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Golf Talk Live - Nick Faldo Transcript Segment 2

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PETER KESSLER

WHEN YOU WALKED IN THE STUDIO TONIGHT, IN ADDITION TO PLAYING THE AIR GUITAR YOU SAID, I'VE GOT SOME THOUGHTS ABOUT TIGER AND THE BOULDER.

NICK FALDO

THE ROCK

PETER KESSLER

WHY DON'T YOU SHARE THOSE WITH US.

NICK FALDO

NOW I'VE CALLED FANNY IN FACT AND I'VE PUT HER ON NEW STEROID PROGRAM AND A WEIGHT LIFTING SO SHE'S GOING TO GO OUT AND JUST PICK IT UP AND JUST SHOT PUT IT AWAY. NO IN FACT I CALLED MY FRIEND AT THE USGA AND HE SAYS IF YOUR GOING OUT AND YOU DON'T HAVE A

GROUP OF MORE THAN 15 WITH YOU GET 2 STICKS OF DYNAMITE TO BLOW UP ANYTHING THAT YOU NEED IN YOUR WAY. I MEAN I THINK, NO I THINK THAT WAS STRETCHING IT A LITTLE BIT WASN'T IT, AS A LOSE IMPEDIMENT BUT IF IT'S THE RULES, IT'S THE RULES BUT AS , IF YOUR OUT THERE WITH A GALLERY, ARE THEY GOING TO MAKE A RULE THAT YOU CAN

HAVE THE GALLERY HELP YOU OR WAS IT LIKE THE ?RAC? RALLY IF YOU DRIVE YOUR CAR IN A DITCH YOU GET THE CROWD TO PUSH YOU BACK OUT ON THE ROAD AND OFF YOU GO AGAIN, SO IT MAKES IT KIND OF YOU KNOW IF YOUR

OUT THERE AND YOUR ON YOUR OWN WITH 2 MEN AND THE DOG WATCHER, I SHOULD THINK THE DOG WOULD BE COCKING HIS LEG UP AGAINST THE ROCK RATHER THAN HELPING YOU. I THINK THAT'S THE, I THINK THAT'S PROBABLY

ISSUE HOW YOU GET THE, YOU KNOW YOUR GALLERY INVOLVED.

PETER KESSLER

BUT DOESN'T IT VIOLATE THE SPIRIT OF THE GAME TO MOVE AN IMPEDIMENT THAT LARGE. THE RULES SAYS YOU CAN MOVE IT.

NICK FALDO

YEAH THAT'S RIGHT. I CAN'T IMAGINE ARNOLD DOING THAT WHEN HE WAS 23 YEARS OLD OR WHATEVER SO, LET'S LEAVE IT AT THAT.

PETER KESSLER

WHAT DO YOU THINK TOM WISEKOFF THE DESIGNER OF THE GOLF COURSE WAS THINKING AS THAT THING WAS BEING MOVED, IN HIS QUIET WAY.

NICK FALDO

YEAH I GUESS THEY'RE GOING TO BE BIGGER NEXT YEAR, THERE PROBABLY GOING TO BE.

PETER KESSLER

WITH STAKES RIGHT THROUGH THE MIDDLE.

NICK FALDO

3 TON OF ROCK NEXT TIME AND THAT WILL BE.

PETER KESSLER

I'VE GOT A LIST THAT I WANT TO SHARE WITH YOU TO SEE IF IT STILL HAS YOUR FULL ATTENTION. AND THAT LIST WOULD BE OF MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS

WE'LL TAKE A LOOK AT THAT RIGHT NOW AND AS WE LOOK AT WHERE YOU RANK AND THE GREAT PLAYERS THAT ARE STILL AHEAD OF YOU, WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIPS AND YOUR ABILITY TO CONTINUE TO WIN
THEM.

NICK FALDO

WELL I THINK THAT I STILL FEEL I'VE GOT ONE IN ME OR HOPEFULLY MORE I MEAN THE WAY, YOU KNOW I'VE HAD A ROUGH TIME THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS BUT WE'VE BEEN WORKING ON THINGS, AND I FEEL I'VE BEEN PUTTING THINGS BACK

TOGETHER. I THINK I'VE WORKED AT A LOT OF THE PROBLEMS FOUND THE SOLUTIONS AND NOW I'VE GOT TO GET

OUT THERE AND WORK ON IT AND THEN PLAY THEM IN. I'M FEELING PRETTY GOOD, I JUST WANT TO GET OUT THERE AND PLAY AND GET ON A GOOD RUN, I THINK THAT'S GOING, THE KEY WHEN I COME BACK TO THE STATES, IN A YOU

KNOW A FEW MORE WEEKS I'M GOING TO BE PLAYING SOMETHING LIKE 8 OUT OF 9 WEEKS SO I THINK IF I GO INTO THAT RUN KNOWING I'VE GOT THE GAME BACK IN GOOD SHAPE AND I CAN REALLY WORK HARD ON YOU KNOW TOURNAMENT SHARPNESS AND THAT SORT OF THING.

I MEAN THAT'S, YOU KNOW THAT'S WHAT I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO I'M STILL KEENE, STILL ENTHUSIASTIC, STILL DEDICATED SO AS LONG AS I'VE STILL GOT THOSE IN ME I THINK I'VE STILL GOT A

HELL OF CHANCE TO YOU KNOW ADD A COUPLE MORE.

PETER KESSLER

IF YOUR PHYSICALLY CAPABLE, AND YOU LOOK AS EXACTLY AS YOU DID A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO WHEN YOU SAT HERE. IF YOUR PHYSICALLY CAPABLE OF MAKING THE SAME GOLF SWING YOU MADE WHEN YOU WERE WINNING YOUR MAJOR

CHAMPIONSHIPS WHY AREN'T YOU MAKING THAT GOLF SWING?

NICK FALDO

WELL IT GETS A LITTLE, I THINK I GOT A BIT OUT OF WHACK THROUGH THIS LAST SUMMER. THINGS I WAS WORKING WITH DAVID DIDN'T WORK OUT HE WAS WORKING VERY MUCH ON THIS DYNAMICS
OF THE SWING AND WHAT HAVE YOU, AND

IT REALLY UPSET MY TEMPO, TIMING WHATEVER YOU WANT TO CALL IT THAT SORT OF THING AND THAT'S WHAT WE FINALLY HIT ON EVEN THIS WEEK, I'VE BEEN WORKING WITH CHIP, THE BIG WORD OF THE MOMENTS IS BALANCE, I'VE BEEN

OUT OF BALANCE, MY GAMES BEEN OUT OF BALANCE AND IF YOUR OUT OF BALANCE THEN YOU CAN'T GET THE TEMPO AND TIMING BECAUSE IT JUST DOESN'T HAPPEN SO THAT I THINK HAS BEEN A MAJOR BREAKTHROUGH. WE'VE WORKED HARD OVER THE LAST, SINCE I

STARTED WITH CHIP LAST AUGUST, WHY WE'VE BEEN WORKING ON EACH AREA, YOU KNOW BUNKER SHOTS WERE BAD, CHIPPING WAS BAD, PUTTING WAS AND WE'VE SLOWLY GONE THROUGH EVERYTHING. SO I FEEL GOOD THAT

WE'VE DONE ALL THE HARD WORK NOW, WE SORT OF FOUND THE YOU KNOW THE SOLUTIONS TO EVERYTHING WE FOUND THE RIGHT WAY TO PRACTICE. IT REALLY IS THE MORE I PRACTICE THE BETTER I'M GOING TO GET RATHER THAN PRACTICING JUST TO FIND IT. AND SO AS I SAID, I'M

GOING TO GET OUT THERE AND PLAY IT IN NOW THAT'S THE IMPORTANT THING.

PETER KESSLER

WHEN YOU STARTED TO WORK WITH DAVID LEADBETTER ACTUALLY IN THE SPRING OF 85 YOU HAD ALREADY WON ONCE OUR TOUR AT HARBOR TOWN, A GREAT GOLF COURSE A SHOT MAKERS COURSE. YOU HAD BEEN THE BEST AMATEUR IN ENGLAND. YOU BEAT TOM

WATSON IN YOUR FIRST RYDER CUP IN SINGLES IN 77, WHEN HE WAS THE NUMBER 1 PLAYER IN THE WORLD. WHAT IS YOU WERE TRYING TO FIX AND WERE UNHAPPY ABOUT?

NICK FALDO

WELL ACTUALLY MY, I HAD A SWING THAT WAS A, THE GOOD OLE YOU KNOW FROM THE 70'S, IT WAS VERY MUCH THE WILLOWY, FAST HANDS, FAST LEGS YOU KNOW YOU COULD DO IT THEN YOU HAD

TO HAVE GREAT TIMING AND THE WILLOWY ACTION, AND I HAD THE OLD REVERSE C FINISH AND SO YOU KNOW IT WS REALLY BALL FLYING TRAJECTORY THAT WAS THE KEY THING, IS GETTING THE BALL MORE SOLID. I USE TO HIT THE

BALL WITH THIS, YOU KNOW LOT OF LEG, LOT HAND ACTION SO I USE TO HAVE THESE LOW HIGH SORT OF THINGS AND SO I WANTED THE THING TO COME OUT AND BE A MORE POWERFUL BALL STRIKER AND BETTER PLAY, YOU KNOW YOU NEED THAT TO PLAY A LINKS, OBVIOUSLY IF YOU

START PLAYING THE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP AT ?????? I MEAN A NORMAL DAY THERE YOU DON'T EVEN SEE THE GRASS MOVING AT 20 MILES AN HOUR DO YOU, YOU LOOK OUT AND THE FLAGS ARE JUST

FLUTTERING, THEY CALL IT A BREEZE BUT YOU KNOW THERE'S 2 CLUBS OF WIND AND WHAT HAVE YOU, SO YOU GOT TO BE A SOLID BALL STRIKER, AND THAT WAS REALLY WHAT I, THAT'S WHAT MY FIRST AND BE CONSISTENT AND THAT WAS THE OTHER THING, YOU KNOW I WANTED TO BE

CONSISTENT. BEFORE I HAD A GREAT YEAR, IN 90 I MEAN 83 BUT YOU KNOW I PUTTED THE EYEBALLS OFF THE THING. YOU KNOW SO THAT WAS THE WAY I FELT I DID IT THEN AND I WANTED TO JUST BE JUST A SOLID, SOLID PLAYER AND THAT'S HOW WE STARTED TO WORK.

PETER KESSLER

TOGETHER YOU AND LEADBETTER BECAME, THE BEST KNOWN, HE BECAME THE BEST KNOWN TEACHER IN THE WORLD, YOU BECAME THE NUMBER 1 PLAYER IN THE WORLD, A 15 YEAR WORKING RELATIONSHIP. A LOT OF US ARE CURIOUS, WHAT CAUSED YOU TO END

THE RELATIONSHIP, WELL HANG ON WITH A NOTE AS OPPOSED TO A PHONE CALL, OR SHOW UP, 15 YEARS. WE RESPECT YOUR RIGHT TO END THE RELATIONSHIP BUT A NOTE TO DAVID LEADBETTER.

NICK FALDO

WELL HANG ON, YEAH HANG ON A MINUTE. WE HAD A MAJOR, HAD A MAJOR BREAKDOWN IN COMMUNICATION. LEAD CALLED ME AFTER THE OPEN, BRITISH OPEN AND SAID DO I WANT TO PRACTICE

AND I SAID, I COULDN'T BECAUSE I WAS INJURED MY ARMS WERE INJURED, WE'LL 2 CIRCLES HERE. AND I SAID, WHAT'S THE PLAN, WHERE DO WE COME IN, HE SAID WELL I HAVEN'T WORKED ON MY SCHEDULE YET, I SAID, WELL WHEN ARE YOU COMING TO THE PGA OH I'LL SEE YOU

IN FLORIDA WELL I HAVEN'T WORKED ON IT, SO THAT MADE ME THINK. SO BY THE TIME I GOT TO AMERICA I ALREADY FOUND OUT THAT LEAD HAD BEEN TELLING HE WAS BEHIND ON A BOOK, THAT HE WAS DOING, AND THAT'S WHY HE WASN'T COMING TO THE PGA SO I ALREADY KNEW

THAT BEFORE HE THEN CALLED MY MANAGER, DIDN'T CALL ME YOU SEE.
PETER KESSLER

WHAT ABOUT THE DEATH OF HIS FATHER, THE MONTH BEFORE?

NICK FALDO

WELL SURE, THAT WAS PRIOR TO THE.

PETER KESSLER

PART OF THE BRITISH?

NICK FALDO

NO THAT'S WAS PART OF THE US OPEN OKAY, SO THERE IS A TIME PERIOD SURE. AND HE CALLED JOHN MY MANAGER, AND SAID NO I'M NOT GOING TO MAKE IT NEVER CALLED ME, SO I THOUGHT THIS IS VERY STRANGE, WHY WOULDN'T LEAD SUDDENLY WANT TO CALL ME AND SAY

HEY LOOKS GREAT, OR NO YOU NEED TO WORK ON THIS I'VE SEEN THIS LOTTIE DA, GOOD LUCK DADADA, NOTHING. SO I THOUGHT THIS WAS VERY STRANGE AND THEN I HAD LOUSY YOU KNOW, PGA MISSED THE CUT I THINK IN DENVER, GOT BACK TO FLORIDA STILL NO

COMMUNICATION OR ANYTHING SO I THOUGHT WOW, WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON HERE AND THEN WHAT HAPPENED TRANSPIRED, AND I WENT DOWN TO THE MY INSTITUTE, HAD A CHAT WITH CHIP AND I SAID, HEY LET ME THROW A FEW SWINGS ON THE COMPUTER LETS HAVE A

LOOK, I WANTED SOME FEED BACK AND CUT A LONG STORY SHORT, HE GAVE ME HIS IMPUTE AND I WAS VERY IMPRESSED AND I SAID, HEY JUST COME OUTSIDE FOR

A LITTLE BIT AND WE WENT OUTSIDE AND WE WORKED ON A FEW MORE THINGS, THIS WAS A MONDAY AND I THOUGHT, RIGHT I'LL SEE YOU TOMORROW MORNING AT 8 O'CLOCK. AND I STAYED EVERY DAY, I KEPT CANCELING MY FLIGHT IT WAS

MEANT TO LEAVE THAT NIGHT, AND I KEPT CANCELING AND I BASICALLY STAYED TILL THURSDAY, AND I DID 4 DAYS SESSION, AND THEN THE DECISION WAS ALMOST MADE I THOUGHT YOU KNOW. YOU KNOW THE STUFF I'D BEEN WORKING ON WITH DAVID, HE'D BEEN WORKING ON

THIS WHAT HE WAS CALLING HIS DYNAMICS AND IT TIED ME INTO KNOTS. YOU KNOW I THOUGHT HE WAS LOOKING FOR SOMETHING BRAND NEW TO CURE ME OR WHATEVER, IT WASN'T SOMETHING

NEW THAT I NEEDED WE WERE WORKING ON A , IT HAD DONE MY ARM IN. I WAS HITTING THE YOU KNOW A BEAN BAG WITH THESE DIFFERENT CLUBS AND BASEBALL BAT AND ALL THIS SORT OF THING, AND THAT'S WHAT CAUSED THE

INJURY IN MY ARM. SO YOU KNOW THAT WAS HOW IT ALL HAPPEN AND NOW 6 MONTHS DOWN THE LINE, OBVIOUSLY A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN TO ME SINCE AND SAID, YOU KNOW I LOST MY TEMPER WITH MY PUTTING AND EVERYTHING,

AND OBVIOUSLY IF YOU'VE GOT PEOPLE LIKE BEN CRENSHAW, ONE OF THE GREATEST PUTTERS EVER AND A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE HELPED ME WHO'VE BEEN OUT ON GOLF AND WHAT HAVE YOU AND SPORTS PSYCHOLOGIST WHAT HAVE YOU

AND I'D LOST MY TOUCH, MY TEMPO, MY TIMING, AND MY BALANCE, THIS IS WHAT WE'VE BEEN SAYING SO THAT IS 6 MONTHS DOWN THE LINE. NOW I LOOK BACK WHAT WE WERE WORKING ON, AND SOME OF THE DRILLS HE HAD ME DOING. IT REALLY

MESSED UP MY TEMPO AND TIMING, WHICH WAS MY HOLE MARK WAS MY, IF ANYBODY SAID TO ME WHAT WAS MY, THE KEY THING IN FALDO, IT WAS MY TEMPO, THE TIMING AND A FEW OTHER BITS, SO IN A WAY THAT'S HOW IT ALL HAPPENED.

PETER KESSLER

BUT IF YOU, OKAY NOW HERE WE ARE IT'S MONTHS LATER THE DUST HAS SETTLED EMOTIONS ARE MUCH CALMER. WOULD YOU WRITE HIM A NOTE OR WOULD YOU

CALL HIM, IF YOU COULD DO IT AGAIN NOW.

NICK FALDO

SURE, YOU'LL MAKE, BUT AT THE TIME I WAS, SURE WHATEVER I THINK YOU'D DO IT BOTH WAYS YOU KNOW. YOU WOULD SIT DOWN, WE ALL MAKE THINGS AT THE TIME WE THINK GEE THAT'S NICE

PETER KESSLER

NO QUESTION

NICK FALDO

HUH?

PETER KESSLER

THERE'S NO QUESTION THAT WE SAY, IF I COULD JUST DO THIS ONE THING OVER AGAIN, I WOULD DO THIS.

NICK FALDO

I THINK YEAH, BUT THERE WERE SOME OTHER SIDES TO IT AS WELL YOU KNOW I COULD TELL YOU SOME MORE THINGS WHICH A, BUT I THINK THAT'S DIGGING UP DIRT AND I DON'T NEED TO EVEN DO THAT BUT YOU KNOW I THINK, THERE WAS A

BREAK DOWN BOTH WAYS IN A WAY SIMPLE AS THAT.

PETER KESSLER

WE'LL TAKE A LITTLE BREAK WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH NICK FALDO, DON'T GO AWAY.

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