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Golf Talk Live - John Daly Transcript Segment 4

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(VIDEO CLIPS OF JOHN DALY SWINGS BEGIN)

JOHN DALY
(IN VIDEO CLIP)
I HIT A CUT! I HIT A CUT! YEAH!

PETER KESSLER
WELCOME BACK. IS YOUR SWING HOMEMADE? DID YOU COME UP WITH THIS ALL BY YOURSELF?

JOHN DALY
(CHUCKLE) UH, IT WAS A NATURAL THING THAT JUST HAPPENED. UM, WHEN I WAS REAL LITTLE, I - I DIDN'T REALLY WANT TO SWING A LITTLE CLUB SO I SWUNG MY DAD'S.

AND, YOU KNOW, I WAS 4 WHEN I STARTED. AND I'D TAKE IT BACK AND LITERALLY THE CLUB WOULD ALMOST HIT THE GROUND. AND I JUST KEPT USING THOSE. MY DAD DID CUT OFF A 4-IRON AND A 7-IRON, BUT I NEVER REALLY WANTED TO PLAY WITH THEM.

UH, I ALWAYS WANTED TO USE HIS STUFF.

PETER KESSLER
WHAT ARE YOUR SWING KEYS? MAKE A COUPLE OF SWINGS FOR US AND TELL US . TELL US WHAT GOES ON IN YOUR SWING. AND DEFINITELY DON'T HIT A DRIVER IN HERE AGAINST A GOLF BALL.

JOHN DALY
(LAUGH)

WELL, MY . MY BIGGEST UM. WHAT I ALWAYS TRY AND DO IS - IS TAKE THE CLUB LOW AND SLOW. THAT'S - THAT'S MY BIGGEST KEY WHEN I HIT THE DRIVER .

JUST . KIND OF JUST TAKE IT . YOU KNOW, I DON'T TRY AND PICK THE CLUB UP. I JUST TAKE IT BACK LOW AND SLOW. AND I DON'T KNOW HOW . I DON'T KNOW WHAT IT IS, BUT I'M VERY UM .

WHAT DO YOU CALL IT? LOOSE, I'M ALWAYS LOOSE. AND I'VE NEVER HAD A BACK ACHE OR ANY PROBLEMS WITH MY BONES OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT. SO IT'S ALWAYS BEEN REAL EASY FOR MY TO JUST TURN AND - AND GET THE CLUB BACK WITHOUT PRETTY MUCH ANYTHING BREAKING DOWN.

THE ONLY PROBLEM I EVER GET IS I'LL GET - WHEN I GET TOO QUICK, MY RIGHT KNEE COMES OUT AND THE BALL'S GOING EVERYWHERE. BUT UH . NO, I JUST UM .

IT'S MORE OR LESS SOMETHING THAT JUST KIND OF HAPPENED NATURALLY GROWING UP, THE SWING BEING THAT LONG. AND UH, THE TIMING'S ALWAYS BEEN PRETTY GOOD.

PETER KESSLER
WHEN WE SEE YOU HIT A MIDDLE IRON, FOR EXAMPLE, IT STILL SEEMS LIKE YOU'RE TAKING AS BIG A SWING. BUT YOU'VE GOT TO BE ABLE TO HIT PARTIAL SHOTS AND KNOCK-DOWN SHOTS TO BE THE KIND OF PLAYER YOU'VE BEEN.

WHAT DO YOU DO TO SWINGS TO THROTTLE IT DOWN A LITTLE BIT SO THAT YOU GET THE DISTANCE CONTROL RIGHT?

JOHN DALY
WELL, I'VE ALWAYS HAD TO CHOKE DOWN ON . PRETTY MUCH IF I HIT LIKE A . SAY, A - A . A SHORT - LET'S SAY LIKE A KNOCK-DOWN SHOT WITH A 7-IRON, I WOULD - I HAVE TO CHOKE DOWN. AND THAT'S - AND I DON'T CHANGE ANY SWING THOUGHTS.

I MEAN, I'M STILL - THE CLUB'S STILL GONNA GET WAY BACK THERE. BUT UM, I ALWAYS LIKE TO GRIP MY LEFT HAD A LITTLE TIGHTER WHEN I HIT KNOCK-DOWN SHOTS.

AND - AND THAT GETS ME KIND OF GOING THROUGH THE BALL BETTER. BUT THAT'S ABOUT THE ONLY KEYS I HAVE ON A . ON A KNOCK-DOWN SHOT.

PETER KESSLER
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT RHYTHM AND TEMPO AND STAYING IN A KIND OF A RHYTHM THAT WILL WORK THROUGHOUT THE DAY AS OPPOSED TO CONSTANTLY 'GRIP IT AND RIP IT'?

JOHN DALY
WELL FOR ME, MY TIMING IS - IS THE IMPORTANT THING 'CAUSE MY SWING'S SO LONG. AND UM, IT'S BASICALLY THE ONLY WAY THAT I CAN UM .

PETER KESSLER
YOU CAN HIT A SHOT FOR US WITH THAT CLUB.

JOHN DALY
YOU SURE? (LAUGH)

PETER KESSLER
YEAH, AS LONG AS YOU'RE AIMING AT THE NET.

JOHN DALY
(LAUGH)

PETER KESSLER
AND YOU DON'T SHANK IT.

JOHN DALY
WELL . I . I . MY TIMING GETS OFF - WHEN MY TIMING'S OFF, IT'S BAD. I MEAN, THAT'S . ANYBODY THAT HAS A LONG SWING, IF . IF YOUR TIMING'S OFF, IT - IT CAN GO ANYWHERE, ESPECIALLY IF YOU HIT IT SOMEWHAT FAR.

IT'S GREAT WHEN IT GOES DOWN THE MIDDLE OF THE FAIRWAY. BUT MAN, WHEN I MISS SOME TEE SHOTS, THEY CAN GO ANYWHERE. AND THAT'S ALL TIMING AND RHYTHM. AND .

ALL I DO IS I'VE ALWAYS JUST THOUGHT ABOUT JUST TAKING IT BACK LOW AND SLOW. AND . (HITS GOLF BALL)

JUST KIND OF HIT IT AS HARD AS YOU CAN IF YOU WANT AND . AND I ALWAYS TRY AND GET TO MY LEFT SIDE. BUT I DON'T HAVE ANY MAJOR MECHANICAL SWING THOUGHTS. I'D GO CRAZY IF I TRY TO DO THAT.

PETER KESSLER
PULL OUT A - A WEDGE AND TELL US WHAT SOME OF THE THOUGHTS THAT YOU HAVE WITH THAT ARE. PEOPLE DON'T APPRECIATE, I THINK, GENERALLY, WHAT A GOOD SHORT GAME PLAYER YOU'VE BEEN AND HOW MUCH THAT'S CONTRIBUTED TO YOUR SUCCESS.

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON HITTING WEDGE SHOTS?

JOHN DALY
UH, I - I'M - ALWAYS BEEN A FLOP . PRETTY MUCH A UM, A LOFTED UH . A FLOP SHOT IS ALL I SEEMED TO LIKE TO HIT. AND YOU'LL SEE A LOT OF GUYS ON TOUR,

THEY'LL . LIKE AROUND THE FRINGE, THEY'LL HIT 7-IRONS AND 5-IRONS. AND SOMETIMES YOU SEE A LOT OF PLAYERS NOW TAKE THE 3-WOOD AND SORT OF PUTT IT.

BUT I JUST GREW UP UH HITTING L-WEDGES AND SAND WEDGES PRETTY MUCH AROUND THE GREENS. AND THE THING I'VE ALWAYS DONE IS I'VE ALWAYS . WHEN THINGS - WHEN I'M NOT CHIPPING VERY GOOD, I'VE ALWAYS JUST .

I'D GET ON THE RANGE AND JUST SIT HERE AND . (HITS THE BALL) JUST KIND OF HIT ONE-HANDED SHOTS.

UM, I'VE ALWAYS . ONE THING ABOUT CHIPPING OR HITTING SHOTS IS THIS SHOULDN'T BREAK DOWN. YOUR LEFT SIDE SHOULDN'T BREAK DOWN . IN MY CASE ANYWAY. AND THAT'S PRETTY MUCH IT ON THE CHIP SHOTS AND STUFF.

PETER KESSLER
WHEN YOU FIND YOURSELF WORKING INTO CONTENTION, WHICH YOU HAVEN'T BEEN IN AS OFTEN AS YOU'D LIKE THE LAST FEW YEARS, DO YOU .

JOHN DALY
FOREVER (LAUGH) .

IT'S BEEN FOREVER.

PETER KESSLER
(CHUCKLE) DO YOU FIND YOURSELF GETTING NERVOUS WHERE YOU WEREN'T NERVOUS BEFORE? AND WHAT HAPPENS OVER THE GOLF BALL IF, IN FACT, THERE ARE NERVES THAT PLAY THAT YOU'RE NOT GENERALLY ACCUSTOMED TO?

JOHN DALY
WELL, IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME SINCE I HAVE BEEN IN CONTENTION, BUT WHEN YOU ARE, YOU REALLY DON'T THINK ABOUT THAT. I'VE ALWAYS THOUGHT IF I'M IN - IF I'M PLAYING REALLY WELL, YOU DON'T - I REALLY DON'T THINK ABOUT ANYTHING.

UM, I JUST KIND OF GO WITH THE FLOW 'CAUSE EVERYTHING'S WORKING SO GOOD. UM, YEAH, THE NERVES ARE THERE AND EVERYTHING, BUT I JUST SAY THERE, 'YOU'VE BEEN SWINGING GREAT FOR 3 DAYS. YOU KNOW, JUST KEEP DOING WHAT YOU'RE DOING.'

AND UM, THAT'S BEEN SO LONG SINCE THAT'S HAPPENED. AT THE BRITISH OPEN UH WHEN I WON, IT WAS JUST EVERYTHING WAS CLICKING. I WAS HITTING THE DRIVER PERFECT.

UH, YOU DIDN'T HAVE TO MAKE A TON OF BIRDIES. YOU DIDN'T HAVE TO MAKE A TON OF PUTTS, THE WAY THE WIND WAS BLOWING. SO IT WASN'T WHERE I WAS ATTACKING THE PINS. AND I COULD JUST, YOU KNOW, HIT .

I'D - SOMETIMES AT ST. ANDREWS YOU ALMOST WANT A 30-FOOTER INSTEAD OF A 10-FOOTER, DEPENDING ON THE WAY THE WIND'S BLOWING AND STUFF. BUT UH, THAT'S THE THING I REMEMBER ABOUT BEING IN CONTENTION, PETER.

IT'S BEEN SO LONG. BUT UH, I JUST KIND OF GO WITH THE FLOW AND JUST THINK ABOUT 'HEY, YOU - YOU KNOW, YOU DID THIS ON THURSDAY. YOU DID THIS ON FRIDAY. YOU'RE SWINGING GOOD ' . AND DON'T - DON'T THINK TOO MUCH .

FOR ME, WHEN I'M IN CONTENTION BECAUSE THEN I'LL GO CRAZY. I'LL GET NEGATIVE AND START THINKING TOO MUCH AND HITTING BAD SHOTS.

PETER KESSLER
WHEN YOU PUTT, IT SEEMS LIKE - EVEN WHEN YOU'RE PUTTING WELL, YOU PUTT VERY QUICKLY, ALMOST AS IF YOU'RE ROUTINE IS 'LOOK, TRUST, GO.' IS THAT A FAIR WAY TO ASSESS THE WAY THAT .

YOU LOOK AT THAT PART OF YOUR GAME?

JOHN DALY
PRETTY MUCH . PRETTY MUCH. AND LATELY, IT'S BEEN 'LOOK, DON'T TRUST, HIT IT.' (BOTH LAUGH)

I MEAN . BUT UH, YEAH, I'M - I'M A - I'VE ALWAYS BEEN A VERY QUICK PUTTER. UH, I'M TRYING TO SLOW DOWN, UM, BY JUST TRYING TO WALK AND LOOK AT THE . I USED TO NEVER GO BEHIND THE HOLE AND LOOK AT THE PUTT AND THE BREAK. UH .

IT'S KIND OF - IT'S STARTING TO HELP ME ON SHORTER PUTTS. I'VE ALWAYS BEEN A GUY THAT, IF I SEE THAT LINE, IT'S HARD FOR ME TO CHANGE MY MIND. AND I SEE IT SO FAST THAT, YOU KNOW, I HAVE TO .

WELL, NOW I'M JUST TRYING TO SAY 'WAIT A MINUTE. LET'S JUST GO AROUND THE HOLE AND SEE IF IT MIGHT DO ANYTHING.' AND YOU KNOW, BERMUDA GREENS HAVE BEEN, UM, VERY TOUGH 'CAUSE OF THE GRAIN AND STUFF.

SO I REALLY NEVER HAVE PAID ATTENTION TO THAT UNTIL I GOT ON TOUR. AND SO NOW I JUST TRY AND TAKE A LITTLE BIT MORE TIME WHEN I PUTT. ALTHOUGH YESTERDAY, THAT PROBABLY WAS ONE OF MY FASTER PUTTING ROUNDS I'VE EVER PUTTED IN MY LIFE. BUT UM .

JUST SORT OF LIKE THAT, JUST . IT'S - IT'S HARD FOR ME SLOW DOWN, WHETHER I'M PLAYING GOOD OR BAD. I HAVE A VERY, VERY TOUGH TIME SLOWING DOWN. AND WHEN I'M ON, IT'S GREAT. PLAY AS FAST AS YOU WANT WHEN YOU'RE PLAYING GOOD.

BUT . IT'S LIKE RONNY HAS TALKED TO ME ABOUT WHEN YOU'RE NOT PLAYING SO GOOD, SET LITTLE GOALS FOR YOURSELF OR SOMETHING. YOU KNOW, SAY YOU WANT TO PLAY THESE 4 OR 5 HOLES IN EVEN PAR OR 1-UNDER AND JUST ...

THAT'S SOMETHING THAT'S NEVER CLICKED IN MY MIND, UH, WHEN IT'S NOT GOING GOOD. JUST SIT THERE AND THINK ABOUT THIS HOLE, TRY AND SET A GOAL OVER THE NEXT 4 OR 5 HOLES AT PLAYING 1-UNDER.

AND THAT'S SOMETHING THAT I REALLY NEED TO START WORKING ON.

PETER KESSLER
YOU KNOW, BOBBY JONES, WHO ALSO WON THE BRITISH OPEN AT ST. ANDREWS SAID HE COULDN'T SEE MORE IN 5 MINUTES LOOKING OVER THE LINE OF A PUTT THAN HE COULD SEE IN 5 SECONDS. AND HE WOULD TRUST THAT 5 SECONDS. SO .

JONES AND DALY, SAME KIND OF ROUTINE. WE'LL BE BACK IN JUST A MOMENT. AND AS WE LEAVE YOU, WE'LL TAKE A LOOK AT A DRIVE FROM BIG JOHN FROM THE '95 BELLSOUTH ON THE 14TH HOLE, PAR-4. REMEMBER THIS SHOT, JOHN?

JOHN DALY
YEAH, I DO.

PETER KESSLER
TELL US.

JOHN DALY
UH, IT WAS UH, ABOUT 340 YARDS, LIKE YOU SAID. AND UH, IT WAS JUST ONE OF THOSE GOOD SHOTS. I MEAN, I JUST CRUSHED IT AND I GOT A GOOD KICK THERE. AND UM .

YOU KNOW, IT WOULD'VE BEEN COOL IF I'D HAVE MADE THE PUTT. I KIND OF PUSHED IT RIGHT. BUT UH, I MISS THAT GOLF COURSE. YOU KNOW, I MISS THE BELLSOUTH BEING PLAYED THERE.

PETER KESSLER
WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH BIG JOHN DALY.

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