Golf Talk Live - Chi Chi Rodriguez Transcript Segment 3

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PETER KESSLER

WELCOME BACK TO GOLF TALK LIVE. WE'RE ON OUR ACADEMY LIVE SET BECAUSE ONE OF THE GREATEST SHORT GAME PLAYERS IN THE HISTORY OF THE GAME HAPPENS TO BE WITH US TONIGHT AND BY THE WAY I WAS REMISS IN NOT WISHING YOU A HAPPY HEALTHY BIRTHDAY SIR.

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

THANK YOU PETER.

PETER KESSLER

TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT BECAUSE US RECREATIONAL PLAYERS CLEARLY ARE THINKING THE WRONG THINGS OVER PARTIAL SHOTS INSIDE OF 100 YARDS WITH YOUR PITCHING WEDGE.

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

WELL FIRST OF ALL PETER, 70 % OF ALL SHOTS HIT IN GOLF ARE HIT FROM 100 YARDS IN. THOSE ARE THE SHOTS THAT PEOPLE DON'T PRACTICE... SO I PRACTICE UH WHEN I WAS A YOUNG MAN I USED TO PRACTICE FROM 100 YARDS IN, THREE, FOUR HOURS EVERY DAY UNTIL MY HANDS BLED, SO WHAT YOU NEED TO DO IN WEDGE SHOTS, LIKE THIS IS A WEDGE SHOT. IF I'M GOING TO HIT THIS BALL SAY 50 YARDS I PUT ALL MY WEIGHT ON MY LEFT SIDE. SEE BECAUSE IF YOU HAVE YOUR, YOUR WEIGHT ON YOUR LEFT SIDE YOU WANT TO HIT DOWN WITH THIS CLUB. IF YOU GOT IT ON YOUR RIGHT SIDE, THE CHANCES ARE YOU'RE GOING TO HIT UP AND THEN YOU'RE GOING TO KIND OF HALF TAP OR TOP THE BALL SO YOU... TO HIT DOWN IT'S EASIER TO PICK THE CLUB UP AND TO HIT DOWN... ON THE BALL LIKE THAT. THE LOFT OF THE CLUB BRINGS THE BALL UP. YOU SHOULD ALWAYS EXPECT TO GET THE BALL UP AND DOWN OR IN TWO STROKES, TWO SHOTS FROM A HUNDRED YARDS IN. IF YOU CAN DO THAT, SAY 50 % OF THE TIMES, YOU'RE GOING TO BREAK PAR MOST OF THE TIME.

PETER KESSLER

MOST OF THE RECREATIONAL GOLFERS THAT YOU PLAY WITH DON'T GET IT UP AND DOWN INSIDE OF A HUNDRED YARDS IN, IN, IN TWO SHOTS. WHAT ARE WE DOING IN TERMS OF MAKING MISTAKES IN EITHER OUR THINKING OR IN OUR FEELER MECHANICS WITH REGARD TO THOSE SHOTS.

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

THE, THE NORMAL AMATEUR UH THEY DO, THEY DON'T PRACTICE THOSE SHOTS BECAUSE THEY, THE PROS DON'T EITHER BECAUSE IT'S VERY BORING. THE PROS ALL WANT TO SEE UH HAVE, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU'RE YOUNG, YOU W... YOU HAVE ALL THE YOUNG LADIES SITTING ON THE BLEACHERS AND YOU WANT THEM TO SEE ALL THIS. YOU KNOW THEY WANT TO, THAT FINISH AND ALL THAT, WELL YOU HIT A 300 YARD DRIVE AND YOU HIT A 25 YARD SHOT THEY COUNT THE SAME. YOU MUST PRACTICE BOTH SO I BELIEVE WHAT AMATEURS SHOULD DO IS INSTEAD OF GOING AND RUSHING AND HITTING A BUCKET OF BALLS, THEY ALL GO OVER THERE, I HAD AN AMATEUR ONE TIME THAT, I WAS GIVING HIM A LESSON, HE HAD THREE BALLS UP IN THE AIR AT ONE TIME AND HE SAYS WHAT AM I DOING WRONG? I MEAN HE'S RUSHING. THEY RUSH. YOU'VE GOT TO TAKE YOUR TIME AND GO AND PRACTICE FROM 100 YARDS IN UH PRACTICE YOUR, IF YOU WANT TO SPIN THE BALL A LOT, GRIP THE CLUB A LITTLE HARDER, SWING IT A LITTLE SHORTER AND A LITTLE QUICKER. IF YOU WANT TO LOB IT AND HIT IT, HIT IT UH HIGH AND SOFT THEN YOU SOFTEN YOUR GRIP, YOU TAKE A LONGER SWING AND YOU TAKE A SLOWER STROKE AND THE BALL GETS UP IN THE AIR.

PETER KESSLER

LET'S GO AHEAD AND SEE WHAT KEITH IN NORTH CAROLINA WANTS TO ASK YOU ABOUT. HELLO KEITH.

KEITH - CALLER FROM NORTH CAROLINA

HI HOW YOU DOING?

PETER KESSLER

VERY WELL SIR.

KEITH - CALLER FROM NORTH CAROLINA

HI PETER. HI CHI CHI!

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

HELLO KEITH.

KEITH - CALLER FROM NORTH CAROLINA

HOW YOU DOING?

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

TERRIFIC. THANK YOU.

KEITH - CALLER FROM NORTH CAROLINA

GOOD UH DO YOU THINK THE EQUIPMENT HAS REALLY OVER POWERED THE GOLF COURSES THAT ARE OUT NOW AND WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO CHANGE UH YOUR GAME AND YEAH LIKE YOU SAID, I, I HAVE TROUBLE WITH THAT 80 YARD SHOT. I CAN'T HIT AN 80 YARD WEDGE.

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

WELL

KEITH - CALLER FROM NORTH CAROLINA

100 YARD WEDGE I'M FINE.

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

WELL KEITH, WHAT YOU, WHAT YOU, WHAT YOU SHOULD DO IS FIRST OF ALL THE EQUIPMENT HAS GOTTEN BETTER AND BETTER, THE GOLF BALLS ARE S..., ARE, ARE SO MUCH BETTER. THEY GO SO MUCH FURTHER. THEY HAVE, THEY HAVE REALLY MADE A LOT OF GOLF COURSES OBSOLETE BUT WHAT YOU SHOULD DO IS YOU SHOULD SEE YOUR PGA PRO FIRST OF ALL INSTEAD OF WORKING IT BY YOUR SELF. IF YOU'RE HAVING A LOT OF TROUBLE WITH THAT, GO AND TAKE SOME LESSONS. GET YOU A CLUB WITH A LOT OF LOFT THAT YOU CAN HIT, MAYBE A 60 DEGREE OR WHERE YOU CAN HIT DOWN ON THE BALL AND UH MAKE SURE THAT YOU KEEP ALL THAT WEIGHT ON THE LEFT FOOT AND TRY TO KEEP YOUR NOSE IN FRONT OF THE BALL, IN FRONT OF THE BALL TOWARDS THE TARGET. NOT BEHIND IT, OKAY? BECAUSE THE MORE BEHIND IT YOU, YOU HAVE IT THE MORE WEIGHT ON YOUR RIGHT FOOT YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE. THE MORE IN FRONT, THE MORE THE LEFT SHOULDER FALLS AND THE MORE UH WEIGHT YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE ON THAT LEFT FOOT AND THAT'S THE SECRET OF THAT SHOT. IT'S LIKE ANY, ANY TRAP SHOT YOU HAVE AROUND THE GREENS YOU SHOULD ALWAYS HAVE A HUNDRED PERCENT OF YOUR WEIGHT ON YOUR LEFT FOOT.

PETER KESSLER

HUDSON WHAT SECRET DO YOU WANT UH CHI CHI TO LAY OUT FOR YOU TONIGHT?

HUDSON - CALLER FROM NEW JERSEY

HELLO?

PETER KESSLER

HELLO HUDSON.

HUDSON - CALLER FROM NEW JERSEY

YES, CHI CHI. I JUST WANT TO KN... UH TELL YOU THAT UH IT'S A GREAT PLEASURE TO BE TALKING TO YOU RIGHT NOW AND I UM I'M, I'M FROM BRAZIL. I'M INTO SOCCER A LOT AND I JUST GOT INTO THE, UH GOLF INTO LIKE UH FIVE MONTHS AGO AND UH MY MOTHER IN LAW CAME THE OTHER DAY TO VISIT ME AND UH I TOLD HER I WAS INTO GOLF AND SHE GOES OH YOU KNOW YOUR UH YOUR SECOND COUSIN IS A GOLFER ON TOUR. WHOSE MY SECOND COUSIN? SHE GOES OH CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ AND FROM THAT ON, FROM THAT POINT ON I'M JUST LIKE WATCHING YOU AND FOLLOWING, TRYING TO FOLLOW AS MUCH AS I CAN AND LEARN AS MUCH AS I CAN FROM YOU AND UH MY WIFE'S STUDYING IN THE HOUSE THE OTHER DAY AND I WAS LIKE PLAYING WITH THE PUTTER AND SHE GOES WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING AND I SAID OH CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ. THAT'S NOW YOUR SECOND COUSIN. THAT'S LIKE WHOA AND I JUST WANT UH TO LET YOU KNOW HOW GREAT IT IS AND UH TRY TO LEARN AS MUCH AS I CAN FROM YOU AND UM HOPE TO MEET YOU ONE DAY.

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

WELL HOW OLD ARE YOU HUDSON?

HUDSON - CALLER FROM NEW JERSEY

I'M 29.

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

WELL UH MAYBE YOU'RE MY COUSIN, YOU KNOW, I, I, I DON'T KNOW. MAYBE WE'RE SECOND COUSINS. I LOVE BRAZIL BY THE WAY.

HUDSON - CALLER FROM NEW JERSEY

THANKS

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

ESPECIALLY THE PEOPLE IN SAN PABLO ARE BEAUTIFUL. OBLIGADO. OBLIGADO.

HUDSON - CALLER FROM NEW JERSEY

YEAH RIGHT. DE NADA

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

DE NADA... AND NOW UH THAT PELE. WHAT A GREAT AC...

HUDSON - CALLER FROM NEW JERSEY

PELE RIGHT?

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

WHAT A GREAT ATHLETE I MEAN WHAT PELE DID WAS MORE THAN HITTING A THOUSAND HOME RUNS IN THE MAJOR LEAGUES, YOU KNOW, VERY FEW PEOPLE KNOW THAT BUT IF YOU WANT TO BECOME A GOOD, A GOOD PLAYER WHAT YOU DO IS YOU FOLLOW THE EXAMPLE OF GOOD PLAYERS, YOU KNOW UH MY FATHER USED TO SAY IF YOU STICK WITH WINNERS YOU BECOME A WINNER. IF YOU STICK WITH PIGS YOU START TO SMELL BAD. SO YOU GO AHEAD AND YOU WATCH THE ARNOLD PALMER'S AND THE JACK NICKLAUS', THE TIGER WOOD'S, THE DAVIS LOVE. WATCH THEIR SWING AND TRY TO, TO IMITATE THEM. SEE THAT'S WHAT I USED TO DO. I USED TO WATCH SAM SNEAD A LOT BECAUSE I, I KIND OF IDOLIZED SAM SNEAD AND OF COURSE ARNOLD AND, AND JACK BUT THEY'RE, THEY'RE MORE LIKE MY AGE. SAM WAS A, THE STATESMAN AND I USED TO WATCH THAT SWING MAN, AND I, MY, UH SAM SNEAD REMINDED ME OF MICHELANGELO. I NEVER SAW A, A SWING THAT BEAUTIFUL IN MY LIFE. HE LOOKED LIKE FRED ASTAIRE DANCING. IF YOU WANT TO LEARN HOW TO DANCE YOU WATCH FRED ASTAIRE. IF YOU WANT TO LEARN HOW TO PLAY GOLF YOU WATCH SAM SNEAD.

PETER KESSLER

NOW NORMALLY CHI CHI IN THIS BUILDING IF YOU WANT TO DO SOMETHING WITH A SWORD THAT'S ALWAYS LEFT TO MY BOSS, MICHAEL J. WHELAN, THE ACKNOWLEDGED SWORD EXPERT BUT HE'S GIVEN ME PERMISSION TONIGHT AS WE GO TO BREAK TO SEE IF I CAN TAKE YOU ON FOR JUST A SECOND HERE.

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

WELL LET ME TELL YOU THERE'S, THERE'S SOME ART ABOUT DOING THE SWORD. A LOT OF PEOPLE

PETER KESSLER

I'VE BEEN WORKING ON IT

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

SEE YOU, YOU GOT TO PUT YOUR THUMB HERE WHEN YOU PUT IT DOWN AND TRY HOLD IT BECAUSE SEE IF YOU HAVE IT LOOSE, A LOT OF PEOPLE BREAK THEIR THUMBS SO YOU'VE GOT TO, YOU GOT TO HAVE THAT THUMB THERE AND YOU GRAB IT BEFORE IT HITS

PETER KESSLER

GOT THE THUMB, ZORRO.

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

AND YOU GOT TO PUT IT FORWARD. SINCE TREVINO PUTS IT HERE, WHERE THE BULL IS GOING TO GET HIM, BECAUSE HE'S GOT THE SWORD, THE SWORD GOES THERE. OKAY SO NOW LET'S DO THE SWORD.

PETER KESSLER

OKAY NOW AS WE GO TO BREAK, I'LL TAKE CHI CHI OUT AND WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ

OH....

PETER KESSLER

AFTER THIS. DON'T GO AWAY.
 
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