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Golf Talk Live - Nick Faldo Transcript Segment 3

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PETER KESSLER

THE WORLD RANKINGS AS DEEPLY FLAWED AS THEY ARE AND AS DEFENSIVE AND CLOSE MINDED AS THE FELLOWS WHO PUT IT TOGETHER ARE ABOUT MAKING IT REPRESENTATIVE OF WHO THE BEST PLAYERS ARE AND THE RANK IN WHICH THEY SIT. YOUR NUMBER 64 NOW WHICH

IS KIND OF ON THE BUBBLE NUMBER.

NICK FALDO

RIGHT ON THE BUBBLE.

PETER KESSLER

64 PLAYERS ARE GOING TO GET INTO THE ONE WORLD GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS, IS THAT IMPORTANT TO YOU, OTHER THEN AS A WAY OF DETERMINING HOW GOOD YOUR

PLAYING DISTINCT FROM THE WORLD GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS. DO YOU LET THE RANKING TAKE CARE OF ITSELF, I KNOW YOUR STILL FOCUSING ON MAJORS AS OPPOSED TO RANKINGS IN WORLD GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS.

NICK FALDO

WELL UNFORTUNATELY WHEN YOUR 64TH YOU HAVE TO CONCENTRATE A LITTLE BIT ON RANKINGS, YOU KNOW WHEN I PLAYED IN AUSTRALIA, AND FINISHED 4TH I JUMPED UP TO 57TH I FELT GREAT THAT'S GIVING ME A BREATHER I'M IN, AND NOW WHOLOP

NOW 64 AND I GOT ONE MORE TOURNAMENT TO PLAY, SO THAT PUTS YOU UNDER A LITTLE BIT OF PRESSURE, TO SAY THE LEAST. OBVIOUSLY YOU WANT

TO MAKE BECAUSE IT'S SUCH A BIG EVENT AND IT CARRIES RYDER CUP POINTS, IT'S ALMOST LIKE TRIPLE THE SIZE OF A NORMAL EUROPEAN TOUR EVENT AT THE MOMENT, SO YOU WANT TO BE THERE TO CASH IN AND SO, ON THAT RESPECT YES I AM LOOKING AT THE RANKINGS BUT

WHEN I WAS AT THE OTHER END AT NUMBER 1 OR WHATEVER I WASN'T, IT WAS REALLY I WAS JUST LOOKING AT THE PLAYERS AROUND ME AND I'M PLAYING THE TOURNAMENT AND YOU JUST LET IT HAPPEN, YOU DON'T REALLY A , NUMBER

1 IS HARD WORK ACTUALLY, IT TAKES A LOT OF TO COPE WITH, TO HANDLE I MEAN YOU GET THERE AND YOU'VE GOT TO HANDLE IT GOING TO EVERY TOURNAMENT AND YOUR NUMBER 1

THE SPOT LIGHTS ON YOU, THE FOCUS THE YOU KNOW YOUR EXPECTED TO DO THIS AND THAT WELL IT'S FINE WHEN YOUR PLAYING WELL, IT'S GREAT THAT'S THE BOTTOM LINE WITH GOLF, IF YOUR PLAYING WELL IT DOESN'T MATTER ANY

OF THAT. WHEN YOUR NOT PLAYING SO WELL IT'S A FAR MORE DIFFICULT GAME, THEN ALL THESE THING SORT OF JUMP INTO THE EQUATION.

PETER KESSLER

IN WATCHING YOU PUTT THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS, YOUR NOT PUTTING LIKE YOU DID WHEN YOU WERE HAVING YOUR BEST SEASON'S AND IN WATCHING HOW TENSE YOU SEEM TO BE OVER THE PUTTER AND SEEKING MAYBE MECHANICAL

PERFECTION. I'M REMINDED OF SOMETHING BOBBY JONES SAID ABOUT HIS PUTTING. THAT HE GOT INTO TROUBLE ON THE GREENS WHEN HE STARTED TO SEEK MECHANICAL PERFECTION ON THE GREENS THAT HE WOULD OF NEVER DREAMT OF

SEEKING IN ANY OTHER PART OF HIS GAME, DOES THAT HIT HOME FOR YOU AT ALL?

NICK FALDO
YEAH, IN A WAY. I MEAN, I THINK, UH, THAT YOU GO THROUGH TWO WAYS. I MEAN, WHEN YOU'RE YOUNG AND FREE, YOU STAND UP AND LOOK AT IT AND SEE IT AND JUST HIT IT.

AND THEN SURE ENOUGH, IF WHAT HAPPENS OVER THE YEARS YOU DO START MISSING A FEW, YOU START THINKING WHY? I MEAN, THERE ARE .

AND IF THERE IS A TECHNICAL PART, YOU GOTTA WORK ON THE TECHNICAL BIT TO GET THAT RIGHT BEFORE YOU CAN THEN START TO READ THEM WELL AND THEN FEEL THE PACE AND THAT SORT OF THING.

IT'S GETTING THE BLEND RIGHT BETWEEN ALL OF IT. I MEAN, IF YOU . ANYBODY WHO'S GOT A GOOD STROKE AND IT'S RUNNING NICE AND SMOOTHLY, AUTOMATICALLY YOU FORGET THAT, IT'S DONE. THEN YOU READ THE ... YOU JUST READ IT AND FEEL IT.

AND THEN YOU . BUT IF YOU HAVEN'T GOT THE TECHNICAL BIT IN YOUR GRINDING AND THINGS AREN'T HAPPENING QUITE RIGHT OR WHATEVER, IT'S . YOU KNOW,

SAM SNEAD SAID, YOU KNOW, HE HITS WHAT A MILLION BALLS TO LOOK LIKE A NATURAL PLAYER. I MEAN, YOU STILL GOTTA . STILL GOTTA GO THROUGH A BIT OF TECHNICAL STUFF BEFORE IT THEN LOOKS WONDERFULLY NATURAL TO THIS GAME.

YOU KNOW, IT STOPS BECOMING NATURAL AT ABOUT 5 YEARS OLD AFTER YOUR FIRST, YOUR THIRD LESSON. I MEAN, MY SON STANDS THERE, YOU KNOW, AT FOUR HAD A WONDERFUL SWING. AND BY THE TIME HE GETS TO SIX, YOU KNOW . YOU KNOW,

HE LOST IT. AND HE NEEDS SOME HELP.

PETER KESSLER
NOW YOUR LITTLE BOY WAS BORN ON BOBBY JONES' BIRTHDAY, DOES HE LOVE GOLF?

NICK FALDO
I DIDN'T KNOW THAT. YEAH, HE'S A . WELL HE LOVES GOLF. HE'S A MAD SPORTSMAN AT THE MOMENT, WHICH HE'S . HE'S INTO EVERYTHING, HIS RUGBY, FOOTBALL, TENNIS, ALL THOSE, SKIING.

SO HE'S HAVING A . YOU KNOW, HE'S A BIT LIKE ME. HE'S GOT THE, UH, HAND AND EYE AND UH, JUST WANTS TO BE A SPORTSMAN, BIT LIKE ME. HE SAID TO ME, (LAUGH) .

HE SAID TO ME, WE HAVE TO HAVE A LITTLE CHAT WHEN WE'RE IN THE SUMMER. AND HE SAID, YOU KNOW, `DAD,' HE SAYS, UH, `I WANT TO LEAVE SCHOOL LIKE YOU,' YOU KNOW,

I SAID, `BUT YOU'RE NINE. CAN WE JUST GET THROUGH A COUPLE MORE YEARS?' YOU KNOW . IT'S A .

YOU KNOW, BUT HE'S DOING WELL NOW. ON THE OTHER HAND, THE GREAT THING IS THAT THE GIRLS ARE PLAYING GOLF. THAT'S WHAT I'M EQUALLY PLEASED ABOUT. UH,

AND NATALIE ACTUALLY, SHE STARTED ONLY A YEAR AGO, SHE'S A . SHE'S GOT LIKE 3 HOURS WORTH OF HITTING BALLS. AND SHE'S GOT A WONDERFUL SWING. AND THEN LITTLE GEORGIA, WHO'S STARTED AT 5 OR WHAT HAVE YOU, AND

AND SHE STANDS IN THIS GREAT . SHE'S A TEASER. I LINE THEM ALL UP. I PUT ABOUT 6 OR 8 IN THE LINE AND SHE WALKS DOWN THE LINE GOING `DINK,' YOU KNOW.

PETER KESSLER
LIKE HOGAN?

NICK FALDO
YEAH, THEY EITHER GO ONE INCH OR 20 YARDS. AND SHE LOVES IT. `I LIKE HITTING GOLF BALLS,' SHE'D SAY. THIS IS GREAT AND `DWOING', YOU KNOW. AND THERE GOING EVERYWHERE AND SHE'S HAPPY WHICH IS .

WHICH IS WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT. WE ALL GET OUT ON THE RANGE AND BLAST AWAY.

PETER KESSLER
I'M GONNA CALL YOUR SON TO FIND OUT HOGAN'S SECRET. LET'S TALK TO LYNFORD IN FLORIDA. SEE WHAT HE WANTS TO ASK YOU.

HELLO LYNFORD.

LYNFORD, CALLER FROM FLORIDA
GOOD EVENING, PETER. HOW ARE YOU? GOOD EVENING, NICK.

NICK FALDO
HI THERE.

LYNFORD, CALLER FROM FLORIDA
HOW YA DOING?

PETER KESSLER
GOOD, HOW YA DOING?

LYNFORD, CALLER FROM FLORIDA
CALLING FROM FORT MEYERS, FLORIDA, AND UH, FORMERLY WORKED AT - IN PALM BEACH FOR MR. HENRY PICARD WHO WAS, UH, A PROT_G_ OF MR. HOGAN.

AND UH, I HAVE A LOT OF FAMILIARITIES WITH YOUR INTEREST IN MR. HOGAN AND SO FORTH. AND I HAVE A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS THAT ARE VERY INTERESTING. UH,

I REMEMBER MR. HOGAN ALWAYS PRACTICED WITH THE WIND AGAINST HIM AND ON THE RIGHT. AND HE WOULD VERY MUCH BE INTERESTED IN MOVING AROUND SEMINOLE'S PRACTICE RANGES, UM, FOR BALL FLIGHT. AND HE ALWAYS TRIED TO FIND A TEE TO .

OR A TEE AREA TO HIT OVER, WHERE THERE WAS A TREE WHERE IT COULD CREATE HIS FLIGHT. AND I FOUND THAT VERY INTERESTING AS I PURSUED . AS I'VE BEEN A GOLF PROFESSIONAL FOR 28 YEARS,

THE FACT THAT WAS, UH, ONE OF HIS MOST INTERESTING TRAITS. AND I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF YOU TRY TO CREATE MORE BALL FLIGHT OR HAD OVER YOUR INTEREST IN MR. HOGAN. AND IF YOU EVER KNEW GEORGE KNUDSON WHO FOLLOWED HIM CLOSELY.

NICK FALDO
I'D NEVER . I MET GEORGE ONCE I THINK. BUT, THAT WAS IN VERY EARLY DAYS AND WATCHING THAT HOGAN FILM, I THINK, UH, HE'S NEVER GOING TO CARRY THAT WATER.

I THINK HE HAD A BAD CADDIE. I THINK HE HAD. SO UM, .

NO, I UM .

YOU KNOW, UNFORTUNATELY I NEVER SAW HOGAN HIT GOLF BALLS. I MEAN, I'M PICKING UP ALL THE STORIES LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE AND UH, HOW HE USED TO GO AND PLAY AND HOW HE USED TO METICULOUSLY PREPARE HIMSELF WHICH, YOU KNOW, I'VE SORT OF DONE MYSELF WITHOUT EVER TRYING TO COPY HOGAN.

YOU KNOW, I'VE NEVER TRIED TO . YOU KNOW, I'VE OFTEN GONE TO GOLF COURSES AND TRIED TO HIT A COUPLE OF DRIVES, TRY TO DRAW ONE DOWN THE LEFT AND .

WHEN I COULD DO THAT, OF COURSE. (LAUGH).

SO UM . BUT UH,

YOU KNOW, I'M JUST FASCINATED WITH THE . SOME OF THE THINGS AND THE WAY HE USED TO PRACTICE. AND SOME OF THE GUYS ON TOUR, YOU KNOW, WEISKOPF PARTICULARLY, UH,

HE WOULD SIT IN THE LOCKER ROOM AND TELL STORIES OF, YOU KNOW, HOW HE'D MARVEL AT THE WAY, YOU KNOW, HE USED TO JUST STAND UP AND HIT BALL AFTER BALL. AND UH,

YEAH, I TRY TO VISUALIZE, UH, SAME THING. I THINK THAT'S VERY IMPORTANT NOW. TO PRACTICE MORE ON THE GOLF COURSE. THAT'S ONE OF THE THINGS I'M INTO AT THE MOMENT.

SORT OF DOING A LOT MORE SO YOU GET . YOU SEE THE HOLE MORE THAN JUST STANDING BEATING BALLS. ACTUALLY BE ON THE GOLF COURSE SO YOU SEE EVERYTHING AND YOU VISUALIZE THE SHAPE OF THE SHOTS.

AND I THINK THAT'S A VERY IMPORTANT PART OF, YOU KNOW, SETTING MY GAME, IS THE VISUALIZATION. I THINK HOGAN MUST HAVE HAD GREAT VISUALIZATION OF WHAT HE WANTED TO DO BEFORE EACH SHOT.

THAT WAS KEY WITH HIM. HE KNEW EXACTLY HOW HE WANTED TO SHAPE THE BALL AND UH, HOW HE WANTED TO WORK IT.

PETER KESSLER
WE'LL TAKE A LOOK AT YOU AS WE GO AWAY FOR JUST A MOMENT MAKING THE FIVE FOOT PUTT, UH, AT THE WORLD CUP. I KNOW YOU COULD HAVE TWO-PUTT AND STILL HAD WON, BUT YOU HAD TO HAVE WANTED IT VERY BADLY TO CLOSE THIS OFF. LET'S TAKE A LOOK AND YOU'LL TELL ME ABOUT IT.

UNKNOWN SPORTS ANNOUNCER
. WOULD IMAGINE HE'LL BE OVERLY FIRM, HOWEVER.

PETER KESSLER
YOU BETTER TELL ME QUICK. IT'S GONNA BE OVER SOON.

NICK FALDO
TELL ME QUICK? IT WAS OUTSIDE THE RIGHT EDGE AND IT WAS JUST A NICE .

UNKNOWN SPORTS ANNOUNCER
HE FINISHES WITH A PAR-4 .

NICK FALDO
GET IT IN THERE . AND FORTUNATELY MY PARTNER RELEASED THE PRESSURE SLIGHTLY BY HOLING HIS PUTT. THAT WAS THE KEY BIT TO THE, UH . (HE DOESN'T FINISH SENTENCE)

UNKNOWN SPORTS ANNOUNCER
YEAH, THAT WAS A NICE ONE.

(BREAK)

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