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Golf Talk Live - Mike Weir Transcript Segment 2

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PETER KESSLER
WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO GROW YOUR HAIR AGAIN LIKE
 
THAT WITH THE CURLS AND EVERYTHING?
 
MIKE WEIR
OH BOY. I CAN'T!
 
I CAN'T
 
PETER KESSLER
20:LIKE THE QUAKER OATS GUY.
 
MIKE WEIR
WOW, I CAN'T BELIEVE MY MOM SENT THOSE IN... THAT WAS AWFUL.
 
PETER KESSLER
THOSE ARE OF COURSE FROM YOUR NEW BOOK WHICH YOU HAVEN'T SEEN LATELY
 
MIKE WEIR
(LAUGHING) YEAH
 
PETER KESSLER
BECAUSE IT'S NOT QUITE DONE YET.
 
MIKE WEIR
YEAH
 
PETER KESSLER
20:BUT ON COURSE WITH MIKE WEIR AND THOSE ARE SOME OF THE SHOTS AT THE BEGINNING SO BEFORE IT GOES TO PRINT YOU MAY WANT TO CALL
 
HOME AND THE PUBLISHER.
 
MIKE WEIR
I'M, I'M GOING TO, EXACTLY. CALL AND SEE IF MY MOM HAS SOME BACK UP PICTURES BECAUSE SUPPOSEDLY
 
PETER KESSLER
THE MUSTACHE AGAIN AND THE LONG THING
 
MIKE WEIR
YEAH. EXACTLY.
 
PETER KESSLER
HOW IMPORTANT DO YOU FIND ROUTINE TO BE IN GETTING READY FOR AND PLAYING YOUR GAME?
 
MIKE WEIR
IT'S EXTREMELY IMPORTANT FOR ME, TO SET, TO SET UP FOR A TOURNAMENT, YOU KNOW, I'M VERY DISCIPLINED, REALLY BEGINNING TUESDAY, AND AS WEDNESDAY'S A LITTLE CLOSER TO GAME TIME, I'M A LITTLE BIT MORE DISCIPLINED
 
AS FAR AS MY PRACTICE, PLAYING THE PRO-AM, A LITTLE CLOSER TO GAME TIME AND THEN THURSDAY, WHEN IT'S READY TO GO, I REALLY UH, KIND WHEN I WALK THROUGH THE ROPES, IT'S MY OFFICE SO TO SPEAK AND IT'S KIND OF GAME ON RIGHT AT THAT POINT.
 
PETER KESSLER
THERE'S A NUMBER OF PLAYERS WHO, WHEN THEIR ROUTINE IN PRE-SHOT IS BROKEN BY ANY DISTURBANCE, INTERNAL OR EXTERNAL, BILLY CASPER OF COURSE COMES TO MIND. HE WOULD, AS YOU DO NOW, START THE ROUTINE COMPLETELY
 
OVER AGAIN. PUT THE CLUB BACK IN THE BAG, PUT THE HEAD COVER OVER IT, START WITH THE YARDAGE. WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT TO GO, FOR YOU, ALL THE WAY BACK TO THE BEGINNING?
 
MIKE WEIR
I THINK IT REALLY JUST SETS ME UP MENTALLY. UM, YOU KNOW, PULLING MY, PULLING MY HEAD COVER OFF, OFF THE CLUB AND GETTING READY TO HIT THE SHOT REALLY JUST SETS MY MIND UP TO, TO BE FOCUSED AND IF SOMETHING BREAKS THAT CONCENTRATION, I LIKE TO
 
START RIGHT OVER BECAUSE YOU KNOW, YOU KIND OF LOOSE SIGHT OF THE TARGET, LOOSE SIGHT OF UH, THE TRAJECTORY YOU WANT TO HIT THE SHOT, VISUALIZATION THAT YOU'VE, THAT YOU'VE CREATED, SO TO PUT IT BACK IN,
 
YOU JUST SET YOURSELF RIGHT BACK UP TO HIT THE SHOT AND FOR ME, MY PRE-SHOT ROUTINE IS, IS AS IMPORTANT AS HITTING THE ACTUAL SHOT.
 
PETER KESSLER
WAS THAT LITTLE MOVE THAT YOU JUST MADE, WHICH YOU'LL MAKE AGAIN OVER THE BALL, SORT OF MAKING HALF OF YOUR BACK SWING, IS THAT A, IS THAT SOMETHING TO GIVE YOU THE FEEL FOR WHERE YOU WANT TO GO, RATHER THAN THE MECHANICAL POSITION?
 
MIKE WEIR
EXACTLY, PETER. A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE SAID THAT, YOU KNOW, YOU LOOK LIKE SUCH A MECHANICAL PLAYER BUT FOR ME, IT'S GIVING ME A FEEL OF THE TYPE OF SHOT I WANT TO HIT AND THE WAY I WANT TO CUT MY WRIST ON THE BACK SWING, MY RIGHT WRIST, AND WHICH HELPS GET,
 
FOR ME TO GET THE CLUBFACE A LITTLE BIT MORE OPEN AND HELPS ME KEEP IT NICE AND SHORT. KEEPS MY RIGHT ARM IN FRONT OF MY CHEST. A LOT OF, IT DOES A LOT OF FEEL THINGS FOR ME. THAT SETS ME UP TO HIT A SOLID SHOT.
 
PETER KESSLER
DOES IT ALSO HELP YOU OVERCOME TENDENCIES THAT YOU WOULD OTHERWISE NOT WANT TO HAVE WHEN YOU FEEL THOSE POSITIONS AGAIN?
 
MIKE WEIR
I THINK SO. YEAH, IT'S UH, YOU KNOW, AT FIRST, MY COACH AND I FIRST CAME ON TO THAT AS A DRILL. HE CAME UP WITH IT AND I JUST USED IT ON THE RANGE AND THEN I HAD A, A DIFFERENT, A LITTLE DIFFERENT VERSION OF THAT THAT I USED
 
INTO THE QUALIFYING SCHOOL IN '98 AND YOU KNOW HAD SOME GREAT SUCCESS THERE AT THE QUALIFYING SCHOOL AND
 
THEN I, I'VE MODIFIED IT AT TIMES THROUGHOUT THE PAST TWO YEARS. YOU KNOW IT'S KIND OF A TWO PIECE WAGGLE THAT I DO NOW. I, I USE IT SOMETIMES, JUST A ONE PIECE. SOMETIMES THIS YEAR I'VE, I HAVE GONE WITHOUT IT. AT THE
 
MERCEDES CHAMPIONSHIP, I THINK TWO OF THE FOUR ROUNDS THERE I DIDN'T USE IT ALL AND I THINK EVENTUALLY DOWN THE ROAD, AS MY SWING GETS A LITTLE BIT MORE EFFICIENT, I DON'T THINK I'LL HAVE TO USE IT AND I THINK I'LL BE ABLE TO CREATE MORE SHOTS NOT USING IT, BUT AT THIS TIME I STILL FEEL LIKE I NEED TO USE IT.
 
PETER KESSLER
AND IT'S GOOD YOU'RE NOT PLAYING AT PUBLIC COURSES WHERE THERE'S A RANGER. YOU PUT THAT THREE WOOD BACK IN THE BAG AND PUT THE HEAD COVER ON AND YOU'RE GOING TO THROUGH THAT ROUTINE, YOU'RE OUT OF HERE.
 
MIKE WEIR
YEAH EXACTLY. YOU'RE SLOWING THINGS UP.
 
PETER KESSLER
THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS THAT YOU DON'T HAVE. ONE DOESN'T HAVE CONTROL OVER ON THE GOLF COURSE. JOE DURANT SHOOTING 65 IN THE WIND AHEAD OF YOU. THE BALL THAT HITS THE SPIKE MARK ON THE WAY TO THE HOLE, OR THAT JUMPS IN THE FAIRWAY BUNKER WITH THE BAD KICK.
 
MIKE WEIR
MHMM
 
PETER KESSLER
20:WHAT ARE THE THINGS THAT YOU FEEL LIKE YOU CAN CONTROL IN GOLF?
 
MIKE WEIR
WELL I THINK YOU CAN CONTROL THE PREPARATION AND THE GAME PLAN. I THINK SOMETHING YOU LEARN FROM JACK NICKLAUS IS THE WAY HE PREPARED FOR EVERY TOURNAMENT HE PLAYED. HE WAS VERY MENTALLY PREPARED AND IF
 
A CERTAIN HOLE DIDN'T FIT HIS, HIS GAME OR HIS VISUAL OF THE SHOT HE WANTED TO HIT, HE WOULDN'T HIT A DRIVER, HE'D HIT, YOU KNOW, HE'D PUT IT IN POSITION,
 
WHERE OTHER GUYS MIGHT HIT DRIVER ON THAT HOLE, BECAUSE IT'S SET UP COMFORTABLY FOR THEM, FOR HIS GAME PLAN, HE WOULD NOT AND THAT'S THE DISCIPLINE THAT GOES INTO THE GAME. THE LITTLE INTANGIBLES THAT, THAT PAY OFF AT THE END OF A WEEK, AND, SO THOSE ARE THE KIND OF THINGS THAT YOU CAN CONTROL. THE WAY YOU, YOU
 
PREPARE FOR A TOURNAMENT AND THEN DOING THE SMALL THINGS, LIKE, FOR ME, STARTING RIGHT OVER AND NOT BEING UH FEELING LIKE I'M IN A RUSH. THAT, PEOPLE ARE WATCHING LIKE OH WHAT'S HE DOING, HE'S STARTING OVER. HE'S BEING SLOW, YOU KNOW, YOU JUST CAN'T
 
BE DISTRACTED BY THOSE THINGS BECAUSE I DON'T FEEL LIKE I'M A SLOW PLAYER BUT IF SOMETHING DISTRACTS ME, I'M NOT GOING TO HIT A SHOT UNTIL I'M READY.
 
PETER KESSLER
YOU KNOW BEN HOGAN, OF COURSE, FELT THE SAME WAY AND HAD THAT SAME SORT OF TUNNEL VISION INSIDE THE ROPES THAT YOU DO. YOU GUYS ARE ROUGHLY THE SAME SIZE AT 5'-9', 155, 160 POUNDS, BOTH WORKED A LONG TIME BEFORE SUCCESS
 
STARTED TO COME ALMOST EXACTLY THE SAME NUMBER OF YEARS BEFORE THE FIRST WIN AFTER TURNING PRO, BUT YOU GOT AN AFFINITY FOR HIM BEYOND THAT STUFF. WHAT IS THAT AFFINITY THAT YOU HAVE FOR BEN?
 
MIKE WEIR
WELL I DON'T' KNOW WHY I CAN RELATE TO HIM SO WELL, AND, AND HIS TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS AS A GOLFER UM SO WELL. I, I JUST, I JUST CAN FOR SOME REASON. I, I THINK IT HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH STATURE, OUR SIZE. IT HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH BEING ON THE RANGE AT THE CANADIAN OPEN A FEW YEARS AGO AND HITTING BALLS BESIDE NICK PRICE AND GOING TO WORK ON MY
 
OWN GAME TO TRY TO FIGURE OUT AND, AND FOR ME, BEN HOGAN WAS A PERFECT MODEL TO FOLLOW BECAUSE OF OUR SIZE AND ALSO THE COACH THAT I'VE BEEN WORKING WITH REALLY HAS STUDIED HOGAN QUITE EXTENSIVELY AND WAS VERY GOOD AT RELATING PARTS OF HIS
 
GAME OVER TO THE LEFT HANDED SIDE FOR ME, AND, SO JUST UH, JUST A LOT OF STUDY AND RESEARCH ABOUT THE GAME AND, AND I THINK A LOT HAS TO DO WITH RELATING HIS SWING TO MINE, BECAUSE OF OUR STATURE.
 
PETER KESSLER
WELL OUR PRODUCER HAS PROMISED TO PUT TOGETHER ALL THE FOOTAGE THAT WE HAVE IN OUR GOLF CHANNEL LIBRARY OF BEN HOGAN AND GIVE IT TO YOU.
 
MIKE WEIR
I'M EXCITED ABOUT THAT, FOR SURE.
 
PETER KESSLER
WE'LL, WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.
 
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