Golf Talk Live - Butch Harmon Transcript Segment 5

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 9, 2001, 4:00 pm
PETER KESSLER
OKAY BUTCH, HERE'S A QUESTION SUBMITTED TO OUR WEBSITE TODAY FOR YOU AND IT IS, DO YOU THINK TIGER'S CHALLENGERS ARE GOING TO COME FROM PLAYERS YOUNGER THAN HE IS? TIM DALTON WOULD LIKE TO KNOW.

BUTCH HARMON
WELL TIM, AND PETER, I THINK THAT'S A POSSIBILITY. I STILL THINK THAT PHIL MICKELSON AND DAVID DUVAL AND LEE WESTWOOD AND DARREN CLARKE AND COLIN MONTGOMERIE AND, AND ALL THESE GREAT PLAYERS ARE GOING TO

PRESENT A CHALLENGE. YES, I THINK THERE IS A YOUNGSTER OUT THERE WHO WE MAY NOT EVEN KNOW YET WHO HE MAY NOT EVEN KNOW WHO HE IS YET WHO'S GOING TO COME ALONG THAT'S GOING TO HAVE THE SAME STRENGTHS,

DESIRES, FUNDAMENTALS ARE GOING TO BE BASICALLY GOOD LIKE TIGER'S ARE AND IS HE GOING TO BE ANOTHER TIGER WOODS? ONLY TIME GOING TO TELL. YOU WOULD THINK NOT, BUT THEN AGAIN, YOU DON'T NEVER WANT TO SAY NEVER.

PETER KESSLER
YOU THINK IT'LL COME FROM THE SERGIO GARCIA, ADAM SCOTT, AARON BADLEY GROUP, FOR EXAMPLE?

BUTCH HARMON
WELL ALL THREE OF THOSE ARE GREAT PLAYERS, THERE'S NO DOUBT ABOUT THAT. SERGIO'S ALREADY PROVING THIS YEAR WHAT A GREAT YEAR HE'S HAVING. YEAH, I THINK IT CAN. I THINK THEY HAVE

TO LEARN HOW TO CONTROL THEIR EMOTIONS A LITTLE BETTER AND HANDLE THEIR NERVOUS SYSTEM A LITTLE BETTER AND I THINK WHEN THAT HAPPENS THEN YOU'RE GOING TO SEE THEM STARTING TO

CONTEND A LITTLE MORE IN MAJORS. I WAS ACTUALLY VERY SURPRISED AT THE U.S. OPEN THAT SERGIO GARCIA, AND DAVID DUVAL, AND PHIL MICKELSON STRUGGLED ON SUNDAY BECAUSE THEY WERE THE CREAM OF THE CROP, YOU WOULD THINK GOING INTO THAT LAST ROUND.

PETER KESSLER
LET'S LET SOME OF OUR VIEWERS GET SOME THOUGHTS FROM YOU. GRADY FROM ILLINOIS, GO AHEAD SIR.

GRADY, CALLER FROM ILLINOIS (MALE):
YES, MR. HARMON, YOU SPOKE EARLIER ABOUT WHAT YOU LEARNED, HAD LEARNED FROM YOUR STUDENTS. I'VE LEARNED SO MUCH FROM MY CHILDREN,

FROM MY YOUNGER BROTHER. CAN YOU TALK TO THE THINGS THAT YOU'VE LEARNED FROM YOUR BROTHERS?

BUTCH HARMON
WELL, I THINK MY BROTHERS HAVE BEEN PHENOMENAL. I THINK THE ONE GREAT THING ABOUT THE HARMON BOYS IS THAT WE'RE VERY CLOSE AND YET WE LOVE TO GIVE EACH OTHER A BUNCH OF STICK, AND

I THINK THE OTHER NEAT THING IS ALL FOUR OF US ARE DIFFERENT PERSONALITIES. WE ALL HAVE DIFFERENT PERSONALITIES. WE LIVE OUR LIVES DIFFERENT. THE THINGS THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO EACH ONE OF US IS DIFFERENT. I THINK THE THING I'VE LEARNED FROM MY BROTHERS IS THAT

WORKING HARD, BEING HONEST, BEING LOYAL, TRYING TO BE LIKE DAD AS MUCH AS YOU CAN BE, YOU CAN'T GO WRONG AND ALL FOUR OF US HAS DONE PRETTY GOOD AT DOING THAT.

PETER KESSLER
LET'S SEE WHAT STEPHEN IN NORTH CAROLINA WANTS TO ASK YOU, BUTCH. GO AHEAD STEPHEN.

ARE YOU THERE? ... WHEN, WHEN YOU SIT WITH YOUR THREE BROTHERS AND TALK ABOUT YOUR DAD, WHAT'S MOST LIKELY TO COME UP? SOMETHING FUNNY, SOMETHING CRAZY ?

BUTCH HARMON
NO, YOU REALLY, HOW MUCH OF A GENIUS DAD WAS. HOW FAR AHEAD OF HIS TIME HE WAS. WE WOULD ALWAYS SAY, GOSH DAD SAID THAT 50 YEARS AGO, DAD SAID THAT 40 YEARS AGO OR DAD BELIEVED IN THAT 30 YEARS AGO.

TRAINING AIDES. HE WAS TAKING HIS BELT OFF. AN ELASTIC BELT AND PUTTING IT AROUND PEOPLES ARMS LONG BEFORE THERE WAS A, A SWING TRAINER TO DO THAT. HE HAD A BIG OVAL THING THAT ACTUALLY CHANGED LEVELS AS YOU

CAME DOWN THAT HE USED TO TEACH ON THAT, TO SHOW YOU SWING PLANE LONG BEFORE ANYONE INVENTED THE BIG CIRCLE THAT YOU SEE ACADEMIES USE. HE USED 16 MILLIMETER FILM WAY BACK IN THE 50'S, TAKING FILM OF PEOPLE. I MEAN HE WAS JUST WAY AHEAD OF HIS

TIME. HE WAS A GENIUS WHEN IT CAME TO GOLF. HE NOT ONLY WAS A GREAT PLAYER, HE WAS JUST A FANTASTIC TEACHER. I MEAN HE WAS UNBELIEVABLE. I DON'T THINK I GIVE A LESSON TODAY WHEN I DON'T QUOTE SOMETHING MY DAD SAID.

LIKE I WOULD SAY TO THE PERSON, YOU KNOW MY DAD WOULD SAY, DO THIS OR, AND IT'S JUST UNBELIEVABLE AND UNCANNY HOW WHEN CRAIGY AND DICKY AND BILLY AND I TALK ABOUT THESE THINGS THEY SAY, YOU KNOW, I SAY THE SAME THING ALL THE TIME.

PETER KESSLER
FUNNY, I NEVER SAY ANYTHING TO MY PRODUCER WHERE I DON'T THINK ABOUT SOMETHING RUDE YOU'VE SAID TO ME THAT I CAN'T GO AHEAD AND SAY TO HIM.

LET'S CHECK IN WITH TED IN ONTARIO. HOW ARE YOU TONIGHT, TED?

TED, CALLER FROM ONTARIO (MALE):
OH I'M GREAT GUYS, THANK YOU. THANKS FOR TAKING MY CALL.

PETER KESSLER
YOU'RE WELCOME.

TED, CALLER FROM ONTARIO (MALE):
I WAS JUST WONDERING THAT MR. HARMON, YOU HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO, OR AT LEAST YOU HAD THE PLEASURE OF BEING EDUCATED BY A MR. HOGAN.

BUTCH HARMON
MHMM

TED, CALLER FROM ONTARIO (MALE):
THE LATE GREAT BEN HOGAN, AND I WAS JUST WONDERING, WHEN YOU ACTUALLY PLAYED WITH HIM IN 1960 AT MEADOW BROOK, WHAT WAS THE, THAT DAY THAT IMPRESSED YOU THE MOST?

BUTCH HARMON
WELL TED I WAS VERY FORTUNATE. I GREW UP WATCHING BEN HOGAN PRACTICE AS A YOUNGSTER BECAUSE HE AND MY FATHER WERE SUCH BEST FRIENDS. THEY WOULD PLAY ALL THEIR PRACTICE ROUNDS TOGETHER AT MAJORS.

I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY WHEN I WAS 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 YEARS OLD TO WATCH BEN HOGAN PLAY GOLF, WATCH HOW HE PRACTICED.

I THINK THE THING I LEARNED THE MOST FROM BEN HOGAN WAS HIS WORK ETHIC. HE WAS NEVER SATISFIED. HE ALWAYS WORKED HARDER TO TRY AND GET BETTER. BEN HOGAN WAS A UNIQUE PERSON IN THAT I DON'T THINK HE WAS

THE MOST TALENTED AND GIFTED GOLFER THAT'S EVER PLAYED, BUT HE WORKED SO HARD TO FIGURE OUT A WAY THAT HE COULD DO IT, AND THAT'S THE IMPORTANT THING. YOU'VE GOT TO FIGURE OUT WHAT SWING WORKS BEST FOR YOU. THERE ISN'T ANY ONE SWING.

THERE ISN'T ANY SYSTEM TO PLAY GOLF AND I, I LEARNED A WORK ETHIC THAT I'VE TRIED TO INSTILL, ESPECIALLY IN MY

TOUR PLAYERS THAT I TEACH FROM BEN HOGAN AND IT WAS UNLIKE ANYONE'S OTHER THAN SAY TIGER WOODS TODAY.

PETER KESSLER
A LOT OF WHICH IS IN YOUR NEW VIDEO. WE'RE GOING TO LET EVERYBODY KNOW WHERE THEY CAN GO AHEAD AND BUY THAT AS WE GO TO BREAK RIGHT HERE AND IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BUY BUTCH'S

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BUTCH HARMON
I'M REALLY HAPPY WITH IT. TURNED OUT GREAT AND I HOPE THOSE PEOPLE WHO HAVE GOTTEN IT ENJOY IT AND THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE GOING TO GET IT, I THINK YOU'LL LIKE IT.

PETER KESSLER
AGAIN, 866-336-2152 OR HARMONVIDEOS.COM TO ORDER YOURS.

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