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Golf Talk Live - Carin Koch Transcript Segment 5

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PETER KESSLER
LET'S TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR PUTTING KEYS. OF COURSE YOU MADE EVERY PUTT DURING THE BREAK WHEN YOU'D NEVER SEEN THIS GREEN BEFORE. WHAT DO YOU DO IN TERMS OF ARRANGING YOURSELF OVER THE GOLF BALL TO MAKE SURE YOU'VE GOT IT RIGHT. PUTTING THOUGHTS, GRIP PRESSURE

CARIN KOCH
UM... I, AGAIN, MAKE SURE THAT THE BALL IS IN THE RIGHT SPOT, WHICH AGAIN, IS A LITTLE BIT IN FRONT OF CENTER TO ME.

WHICH CAN BE VERY PERSONAL. EVERYTHING IN PUTTING CAN BE VERY PERSONAL AND IT HAS TO FEEL RIGHT. PUTTING IS A LOT OF FEEL I THINK, AND THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO ME IS, TEMPO AND THE LENGTH OF SWING. I WORK ON HAVING THE BACK SWING AND THE FOLLOW THROUGH BE SORT OF THE SAME LENGTH. I USED TO HAVE A VERY SHORT BACK SWING AND KIND OF A LONG FOLLOW THROUGH, AND I'VE WORKED ON THAT. MY PUTTING STROKE HAS GOTTEN A LOT MORE CONSISTENT IN THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS.

I LIKE THIS PUTT.

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHS) OKAY.. AND THE PUTTER AND THE BALLS AND EVERYTHING.

CARIN KOCH
YUP (LAUGHS) UM, AND YOU KNOW, I'M ALWAYS WORKING ON MY PATH. HERE ALSO, AS IN THE LONG SWING I TEND TO GO A LITTLE INSIDE TO INSIDE TOO MUCH, SO I HAVE TO WORK ON TAKING IT STRAIGHT BACK AND STRAIGHT THROUGH AND I DO THAT WITH, YOU KNOW, PUTTING UP A LINE OR A CLUB JUST TO SEE THAT I'M TAKING IT BACK STRAIGHT AND FORWARD.

PETER KESSLER
HOW IMPORTANT IS THE WAY THAT YOU POSITION YOUR HANDS ON THE CLUB? I NOTICE YOU GOT BOTH CLUBS RIGHT DOWN THE TOP OF THE SHAFT.

CARIN KOCH

PETER KESSLER
20:IS THAT SOMETHING THAT YOU NEED TO CHECK FROM TIME TO TIME
TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU'RE BEING CONSISTENT?

CARIN KOCH
THAT'S ACTUALLY SOMETHING, ME AND MY COACH, CHUCK COOK, UH CHANGED LAST YEAR. I USED TO, I DON'T KNOW IF I EVEN REMEMBER WHAT I USED TO DO, BUT I THINK I USED TO HAVE THE, THE RIGHT HAND KIND OF UNDERNEATH AND HE UH HE JUST TOLD ME TO TRY AND HAVE BOTH THUMBS ON THE TOP OF THE CLUB AND I REALLY LIKED IT RIGHT AWAY AND IT, IT HELPED ME NOT BRING THE CLUB IN SO MUCH IN THE FOLLOW THROUGH, SO, THAT'S SOMETHING THAT DEFINITELY HAS HELPED ME.

PETER KESSLER
WHAT ABOUT THE PRESSURE WITH WHICH YOU HOLD IT SAY ON THE ONE TO TEN SCALE?

CARIN KOCH
UM... WELL THE MAIN THING I THINK IS TO KEEP THE SAME PRESSURE THROUGHOUT THE PUTT. EVEN IF YOU HOLD IT HARD OR YOU DON'T HOLD IT VERY HARD, YOU CAN'T CHANGE THAT GRIP PRESSURE THROUGHOUT YOUR PUTTING STROKE, BECAUSE IF YOU DO YOU'RE GOING TO TEND TO HIT IT, YOU KNOW, IT, SAY YOU HOLD IT PRETTY LOOSE AND THEN YOU GRIP IT RIGHT AT THE BALL. YOU'RE GOING TO, IT'S JUST NOT GOING TO BE SMOOTH. TO, TO KEEP IT SMOOTH, YOU WANT TO KEEP WHATEVER PRESSURE YOU HAVE THROUGH THE HOLE, THE WHOLE SWING.

PETER KESSLER
WHAT DO YOU SEE IF ANYTHING IN YOUR MIND'S EYE DURING THE STROKE ITSELF? ARE YOU ACTUALLY JUST LOOKING AT THE BALL AND SEEING THE BALL OR DO YOU SEE THE TARGET IN YOUR MIND'S EYE AND TRUST YOUR SELF TO ROLL THE BALL TO THE TARGET?

CARIN KOCH
I, A LOT OF THE TIME, I KIND OF LOOK AT THE CLUBHEAD GOING BACK, WHICH IS NOT REALLY GOOD.

PETER KESSLER
CHUCK WOULDN'T LIKE THAT.

CARIN KOCH
NO. SO I TRY TO NOT DO THAT, BUT I'M KIND OF JUST CHECKING ON IT, MY PATH, I THINK, DURING THE PUTT, AND, BUT I TRY JUST TO LOOK AT THE BALL AND JUST PIC.. PICTURE THE PUTT WHERE I'M HITTING IT, AND I'M REALLY JUST TRYING ON EVERY PUTT I'M HITTING, I'M JUST TRYING TO LOOK WHERE I'M AIMING AND TO START IT ON THAT LINE.

PETER KESSLER
SO LOOK, TRUST AND GO WITH NOT LOTS OF COMPLICATIONS.

CARIN KOCH
THAT'S WHAT I TRY

PETER KESSLER
OKAY, BEFORE I ASK YOU ANOTHER QUESTION AND GET YOU IN TROUBLE FOR YOUR NEXT TOURNAMENT, WE'LL TAKE A BREAK, WE'LL GET OFF THE PUTTING GREEN, WE'LL GO CHAT AGAIN, AND AS WE LEAVE HERE'S A SHOT OF THAT GREAT PUTT AGAIN THAT YOU CAN'T SEE

ENOUGH TIMES, THE CLENCHING WINNING PUTT OF THE 2000 SOLHEIM CUP.
 
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