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Golf Talk Live - Lanny Wadkins Transcript Segment 6

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PETER KESSLER
HERE'S THE QUESTION THAT WAS POSTED ON OUR WEB SITE FOR LANNY .

'IF YOU WERE THE CZAR OF GOLF FOR ONE DAY, WHAT CHANGES WOULD YOU MAKE IN EQUIPMENT, PLAYING CONDITIONS, ETC.?' FROM STEVE DAVIS IN FLORIDA. THANKS, STEVE.

LANNY WADKINS
UH, FIRST THING I'D LIKE TO DO IS MAKE SURE THAT THE GOLF BALL IS CONSISTENT, THAT THE TESTING IS SOMETHING WHERE ALL THE GOLF BALLS BASICALLY ARE THE . ARE THE SAME.

I THINK THAT . I DON'T KNOW THAT I'M FOR A STANDARD BALL. BUT I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENTS SO THAT THEY'RE ALL BASICALLY THE SAME SO THAT,

YOU KNOW, I DON'T WANT TO EVER HAVE A NEW BALL COME OUT AND SAY THIS BALL GOES 10 YARDS FURTHER. THAT'S NOT RIGHT. UH, I'D LIKE TO SEE THAT, YOU KNOW, CHANGE WHERE THAT DOESN'T HAPPEN.

UM, THE OTHER THING IS I'D LIKE TO UM, SEE IT WHERE PEOPLE DON'T HAVE TO WEAR SOFT SPIKES ALL THE TIME. I'M TIRED OF GOING TO EVERY OTHER CLUB EXCEPT A TOUR EVENT AND SLIPPING.

PETER KESSLER
TELL ME ABOUT YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR BOYS AND SPORTS AND WHAT THEY THINK OF YOU.

LANNY WADKINS
UM . WELL, I'M JUST DAD. I DON'T THINK THEY HAVE UH . MAY CHANGE A LITTLE BIT HERE SINCE I'VE, YOU KNOW, WON, YOU KNOW, YESTERDAY. MAYBE THEY'LL HAVE - NOW UNDERSTAND WHAT I DO.

THEY SOMETIMES WALK IN MY OFFICE AND SEE SOME OF THE - THE TROPHIES AND THE THINGS AND THE RYDER CUP PICTURES. AND YOU KNOW, IT'S ALWAYS, YOU KNOW, 'WHERE DO THEY COME FROM?' AND 'WHEN DID YOU DO THIS?' AND THAT KIND OF THING. SO UH,

I LOVE TO PLAY SPORTS WITH THEM. UM . UH, LAST TIME I WAS HOME, WE WERE OUT THERE PLAYING 2 ON 1 BASKETBALL. AND I WENT IN. I THOUGHT I HAD, YOU KNOW, PULLED MY GROIN AND I WAS SORE. AND I MEAN, THEY BEAT ME UP PRETTY GOOD.

BUT I LOVE TO PLAY WITH THEM AND JUST SPEND TIME WITH THEM. I JUST UH . YOU KNOW, THAT'S ONE OF THE THINGS THAT'S TOUGH FOR ME, YOU KNOW, ON THE SENIOR TOUR IS, YOU KNOW, I'VE GOT 12 AND 7 YEAR OLD BOYS.

I CAN'T SPEND 30 WEEKS ON THE ROAD LIKE SOME OF THE GUYS DO, UH, WHEN THEIR FAMILIES ARE . YOU KNOW, THEY'RE 'EMPTY NESTERS' I GUESS YOU'D SAY. SO UH,

IT'S - IT'S GONNA BE DIFFERENT. BUT UM, IT'S - IT'S TOUGH BEING AWAY FROM THEM, BUT I - AND I . I STAY IN TOUCH AND . AND WHEN I'M HOME, IF THEY'VE GOT A SPORTING EVENT, I'M THERE.

PETER KESSLER
DO THEY HAVE GOLF SWINGS?

LANNY WADKINS
YEAH UH, TRAVIS IS PLAYING MORE AND MORE. HE'S GOT A GOOD FULL SWING UH, POPS IT UP THERE PRETTY GOOD. HE NEEDS TO WORK A LITTLE HARDER. UH, I THINK THAT UH . UH .

HE'S, YOU KNOW, HE WANTS IT TO COME EASY AND IT'S GONNA TAKE A LOT OF WORK. GOLF JUST ISN'T EASY. IT TAKES A LOT OF WORK FROM - FROM DAY ONE. I WORKED HARD AS A KID AND PRACTICED ALL THE TIME.

AND UH, HOPEFULLY THIS SPRING HE'S REALLY GETTING INTO IT AND - AND HE'LL SEE THE IMPROVEMENT HE WANTS TO SEE BECAUSE HE'S REALLY GOT SOME ABILITY. AND MY - MY LITTLE GUY, TUCKER, HAS A .

HAS A GREAT LITTLE SWING. HE HITS IT DEAD SOLID. AND UH, HE GOT A LESSON FROM DAVID PRICE, PRO AT BENT TREE. AND DAVID SAID TUCKER WAS AMAZING `CAUSE EVERY TIME I CHANGED SOMETHING ON HIM, HE STILL HIT IT DEAD SOLID.

I CHANGED HIS GRIP AND CHANGED HIS STANCE. AND SO, HE'S GOT A GOOD LITTLE SWING AND - AND TUCKER'S GOT A GOOD WORK ETHIC. SO UH, IT'LL BE INTERESTING TO SEE WHAT THEY DO. UM,

YOU KNOW, I DON'T WANT TO PUSH EITHER ONE OF THEM ONE WAY OR THE OTHER. I'D LIKE TO - LIKE THEM TO DO IT ON THEIR OWN AND - AND BE HAPPY WITH - WITH THEIR CHOICES IN SPORTS.

UH, THEY BOTH LOVE SPORTS, YOU KNOW, AS ALL KIDS DO AT THAT AGE. AND UH, THEY'RE TALENTED. AND I JUST - I JUST LOVE HAVING A CHANCE TO SPEND TIME WITH THEM AND WATCHING THEM DOING WHAT THEY - WHAT THEY LIKE TO DO.

PETER KESSLER
ARE THEY FEISTY AND COMPETITIVE LIKE YOU?

LANNY WADKINS
UM . SOMEWHAT. I THINK - I THINK THEY'RE DIFFERENT PERSONALITIES. UM,

TUCKER MIGHT BE MORE FEISTY. I THINK TRAVIS HAS A QUIET FEISTINESS ABOUT HIM. HE LIKES TO UH .

IT'S THERE. I SEE IT IN HIS EYES EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE THAT HE - HE REALLY WANTS TO COMPETE. HE DOESN'T WANT TO LOSE UM . UH .

AND - AND TUCKER JUST LIKES TO COMPETE. HE'S - HE JUST, YOU KNOW, I THINK COMPETING IS A BIG DEAL FOR HIM, PLAYING . PLAYING THE GAME, SO TO SPEAK. BUT UH .

UH, I SEE SOME FIRE FROM BOTH OF THEM. AND THAT'S - THAT'S NEAT.

PETER KESSLER
LET'S SEE WHAT ROB IN VIRGINIA WANTS TO KICK AROUND. HOW ARE YOU, ROB?

ROB FROM VIRGINIA:
DOING VERY WELL, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. JUST REALLY WANTED TO QUICKLY SAY CONGRATULATIONS FROM ALL OF US HERE AT THE GOLDEN HORSESHOE GOLF CLUB IN WILLIAMSBURG, VIRGINIA.

BUT WHAT WAS YOUR VIEW ON JUSTIN'S LEONARD'S PUTT AT THE '99 CUP - RYDER CUP? AND WHERE DO YOU SEE THE RYDER CUP GOING IN THE FUTURE? THANK YOU.

LANNY WADKINS
HMM, INTERESTING QUESTION THERE. UM . UH, I THOUGHT IT WAS A GREAT PUTT. I MEAN, THE AMAZING THING WAS UH .I GUESS THE INTESTINAL FORTITUDE THAT JUSTIN HAD TO COME BACK FROM BEING 3 - 4 DOWN AND - AND JUST HANG IN THERE AND UH, COME BACK AND ACTUALLY TIE THIS MATCH AGAINST A GREAT COMPETITOR LIKE UH JOSE MARIA OLAZABAL. BUT UH .

AND WHEN PUTTS LIKE THAT GO IN, IT'S ALMOST DESTINY. I MEAN, I THOUGHT - I JUST THOUGHT HE WAS . HE WAS GREAT. AND UM, I THINK THAT, IN RETROSPECT, SOME OF THE PLAYERS WISH THEY HAD CONTROLLED THEIR EMOTIONS OFF TO THE SIDE A LITTLE BIT MORE. IT'S UH .

I THINK THE RYDER CUP ITSELF WILL GO AHEAD ON AND BE FINE. I THINK THAT UH, THE NEXT CAPTAINS HAVE TO HANDLE THAT SITUATION. YOU KNOW, HOPEFULLY IT WILL BE OKAY. BUT UM, IT'S - IT'S JUST ONE OF THOSE THINGS. I THINK IT WAS A SPUR OF THE MOMENT REACTION. UM, YOU KNOW, THE MATCHES WEREN'T OVER.

THAT'S THE THING. THE MATCHES WEREN'T OVER AT THAT POINT IN TIME. AND I THINK THAT'S WHAT YOU'VE GOT TO, YOU KNOW, WHAT YOU GOT TO STAY IN FOCUS IS ON WHAT'S GOING ON.

PETER KESSLER
AND THE OTHER MAN HAD YET TO PUTT.

LANNY WADKINS
YEAH. BUT UH, CONTRARY TO SOME THINGS, THERE WASN'T ANY DAMAGE EVER DONE TO HIS LINE. NOBODY WAS EVER NEAR HIS LINE AFFECTING ANYTHING. IT WAS MORE CELEBRATION THAN PROBABLY SHOULD HAVE BEEN.

I THINK IF THEY ALL HAD IT TO DO OVER, THEY WOULD, YOU KNOW, HAVE DONE IT DIFFERENTLY. BUT, YOU KNOW UH . WE ALL DO THINGS THE SPUR OF THE MOMENT. AND - AND WHEN YOU GET INVOLVED IN A RYDER CUP, AND AS BIG A COMEBACK AS THAT WAS, UH, IT'S - IT'S UNDERSTANDABLE.

PETER KESSLER
WE'RE GONNA SPEND A COUPLE MORE MINUTES WITH LANNY WADKINS RIGHT AFTER THIS.

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