Golf Talk Live - Tommy Bolt Transcript Segment 5

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PETER KESSLER
TOMMY, HERE'S A QUESTION THAT WAS SENT IN BY ONE OF OUR VIEWERS. AND THE QUESTION IS,

'WHAT DO YOU THINK OF CADDIES LINING UP PLAYERS? SHOULDN'T WORLD CLASS PLAYERS BE ABLE TO LINE THEMSELVES UP?', WANTS TO KNOW, SHAWN WALLACE IN CLEVELAND, OHIO.

TOMMY BOLT
YES, PLAYERS SHOULD BE - SHOULD LINE THEMSELVES UP. IT . THERE IS - THE . CADDIES SHOULDN'T . CADDIES UH SHOULD JUST UH GET THE YARDAGE, WHAT THEY DO NOWADAYS.

BACK IN THE - BACK WHEN WE PLAYED OUT THERE, PETER, WE - WE PLAYED BY SIGHT. WE DIDN'T HAVE YARDAGE BOOKS AND ALL THAT KIND OF JAZZ BECAUSE WE UH, WE PLAYED DIFFERENT TYPES OF SHOTS.

YOU KNOW, YOU EITHER HIT IT SOFT OR YOU HIT IT FULL. NOWADAYS, THEY HIT EVERY - THEY GOT A CLUB FOR EACH SWING. AND EVERY SWING IS A FULL SWING. THERE'S NO HALF SWINGS OR .

TIGER WOODS IS THE ONLY ONE THAT CAN HIT HALF SHOTS OUT THERE AND - AND HIT THEM ACCURATE.

PETER KESSLER
GOT A GOOD FRIEND OF YOURS ON THE PHONE WITH US. WE HAVE CHRIS IN GEORGIA, THE WONDERFUL TEACHING PRO. HOW ARE YOU CHRIS?

CHRIS FROM GEORGIA
I'M DOING GREAT, PETER. GOOD TO HEAR FROM YOU.

PETER KESSLER
SAME HERE, SIR.

CHRIS FROM GEORGIA
HEY TOMMY.

TOMMY BOLT
HELLO PETER, HOW ARE YOU?

PETER KESSLER
THAT'S CHRIS.

TOMMY BOLT
UH CHRIS, I'M SORRY.

PETER KESSLER
THAT'S ALRIGHT.

CHRIS FROM GEORGIA
PETER, THIS . TOMMY, THIS IS CHRIS, CHRIS MERMIN IN GEORGIA.

TOMMY BOLT
YES, YES . I GOT YOU, CHRIS.

CHRIS FROM GEORGIA
OKAY.

PETER KESSLER
I'M CONFUSED NOW.

TOMMY BOLT
GO AHEAD.

CHRIS FROM GEORGIA
HEY UH, YOU KNOW, WE WERE TALKING ABOUT THE HALL OF FAME EARLIER.

TOMMY BOLT
YEAH, YEAH.

CHRIS FROM GEORGIA
AND UH, IF THEY USE THE CRITERIA OF HELPING OTHERS AND JUST BEING A - A GOOD PERSON, YOU'D BEEN IN THERE 3 TIMES.

TOMMY BOLT
THANK YOU.

CHRIS FROM GEORGIA
UH, YOU KNOW, A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T KNOW ALL YOU'VE DONE FOR TOM WEISKOPF AND CHI-CHI AND ALL THE OTHER YOUNG GUYS OUT THERE.

AND UH, I JUST WANTED TAKE A MINUTE AND MAKE SURE EVERYBODY UNDERSTOOD THAT ABOUT YOU. AND - AND I HOPE YOU TAKE A MINUTE AND EXPLAIN THAT.

TOMMY BOLT
OH, THANK YOU - THANK YOU, CHRIS. I APPRECIATE THAT.

CHRIS FROM GEORGIA
UH .

TOMMY BOLT
YOU'RE - HEY, YOU'RE A GREAT PLAYER. YOU'RE A PROT_G_ OF MINE.

CHRIS FROM GEORGIA
WELL, I'M - I'M FORTUNATE TO BE ONE OF THOSE GUYS THAT - THAT UH, THAT HEARD ALL THAT STUFF THAT YOU LEARNED FROM HOGAN AND YOU'VE PASSED IT ON. AND YOU WERE FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO DO THAT FOR ME AND - AND MANY OTHERS.

THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT WERE - WERE BLESSED BY KNOWING YOU.

TOMMY BOLT
I APPRECIATE THAT.

CHRIS FROM GEORGIA:
UH .

TOMMY BOLT
CHRIS, LET ME TELL YOU THAT UM, TOM PURTZER UH, APPROACHED - APPROACHED ME IN - IN UH, PHOENIX UH 2 OR 3 YEARS AGO AND THANKED ME FOR UH,

TEACHING - TELLING WEISKOPF ALL THE THINGS THAT HOGAN TOLD ME `CAUSE WEISKOPF PASSED THEM ON TO HIM. AND HE THOUGHT THAT IT HELPED HIS GOLF GAME.

AND HE DOES HAVE A BEAUTIFUL SWING, TOM PURTZER DOES HAVE.

PETER KESSLER
IF YOU WERE GONNA SAY A COUPLE OF THINGS THAT - THAT HOGAN WOULD HAVE PASSED ALONG THAT WOULD BE GREAT PIECES OF KNOWLEDGE FOR EVERYBODY WHO LOVES TO PLAY GOLF AND WANTS TO GET BETTER, WHAT WOULD THOSE BE?

TOMMY BOLT
UM, I WOULD THINK THAT UH, PETER, THAT UM ...

THAT THE GRIP, YOU GOT UH .

BASICALLY, THE GRIP IS THE - THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IN GOLF. IF YOU DON'T GRIP THE CLUB PROPERLY, YOU'RE NOT GONNA BE ABLE TO MAKE A GOOD SWING AT IT.

SO IT'S JUST THAT SIMPLE, TO START WITH. THEN YOU UH . THEN YOU HAVE TO HIT A LOT OF PRACTICE BALLS AND - AND YOU'VE GOT TO WORK AT IT.

GOLF'S A TOUGH GAME. IT'S THE HARDEST GAME OF ALL OF THEM. YOU REALLY HAVE TO WORK AT IT TO PLAY WELL.

PETER KESSLER
YOU KNOW, PEOPLE TALK ABOUT HOW TIGER WOODS HAS GOTTEN HIMSELF INTO INCREDIBLE SHAPE, BETTER THAN EVER, HOW ERNIE ELS HAS BEEN WORKING OUT SO THAT HE CAN COMPETE AT HIS BEST AS OFTEN AS HE IS POSSIBLE.

AND THERE IS A SORT OF A SENSE THAT WHEN YOU AND - AND SAM AND BEN WERE IN YOUR PRIME THAT YOU GUYS DIDN'T DO ANYTHING TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELVES. BUT THAT'S FAR FROM THE TRUTH, ISN'T IT?

TOMMY BOLT
YES, IT IS. WE - WE - WE WORKED AT UH . I WAS IN THE CONSTRUCTION BUSINESS. I WAS PRETTY STRONG TO START WITH WHEN I WENT OUT THERE, PETER. UH, BUT I - I KEPT MYSELF IN - IN PRETTY GOOD CONDITION

AND SO DID THEY. SNEAD WAS A GOOD - REAL GOOD ATHLETE AND SO WAS HOGAN. AND UM, YOU - YOU - YOU HAD TO STAY IN SHAPE. GOLF IS A . IS A TOUGHER GAME THAN IT'S BEEN UH GIVEN CREDIT FOR BEING.

IT'S HARD UH, TO PLAY 36 HOLES IN ONE DAY, YOU KNOW, UNDER UH TREMENDOUS PRESSURE AND THAT'S WHAT WE DID.

PETER KESSLER
AND SNEAD USED TO DO SIT-UPS AND PUSH-UPS AND .

TOMMY BOLT
YES, YES HE DID.

PETER KESSLER
AND RUNNING DOWN HALLWAYS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT.

TOMMY BOLT
HE'S . HE'S STILL IN GOOD SHAPE, SAM IS.

PETER KESSLER
AND HE'LL LET YOU PUNCH HIM.

TOMMY BOLT
YES, HE'LL LET YOU PUNCH HIM RIGHT IN THE STOMACH, BOY, AND YOUR HAND WILL BOUNCE BACK, I'LL TELL YOU THAT.

PETER KESSLER
IT DOES. IT'S LIKE A PIECE OF WOOD.

TOMMY BOLT
IT REALLY IS. IT'S HARD.

PETER KESSLER
WE'RE GONNA TAKE A BREAK, TOMMY. WE'LL COME BACK AND KEEP TALKING RIGHT AFTER THIS.

TOMMY BOLT
OKAY.

(BREAK)

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