Golf Talk Live - Carin Koch Transcript Segment 4
NOW HERE'S A QUESTION THAT WAS SUBMITTED TO YOU, CARIN, BY ONE OF OUR VIEWERS WHO SAYS THAT YOU HIT TWO THIRDS OF THE GREENS IN REGULATION ON THE LPGA TOUR LAST YEAR. COULD YOU SHARE YOUR IRON PLAY KEYS WITH US? STEPHANIE CHAMBERS WOULD LIKE TO KNOW. SO WOULD THE REST OF US.
OKAY. I ACTUALLY CARRY 5 WOODS IN MY BAG SO I GUESS, I THINK, A LOT OF THOSE TIMES I HIT THE GREENS I HIT MY 11 OR MY 9 WOOD AND THAT WOULD DEFINITELY BE ONE OF MY SECRETS IS TO, EVEN FOR BIG STRONG GUYS, NOT TO BE SO TOUGH, BUT TRY TO, YOU KNOW, TRY THOSE 9 WOODS, BECAUSE I KNOW A LOT OF THEM ARE A LITTLE TOO MACHO TO EVEN DO IT.
SO 6 IRON'S YOUR LONGEST IRON, OR 5 IRON?
I HAVE A 5 IRON. YUP. I HAVE A 5 IRON. AND THEN I HAVE 11 WOOD, 9 WOOD, 5 WOOD, 3 WOOD AND, AND DRIVER.
AND HOW FAR DO YOU HIT YOUR 5 IRON?
I HIT MY 5 IRON ABOUT 155.
AND IF, IF YOU HAVE AN ACCESSIBLE PIN AND A GOOD LIE IN THE FAIRWAY FROM 155
WITH YOUR 5 IRON, WHAT DISTANCE FROM THE HOLE ARE YOU HAPPY WITH, YOU KNOW, GIVEN THAT, NOT AN UNDULATING GREEN, AND FAIRLY CALM CIRCUMSTANCES. WHAT'S THE GOAL?
TO GET IT TO WHERE I CAN MAKE A PUTT AND MAKE BIRDIE.
YOU CAN DO THAT FROM ANYWHERE.
SHARE WITH US WHAT YOU DO IN TERMS OF YOUR KEYS FOR GOOD IRON PLAY. IS SET UP, SWING THOUGHTS
YUP, I, I TRY TO HAVE GOOD FUNDAMENTALS. TRY TO HAVE A GOOD... I TRY TO CHECK MY BALL POSITION OFTEN AND
GO AHEAD AND, AND SHOW US WHERE THE BALL, WHERE DO YOU
LIKE TO KEEP IT?
WELL THIS IS AN 8 IRON. I WOULD KEEP IT A LITTLE BIT IN FRONT OF THE MIDDLE. RIGHT HERE. IT'S EASY TO GET IT A LITTLE TOO FAR BACK, AND NOT, AND THAT PROHIBITS YOU TO SWING THROUGH IT. IT'S IMPORTANT TO HAVE IT A LITTLE MORE IN FRONT SO YOU CAN SWING THROUGH IT OKAY, AND THEN, I THINK THE MAIN THING IS TO REALLY MAKE SURE YOU HIT DOWN ON THE BALL, AND HIT THE BALL FIRST AND THEN THE GROUND, AND NOT TRY SO MUCH, I SEE SO MANY AMATEURS TRYING TO LIFT THE BALL UP AND KIND OF FINISH ON THE RIGHT SIDE, AND THAT, SAME FOR ME, I NEED TO REALLY FOCUS ON SWINGING THROUGH IT AND GET TO A GOOD POSITION AT THE END OF THE SWING.
WHAT PERCENTAGE OF YOUR POWER DO YOU FEEL LIKE ON A TYPICAL IRON SHOT IF YOU'RE GOING TO HIT AN 8 IRON LIKE THAT
DO YOU FEEL THAT YOU'RE USING RELATIVE TO WHAT YOU HAVE AT YOUR DISPOSAL TO USE?
UM... IT DEPENDS ON THE SITUATION, I GUESS, BUT AGAIN, BUT, I PROBABLY, MOST OF THE TIME, TAKE A PRETTY FULL SWING. I, I'M NOT ONE OF THE LONG HITTERS SO I DON'T HAVE ALL THAT MUCH TO, YOU KNOW I KIND OF HAVE TO USE ALL THAT I HAVE
KEEP IT IN RESERVE.
WHAT ABOUT POSTURE. WHAT DO YOU FEEL IS IMPORTANT FOR YOU SO THAT YOU CAN MAKE YOUR BEST GOLF SWING AND SOMETHING ISN'T BREAKING DOWN BECAUSE OF AN INCORRECT SET-UP?
UM, FOR ME IT'S, I TEND TO GET TOO UPRIGHT, SO I REALLY NEED TO TRY AND BEND FROM THE HIPS AND GET A LITTLE MORE BENT, A LITTLE MORE DOWN LIKE THIS. MORE ANGLES. WHEN I GET TOO UPRIGHT, I SWING TOO MUCH AROUND MYSELF, SO I NEED TO GET GOOD ANGLES SO I CAN SWING MORE UP, AND GET, LIKE I SAID, GOOD ANGLES, AND, FROM THERE, GET MORE DIRECTLY DOWN ON THE BALL. I TEND TO, LIKE I SAID, BE, MAYBE A LITTLE UPRIGHT AND THEN SWING AROUND MYSELF AND GET INSIDE, AND FROM HERE I'M STUCK SO I HAVE TO KIND OF FLIP MY HANDS TO GET THE BALL TO GO STRAIGHT.
WE SEE GOOD PLAYERS ALMOST ALWAYS WHEN THEY'RE HALF WAY BACK, YOU CAN TELL THAT THE PLAYER IS A GOOD PLAYER, THAT THE BUTT END OF THE CLUB IS POINTING SOMEWHERE ONTO THE TARGET LINE
AND THAT THE BUTT OF THE CLUB IS DOWN AND THE TOE IS UP. WHAT DO YOU DO EARLY IN THE SWING WHEN YOU'RE WORKING ON THE SWING TO ENSURE THAT YOU'RE ON PATH AND YOU'RE ON PLANE. YOU KNOW, WE SEE KARRIE IN
HER PRACTICE MOVE TAKE IT BACK TO HALF WAY TO REMIND HERSELF OF THAT MOVE.
WHAT DO YOU DO IN PRACTICE OR OTHERWISE TO MAKE SURE YOU GOT IT RIGHT?
I, I JUST TRY, I , I TRY NOT TO GET TOO MUCH INTO POSITIONS. TO ME, I'M A FEEL PLAYER. I TRY TO THINK OF THE BIG, BIG SCENE AND THE BIG MOVES. SO I JUST KIND OF, MY FEELING IS TO TAKE EVERYTHING BACK TOGETHER AND MAKE SURE THAT I DON'T GO INSIDE TOO MUCH WHICH IS ALWAYS MY, MY PROBLEM, SO I JUST TRY REALLY TO FEEL LIKE I TAKE EVERYTHING TOGETHER AND ALL THE WAY TO THE TOP
WHEN YOU SAY TOGETHER YOU MEAN, YOU MEAN YOUR, YOUR, THE TRIANGLE THAT YOU SET AT ADDRESS?
YEAH AND BASICALLY THAT I'M TURNING AND NOT LIFTING. I DON'T WANT TO LIFT MY ARMS UP, I WANT TO TURN MY BODY AND GET MY ARMS UP THAT WAY.
AND IT'S EASY OF COURSE TO JUST PICK UP YOUR ARMS AND THINK YOU'RE TURNING, ISN'T IT?
TILL YOU SEE THE RESULT OF THE SHOT.
AND THEN WE SEE THAT FAMOUS TEMPER. WE'VE GOT DONALD FROM MICHIGAN WHO'S RIGHT IN THAT CAMERA WANTS TO ASK YOU A QUESTION, GO AHEAD DONALD.
DONALD FROM MICHIGAN
HI PETER. HI CARIN.
HOW ARE YOU SIR?
DONALD FROM MICHIGAN
UH JUST FINE. CARIN, I'D LIKE TO HAVE TWO QUESTIONS. I'D LIKE TO ASK YOU, YOU'RE PHENOMENAL OFF THE TEE IN ACCURACY, YOU'RE LEADING THIS YEAR AND YOU WERE LIKE LAST YEAR, 80%. I'D LIKE TO ASK YOU, AT THIS YEAR, ARE YOU DEVOTING YOUR GAME TO ANY ONE CERTAIN PART, LIKE IRON PLAY, PUTTING, POSITIONING OFF THE TEE AND ALSO WHAT COURSES ON THE TOUR FIT YOUR GAME WELL THAT YOU FEEL YOU CAN WIN ON RELATING TO OTHER COURSES?
THAT WAS A FEW QUESTIONS.
THAT WAS LIKE SEVEN.
I UM, I'LL TRY TO ANSWER THEM ALL. I'M ALWAYS TRYING TO GET MY SHORT GAME BETTER BECAUSE I KNOW THAT THAT'S GOING TO MAKE ME A BETTER PLAYER. SO I'M ALWAYS WORKING ON MY SHORT GAME.
ALWAYS WORKING ON MY IRON PLAY, AND LIKE YOU SAID, MY, MY STRONGEST PART OF MY GAME IS PROBABLY MY ACCURACY OFF THE TEE, SO I WOULD MAYBE LIKE TO GET, TRY TO GET A LITTLE LONGER OFF THE TEE, BUT I'D LIKE TO STAY ACCURATE AND, WHAT WERE THE OTHER QUESTIONS?
COURSES! I DEFINITELY LIKE THE TOUGH COURSES. I LIKE THE, I GUESS YOU WOULD CALL THEM KIND OF OLD STYLE COURSES WITH THE NARROW FAIRWAYS, LOTS OF TREES AND SMALL GREENS. I LIKE ANYTHING THAT REQUIRES ACCURACY.
AND OF COURSE, VERY RECENTLY AT GRAND CYPRESS YOU HAD A CHANCE TO WIN, OF COURSE YOU CAN'T DO ANYTHING WHEN SE RI PUCK OR SOMEBODY ELSE SHOOTS 64 IN THE LAST ROUND.
WELL I COULD HAVE SHOT 64 TOO.
YOU COULD HAVE?
I WISH I WOULD HAVE.
THAT'S RIGHT YOU WEREN'T
OKAY, BECAUSE WHAT DID YOU END UP SHOOTING LAST DAY, 68 OR 69. IT WASN'T LIKE YOU GAVE THE TOURNAMENT AWAY.
BUT IF YOU'D MADE 5 OR 6 MORE PUTTS, RIGHT?
WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK AND AS WE LEAVE YOU, HERE'S ONE OF THOSE GREAT SHOTS FROM GRAND CYPRESS EARLIER THIS YEAR, FROM YOUR LIFE VITAMINS LPGA CLASSIC. IT LOOKS LIKE THE PAR 5 15TH TO ME.
20:AND THAT'S A TOUGH LITTLE SHOT. THAT GREEN'S SMALLER THAN OUR STAGE IT SEEMS LIKE.
IT'S VERY SMALL. YEAH, AND THERE'S A LOT OF TROUBLE IF YOU MISS IT.
WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.
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Langston Golf Course (Washington, D.C.)
Opened in June 1939, Langston is steeped in a rich history. Known for its triumphant role in the desegregation of public golf, the course has been integral to the growth of the game’s popularity among African Americans. With its celebratory feel, Langston shows us golf is not unifies individuals, but generations.
Edgefield Golf Course (Portland, Ore.)
The air is fresh, the beers are cold and the vibes are electric at Edgefield. You'd be hard pressed to find a more laid back, approachable and enjoyable environment for a round. Overlooking stunning panoramic views of northeast Portland, two par-3 pub courses (12 holes and 20 holes) wind through vineyards, thickets of blackberry bushes and a vintage distillery bar. All are welcome at Edgefield, especially those who have never swung a club.
Wild Horse Golf Club (Gothenburg, Neb.)
In 1997, the locals and farmers living in the tight-knit town of Gothenburg decided to build a golf course. A bank loan, a couple of tractors, and a whole lotta sweat-equity later, their prairieland masterpiece is now considered one of the best in the country. Wild Horse is the soul of the community, providing unforgettable memories for all who play it.
Pepperell likely sews up Masters invite via OWGR
Eddie Pepperell received a trophy for his win Sunday at the British Masters, but another prize will be coming in the mail at the end of the year.
Pepperell held on to win by two shots at rainy Walton Heath, giving him his second win of the year to go along with a pair of runner-ups. The Englishman started the year ranked No. 133 in the world and was as low as 513th in May 2017. But with the win, Pepperell jumped 17 spots to a career-best 33rd in the latest world rankings.
It means that Pepperell, who finished T-6 at The Open while fighting a hangover in the final round, is in line to make his Masters debut next spring, as the top 50 in the world rankings at the end of the calendar year become exempt into the season's first major.
Another player now in the mix for that top-50 exemption is Emiliano Grillo, who went from 62nd to 49th with a T-2 finish at the PGA Tour's CIMB Classic. Grillo has played in two Masters but missed this year's event. Marc Leishman moved up eight spots to No. 16 with his win in Malaysia, while T-2s result moved Chesson Hadley from 75th to 60th and Bronson Burgoon from 162nd to 102nd.
There were no changes among the top 10 in the latest rankings, with Dustin Johnson still ahead of Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy. Francesco Molinari remains in sixth, with Bryson DeChambeau, Jon Rahm, Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth rounding out the top 10.
Both Koepka and Thomas are in the field at this week's CJ Cup in South Korea, where they will have an opportunity to overtake Johnson for world No. 1.
With his next competitive start unknown, Tiger Woods stayed at No. 13 for another week.
USGA, R&A unveil new limits on green books
Following a six-week feedback period, the USGA and R&A unveiled a new interpretation of the Rules of Golf and the use of green-reading materials on Monday.
The interpretation limits the size and scale of putting green books and any electronic or digital materials that a player may use to assist with green reading.
“We’re thankful for everyone’s willingness to provide feedback as we worked through the process of identifying a clear interpretation that protects the essential skill of reading a green, while still allowing for information that helps golfers enjoy the game,” said Thomas Pagel, the USGA’s senior managing director of governance.
Players will be allowed to continue to use green-reading books beginning in 2019, but the new interpretation will limit images of greens to a scale of 3/8 inch to 5 yards (1:480), and books can be no larger than 4 1/4 inches by 7 inches (pocket-sized). The interpretation also bans the use of magnification devices beyond normal prescription glasses.
The USGA and R&A will allow for hand-drawn notes in green books as long as those notes are written by the player or their caddie. The rule makers also dropped a proposal that would have limited the minimum slope to four percent in green-reading material.
“These latest modifications provide very practical changes that make the interpretation easier to understand and apply in the field,” Pagel said.
CIMB purse payout: Leishman earns $1.26 million
Marc Leishman never let off the gas pedal and cruised to a five-stroke victory at the CIMB Classic. Here's how the purse was paid out at TPC Kuala Lumpur.
|T5||Charles Howell III||-20||$237,300|
|T10||Si Woo Kim||-19||$175,000|
|T13||Byeong Hun An||-18||$122,640|
|T50||Rafael Cabrera Bello||-8||$15,365|
|T54||Ted Potter Jr.||-7||$14,280|
|T59||Davis Love III||-6||$13,720|