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Golf Talk Live - Freddie Haas Transcript Segment 4

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PETER KESSLER
NOW YOU HAVE TOLD ME THAT YOU KNOW THE SECRET OF PUTTING AND THAT YOU UNDERSTAND PUTTING. TEACH US.

FREDDIE HAAS
WELL, I THINK I UNDERSTAND HOW TO ELIMINATE STRESS AND STRAIN FROM YOUR PUTTING AND MOST OF YOUR STRAIN COMES ON A SIX FOOT AND SHORTER PUTT. WITNESS WHAT HAPPENED IN THE NATIONAL OPEN.

WHAT HAPPENED OVER THERE IN THE BRITISH SENIOR. WHEN YOU GET A PUTT FROM HERE, YOU'VE GOT NO CINCH TO MAKE IT, I CAN ASSURE YOU AND IF YOU'RE PUTTING BY FEEL, YOU'LL FEEL

EVERY DAY IS GOING TO CHANGE, BUT IF YOU'VE GOT A SYSTEM, IF YOU'VE GOT A SYSTEM THAT SYSTEM WILL HOLD UP AND GARDNER DICKINSON AND I WORKED VERY HARD ON FINDING OUT WHY WE MISSED SOMETIMES TO THE LEFT AND SOMETIMES TO THE RIGHT AND IT'S VERY SIMPLE.

WE FOUND THAT WHEN WE HIT THE BALL ON THE TOE OF THE CLUB IT GOES TO THE RIGHT.

IF YOU HIT THE BALL ON THE HEEL IT GOES TO THE LEFT. HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU PULLED A PUTT AND YOU KNOW YOU'VE HIT THE DARNED THING IN THE HEEL? GRAVITY IS STILL

PETER KESSLER
ALMOST EVERY TIME

FREDDIE HAAS
(LAUGHS) I'D SAY EXACTLY. SO, SUPPOSE THAT IF WE KNOW THAT THE PUTT, IF YOU CAN READ IT, AND YOU KNOW IT'S GOING TO BREAK FROM RIGHT TO LEFT, ELIMINATE ONE THIRD OF YOUR POSSIBLE MISSES. HOW CAN YOU DO THAT?

IF YOU LINE IT UP ON THE TOE, ON A RIGHT TO LEFT YOU SURE SHOULD NOT HIT IT IN THE HEEL, RIGHT?

REVERSE. LEFT TO RIGHT. IF YOU LINE UP IN THE HEEL, YOU'RE GOING TO HIT IT ON THE TOE, IF SO YOU'RE DEAD IN THE WATER BEFORE YOU STARTED. FORGET IT, SO YOU GOT TO HAVE A STROKE, BUT, I

CAN ASSURE YOU THAT IF YOU HIT THE BALL ON THE TOE IT'S GOING TO GO TO THE RIGHT AND IF YOU HIT THE BALL IN THE HEEL, I'VE MISSED A MILLION.

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHS)

FREDDIE HAAS
IT'S GOING TO THE LEFT. NOW THE TOUGHEST PUTT IS WHAT? A STRAIGHT PUTT. I TALKED TO NICK PRICE ABOUT THAT. WHAT A WONDERFUL RUN HE HAD IN THE 90'S RIGHT?

PETER KESSLER
YES SIR.

FREDDIE HAAS
HE PLAYED GREAT. HE WAS THE BEST PLAYER IN THE WORLD. NO QUESTION ABOUT IT. I SAID TO HIM, WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YOU AND TIGER WOODS NOW? HE SAID TIGER'S MAKING THE 15, 20, 25 FOOTERS AND I'M NOT MAKING ANY.

I SAID WHERE ARE YOU TRYING TO HIT THE BALL? HE SAID WHAT DO YOU MEAN. I SAID WHERE ARE YOU TRYING TO HIT IT ON THE FACE.

HE SAID I'M TRYING TO HIT IT IN THE CENTER. I SAID YOU TRY TO HIT IT IN THE CENTER ON A RIGHT TO LEFT BREAKING PUTT? HE SAID YEAH. I SAID SO YOU'RE NOT PLAYING A 90 DEGREES, YOU'RE PLAYING WHAT? 91 AND A HALF DEGREE?

I SAID THAT'S KIND OF TOUGH ISN'T IT? I SAID IN

PETER KESSLER
90 DEGREES BEING ABSOLUTELY SQUARE.

FREDDIE HAAS
EXACTLY. PRECISELY. SO I SAID WHY DON'T YOU PLAY THE ODDS? ELIMINATE THE POSSIBILITY OF YOU PULLING THE BALL. BALLS DON'T GO UP HERE, THEY

GO DOWN HERE, SO I SAID KEEP IT ON THE HIGH SIDE, IT MIGHT FALL IN. IT'S NOT GOING TO COME UP. SO I SAID MAYBE THAT'S WHY YOU'RE TRYING TO HIT THE BALL IN THE CENTER OF THE BLADE ON

THOSE 15, 20 FOOT PUTTS AND YOU'RE MISS HITTING THEM A LITTLE. ARE YOU MISSING THEM ON THE LEFT OR THE RIGHT?

HE SAYS FRED I REALLY HAVEN'T GONE INTO THAT. I SAID WELL DON'T YOU THINK IT'S WORTH GOING INTO IT?... THINK ABOUT IT, AND IF IT'LL TAKE PRESSURE OFF OF YOU FROM SIX FEET AND IN, IT SURE AIN'T GOING TO HURT YOU ON A 20 OR 25 FOOTER.

PETER KESSLER
ACTUALLY HE DID PUTT AFTER YOU TWO CHATTED MUCH BETTER THE NEXT SIX WEEKS AND SOME OF THAT MAY BE ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE CHAT YOU HAD.

FREDDIE HAAS
WELL I DON'T KNOW ABOUT THAT BUT I KNOW HE WAS TIED FOR THE LEAD AND SHOULD HAVE POSSIBLY WON THE NELSON AND IT'D BE NICE IF HE'D USED SOME PORTION OF IT IF IT HELPED HIM.

NICK, KNOCK THEM IN THE CUP BABE, BUT DON'T MISS THE BALL BY HITTING IT ON THE HEEL OR THE TOE WHEN YOU'RE TRYING TO HIT IT IN THE CENTER OF THE FACE.

PETER KESSLER
YOU TOLD US EARLIER IN THE SHOW THAT ONE OF YOUR GOLF GOALS WAS TO WIN THE NCAA INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIP

FREDDIE HAAS
RIGHT

PETER KESSLER
WHICH OF COURSE YOU DID IN 1937, AS WE GO TO THIS BREAK LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT A PICTURE OF YOU AND SOME OF YOUR TEAMMATES FROM THAT YEAR AT LSU.

FREDDIE HAAS
OH THAT'S PAUL LESLEY, BRIAN ADAMS AND LAURENCE LARCADE.

PETER KESSLER
YOU'RE SECOND FROM OUR RIGHT AS WE LOOK AT IT, YES?

FREDDIE HAAS
WELL I'M THE ONE THERE THAT'S OFF SIDE RIGHT

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHS) SET UP READY TO HIT A GOLF BALL.

FREDDIE HAAS
THAT'S RIGHT. THE BEST PLAYER IN THAT GROUP IS PAUL LESLIE.

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