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Golf Talk Live - Dottie Pepper Transcript Segment 4

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PETER KESSLER
FROM THE COMFORT OF OUR STUDIO, LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT YOUR GOLF SWING. AND WE'LL START WITH YOU IN YOUR PRE-SHOT ROUTINE.

AS WE TAKE A LOOK AT IT, JUST TELL US WHAT'S GOING ON INSIDE. WHAT ARE YOU THINKING ABOUT? WHAT DECISIONS ARE BEING MADE? WHAT DISTRACTIONS ARE YOU TRYING TO SET ASIDE, NOW THAT I KNOW THAT YOU HAVE THEM TOO?

LET'S GO AHEAD AND TAKE A LOOK.

DOTTIE PEPPER
WELL, FROM BEHIND THE BALL, I'M ... I'M PICKING OUT A TARGET AND ... AND GENERALLY PRETTY HIGH. I'LL PICK OUT THE TOP OF A TALL TREE THAT STICKS OUT OR IF IT'S A WHITE BIRCH THAT KIND OF TENDS TO DRAW YOU IN,

AND I'M VERY VISUAL, AND ALSO PICK OUT AN INTERMEDIATE TARGET IN FRONT OF THE GOLF BALL.

PETER KESSLER
NOW JUST AS YOU GET SET, WE'LL FREEZE THIS. AT YOUR SETUP ...

DOTTIE PEPPER
UH-HUH.

PETER KESSLER
TELL US WHAT THE SETUP - WHAT THE MOST IMPORTANT KEYS ARE FOR YOU TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU'RE READY TO PULL THE TRIGGER?

DOTTIE PEPPER
WELL FOR ME, I TRY TO CHECK MY ALIGNMENT FROM THE BOTTOM UP. UM, I WAS SCHOOLED ... I GUESS A LOT LIKE HOGAN, IS THAT THE GOLF SWING IS FROM THE BOTTOM UP. AND I TRY TO TAKE A QUICK LOOK AT MY FEET ...

AND WORK MY WAY UP. IT'S ALSO IMPORTANT FOR ME, AS THIS PICTURE SHOWS, THAT I HAVE A TOUCH MORE WEIGHT ON MY LEFT SIDE THAN MY RIGHT. I'M NOT THE LEANING TOWER OF PISA, BUT I'M DEFINITELY SET A LITTLE MORE TO MY LEFT.

AND YOU'LL NOTICE THAT THERE'S ... THERE'S A PRETTY SOLID LINE UM, FROM MY LEFT SHOULDER DOWN TO THE CLUBHEAD AND THE GOLF BALL AREA.

PETER KESSLER
NOW IS THAT SOMETHING THAT YOU'LL CHECK OUT EACH TIME YOU GET OVER A TEE SHOT OR IS THAT AN OCCASIONAL 'LET'S MAKE SURE WE'VE GOT IT RIGHT'?

DOTTIE PEPPER
UH, FOOTWORK IS PRETTY IMPORTANT AND I CHECK IT ...

PETER KESSLER
EVERY SHOT.

DOTTIE PEPPER
YEAH.

PETER KESSLER
ALRIGHT, LET'S GO AHEAD AND PULL THE TRIGGER. AND TELL US ABOUT THIS GOLF SWING AND WHAT YOU LIKE ABOUT YOUR OWN GOLF SWING.

DOTTIE PEPPER
WELL, I LIKE MY GOLF SWING IN ... IN THAT IT'S GOTTEN MORE ATHLETIC OVER THE YEARS AND IT'S GOTTEN LESS VERTICAL. IT'S GOTTEN LESS HINGEY. IT'S MORE ... IT'S MORE FLOWING. AND ...

YOU KNOW, IT'S ... IT'S BEEN ... IT'S KIND OF BEEN A REAL GOOD BATTLE (CHUCKLE) ... BECAUSE I'VE GOTTEN A LOT OF RESULTS OUT OF IT. AND MY BODY HAS RESPONDED BECAUSE I'VE BATTLED A LOT OF BACK INJURIES EARLY ON, SHOULDERS AND ALL THAT.

AND IT WAS BECAUSE MY GOLF SWING WAS SO STEEP. AND THIS HAS REALLY BEEN FUN. I'VE .. I'VE GOT A TEACHER THAT'S JUST TERRIFIC. AND TED IS ... AS MUCH OF A FUNDAMENTALIST AS GEORGE PULVER WAS.

HE'S JUST ... JUST HERE NOW AND GEORGE ISN'T.

PETER KESSLER
IS THERE ANYTHING THAT SHIFTS INSIDE YOUR HEAD WHEN YOU'RE GETTING READY TO PLAY AN APPROACH WITH AN IRON? DO THE KEYS CHANGE? IS THE - DID THE BALANCE, THE WEIGHT, FOR EXAMPLE, MOVE A LITTLE BIT? OR IS IT THE SAME SETUP?

DOTTIE PEPPER
I'VE TRIED TO ALWAYS MAKE THE SAME GOLF SWING. AND I BELIEVE IT ALWAYS GOES ... I BELIEVE IT GOES ALL THE WAY DOWN INTO YOUR PUTTING STROKE BECAUSE MY PUTTING STROKE IS ... IS A MICROCOSM OF MY GOLF SWING.

IF YOU LOOK AT IT, IT'S ... IT'S FULL. IT'S LONG. AND IT'S FLOWING AND IT'S MUCH LIKE MY IRON PLAY. MY IRON PLAY, I BELIEVE, IS MY STRENGTH.

UM, BUT I ALSO THINK THAT SINCE I'VE BEEN WORKING OUT SO MUCH, DRIVING IN THE ROUGH, AS I HAVE ON THIS HOLE OBVIOUSLY, IS NOT A BIG DEAL. UM, MY FOREARMS HAVE GOTTEN MUCH STRONGER.

AND I ... I THINK MY CONTROL OF THE GOLF CLUB IS MUCH BETTER THAN IT WAS EVEN 18 MONTHS AGO.

PETER KESSLER
IS IT IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO TRY TO SHAPE YOUR IRON SHOTS OR DO YOU TRY TO HIT THE BALL STRAIGHT IF YOU CAN?

DOTTIE PEPPER
YOU KNOW, MY ... WHEN I'M SWINGING AT IT WELL, MY ... MY TYPICAL SHOT IS ABOUT A 2 OR 3 YARD DRAW. SO I PICK OUT TARGETS FROM THERE.

AND YOU KNOW, IF YOU KNOW - IF YOU HAVE COMMAND OVER WHAT'S GOING ON WITH THE GOLF BALL, IT'S PRETTY EASY TO PICK OUT TARGETS. SO, YOU KNOW, I GENERALLY KNOW WHAT'S ...

YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU GOT IT GOING GOOD, YOU KNOW WHAT'S GONNA HAPPEN. LIKE I SAID, IT MAKES IT A LOT EASIER.

PETER KESSLER
WHAT ABOUT ON A SHOT LIKE THIS WHERE EACH ONE IS DIFFERENT FROM AROUND THE EDGE OF THE GREEN?

DOTTIE PEPPER
THIS IS WHERE I SPEND THE MOST OF MY TIME. AND I REALLY ENJOY CHIPPING AND PITCHING THE BALL THE WAY I ... I DIDN'T USED TO. I DIDN'T - WAS NOT A VERY GOOD PITCHER OF THE GOLF BALL. UM ...

I WILL SAY THAT THE FACILITY AT LOXAHATCHEE HAS HELPED ME SO MUCH BECAUSE I'VE BEEN ABLE TO HAVE AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE I CAN JUST GO CHIP AND PUTT AND HAVE EVERY SHOT IN THE BOOK WITHIN, YOU KNOW, A STONE'S THROW.

IT'S BEEN TERRIFIC.

PETER KESSLER
WHAT'S THE THING THAT YOU'VE ... THAT YOU'VE LEARNED THAT'S MADE THE BIGGEST CHANGE IN YOUR CHIPPING AND PITCHING?

DOTTIE PEPPER
UM, WATCHING TED, TO BE HONEST WITH YOU. I THINK HE'S THE BEST CHIPPER I'VE EVER SEEN. AND HIS MOTION IS SO CONSISTENT. THE CLUB ...

IT'S TAKE THE ... TAKE THE SHAPE AND MOVE IT. AND WE HIT EVERY SHOT, THINGS THAT YOU WOULD NEVER SEE ... YOU WOULD NEVER THINK YOU'D SEE ON THE GOLF COURSE, LIKE THE SHOT THAT WENT IN THERE AT NABISCO, WE PRACTICE ALL THE TIME.

AND I THINK WE PUT OURSELVES IN POSITIONS WHERE YOU'RE NEVER SURPRISED AT SOMETHING ON A GOLF COURSE.

PETER KESSLER
WHAT GOES ON IN YOUR MIND'S EYE WHEN YOU'RE READY TO PULL THE TRIGGER ON A PUTT? WHAT ARE YOU - WHAT DO YOU SEE OR WHAT ARE YOU THINKING ABOUT?

DOTTIE PEPPER
WHEN I'M PUTTING MY BEST, I CAN ACTUALLY FEEL THE BALL GOING IN THE HOLE BEFORE IT EVER HAPPENS. THERE'S SUCH A LIVE SENSATION IN MY HANDS THAT ...

YOU JUST KNOW IT'S GOING IN. AND YOU KNOW IT BEFORE YOU EVEN PULL THE TRIGGER.

PETER KESSLER
ARE YOU SEEING THE BALL WHEN YOU LOOK DOWN OR ARE YOU SEEING THE TARGET IN YOUR MIND'S EYE,

OR LOOK THE OTHER WAY, AWARE OF EITHER?

DOTTIE PEPPER
UM ... I'M SEEING THE BALL. AND WHEN I'M PUTTING MY BEST I CAN REALLY PICK OUT ... I STARE AT A DIMPLE AND JUST WEAR IT OUT SO THAT MY ... MY FOCUS IS COMPLETELY ON THE GOLF BALL.

I'VE PICKED MY LINE. I'VE PICKED MY SPEED WHERE I KNOW I'M GOING TO, YOU KNOW, WORK THAT LINE OFF THAT SPEED. BUT I'M REALLY FOCUSED ON STAYING IN THE MOMENT AND ON THAT GOLF BALL.

PETER KESSLER

AND KEEPING YOUR EYES FROM FOLLOWING THE PUTTER HEAD BACK AND THROUGH ... LIKE THE REST OF US ... ?

DOTTIE PEPPER
WHICH IS ANOTHER ONE OF THOSE THINGS YOU PROBABLY NEVER GET OVER. (CHUCKLE)

PETER KESSLER
WELL, YOU CAN WATCH THE BALL AND - WELL, I FOUND OUT YOU CAN WATCH - DO BOTH AT THE SAME TIME SUCCESSFULLY.

DOTTIE PEPPER
OH SURE, OH YEAH.

PETER KESSLER
NOW HOW ABOUT THIS PUTT THAT WENT IN WHICH WAS PRETTY HUGE?

DOTTIE PEPPER
THIS PUTT I'VE NEVER SEEN. BUT I KNOW WHERE IT IS. I'VE NEVER - I'VE SEEN ...

PETER KESSLER
MAY NOT GO IN THIS TIME.

DOTTIE PEPPER
NO, IT'S GONNA GO IN, PETER.

PETER KESSLER
ALRIGHT.

DOTTIE PEPPER
UM ... THIS WAS ONE OF THOSE ...

PETER KESSLER
WANT TO SET IT UP FOR US REAL QUICK?

DOTTIE PEPPER
IT WAS DOWNHILL RIGHT-TO-LEFT AND I HAD A SPOT ABOUT 8 FEET FROM THE HOLE THAT I KNEW I HAD TO HIT IT TO, AND ROLLED IT RIGHT OVER AND WENT IN.

PETER KESSLER
AND THAT WAS THE TOURNAMENT WINNING PUTT FOR THE 20TH POINT LAST YEAR.

DOTTIE PEPPER
YEAH, THAT'S RIGHT AS IT TURNS OUT.

PETER KESSLER
WE'LL BE BACK IN JUST ONE MOMENT. DON'T GO AWAY.

DOTTIE PEPPER
THANKS. (CHUCKLE)

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