHTMARE UNFORTUNATELY TOO, I ALWAYS HAD THIS, THIS THING THAT I WOULD GET ON THE PRICE IS RIGHT AND THEY WOULD COME TO THE PUTTING

DEAL WHERE HE PUTTS THE THING AND I'D ALWAYS GET RIGHT UP TO THE END AND I'D MISS THAT AND HE'D ASKED ME WHAT I DO FOR A LIVING RIGHT BEFORE I PUTT AND I'D SAY I'M A PROFESSIONAL GOLFER AND I MISSED BOTH PUTTS AND IT WAS, AT THAT MOMENT I'D WAKE UP IN A COLD SWEAT SO, IT WAS, AND THEN THE CLAW CAME, AND I NEVER HAD THE DREAM AGAIN.

RICH LERNER
(LAUGHS)

CHRIS DIMARCO
WHICH IS GREAT.

RICH LERNER
SO, BETWEEN ALL THOSE ROUNDS OF GOLF YOU PLAYED AS A KID YOU WOULD COME BACK IN THE HOUSE BETWEEN TEN AND ELEVEN IN THE MORNING AND WATCH THE PRICE IS RIGHT?

CHRIS DIMARCO
WELL, YOU KNOW, THIS WAS IN COLLEGE.

RICH LERNER
IN COLLEGE?

CHRIS DIMARCO
THIS IS COLLEGE. WE USED TO WATCH IT.

RICH LERNER
WHEN WE WERE ALL, YOU KNOW, SPENDING OUR TIME WISELY.

CHRIS DIMARCO
RIGHT, YEAH, EXACTLY.

RICH LERNER
THAT CALCULUS WAS IN, LATER, LET'S TURN ON THE PRICE IS RIGHT.

CHRIS DIMARCO
EXACTLY

RICH LERNER
LET'S TURN ON THE PRICE IS RIGHT, RIGHT NOW

CHRIS DIMARCO
EXACTLY, NOW YOU'RE, EXACTLY

RICH LERNER
20:34:06
ALRIGHT. THE, THE GRIP.

CHRIS DIMARCO
OKAY

RICH LERNER
AS, AS YOU'RE SHOWING US WHAT YOU DO ALSO MAYBE YOU COULD TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT HOW YOU ACTUALLY CAME TO IT. I KNOW SKIP KENDALL

CHRIS DIMARCO
SKIP KENDAL

RICH LERNER
A GOOD BUDDY, HAD A ROLE IN IT.

CHRIS DIMARCO
WE WERE, WE WERE PLAYING IN A MINI TOUR EVENT IN '95 AND I WAS STRUGGLING AND IT WAS JUST NO FUN ANYMORE FROM THREE FEET AND IN. IT WAS JUST NOT FUN AND HE SHOWED ME HIS GRIP AND I WAS JUST LIKE, YEAH,

RIGHT, SKIP. WHAT KIND OF GRIP IS THAT? YOU KNOW, HE SAID WELL PUT YOUR HAND UNDER HERE LIKE THIS

AND JUST PUTT WITH YOUR LEFT HAND AND I, AND I TRIED IT. LIKE TWO DAYS LATER I HAD ONE OF THOSE PUTTS

THAT I KNEW I WASN'T GOING TO MAKE AND I DID IT AND LOW AND BEHOLD IT WENT STRAIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE HOLE AND I WAS LIKE, WOW, WHAT A GREAT FEELING THAT WAS. SO BASICALLY WHAT IT IS, IS, IS IT'S KIND OF LIKE A LONG

PUTTER GRIP WITH A SHORT PUTTER. I TRY TO USE MY LEFT HAND WHICH IS NORMAL.

JUST PUT MY LEFT HAND NORMAL, THEN MY THUMB GOES UNDERNEATH AND THEN I JUST PUT A LITTLE BIT OF PRESSURE ON MY RIGHT SIDE AND I JUST TRY TO PUTT WITH THE LEFT HAND.

RICH LERNER
SEE IT LOOKS TO ME LIKE IT WOULD PROMOTE A HOOD.

CHRIS DIMARCO
WELL THAT COULD

RICH LERNER
BECAUSE THE RIGHT HAND LOOKS LIKE IT'S FACING

CHRIS DIMARCO
THE RIGHT HAND

RICH LERNER
TO THE LEFT

CHRIS DIMARCO
20:SEE THE RIGHT HAND IS, IS DOING NOTHING IN MY STROKE. THAT'S WHY IT DOESN'T DO THAT. WHERE CALCAVECCHIA, HE DOES THE SAME THING, AND HE KIND OF USES HIS RIGHT HAND. SO HE PUSHES ALONG WITH THE RIGHT HAND.

RICH LERNER
SO YOUR RIGHT HAND DOES ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.

CHRIS DIMARCO
WHEN I STROKE IT MY RIGHT HAND DOES NOTHING. I TRY TO USE ALL MY LEFT SIDE.

RICH LERNER
DID YOU EVER CONSIDER GOING WITH LEFT AND THEN JUST KIND OF

CHRIS DIMARCO
I'VE TRIED EVERY

RICH LERNER
CUP TO THE RIGHT?

CHRIS DIMARCO
POSSIBLE GRIP YOU COULD DO.

RICH LERNER
YOU'VE TRIED IT ALL? DID YOU TRY ONE HAND ONLY?

LEFT HAND ONLY?

CHRIS DIMARCO
I TRIED, I TRIED, I CAN PUTT GOOD LEFT HAND ONLY. THAT, THAT'S

RICH LERNER
DO YOU PRACTICE THAT WAY?

CHRIS DIMARCO
BASIC. LOOK AT THAT. THE ONLY ONE I MADE. I MADE LEFT HAND ONLY.

RICH LERNER
DO YOU PRACTICE THAT WAY?

CHRIS DIMARCO
I DO. I PRACTICE, A LOT OF TIMES I'LL JUST SIT IN THE PUTTING GREEN, I'LL PUTT FOUR FOOTERS AND I'LL JUST PUTT ABOUT A HUNDRED BALLS LEFT HAND ONLY.

RICH LERNER
WHAT REACTION DID YOU GET FROM YOUR PEERS WHEN YOU SHOWED UP AND I THINK THAT'S THE FIRST TIME ANYBODY HAD EVER SEEN IT DONE,
YOUR WAY

CHRIS DIMARCO
THAT WAS THE HARDEST PART. THAT WAS THE HARDEST PART.

RICH LERNER
REALLY? THAT WAS HARD?

CHRIS DIMARCO
IT, IT WAS, THAT AND ALSO I'D WALK OFF A GREEN AND I'D SEE PEOPLE GOING, YOU KNOW, WHAT'S HE, YOU KNOW, THEY'D BE DOING THIS AND

YOU KNOW WHAT'S HE DOING AND, IT, IT, YOU KNOW I COULD SEE THEM AS I'M WALKING OFF. THEY'RE DOING IT RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME, YOU KNOW, IT'S LIKE THEY'RE NOT EVEN WORRIED ABOUT IF THEY LET ME SEE THEM. IT, THAT HARD, THAT PART WAS SO HARD. THAT, AND ALSO, OBVIOUSLY PUTTING ON A PUTTING

GREEN BEFORE I'M PLAYING, YOU KNOW, WALKING BY TIGER AND HE'S SEEN ME GOING LIKE THIS

OR WALKING BY ANYBODY AND SEEING ME DO THAT. YOU KNOW WHAT, WHAT'S HE DOING?

I REMEMBER CALC, ONE TIME TOLD A STORY, HE SAID, HE WAS WATCHING ME PUTT ON THE PUTTING GREEN, HE GOES NOW THAT'S ONE GRIP I KNOW I'M NEVER GOING TO AND LOW AND BEHOLD NOW

HE'S DOING IT, SO, IT, IT'S, YOU KNOW, IT'S TOTALLY REJUVENATED MY GAME. I AM CONFIDENT ON THE GREENS NOW. I KNOW THAT I'M A GOOD PUTTER AND THAT PART OF IT'S EASY. I'VE NEVER HAD A PROBLEM GETTING ON THE GREENS SO

RICH LERNER
PUTTED BEAUTIFULLY AT WAYNESBORO COUNTRY CLUB, SIGHT OF THE S.C.I. PENNSYLVANIA CLASSIC

CHRIS DIMARCO
MHMM

RICH LERNER
AND YOU PUTTED BEAUTIFULLY AT AUGUSTA. THERE IS A COMPARISON TO BE MADE BETWEEN THE GREENS AT WAYNESBORO AND THE GREENS AT AUGUSTA, CORRECT?

CHRIS DIMARCO
YEAH. I HAD NEVER PLAYED AUGUSTA SO I, I HAD NO, I COULDN'T SAY IF THEY WERE OR NOT UNTIL I DID, BUT THEY WERE, THEY WERE VERY FAST. THERE WERE SOME PUTTS ON THERE IN WAYNESBORO THAT WERE RIDICULOUS AND I HAD NO 3 PUTTS AT WAYNESBORO AND I HAD ONLY,

THE 3 PUTT I HAD AT AUGUSTA I HAD TO PUTT THROUGH 15 FEET OF FRINGE. SO I PUTTED PHENOMENAL AT BOTH SIGHTS.

RICH LERNER
ARE YOU HEARING FROM THE AVERAGE FAN THAT THEY'D LIKE TO TRY IT?

CHRIS DIMARCO
I, I GET, I GET ABOUT 3 OR 4 GUYS A WEEK THAT COME UP TO ME AND SAY MAN YOU'VE SAVED ME. I CAN GO PLAY FRIDAYS WITH MY BUDDIES AGAIN BECAUSE I'M NOT WORRIED ABOUT THE,

THE 3 FOOTERS ANYMORE AND I'M, I'M BACK IN. THANKS SO MUCH, SO YOU KNOW, I THINK YOU'RE GOING TO SEE A LOT MORE PEOPLE TRYING IT, I MEAN, FOR ME NOW, I THINK FINALLY FOR ME DOING WELL AND WINNING TOURNAMENTS AND, AND BEING IN CONTENTION AND THEN

GETTING IN THE MEDIA, PEOPLE ARE STARTING TO OVERLOOK THAT AND START REALIZING HEY HE'S A PRETTY GOOD PLAYER, HE'S JUST NOT THE GUY THAT, THAT PUTTS FUNKY.

RICH LERNER
MHMM. SKIP KENDAL

CHRIS DIMARCO
MHMM

RICH LERNER
GETS A LITTLE BIT OF... CREDIT.

CHRIS DIMARCO
SURE

RICH LERNER
20:YEAH. I KNOW HE HELPED YOU AND HE PICKED IT UP FROM A SIX, SIXTY YEAR OLD GENTLEMAN IN WISCONSIN? IS THAT CORRECT?

CHRIS DIMARCO
I GUESS. I DON'T KNOW. I KNOW THAT HE, HE SAID IT HELPED HIM AT, AT HIS, ONE OF HIS

RICH LERNER
AND HE'S A GOOD PUTTER

CHRIS DIMARCO
HE IS A GREAT PUTTER. ONE OF HIS BUDDIES, THAT'S WHY, I MEAN, PEOPLE ALWAYS SAY, SKIP DID THAT? AND I SAID NO HE NEVER DID IT, HE JUST SHOWED ME IT. HE TOLD ONE OF HIS FRIENDS THAT HE USED TO PLAY WITH AND, AND YOU KNOW, IT HELPED HIM IMMEDIATELY, SO THAT'S WHY, YOU KNOW, HE, HE TOLD ME. THANK GOD HE DID.

RICH LERNER
OKAY, SO YOU WOULD RECOMMEND THIS TO A 15 HANDICAPPER WHO'S HAVING SOME TROUBLE?

CHRIS DIMARCO
IF SOMEBODY DOESN'T FEEL LIKE THEIR RIGHT HAND IS, IS DOING WHAT IT SHOULD, STROKE WISE, THEN I WOULD, I WOULD CERTAINLY RECOMMEND IT. I MEAN THERE'S A LOT OF GUYS THAT, THAT I, I WON'T NAME ANY NAMES AND I WOULD SAY, YOU KNOW, LIKE ON THE SENIOR TOUR, THAT SHOULD TRY IT.

I WOULD THINK TRY IT, IF NOT, ANYTHING BUT IT'S A GREAT PRACTICE TOOL BECAUSE IT TAKES YOUR RIGHT HAND OUT.

RICH LERNER
DO YOU HAVE ANY GUYS ON THE REGULAR TOUR WHO

HAVE INQUIRED ABOUT IT?

CHRIS DIMARCO
THERE'S SO MANY, THERE'S SO MANY GUYS OUT THERE THAT COME UP TO ME AND THEY, AND THEY ALWAYS, YOU KNOW, JOKE AROUND WITH ME AND THEY'LL PUTT IT, AND I KNOW DAVID TOMS, HE HAS DONE IT. HE'S A GOOD,

GREAT PUTTER TOO, BUT HE, HE TRIES IT AND HE ALWAYS MAKES PUTTS WHEN HE DOES IT AND IT'S, IT'S FUNNY THAT, YOU, YOU JUST HAVE TO GET THE FEELING.

GET OVER THE PART OF WHAT PEOPLE ARE THINKING ABOUT YOU AND ONCE YOU DO THAT, IT, IT'S REALLY SUCH A GREAT STROKE. IT, IT'S KIND OF LIKE THE PUTTER. THAT SEE-MORE (?) PUTTER THAT PEOPLE USE.

RICH LERNER
MHMM

CHRIS DIMARCO
20: 39:04
IT ALMOST SETS UP PERFECT BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT THEY WANT YOU TO STROKE. THEY JUST WANT YOU TO TAKE THE PUTTER KIND OF STRAIGHT BACK AND STRAIGHT THROUGH. THERE'S NO, NONE, NONE OF THAT IN THERE AND THAT'S WHAT IT REALLY HELPS. IT HELPS JUST REALLY ROCK YOUR SHOULDERS.

RICH LERNER
IT'S PUT A LOT OF MONEY IN THE BANK FOR CHRIS DIMARCO, AND AS WE GO TO BREAK WE WANT TO SHOW YOU SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF CHRIS' CAREER. WE'RE COMING BACK IN JUST A MOMENT. STAY WITH US.

(WRITTEN TEXT)
-WON THE CANADIAN TOUR ORDER OF MERIT IN 1992
-FINISHED TOP 10 ON BUY.COM TOUR MONEY LIST 2 OF 3 YEARS HE PLAYED FULL-TIME (1993-9TH , 1997-3RD)
-SHARES RECORD FOR 2ND BEST 72-HOLE SCORE FOR A MASTERS ROOKIE (280)

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