Golf Talk Live - David Duval Transcript Segment 3

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PETER KESSLER
LET ME ASK YOU ABOUT ANOTHER LIFE CHANGING KIND OF A MOMENT IN YOURS. WHEN YOU NEEDED AN ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT WHEN YOU WERE ON THE NIKE TOUR AND YOUR GREAT FRIEND, THE COACH, CALLED YOU FROM GEORGIA TECH AND TOOK YOU TO RICK MASINGALE'S??? REALLY CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP RETREAT

DAVID DUVAL
RIGHT

PETER KESSLER
TELL ME WHAT WENT ON THERE AND TELL ME HOW THAT CHANGED YOUR LIFE.

DAVID DUVAL
WELL, I COULDN'T TELL YOU EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED THERE. AS MUCH AS ANYTHING, I THINK WHAT PUDGY DID

PETER KESSLER
PUDGY, OF COURSE, IS YOUR GREAT FRIEND PUDGY BLACKMAN, THE COACH

DAVID DUVAL
YES, PUDGY BLACKMAN, WAS TO KINDA REINSTALL IN ME A CONFIDENCE AND A BELIEF IN MYSELF. I HAD LOST A LOT OF IT THROUGH FAILING TO QUALIFY FOR THE TOUR IN '93 AND HAVING PERFORMED RATHER POORLY THROUGH THE 1ST HALF OF '94 ON THE NIKE TOUR. YOU KNOW, WHEN I WAS IN SCHOOL, I STARTED AT GEORGIA TECH IN 1989 AND FOR SOME REASON I DID WHAT COACH SAID. I JUST WENT WITH IT. I BELIEVED IN HIM AND I REALLY FELT THAT HE WAS TRYING TO STEER ME IN WHAT HE THOUGHT WAS THE BEST DIRECTION SO, I WENT WITH IT AND, I'M HARD PRESSED TO NAME ONE TIME HE'S BEEN WRONG .AND HE AND HIS WIFE AND FAMILY ARE VERY RELIGIOUS. THEY ARE PRACTICING CHRISTIANS. I'M NOT AS MUCH AS I'D LIKE TO BE. I'M HEADED IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION I GUESS YOU SHOULD SAY. WHAT HE DID IS KINDA SAY LOOK, YOU NEED TO COME WITH ME AND TAKE A BREAK. AND I DID THAT. I HAD PLANNED ON PLAYING THE NEXT WEEK AND, AT THE TIME I THINK I WAS SOMEWHERE IN THE MID 20s ON THE MONEY LIST AND TOP 10 THAT YEAR QUALIFIED SO, I HAD PLANNED ON PLAYING LIKE 8 OUT OF THE LAST 9 AND HE SAID YOU NEED TO STAY WITH ME THIS NEXT WEEK TOO. IT WAS LIKE WAIT A SECOND COACH. YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT

PETER KESSLER
MY FUTURE

DAVID DUVAL
8 OUT OF 9. YOU'RE TALKING 7 OUT OF 8. YOU'RE ELIMINATING WHAT, ROUGHLY 13 OR 14% OF MY CHANCES BY ELIMINATING AN EVENT BUT, I WENT WITH IT AND SOMEHOW IT CAME TOGETHER. I PLAYED WELL, CLIMBED UP TO 8TH ON THE MONEY LIST AND OFF I WENT

PETER KESSLER
AND THE REST, AS THEY SAY. LET'S GO AHEAD AND TALK TO 14 YEAR OLD, JUNIOR PLAYER ANDY IN MICHIGAN. HELLO, ANDY.

CALLER (MALE):
HI, MR. KESSLER. HI, MR. DUVAL.

PETER KESSLER
HOW YOU DOING?

DAVID DUVAL
HI, ANDY

CALLER (MALE):
PRETTY GOOD. HOW ABOUT YOURSELF?

PETER KESSLER
GOOD THANKS. THANKS FOR BEING WITH US

CALLER (MALE):
MY QUESTION FOR MR. DUVAL IS, I'M 14 AND I WAS WONDERING, WHEN HE WAS 14 WHAT HIS HANDICAP WAS.

DAVID DUVAL
OH, BOY. I DON'T KNOW EXACTLY. I REMEMBER, LET'S SEE. I WAS 14. I TURNED 16 WHEN I WAS A JUNIOR IN HIGH SCHOOL. SO, 14, I WAS IN 9TH. I WAS SHOOTING ON AVERAGE PROBABLY SOMEWHERE FROM 36 TO 38 IN 9 HOLES IN OUR HIGH SCHOOL MATCHES. I GUESS WOULD BE A PRETTY FAIR AVERAGE SO, IF THAT WOULD TRANSLATE OUT TO ABOUT A, FROM THE BLUE TEES PROBABLY CLOSE TO SCRATCH BUT NOT QUITE THERE I DON'T THINK. YOU KNOW MORE PROBABLY IN THE LINES OF 1,2,OR 3 HANDICAP

PETER KESSLER
THERE'S SO MANY YOUNG PEOPLE, REALLY BETWEEN THE AGES OF 10 AND 15, JUST LIKE OUT CALLER ANDY, WHO ARE TAKING UP THE GAME FOR A LOT OF DIFFERENT REASONS, TIGER'S INFLUENCE, THE EXPLOSION GENERALLY IN THE GAME. IT'S A HARD GAME TO PLAY WELL AND IT'S AN EASY GAME, AS A KID, TO GIVE UP. GIVE US A SENSE, REALLY FOR OUR VIEWERS, OF THE STICK-TO- IT-IVENESS THAT GOLF REQUIRES EARLY ON AND THAT EVERYBODY GOES THROUGH THAT PROCESS.

DAVID DUVAL
YOU'RE VERY RIGHT. I THINK THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU HAVE TO DO AS A YOUNG PLAYER IS TO ENJOY IT. THERE'S NO SENSE IN DOING IT IF YOU'RE NOT HAVING FUN. YOU WON'T STRIVE TO BE GOOD AT IT. YOU WON'T REALLY CARE WHAT HAPPENS. SO, I THINK YOU SHOULD BE ENJOYING IT FIRST OF ALL AND THERE'S DIFFERENT WAYS TO DO THAT. WE ALWAYS WOULD PLAY GAMES AMONG THE OTHER PLAYERS. WE'D HAVE CHIPPING GAMES OR PUTTING GAMES, OR PLAY ALL THE BUNKERS, OR LONG DRIVE CONTESTS. WHATEVER IT WAS, SOMETHING TO MAKE IT FUN AND YOU BETTER BELIEVE, WHEN WE WERE YOUNG, THE THING WE DID THE MOST IS TRY TO HIT IT FURTHER THAN ANYBODY ELSE. I THINK THAT'S A VERY IMPORTANT LESSON FOR YOUNG KIDS. GO OUT THERE, AND MAYBE SOME TEACHING PROS AND CLUB PROFESSIONALS ARE GOING TO GET MAD AT ME RIGHT NOW BUT, I THINK THE ONE THING YOU NEED TO DO IS HIT IT AS HARD AND AS FAR AS YOU CAN AS A YOUNG PLAYER BECAUSE, IT'S SOMETHING THAT YOU CAN'T LEARN WHEN YOU GET OLDER

PETER KESSLER
THAT'S HOW ARNIE LEARNED. THAT'S HOW JACK LEARNED, AND THAT'S HOW FALDO DIDN'T LEARN AND THAT'S HAUNTED HIM FOR YEARS THAT HE WAS NEVER ABLE TO ADD THE DISTANCE TO THE EARLY ACCURACY.

DAVID DUVAL
YOU CAN'T LEARN IT. YOU CAN NOT LEARN IT

PETER KESSLER
LET'S GO AHEAD AND SEE WHAT ANOTHER YOUNG PLAYER, WE'VE GOT MIKE WHO'S CALLING FROM CONNECTICUT. HELLO, MIKE

CALLER (MALE):
HI, MR. KESSLER. HI, MR. DUVAL

PETER KESSLER
DON'T YOU FEEL OLD, THAT MR. STUFF?

DAVID DUVAL
DAVID, PLEASE

PETER KESSLER
I'M GETTING SO OLD WITH THAT MR. GO AHEAD

CALLER (MALE):
MY QUESTION IS, WELL I'M A MID HANDICAP PLAYER AND I HAVE MY GOOD DAYS AND I HAVE MY BAD DAYS AND WHAT I WANT TO KNOW IS, WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT WHEN, YOU'RE NOT HAVING SUCH A GREAT DAY, YOU NEED TO PICK YOURSELF BACK UP?

DAVID DUVAL
WHAT DO I THINK ABOUT? I GUESS I THINK ABOUT THAT THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS TO ALWAYS DO YOUR BEST. WHEN I WALK OFF A GOLF COURSE HOPEFULLY I CAN LOOK AT MYSELF AND SAY I SHOT 78 BUT, HAD I NOT TRIED AS MUCH AS I DID AND GIVEN IT ALL I MIGHT HAVE SHOT 83 AND I'VE HAD PLENTY OF THOSE DAYS TOO SO, I WOULDN'T GIVE UP. I JUST WOULD ALWAYS DO THE BEST THAT YOU CAN AND HAVE FUN DOING IT AND APPRECIATE THE FACT THAT YOU'RE NOT GOING TO PLAY GOOD EVERY DAY. I THINK IF YOU LOOK AT ANYBODY JON TOUR YOU'RE GOING TO SEE THAT THAT DOESN'T HAPPEN ALL THE TIME AND AT THE SAME TIME, EVEN TOURNAMENT WINNERS, THEY JUST USUALLY DO NOT PLAY 4 GOOD DAYS. THEY USUALLY HAVE A BAD DAY IN THERE AND AS A PRO THEY SOMEHOW MANAGE TO GET IT AROUND AND THAT'S SOMETHING YOU LEARN SO, I JUST SAY ENJOY IT AND JUST DO YOUR BEST AND ALL THAT WILL COME.

PETER KESSLER
AS YOUNG AS THIS FELLOW IS, HE HAS DONE SOME BRILLIANT THINGS IN HIS CAREER. WE'RE GOING TO SHARE SOME OF THOSE WITH YOU AS WE LEAD YOU TO BREAK. WE'LL BE BACK IN JUST A COUPLE OF MOMENTS. DON'T GO AWAY.

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