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Golf Talk Live - Tiger Woods Transcript Segment 5

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PETER KESSLER

TIGER HAS COMPLAINED HE'S HAVING A LITTLE TROUBLE WITH HIS SWING. WERE GOING TO WORK SOME THINGS OUT WITH YOUR HELP. LET'S SEE A COUPLE OF WEDGE SWINGS.

TIGER WOODS

A COUPLE OF WEDGES HOW ABOUT AN 8 IRON.

PETER KESSLER

HOW ABOUT AN 8 IRON.

TIGER WOODS

NOT BAD FOR AN OLD STIFF GUY HUH.

PETER KESSLER

YEAH RIGHT ESPECIALLY THE AGE YOUR GOING TO BE SOON. HIT ONE MORE FOR ME.

TIGER WOODS

ONE MORE.

PETER KESSLER

AND TELL ME WHAT IT IS THAT YOU THINK ABOUT. YOU KEEP IT SO SIMPLE WHEN YOU PLAY WITH AMATEURS THEY TEND TO NOT KEEP IT SIMPLE DO THEY .

TIGER WOODS

YOU KNOW THEY THINK ABOUT A LOT OF THINGS. ONE IS DON'T GO HERE DON'T GO THERE.

PETER KESSLER

DON'T THOUGHTS!

TIGER WOODS

YEAH DON'T THOUGHTS, FOR ME MY DAD HAS TAUGHT ME WHERE DO YOU WANT THE BALL TO GO AND I SAID DADDY I WANT TO HIT THE BALL RIGHT THERE AND HE'D SAY THEN HIT IT RIGHT THERE AND IT'S AS SIMPLE AS THAT AND HOW EVER YOU DO IT IS UP TO YOU. YOUR MAIN THOUGHT IS TO GET THE BALL WHERE YOU WANT IT TO GO AND DON'T WORRY ABOUT ANYTHING ELSE.

PETER KESSLER

WHEN YOUR HITTING A PARTIAL SHOT WHICH MOST RECREATIONAL GOLFERS HAVE TROUBLE WITH WHAT DO YOU DO TO ENSURE THAT YOU GET THE RIGHT FEEL FOR THE DISTANCE THAT YOU NEED?

TIGER WOODS

I FEEL IT THROUGH MY HANDS , I DO A LOT OF HAND WORK THIS WAY I TRY TO FEEL HOW MUCH FORCE I'M GOING TO USE THROUGH A SHOT AT IMPACT. IT'S ALL, SHORT SHOTS ARE ALL FEEL AND YOU'VE GOT TO ALWAYS BE IN TUNED WHAT YOUR BODIES DOING THAT DAY. WHETHER YOU HIGH ON ADRENALINE OR YOUR SLUGGISH BECAUSE YOU AT TOO MUCH OR WHATEVER IT IS, YOU JUST GOT TO BE ALWAYS IN TUNE AND CERTAIN DAYS YOU DO CERTAIN THINGS.

PETER KESSLER

HOW EARLY DO YOU FEEL YOUR GRIPPING THE GOLF CLUB. DURING ADDRESS AND DURING THE GOLF SWING ITSELF. ON A ONE TO TEN SCALE, TENS THE FIRMEST HOW WOULD YOU RATE IT?

TIGER WOODS

GOOD QUESTION I'VE NEVER THOUGHT ABOUT IT. IT'S PROBABLY ABOUT A 6 OR 7.

PETER KESSLER

DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU MAINTAIN THROUGH OUT THE GOLF SWING?

TIGER WOODS

YEAH I FEEL LIKE I DO BUT I KNOW AT TIMES. EVERY PLAYER AT IMPACT THEIR GOING TO TIGHTEN UP JUST A LITTLE BIT, IT'S JUST NATURAL.

PETER KESSLER

I ALWAYS FEEL LIKE WHEN I WATCH YOUR SWING, THAT YOUR NOT SWINGING AT 100 PERCENT YOU WERE TALKING TO TOM CURTSIR THE OTHER NIGHT AND HE ALWAYS LOOKS LIKE HE'S 80, 85, WHAT DO YOU FEEL LIKE?

TIGER WOODS

ON A PERCENTAGE SCALE I'M PROBABLY AT A NORMAL AVERAGE SHOT I'M PROBABLY ABOUT 75 PERCENT WITH MY DRIVER I'M RIGHT AROUND 80 PERCENT I'VE GOT A LOT LEFT TO RESERVE BUT I START TO LOSE IT IN MY ACCURACY WHEN I DO THAT.

PETER KESSLER

PROBABLY PRETTY GOOD ADVICE FOR OUR VIEWERS AT HOME ISN'T IT.

TIGER WOODS

HEY YOU GOT TO KEEP IT IN THE SHORT GRASS.

PETER KESSLER

LET'S GO AHEAD AND TALK TO TRIPP IN OKLAHOMA, HOW ARE YOU TRIPP?

PHONE CALLER TRIPP

AH GOOD THIS ISN'T TRIPP KEENE, THIS IS TRIPP KENWORTHY.

PETER KESSLER
WERE STILL HAPPY TO TALK TO YOU.

PHONE CALLER TRIPP

UM, I WAS JUST WONDERING TIGER HOW YOU GET SO MUCH CLUB HEAD SPEED ON YOUR SHOT AND HOW FAR DID YOU DRIVE IT AT 15 YEARS OLD?

TIGER WOODS

HOW FAR DID I DRIVE IT WHEN I WAS 15. WELL I COULD HIT IT PROBABLY AROUND 280 TO 290 BUT I ABSOLUTELY HAD NO IDEA WHERE IT WAS GOING. I LEAD THE STATS IN OTHER FAIRWAYS HIT BUT I WAS ALL OVER THE MAP BUT I THINK MY SPEED IS NATURAL, I'VE NATURALLY HAD THE HIP SPEED TO GENERATE THE CLUB HEAD SPEED THAT I HAVE. IT'S SOMETHING YOU CAN'T TEACH EITHER YOU HAVE IT OR YOU DON'T YOU CAN'T TEACH RANDY JOHNSON OR ROGER CLEMENS NOT TO THROUGH 100 MILE AN HOUR FAST BALL , IT JUST DOESN'T HAPPEN IT'S JUST A NATURAL THING FOR ME IT'S NATURAL TO HAVE SPEED BUT THEN AGAIN IT'S BEEN VERY HARD TO SLOW IT DOWN TOO.

PETER KESSLER

WOULD IT BE GOOD ADVICE THOUGH FOR OUR VIEWERS AT HOME THAT IF THEY SWING AT THE 80 PERCENT THAT YOU DO AND LOOK FOR SOLID CONTACT THAT YOUR GOING TO HAVE A MORE SYNCHRONIZED MOVE.

TIGER WOODS

YEAH WHEN ONE OF THE INTERESTING THINGS ABOUT MY GAMES I'VE RARELY MISS HIT SHOTS. I HIT THEM OFF LINE BECAUSE MY PATH IS CROOKED BUT I DON'T MISS HIT A WHOLE LOT OF SHOTS BECAUSE I'M NOT GOING AT IT VERY HARD BECAUSE THE HARDER I GO AT IT THE MORE LIKELY I'M GOING TO MISS HIT SHOTS, ESPECIALLY ON THE HEEL.

PETER KESSLER

WE'VE GOT SOMEONE FROM JAPAN, WE HAVE YINOSKY ON THE PHONE , HELLO.

PHONE CALLER YINOSKY

HELLO

PETER KESSLER

HOW ARE YOU?

PHONE CALLER YINOSKY

I HAVE A QUESTION FOR TIGER

TIGER WOODS

HI!

PETER KESSLER

THANK YOU FOR CALLING US.

PHONE CALLER YINOSKY

THANK YOU. FIRST I'D LIKE TO SAY ALL JAPANESE GOLF FANS ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU IN JAPAN. MY QUESTION IS THAT I KNOW YOU ARE A VERY VERY LONG HITTER . DO YOU THINK WHICH IS MORE IMPORTANT LONG GAME OR SHORT GAME AND WHY.

TIGER WOODS

LONG GAME OR SHORT GAME. WELL I THINK BOTH ARE VERY IMPORTANT BUT I THINK THE SHORT GAME IS THE MOST IMPORTANT. IT'S GREAT TO HIT THE BALL LONG LIKE I DO, BUT YOU CAN GET IN A LOT OF TROUBLE AND IN ORDER TO GET YOURSELF OUT OF TROUBLE YOU HAVE GOT TO HAVE A GOOD SHORT GAME AND SHORT GAMES , SHORT GAMES HAVE WON ME A LOT OF MY TOURNAMENTS PROBABLY THE MAJORITY OF MY TOURNAMENTS JUST THE ABILITY TO CHIP AND PUTT ESPECIALLY MAKE THOSE 4, 5, 6 FOOTERS THAT'S WHAT WINS YOUR GOLF TOURNAMENTS.

PETER KESSLER

WHAT'S GOING ON WITH YOUR 4, 5, AND 6, FOOTERS?

TIGER WOODS

I DON'T KNOW CAN YOU HELP ME OUT?

PETER KESSLER

ABSOLUTELY !

TIGER WOODS

PERFECT!

PETER KESSLER

WHAT KIND OF TROUBLE ARE YOU HAVING?

TIGER WOODS

YOU KNOW I THINK IT'S MY OLD AGE .

PETER KESSLER

WELL THE BONES GET BRITTLE WHEN YOU REACH 20 .

TIGER WOODS

YOU KNOW, MY HANDS AREN'T EXACTLY WHAT THEY USE TO BE.

PETER KESSLER

NOW HOW COME YOUR STROKE FROM THIS DISTANCE OR FROM REALLY CLOSER ALWAYS LOOKS QUICKER THAN THE ONE FROM 30 FEET?

TIGER WOODS

I'VE PROBABLY BECAUSE I'M A VERY AGGRESSIVE PUTTER . PERIOD I LIKE TO RUN THE BALL BY 3 FEET , 2 OR 3 FEET I JUST LOOK AT IT AND I TAKE THE LOW LINE AND GO.

PETER KESSLER

DO YOU THINK THAT THERE'S LESS IMAGINATION ON A SHORT PUTT AND THAT YOU JUST TEND TO BE FIRMER.

TIGER WOODS

NO I DON'T THINK THAT'S IT I THINK THE FACT THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE WANT TO GET IT OVER WITH CAUSE THEIR SCARED. I KNOW FROM TALKING TO PEOPLE THAT IF THEY GOT A 3, 4 , FOOTER THEY CAN SEE THE HOLE OUT OF THE CORNER OF THEIR EYE.

PETER KESSLER

RIGHT!

TIGER WOODS
AND WHAT THAT MEANS IS IT'S CLOSE ENOUGH WHERE THEY HAVE TO MAKE IT SO THAT MEANS YOU KINDA WANT TO RUSH AND GET IT OVER WITH INSTEAD OF JUST TAKING THEIR TIME.

PETER KESSLER

THAT'S RIGHT CAUSE YOUR EXPECTED TO SO YOU EXPECT YOURSELF TOO.

TIGER WOODS

EXACTLY

PETER KESSLER

AND THEN THERE'S A PERFORMANCE ANXIETY.

TIGER WOODS
AND THEN THERE'S MORE ANXIETY IN THE END TO PERFORM AND THEN YOU KINDA ????????????

PETER KESSLER

WELL LET'S SEE WHAT'S GOING ON HERE. WELL WE DO WANT TO GET YOU READY FOR NEXT YEAR.

TIGER WOODS

I CAN'T READ THE GREENS

PETER KESSLER

YEAH IN REAL TROUBLE. I THINK MAYBE INSIDE LEFT.

TIGER WOODS

IS IT CROSS AM I GOING TO HAVE TO GO ACROSS?

PETER KESSLER

YEAH, I'M A LITTLE CONCERNED ABOUT YOUR OPTICS.

TIGER WOODS

OKAY

PETER KESSLER

I WAS VERY CONCERNED ABOUT IT DURING THE AMATEUR WHEN YOU JUST KEPT MAKING 50 FOOTERS.

TIGER WOODS

I CAN'T PUTT .

PETER KESSLER

WELL I CAN SEE WHY YOU ONLY WON TWO OF THOSE OF THOSE 7 EVENT.

TIGER WOODS

YEAH YOU KNOW

PETER KESSLER

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT WHEN YOU GET OVER A PUTT FOR REAL

TIGER WOODS

FOR REAL.

PETER KESSLER

DO YOU THINK DURING THROUGH THE STROKE OR ARE YOU LOOKING FOR THE RIGHT FEEL THROUGH THE HITTING AREA?

TIGER WOODS

NUMBER 2, LOOKING FOR FEEL, IT'S ALL PACE PUTTING IS NOTHING BUT PACE YOU WANT TO HIT THE BALL ON THE LINE THAT YOU CHOSE. ACTUALLY IT'S THE OTHER WAY AROUND, PACE DETERMINES YOU LINE BUT YOU GET OVER THE PUTT, FOR ME I GET OVER THE PUTT AND LIKE TO FEEL IT WITH MY HANDS IF YOU'LL SEE ME ON A PUTT, A LOT OF TIME I'LL ACTUALLY DO THIS. ALL I'M DOING IS TRYING TO GET THE FEEL OF THE STROKE AT WHAT I NEED TO ACCOMPLISH.

PETER KESSLER

ONCE YOU DECIDED WHAT THE LINE IS WHICH I ASSUME THAT YOU CAN SEE IN 5 SECONDS AT THE LONGEST, DO YOU THEN, JUST CONCENTRATING ON PACE AND FEEL AND NOTHING ELSE.

TIGER WOODS

NOTHING ELSE YOU DON'T WORRY ABOUT YOUR MECHANICS, YOU LOOK AT THE HOLE, OR YOU LOOK AT YOUR SPOT FOR A SPOT PUTTER, OR LOOK AT A TRY TO FEEL IT, YOU ALWAYS DO SOMETHING TO ELIMINATE THIS, WHAT HAPPENS HERE. I JUST WORRY ABOUT JUST MY FEEL, WHATEVER I'M FEELING THAT DAY. I JUST TRY TO FEEL IT INTO THE HOLE.

PETER KESSLER

WELL APPARENTLY IT'S WORKING, WERE GOING TO TAKE A SHORT BREAK WE WILL BE RIGHT BACK WITH TIGER RIGHT AFTER THIS, DON'T LEAVE US.

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