David Leadbetter - Chat Transcript

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 13, 2001, 5:00 pm
TGC_com - Welcome to tonight's Live Chat with TGC Troubleshooter David Leadbetter. We will begin at 10:15 PM ET.
TGC_com - Please feel free to post your question now. We will hold it until the chat begins! Please keep your questions short and to the point. Enjoy tonight's chat!
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britaycl- I'm trying to go from an 8 handicap to a scratch. what sort of training regimen would you recommend?
David_L - 1.if one feels one has the talent one needs to cover all the basics which means putting yourself in the hands of a competent teacher 2. working on your fitness level your strength, flexibility and cardiovascular and then designing your program in such a way that you have the time to work on the many different aspects required to be a zero handicapped player
rb2635- Is ball position a major contributor to lack of contact?
David_L - ball position no question can be a problem basically though in my opinion ball position tends to relate to the way were swinging in other words if we slice the ball we tend to have the ball to forward in the stance to off set the out to in swing.
David_L - a hooker of the ball, ball position back in their stance. For a slicer one should focus on moving the ball back in order to make solid contact and to encourage the club swinging from the inside.
David_L - a hooker should move the ball forward to encourage the swing on a straight line and certainly if you're hitting the ball fat i would suggest you put the ball back in your stance.
Britaycl - I have a 3 year old daughter who loves the game of golf. What kind of games can i give her to keep her interested?
David_L - above all else keep the game fun my suggestion is to work on and around the greens. Setting up little holes making each hole a par 4 and seeing what she can score. Make the hole no longer than 30 yards.
rb2635- Why is it that most amateurs can hit the 3wd better than the driver?
David_L - the loft on a driver combined with the length of the shaft makes it more difficult for amateurs especially those who are steep on the ball one can get away with hitting down on the ball more with a 3 wood than with a driver.
Bluetees - What is the best way to work on rhythm and tempo?
David_L - 2 simple tips. Relax your grip and arm pressure at address and breathe out during the whole swing. You'll find your swing tempo will be timed to your breathing.
SB - David, I have changed to a 10-finger grip and seem to be hitting the ball consitantly straighter, is it Ok to change to this grip? I am a 16 hdcp.
David_L - it perfectly acceptable Bob Rosberg is a player who has used this grip just make sure your hands stay together and work as a unit
Art - What type of putter do you use and why?
David_L - i use an odyssey putter triforce 3 model its well balanced and i love the insert.
EricCW - I hook my irons very badly and cannot seem to get them straight. Can you help me with some drills to correct this problem?
David_L - push your hands forward at the address make sure you feel your left hand is leading the clubface at impact as a drill hit 7 irons splitting your hands 2 inches apart this will give you the feeling of reducing your hand action though impact and keeping the clubface square
Art - Have you worked with Greg Norman this week? If yes, how is he hitting it and how do you like his chances to win on the Bay Hill course (where he used to live and be a member)?
David_L - i worked with Greg at the end of last week and I'm seeing him tomorrow, he feels very confident bay hill should be a good golf course for him and the only thing that could possibly hold him back is his limited number of tournament appearances so far this year. he's very excited about the year, he's back to full health doing well and i expect to see him in contention to win some tournaments shortly.
Mills - I began golf last year at age 56. I practice once a week. My little fingers always hurt the next day. Any suggestions?
David_L - it sounds your grips may be too thick i suggest having your grip thickness fixed, a ladies grip may help.
Amateurg - What are your thoughts on putting cross handed or 'the claw' grip?
David_L - with putting whatever works is crucial and certainly at times players get too handsy with their stroke so these grips are good to try.
TGC_com - Thanks for joining us tonight...we've got about 20 more minutes with David. You can check out his website at www.davidleadbetter.com
Blake - David, I get the club extremely shut at the top; and get stuck on the way down. How do I correct this? Thanks, Blake
David_L - firstly try weakening your right hand grip, secondly feel your left thumb under the shaft of the top of the backswing and finally sense that the back of your right wrist is at a straight line not cupped
Davieboy - Hopefully, I will be a college player next year. My swing has really improved but my scores haven't dropped that much and I would like to know what you suggest ?
David_L - the key really is to be able to have a safe shot work on hitting left to right shots your driver to keep the ball in play. most poor scores are the result of driving the ball badly. So you need a safe shot also work hard on making your short game sharp and finally think about playing more as opposed to practicing.
Accord1 - David, could you please tell us about your new venture Champions Gate?
David_L - champions gate is a 36 hole resort, designed by Greg Norman and we have outstanding practice facilities, indoor, outdoor, computer areas, top grade short game facilities, and all of this within 10 minutes of Disney world in Orlando, Florida. Come visit us.
Tracer - David- I am of stocky build and have an abbreviated backswing. How do I get more power into my shots without over swinging and losing control? Thanks.
David_L - the important thing is to maximize your turn. And get behind the ball. Encourage your right side to turn out of the way on the backswing. And make sure your shirt buttons are on top of your right leg on the top. Turning and coiling in this manner will provide more power while still keeping the swing relatively short.
TGC_com - We've got about 10 minutes left with David Leadbetter. You can call more info. on David and Champions Gate at 1-888-633-LEAD.
Ping - Good Evening everyone. Mr. Leadbetter, I have noticed lately that I am finishing on my toes. Does that mean I have stopped my turn early, or is it that I might be hanging on my right side to long.
David_L - it sounds like the swing is too steep on the downswing working to much out to in practice hitting balls with the ball above your feet this will encourage you to keep the weight more on your heels and to swing the ball on a shallower angle.
JustinB - Mr. Leadbetter what has been the most influential change in the game of golf since you began teaching?
David_L - no question, the video camera having the ability to view swings in slow motion and being able to see the sequence of motion it enable teachers to get to the root cause of the problem quickly.
Wentman - David, do you feel that Charles is battling some of the same swing problems that Tiger had early in his career. i.e. problems with distance control?
David_L - to some extent yes. this is a problem many power hitters face. but its always good when you're young to hit it far and then work on control as opposed to say Nick Faldo who worked on control when he was young as a result never really accrued any power.
Pro V1 - How did Ty Tryon average over 290 yards off the tee while weighing a mere 135 pounds?
David_L - i have worked with Ty since he was 7 years old, and his athleticism and great technique allowed him to hit the ball so far. This combined with modern equipment is enabling young athletes to hit the ball vast distances.
TGC_com - We have time for just two more questions.
TurfStuf - What makes a good student?
David_L - a good student is one who is open minded, listens well, and applies himself and paints a clear picture, or blue print of what they are trying to achieve.
Lawyer - What percentage of the game of golf is technical, and how much is mental?
David_L - i think it varies depending on the situation certainly close to tournament time it is far more mental, working up to tournament is more technical. However, in my opinion, the better the technical side is, the easier the mental side is to achieve. Basically, its a blend. When the technique is good, the mental should be more of a priority. When its not, you have to work on your golf swing.
TGC_com - We'd like to thank David Leadbetter for taking the time during this busy week to join us tonight for this live chat on TheGolfChannel.com.
David_L - i appreciate all the golfers logging on, and i hope some of these thoughts help you to play better golf. Bye for now.
TGC_com - You can call more information on David and Champions Gate at 1-888-633-LEAD or check out his website at www.davidleadbetter.com
TGC_com - Thank you all for joining us tonight and bearing with the slight technical difficulties earlier on!
TGC_com - Be sure to watch Jim McLean tomorrow night at 8PM ET as we continue Tune Up Your Game Week on The Golf Channel!
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Watch: Furyk throws out first pitch at Yankees-Mets

By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 14, 2018, 12:59 pm

As part of a a New York media tour to promote the Ryder Cup, U.S. captain Jim Furyk threw out the first pitch at Monday evening's game between the Yankees and Mets at Yankee Stadium.

Here's a look at some more photos from Captain Furyk's Ryder Cup Trophy tour.

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Randall's Rant: Woods' message to young rivals: Bring it on!

By Randall MellAugust 13, 2018, 11:24 pm

Bring it on!

OK, I’m not fluent in body language, and maybe that’s not exactly what Tiger Woods was communicating with his exuberant fist pump after closing out a 64 Sunday at the PGA Championship, but there was so much hope in the excitement he let loose with his closing birdie.

Hope beyond what was still going on behind him at Bellerive.

Hope in what lies ahead.

Bring it on!

You know Woods wanted Brooks Koepka to hear his legion roar, to let Koepka know he better not stumble back there behind him. You know he also wanted Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and all today’s stars to hear all those roars, to let them know he’s finally fit for a fight again.

Bring it on!

Yes, Koepka refused to flinch, and Woods ultimately finished second, but that rollicking last fist pump told you what Sunday’s finish meant to Woods.

He’s going to win again.

That’s the confidence won closing the way he did, celebrating at the 72nd hole in a way we’ve only ever seen him do on his way to hoisting a trophy.

Because that’s where he is headed again.

He can and will win again.

Bring it on!

That’s the thrilling promise Sunday brought to all of golf.

Koepka wasn’t about to get out of Woods’ way, in the fashion the players of another era seemed to do when weekend roars preceded a Woods stampede. Koepka did today’s players a favor sending his own message. He was a rock. He didn’t flinch and didn’t fold in the wake of all those deafening Tiger roars.

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If Koepka flinches Sunday, it sends the wrong message to all these other young guys. It gives them all pause. It makes them all wonder if Tiger’s aura really does come with some unfair advantage, with a one- or two-shot advantage in his ability to ride the noisy chaos to heights they can’t. We heard more than one young star complain this spring about the boisterous crowds that followed Woods.

These young guys don’t need that in their heads.

So Koepka didn’t back down, and Johnson, Thomas, McIlroy, Spieth, Day, Fowler and Rahm aren’t likely to, either.

That’s the great fun Woods’ comeback brings. The battles all these young guys say they want with the legend are real possibilities now, with all those Tiger birdies and Tiger roars confirming Sunday that he is ready to begin giving them what they want.

“I’ve always wanted to battle it out in a major with Tiger,” Jordan Spieth said during The Open last month. “Who hasn’t? It’s kind of a dream come true, just to have the opportunity.”

The wonder in Sunday’s finish is that Woods was so good spraying his driver all over the place early in the round. Back in the day, he would have said he shot that 64 with his “B” game. You won’t hear him say things like that now, but the beauty in the round was knowing how he may have turned a 70 into a 64. It was in knowing how much better he still might get on these old legs.

It’s a shame we have to wait eight months for the Masters to see if his run of T-6 at The Open and 2nd at the PGA Championship continues on a majestic trajectory, because the message I heard in his last fist pump is still ringing in my ears.

Bring it on!

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Eight Men, Four Women Advance to "Tennessee Big Shots," Airing Monday, Aug. 13 at 6 p.m. ET Live on Golf Channel

By Golf Channel Public RelationsAugust 13, 2018, 7:25 pm

Airing Live on Golf Channel, Fourth Televised Event of 2018 is Final Tour Stop Prior to Season-Culminating Volvik World Long Drive Championship

Field Boasts Six of Top-10 in World Led by No. 1 Justin James, Three-Time 2018 Winner Will Hogue; & Two-time World Champion Phillis Meti

The World Long Drive Association (WLDA) season continues tonight with the Tennessee Big Shots benefiting Niswonger Children’s Hospital, airing live at 6 p.m. ET on Golf Channel. The live telecast will showcase the eight men and four women having advanced from preliminary rounds where they’ll compete in single-elimination matches until respective champions are crowned. The Open (Men’s) Division field will feature six of the top-nine competitors in the World Long Drive rankings, including No. 1 Justin James (Jacksonville, Fla.) along with Will Hogue (Memphis, Tenn.), who has accumulated three wins to-date in 2018. The Women’s Division will feature two-time world champion Phillis Meti (Auckland, New Zealand) and Alexis Belton (Ruston, La.,) who won the Clash in the Canyon earlier this year. Chloe Garner (Johnson City, Tenn.,) also is returning from injury in her first competition of 2018 in what will be a de-facto “home game,” while LPGA Tour player Emily Tubert (Burbank, Calif.) is the fourth semifinalist, competing in her first-ever WLDA competition.

“We’ve finally reached the home stretch of the season,” said Jonathan Coachman, play-by-play host for World Long Drive Association events on Golf Channel. “With the World Championship only weeks away, the competitors understand the need to be on their game. I’ve always said that champions show up anytime, anywhere, for anything. They better have that mind-set, beginning with tonight’s Tennessee Big Shots.



(1) Justin James (Jacksonville, Fla.) vs. (25) Wes Patterson (St Louis, Mo.)

(5) Ryan Steenberg (Rochester, N.Y.) vs. (8) Paul Howell (Wilson, N.C.)

(4) Ryan Reisbeck (Layton, Utah) vs. (9) Kyle Berkshire (Orlando, Fla.)

(2) Will Hogue (Memphis, Tenn.) vs. (24) Stephen Kois (Wheaton, Ill.)



Alexis Belton (Ruston, La.) vs. Phillis Meti (Auckland, New Zealand)

Chloe Garner (Johnson City, Tenn.) vs. Emily Tubert (Burbank, Calif.)


Being staged from Cattails at Meadowview Golf Course in Kingsport, Tenn., the inaugural event – in partnership with Ballad Health’s Niswonger Children’s Hospital – is the fourth WLDA event of 2018 scheduled to air live on Golf Channel. Tennessee Big Shots is being contested in association with the Niswonger Children’s Hospital Classic. The eventalso marks the penultimate WLDA competition of the year, with the season-culminating Volvik World Long Drive Championship taking place Aug. 30-Sept. 5.

COVERAGE: Live coverage of the Tennessee Big Shots will air on Golf Channel from 6-8 p.m. ET on Monday, Aug. 13, with Golf Central previewing the event from 5-6 p.m. ET. Encore showings of the competition are scheduled to air on Golf Channel following the live telecast, from 10 p.m.-Midnight ET and 12:30-2:30 a.m. ET.

The production centering around live coverage of the competition will utilize six dedicated cameras, capturing all angles from the hitting platform and the landing grid, including a SuperMo camera as well as two craned-positioned cameras that will track the ball in flight once it leaves the competitor’s clubface. An overlaid graphic line on the grid, the “DXL Big Drive to Beat,” (similar to the “1st & 10 line” made popular in football) will display the longest drive during a given match to signify the driving distance an opposing competitor will need to surpass to take the lead. The telecast also will feature a custom graphics package suited to the anomalous swing data typically generated by Long Drive competitors, tracking club speed, ball speed and apex in real-time via Trackman. Trackman technology also will provide viewers with a sense of ball flight, tracing the arc of each drive from the moment of impact.

BROADCAST TEAM: Veteran sports broadcaster Jonathan Coachman will conduct play-by-play alongside Art Sellinger, World Long Drive pioneer and two-time world champion (1986, ’91). Golf Channel’s Jerry Foltz will offer reports from the teeing platform and conduct interviews with competitors in the field.

DIGITAL & SOCIAL MEDIA COVERAGE: Fans can stay up-to-date on all of the action surrounding the Tennessee Big Shots by following @GolfChannel and @WorldLongDrive on social media. Golf Channel social media host Alexandra O’Laughlin will be on-site contributing to the social conversation as the event unfolds, and, the telecast will integrate social media-generated content during live coverage using the hashtag, #WorldLongDrive.

Golf Channel Digital also will feature content from the Tennessee Big Shots leading up to and immediately following the live telecast.







March 15-17

East Coast Classic

West Columbia, S.C.

Justin Moose

April 21-24

Clash in the Canyon (*Golf Channel*)

Mesquite, Nev.

Alexis Belton, Will Hogue

May 11-15

Ak-Chin Smash in the Sun (*Golf Channel*)

Maricopa, Ariz.

Phillis Meti, Will Hogue

June 4-5

Atlantic City Boardwalk Bash (*Golf Channel*)

Atlantic City, N.J.

Sandra Carlborg, Mark Costello

June 21-23

Bluff City Shootout

Memphis, Tenn.

Will Hogue

July 6-8

Bash For Cash

Port Rowan, Ont., Canada

Ryan Steenberg

August 2-4

WinStar Midwest Slam

Thackerville, Okla.

Kyle Berkshire

August 12-13

Tennessee Big Shots benefitting Niswonger Children’s Hospital (*Golf Channel*)

Kingsport, Tenn.

(New Event)

September 1-5

Volvik World Long Drive Championship (*Golf Channel*)

Thackerville, Okla.

Sandra Carlborg, Justin James

Showcasing the truly global nature of World Long Drive, several events throughout 2018 are staged through officially sanctioned WLDA international partners, including stops in Germany, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa and the United Kingdom, along with an all-encompassing international qualifier for the Open Division of the Volvik World Long Drive Championship in September.

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Making Ryder Cup picks: Furyk begins his toughest task

By Rex HoggardAugust 13, 2018, 6:41 pm

ST. LOUIS – By the time Brooks Koepka teed off for the final round of the PGA Championship, Jim Furyk was already back at his rental house and settled in to watch what would be an eventful final round.

Furyk's day was just getting started.

Although he’d been up since dawn and had already put in a full day at Bellerive with a 7:56 a.m. tee time, Sunday began a process the U.S. Ryder Cup captain has prepared for and anticipated for two years.

“I didn’t get a lot of sleep this week,” Furyk conceded on Sunday following a closing 71 at Bellerive. “At times I found myself with my mind wandering. The afternoon tee times I’m sitting around in the morning and my mind starts wandering and I start looking at stats and start thinking about the Ryder Cup. There’s a million things going on.”

The American captain is officially on the clock. The final round of the year’s final major was the deadline to qualify for this year’s Ryder Cup team, and Furyk now begins the process of narrowing the list of potential captain’s picks.

Davis Love III, who took two turns in the captain’s chair, will tell you this is the toughest part of the gig. Forget about pairings and course setup and vice captains - getting the picks right is what separates a good captain from a great one.

“I saw him around this week kind of frazzled like I was; they are pulling him everywhere,” Love said. “Now it’s a tough couple of weeks. At dinner the other night we were talking about what we were going to do [regarding picks] and I was like, ‘Well, you have to wait for [Sunday] and you’ll get a better idea.”

On that front, the wait is over. The top eight players on the U.S. point list are now locked in and Furyk and his vice captains – Love, Steve Stricker and Tiger Woods – can begin the artful process of creating a list of possible picks based on a wide variety of criteria.

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The automatic qualifiers are Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and Webb Simpson, who held on to the final spot thanks to his tie for 19th at the PGA.

“For some guys we’re going to look at the body of work for a year, for some players we’re going to look at a hot player right now, some guys we’re going to look at pairings and how they fit into the team we have right now,” Furyk said.

Furyk will make three of his captain’s picks on Sept. 3 following the Dell Technologies Championship and his final selection a week later after the BMW Championship.

The short list of possible picks would include Bryson DeChambeau, Phil Mickelson, Woods, Xander Schauffele, Matt Kuchar, Kevin Kisner and Tony Finau, Nos. 9 through 15, respectively, on the final point list.

Schauffele and Finau had something of a playing interview at Bellerive when they were paired with Furyk for Rounds 1 and 2.

“Tony made a pile of birdies, he’s explosive as far as firepower and how far he hits it but I was impressed with his putting, to be honest with you. I knew he could hit it far and kind of knew how he played, but he really played well,” said Furyk, who also played with Finau on Saturday at the PGA.

Mickelson will be a particularly interesting option for Furyk. For the first time in his Ryder Cup career, which began in 1995, Lefty failed to qualify for the U.S. side and the de facto team room front man would be tough to pass over.

“His game has been in a good position all year, he’s putted great, I think Jason Day is the only player with better putting stats this year,” said Furyk, who met with Mickelson after he missed the cut in St. Louis. “He’s working on a couple of things in his game right now that we talked about.”

Woods also creates some interesting scenarios. His runner-up finish at the PGA vaulted him from 20th to 11th on the final point list and essentially assured what many believed to be a foregone conclusion. Woods will be among Furyk’s captain’s picks, the only real question when it comes to the 14-time major champion is whether he can play and drive a vice captain’s cart.

“He’s on that list we’ve talked about and I think we still need to hash that out,” Furyk said. “Is it possible [to do both jobs]? Sure, we just need to decide if that’s best for the team.”

If Woods and Mickelson have already been penciled in as picks, which many believe they have, that essentially leaves a half dozen players vying for the final two spots.

An 11th-hour charge over the next three weeks could certainly sway Furyk, and he’s made it clear that Le Golf National, site of this year’s matches outside of Paris, favors a certain type of game, think a fairways-and-greens type like Kisner or even Brian Harman, who finished 17th on the point list.

“I’ve taken a look at the golf course and what I think will really work,” Furyk said.

There’s also an undercurrent of interest in Furyk going young with his picks to give a player like DeChambeau or Schauffele a chance to experience the unique pressures of a Ryder Cup “road game,” but Furyk didn’t seem as interested in developing future talent as he is in winning.

“Our goals for long term are important and young blood is a good thing, but I would never sacrifice this team or 2018 for 2022,” he said. “The goal is still to go to Europe and try to retain the cup. That said, having a mix of veteran and young players is a good thing.”

If Furyk sounds a little vague when it comes to his potential picks it should be no real surprise. Getting the picks right is the most demanding part of any captain’s job and he’s just getting started.