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Golf Talk Live - Sam Snead Transcript Segment 1

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IN THE HISTORY OF SPORTS NO ONE EVER PLAYED THEIR GAME AT WORLD CLASS LEVELS LONGER THAN THE AMAZING AND INCREDIBLE SAM SNEAD. THIRTY TWO YEARS AFTER WINNING HIS FIRST PGA CHAMPIONSCHIP IN 1942 SNEAD ALMOST WON IT AGAIN FINISHING THIRD BEHIND A COUPLE OF KIDS NAMED TREVINO AND NICKLAUS.

HE WAS A MAJOR FACTOR IN THE EARLY DAYS OF THE TOUR AND AN EQUALLY MAJOR FACTOR IN THE EARLY DAYS OF THE SENIOR TOUR NEARLY FIFTY YEARS LATER. HE PLAYED AGAINST AND BEAT GENERATIONS OF GREAT GOLFERS, NAMES LIKE JONES, SARAZEN, HOGAN, NELSON, GOODDALL, DEMERRIT, PALMER, CASPER, NICKLAUS AND PLAYER.

HE TAUGHT HIMSELF THE GAME IN THE MOUNTAINS OF VIRGINIA HE MADE HIS FIRST CLUBS FROM MAPLE LIMBS AND LEFT BARK ON ONE END TO GRIP THE CLUB SECURELY, BALLS WERE HARD TO FIND AND SAM LEARNED TO DRAW THE BALL BECAUSE THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE PASTURE BEHIND THE SNEAD HOME DRAINED POORLY AND A SLICED BALL COULD BE LOST FOR EVER.

HE BUILT HIS SWING THROUGH TRIAL AND ERROR AND HE PLAYED BY FEEL. HE ASSEMBLED A LIST OF SWING KEYS WHICH HE STILL USES TODAY AT AGE 84. SAM DISCOVERED THAT A SWING THAT USED 80-90% OF HIS POWER WAS MORE EFFECTIVE THAN A MORE AGGRESIVE HIT. HE WON MORE PGA TOUR VESTS THAN ANY MAN WHO EVER PLAYED THE GAME.

HIS SWING MAYBE AS ATTRACTIVE AND PLEASING AS ANYONE WHO EVER SWUNG A GOLF CLUB, AND WAS EVERY BIT AS EFFECTIVE AS IT WAS BEAUTIFUL. HE IS A LEGEND, A SUPERSTAR, AN AMERICAN INSTITUTION AND A GREAT TELLER OF STORIES. HEAR SOME OF THEM TONIGHT WHEN YOU MEET SAM SNEAD ON GOLF TALK LIVE.

PETER KESSLER
GREAT TO SEE YOU MY FRIEND.

SAM SNEAD
THANKS PETER.

PETER KESSLER
I WANT TO WELCOME EVERYONE TO GOLF TALK LIVE IM PETER KESLER AND THIS OF COURSE IS THE GREAT SAM SNEAD. HOW ARE YOU PLAYING?

SAM SNEAD
LOUSY

PETER KESSLER

TELL ME ABOUT IT. WHAT ARE YOU SHOOTING?

SAM SNEAD
ANYWHERE FROM A TO B.

PETER KESSLER
A TO B.

SAM SNEAD
A TO B.

PETER KESSLER
DO YOU STILL HAVE A FLOCK OF PIGEONS THAT YOUR FLEECING THESE DAYS?

SAM SNEAD
WELL YOU KNOW IVE LOST ALMOST ALL MY PIGEONS. BRUCE FORBES??? WAS MY FAVORITE PIGEON.

PETER KESSLER
THAT'S MALCOMS BROTHER, RIGHT?

SAM SNEAD
BROTHER. WE WOULD HAVE ABOUT 800 GOING EVERY DAY WE PLAY AND YOU
KNOW WHAT HE CALL ME? PIGG, HE CALL, ' SAY, HEY PIGG!, WHAT TIME WE GOING?' AND I SAID 'AS SOON AS YOU CAN GET HERE.' WE GOT A STARTING TIME?', I SAID 'A STANDING ONE'

PETER KESSLER
HE WAS A PIGEON, HEY, IS IT TRUE THAT WHEN YOU, WHEN YOU AND YOUR BROTHER HOMER WERE BOYS THAT YOU USED TO MAKE YOUR FIRST GOLF CLUBS BY CUTTING DOWN THE LIMBS OF THE SWAMP MAPLES?

SAM SNEAD
WELL THAT ENDED UP THE BEST CLUB, BUT WHEN I WAS A KID WE HAD CHESTNUT TREES THEN AND AS YOU CUT A TREE DOWN, ESPECIALLY IF IT IS A LARGE ONE THEN IT WOULD HAVE SPROUTS GOING UP ALL AROUND IT SO YOU COULD GO JUST KICK ONE OFF, TAKE A HATCHET, PUT A LITTLE MORE LOFT ON IT, OH, YIOU COULD TRY TO BE FANCY. TAKE ALL THE BARK BUT 12 INCHES, THAT'S THE GRIP. YOU LEFT THAT FOR THE GRIP

PETER KESSLER
DO YOU REMEMBER THE YEAR THAT YOU WON THE MASTERS THE LAST TIME IN '54 THAT YOU WENT BACK TO OLD WHITE THAT SUMMER AND MADE ANOTHER MAPLE LIMB SWAMP GOLF CLUB AND WENT AROUND OLD WHITE IN '76 WITH THAT CLUB AND A WEDGE?

SAM SNEAD
THAT'S RIGHT. HOW'D YOU KNOW THAT?

PETER KESSLER
YOU TOLD ME THAT ONCE. TELL ME ABOUT THAT. HOW'D YOU PUT? WHAT DID YOU PUT WITH THE WEDGE OR THE

SAM SNEAD
THE WEDGE

PETER KESSLER
'76

SAM SNEAD
YOU HIT IT RIGHT AT THE EQUATER WITH THE SOLE AND YOU COULD RUN IT PRETTY GOOD

PETER KESSLER
ALL THE GUYS ARE DOING THAT TODAY FROM THE FRINGE

SAM SNEAD
FRINGE, YES. THEY ARE DOING IT A LOT

PETER KESSLER
WHEN YOU USED TO PLAY A LOT OF MATCH PLAY EVENTS LIKE THE PGA, FOR EXAMPLE, DO YOU MISS THAT THAT ISN'T AROUND ANYMORE AND THAT ALL THE TOURNAMENTS WERE STROKE PLAY. WASN'T IT A LOT OF FUN TO HAVE THE MATCH PLAY EVENTS?

SAM SNEAD
IT WAS BUT, THEY FINALLY FOUND OUT THAT WHEN YOU HAD 2 FINALISTS THAT WERE HARDLY HEARD OF, THAT MAYBE 200 PEOPLE WOULD SHOW UP FOR THE FINALS

PETER KESSLER
AND NOBODY'D WATCH IT ON TV

SAM SNEAD
AND SO, IT WAS DECIDED THAT'S GONE. AND SO, I DON'T BLAME THEM

PETER KESSLER
NOW, IT WAS SAID WHEN YOU WERE A KID, LIKE WALTER HAGAN, YOU LIKED TO FOOL AROUND WITH CLOTHES ON YOUR MOMS SEWING MACHINE AND SHE THOUGHT YOU WERE GOING TO BE A TAYLOR AT ONE POINT, RIGHT?

SAM SNEAD
OH, SURE. I TAKE UP PANTS AND I COULD PUT FRENCH CUTS ON THEM AND I COULD TAKE UP AND PUT A NEW COLLAR ON IT. I SUPPOSE I WAS THE WIZ WHEN I COMES ?????. SCARED MY MOTHER TO DEATH. BUT, I WAS VERY CAREFUL

PETER KESSLER
WHAT'D YOUR MOM AND DAD THINK ABOUT YOUR PLAYING GOLF AND YOUR FAME WHEN IT CAME?

SAM SNEAD
YOU KNOW, THEY NEVER SAID ANYTHING ABOUT THAT. I SAID TO MY MOTHER ONE TIME WHEN I CAME HOME, I SAID, `MOM, DID YOU EVER THINK I'D EVER AMOUNT TO ANYTHING?' `WELL, YES. YOU WERE ALWAYS DOING SOMETHING. YOU WERE DOING SOMETHING ALL THE TIME.' AND, GOD LOVE HER, VERY STRICT. WHEN SHE SAID DON'T DO THAT, WE DIDN'T DO THAT. WELL, KIDS,' WELL, I GOTTA HAVE, WELL I.' HM HM HM HM . NOT AT MY HOUSE, THERE WASN'T ANY TALK BACK

PETER KESSLER
WHAT ABOUT YOUR DAD? WAS HE SOFTER THAN MOM?

SAM SNEAD
A LITTLE MORE SO. BUT, EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW
OR ASKED FOR WE WENT TO MOMSHE HAD SEVERAL PEOPLE THAT WOULD COME TO HER ASK HER ABOUT DIFFERENT DEALS AND THINGSHER BROTHER SAID TO HER, HE WAS THE HEAD CARPENTER, FOR THE VIRGINIA HOT SPRINGS COMPANYAND THEY LEFT IT UP TO HIM TO MAKE THE STAIRWELL IN THE TOWER AND HE CAME HOME , HE WAS STAYING AT HOME AT THAT TIME, HE SAID, `LAURA I M AT A QUINCY I DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO BURT LEFT IT UP TO ME, SHE SAID, `ED GO TO BED AND SLEEP ON IT YOU FIND IT, YOULL THINK OF SOMETHING' CAME DOWN THE NEXT MORNING AND SAID, `I GOT HER' WENT IN AND BUILT THE STAIRWELL.

PETER KESSLER
SMART LADY, HOW DID SHE CALL, HOW DID SHE, YOUR MOM CALL ALL THE BOYS IN AT THE END OF THE DAY FOR DINNER HOW DID SHE FIND ALL OF YOU?

SAM SNEAD
HAHA WELL ACTUALLY WHEN I GREW UPAT ANY KIND OF AN AGE YOU MIGHT SAY, 10, 12 YEARS OLD WERNT TOO MANY OF US AT HOME AND I WAS THE YOUNGEST , MY BROTHER NEXT TO ME, WELFORD, THEY CALL HIM PETE HIS THREE YEARS OLDER AND HOMER WAS 12 YEARS OLDER AND I USED TO CHASE FOR HIM HAVE TO GO OVER3 OR 4 FENCES, AND 2 OR 3 FIELDS

PETER KESSLER
HOMER WAS A BIG HITTER THOUGH RIGHT?

SAM SNEAD
HE WAS HE COULD HAVE PLAYED ON THE TOUR HE WAS VERY GOOD. BUT MY MOM SAID, `SON YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE LOOK OUT AFTER HOMER, I SAID, `LOOK OUT AFTER HOMER?', WELL HE WENT AROUND THE WORLD TWICE WELL HE HAD A COUPLE OF PATENTS THAT DIDNT QUITE GET THROUGH BUT WOULD HAVE MADE A LOT OF MONEY.

PETER KESSLER
BUT YOU WERE GREAT FRIENDS WERNT YOU?

SAM SNEAD
WELL HE AND I WERE THE CLOSEST OF THE SIX, ONE SISTER

PETER KESSLER
IS IT TRUE HE USED TO HIT AT 300 YARDS WITH THAT MAPLE CLUB?

SAM SNEAD
HE NEVER HIT ONE WITH THE MAPLE CLUB

PETER KESSLER
OH

SAM SNEAD
IM THE ONLY ONE THAT USED THE MAPLE CLUB.

PETER KESSLER
YOU TELL ME MORE ABOUT THAT, WERE GOING TO TAKE A LITTLE BREAK WE WILL COME RIGHT BACK WITH SAM SNEAD, RIGHT AFTER THIS, DONT GO AWAY.

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