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Golf Talk Live - Nick Faldo Transcript Segment 4

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PETER KESSLER
EVERY WEEK ON GOLF TALK LIVE, WE GIVE YOU THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEND IN E-MAILS AND WE SELECT ONE FOR OUR GUEST. AND THE QUESTION FOR NICK TONIGHT IS, `DO YOU STILL HAVE FUN PLAYING GOLF?

DO YOU THINK YOUR INTENSITY IS A DRAWBACK OR A BENEFIT TO YOUR GAME?' FROM STEPHEN JAY. THANKS STEPHEN JAY.

NICK FALDO
WELL, I THINK THAT YOU GOTTA MIX THE TWO TOGETHER WELL. I MEAN, I THINK, UM, YOU GOTTA FOCUS AT THE RIGHT TIME, YOU GOTTA BE ABLE TO SWITCH ON AND OFF. I MEAN, IF YOU CAN .

IF YOU CAN BE, UH, AT THE RIGHT INTENSITY WHEN YOU'RE HITTING THE SHOT, A HUNDRED PERCENT CONCENTRATION, YOU HAVE . NOTHING ELSE IS HAPPENING YOUR LIFE, YOU KNOW, YOU COULD BETTER CONCENTRATE ON THAT TOTALLY, WHAT YOU'RE TRYING TO DO.

AND THEN HAVE THE ABILITY TO SWITCH OFF. AND THAT'S, YOU KNOW, IT'S UH, THAT'S A . SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO WORK AT THAT. SOMETIMES IT COMES NATURALLY. OBVIOUSLY IF YOU'RE PLAYING WELL,

IT'S EASY. YOU KNOW, YOU'VE JUST HIT A NICE SHOT SO YOU WANDER DOWN THE FAIRWAY CHATTING ABOUT WHATEVER. AND UH, THEN YOU GET TO THE NEXT AND IT'S ALL IN A LOVELY FLOW. WHEN IT'S

NOT GOING SO WELL AND THE BALL'S IN THE THICK ROUGH FOR, YOU KNOW, THE UMP-TEENTH TIME AND YOU'RE 3-OVER PAR, AND FOR THE UMP-TEENTH TIME, IT'S NOT QUITE SO EASY, IS IT?

PETER KESSLER
WHEN YOU TAKE A LOOK AT THINGS, YOU GO DEEP AND YOU ARE METICULOUS AND YOU TAKE YOUR TIME. HOW DID YOU MAKE YOUR DECISION TO FORM A PROFESSIONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH BARNEY ADAMS AND ADAMS GOLF?

NICK FALDO
WELL THAT ONE COME ABOUT, UM, FORTUNATELY THROUGH . TIMING WAS VERY IMPORTANT WHICH IS LUCKY. MY UH, CONTRACT WITH MIZUNO WAS ENDING IN MAY OF LAST YEAR,

AND I SAW THE TIGHT LIES CLUBS TO START WITH. I THOUGHT, `WOW, THESE ARE VERY INTERESTING.' AND WE HAD SOME MADE UP. AND I HIT THEM AND THOUGHT, WELL THIS IS GREAT. AND THEN SO WE .

IN FACT, MY MANAGERS MET WITH BARNEY A YEAR AGO AT THE TRADE SHOW AND STARTED TO TALK. AND THE DEAL WAS REALLY THAT BARNEY SAID, WELL HE WANTED SOMEBODY ONBOARD WHO'S GONNA BE PART OF THE COMPANY.

HE SAID, WE'RE NOT GOING PAY HIM LIKE UH, YOU KNOW, I DON'T WANT AN ENDORSEMENT . HE JUST GOT A BAG AND GOES AWAY. HE'S GOTTA BE A PART OF THE FAMILY. AND SO,

THAT'S JUST VERY MUCH WHAT I WANTED, YOU KNOW, HE HAD A GOLF BAG WITH ONE CLUB, BASICALLY THE COMPANY,

VERY SUCCESSFUL CLUB IN THE TIGHT LIES AND THERE WAS THE OPPORTUNITY FOR ME TO COME ONBOARD AND BE INVOLVED IN FILLING THE REST OF THE BAG. SO,

WE STARTED WITH THE DRIVER PROJECT, UH, LAST MAY. WE TALKED ABOUT THAT, WHAT WE WERE TRYING TO DO. AND THEN WE LAUNCHED THE DRIVER THIS WEEK AT THE TRADE SHOW. AND,

AND THEN ONE OF THE PROJECTS I WANTED TO BE INVOLVED WITH, UH, WAS WEDGES. UM, I SAID TO BARNEY WAY BACK THEN, LET'S DO SOME WEDGES, DO THIS. BUT HE WAS SO INVOLVED WITH THE DRIVERS.

SO I TOOK THAT UPON MYSELF AND WHAT WITH RICK NELSON, WHO'S MY SORT OF RIGHT HAND MAN, I COME UP HOPEFULLY WITH THE IDEAS AND I SAY, `RICK, GO AND DO THIS AND STICK THIS ON HERE

AND GRIND THIS OFF HERE AND BRING IT BACK IN A COUPLE WEEKS TIME. WE'LL HIT SOME BUNKER SHOTS AND WE'LL DO SOME CHIPPING.' AND SO, WE'VE BEEN WORKING ON THE WEDGES AND THEY'VE MADE IT TO THE SHOW AS WELL.

SO WE'VE LAUNCHED THE DRIVER AND SORT OF A WEDGE SERIES AT THE SAME TIME. AND JUST, STRAIGHT OUT OF THE OVEN .

WHICH I PUT IN 20 MINUTES EARLIER. HERE THEY ARE.

SO THIS IS THE WEDGE - OH NO, THIS IS THE DRIVER. THAT'S WHAT I WAS JUST CHECKING.

PETER KESSLER
THAT'S THE ONE THAT HOGAN SAID WAS IMPORTANT,

NICK FALDO
UH, YEAH. SO UM,

PETER KESSLER
I TAKE AND REMEMBER.

NICK FALDO
THE KEY THING THAT WE'VE DONE HERE IS UH, IS A MILLED FACE. AND WHAT WE'VE DONE IS, UH, IS CALLED `SPIN CONTROL' BECAUSE AMATEURS OBVIOUSLY SLICE OR HOOK THE BALL.

AND WE'VE DISCOVERED THAT BY MOVING THE CENTER AROUND, WHAT YOU KNOW WITH ALL THE CURVES, HELPS STOP SLICING AND STOP HOOKING. SO WE CAN MOVE THIS FOR US. YOU CAN STAND ON THE RANGE AND YOU HIT YOUR SHOT,

WE CAN GIVE YOU THE ONE WE THINK IS RIGHT. AND WE WILL DEFINITELY REDUCE YOUR SLICE OR YOUR HOOK. AND THE BEAUTY OF DOING THAT OBVIOUSLY IF THERE'S YOUR ARC AND THAT'S 250 YARDS, HERE'S YOUR TEE AND HERE'S YOUR BALL, BIT OF VISUALIZATION HERE, YOU KNOW,

THERE'S 250 YARDS AND IT'S IN THE RIGHT HAND ROUGH, WELL OBVIOUSLY IF WE'VE REDUCED THE SPIN, YOU KNOW, AND YOU'VE GOT IT STRAIGHT, WELL YOU STILL HIT IT 250 YARDS, BUT YOU CAN SEE YOU'RE ALREADY HALF A DOZEN YARDS NEARER TO THE PIN OR TO THE GREEN.

PLUS THE DRIVER ON OUR TESTS HAS COME UP VERY WELL FOR DISTANCE. SO YOU'RE GETTING A DOUBLE WHAMMY. YOU GAIN A BIT LENGTH AND A LOT MORE ACCURATE DRIVER. SO THAT. THAT'S THAT ONE.

PETER KESSLER
NOW WAIT A SECOND. SO, AND THEN WHEN I GO AHEAD AND MISS THAT INTO THE ROUGH OR PUT IT INTO PLAY

NICK FALDO
YEAH, THAT'S WHY WE GOT THE WEDGES.

PETER KESSLER
YOU'VE GOT A WEDGE THAT I CAN USE FOR BOTH SHOTS, RIGHT?

NICK FALDO
THAT'S WHY WE GOT THE WEDGES. NOW, THIS IS WHAT I WANTED TO DO.

YOU KNOW, I'VE BEEN . I DID IT THROUGH THE SUMMER, I WAS TINKERING AROUND `CAUSE I HAD A WEDGE THAT I REALLY LIKED.

PETER KESSLER
SHOW THE CLUB THAT WAY A LITTLE BIT SO EVERYBODY AT HOME CAN SEE.

NICK FALDO
THERE WE GO. YOU CAN PROBABLY SEE WE GOT, UM, SORT OF A MIXTURE OF DIFFERENT GRINDS ON THE BOTTOM FOR DIFFERENT BOUNCES AS I WOULD CALL THEM.

SO YOU GOT A BOUNCE HERE FOR PITCHING AND CHIP SHOTS. AND YOU GOT A DIFFERENT BOUNCE FOR BUNKER SHOTS AND YOU GOT A DIFFERENT BOUNCE FOR LOBBED SHOTS. SO, I'VE

ITRIED TO ROLL ALL FOUR OF THOSE INTO ONE CLUB. AND IT'S WORKING. SO EVERYBODY'S ... YOU KNOW, IT'S HAD SOME GREAT FEEDBACK. THE GUYS ARE LOVING IT. AND, YOU KNOW, I'VE .

I DISCOVERED JUST THROUGH HAND GRINDING, ALL THIS HAND SANDING OF CLUBS, THAT YOU KNOW A CLUB DOESN'T BOUNCE EXACTLY IN -- WHERE WE REALLY THINK IT DOES, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU'RE HITTING BUNKER SHOTS. IT'S A .

IT'S A LITTLE BIT MORE COMPLICATED. SO UH, YOU KNOW, I'M QUITE PLEASED WITH THAT. SO, THESE ARE GONNA BE OUT PRETTY SOON FOR THE PUBLIC. AND THEN I'M GONNA BE WORKING ON A PRO VERSION `CAUSE I THINK THAT THE GUYS WANT TO BE ABLE FINE TUNE IT THEMSELVES AND THAT SORT OF THING. SO,

UH, YOU KNOW, THAT'S A . I'M ENJOYING IT. I LOVE THIS SORT OF THING. I MEAN, IT'S . I CAN TINKER AROUND. I'VE ALWAYS BEEN INTERESTED IN FIDDLING WITH MY CLUBS AND DESIGNING CLUBS WHERE . AND NOW

THE OPPORTUNITY BEING WITH ADAMS AND BARNEY'S, AND YOU KNOW, I REPORT TO BARNEY. IF I COME UP WITH AN IDEA, HE EITHER SAYS, `GREAT' OR HE GOES, `WHAT THE HELL'S THAT?' YOU KNOW.

BUT AT LEAST WE DO IT. YOU KNOW, AT LEAST WE - HE'S, YOU KNOW, . I WENT AHEAD AND DID SOMETHING WITH THE WEDGES AND HE SAYS, `GREAT, RIGHT,' LET'S PUT IT . PRESSED A BUTTON, HE'S ORDERED SIXTY THOUSAND OF THEM, I THINK. SO WE'RE OFF AND RUNNING.

PETER KESSLER
WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK, RIGHT AFTER THIS. AND AS WE LEAVE YOU FOR JUST A MOMENT, LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF NICK FALDO'S ACHIEVEMENTS.

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