Golf Talk Live - Chi Chi Rodriguez Transcript Segment 4

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 6, 2000, 5:00 pm
PETER KESSLER
THAT WAS JUST ANOTHER LOW KEY REACTION CHI CHI. WHAT ARE WE DOING WRONG AND WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP US?

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
WELL FIRST OF ALL PETER, THE, THE, THE BIGGEST THING, THE BIGGEST MISTAKE THAT, THAT AMATEURS MAKE IS THEY GO TO TEACHERS THAT TEACH TRICKS THINGS, INSTEAD OF TEACHING THE FUNDAMENTALS OF THE GAME. YOU KNOW I, I HAVE A FRIEND OF MINE, I GOT TO TELL YOU THIS STORY. THIS REALLY HAPPENED. HE WENT TO THE SCHOOL ROOM, ONE OF THE SCHOOL ROOMS.

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHS)

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
AND HE CHARGED HIM 35 HUNDRED DOLLARS FOR A THREE HOUR LESSON. NOW HE HAD HIM HITTING BALLS WITH A TOWEL UNDER HIS LEFT ARM. A TOWEL UNDER HIS RIGHT ARM, AND A FOOTBALL BETWEEN HIS LEGS.

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHS)

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
NOW THIS IS AN INTELLIGENT MAN, DOING THIS. HE NEVER TALKED TO HIM. HE LET HIM HIT BALLS LIKE THAT FOR THREE HOURS AND LOOKED AT HIM. HE CHARGED HIM 35 HUNDRED, THE GUY, THE GUY UH WAS A 7 HANDICAP. HE'S NOW A 14. I TOLD HIM I SAID YOU OUGHT TO CHANGE YOUR NAME FROM TUCKER TO SUCKER.

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGHS)

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
IF YOU WANT TO HAVE A GOOD LESSON YOU OUGHT TO GO TO THE PGA PROS. THESE GUYS ARE THE HOME PROS. THEY CAN TEACH, AND THEY LOVE TO TEACH, BUT ANYWAY, IF, IF I WAS, I USED TO GIVE TEN, FIFTEEN LESSONS OUT, A DAY IN, IN

PUERTO RICO WHEN I USED TO TEACH, YOU KNOW., BUT THE, THE, THE MAIN THING THEY HAVE TO DO IS HAVE THE FUNDAMENTALS. CHECK THE FUNDAMENTALS. FUNDAMENTALS. YOU HAVE TO HAVE A GOOD GRIP TO PLAY GOLF. OF COURSE FRED COUPLES, I REMEMBER THE FIRST TIME I SAW FRED COUPLES HE, HE, THEY BROUGHT HIM TO ME AT A CLINIC AND HE HIT A COUPLE DRIVES WITH THE GRIP THAT HE PLAYS WITH, AND I TOLD HIM, I SAID KID YOU'LL NEVER MAKE IT WITH THAT GRIP. (LAUGHS)

OF COURSE HE WON TWO MASTERS AND A BUNCH OF TOURNAMENTS SO I WAS VERY WRONG WITH THAT, BUT ANYWAY, YOU HAVE TO HAVE A GOOD GRIP. YOU HAVE TO HAVE GOOD BALL, BALL POSITION. YOU HAVE TO HAVE GOOD POSTURE. YOU HAVE TO HAVE GOOD ALIGNMENT. YOU HAVE TO HAVE A GOOD TAKE AWAY AND A GOOD FOLLOW THROUGH, AND IF YOU DO ALL, ALL THOSE THINGS, SIX THINGS, THEN YOU GOING TO HIT THE, THE BALL RIGHT.

PETER KESSLER
WHEN WE WATCH YOU PLAY GOLF, IT LOOKS HANDSIER THAN IT PROBABLY IS. TELL US ABOUT THAT.

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
IT LOOKS HANDSIER?

PETER KESSLER
YEAH IT LOOKS LIKE YOU'RE USING MORE HANDS THAN YOU PROBABLY ARE.

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
YEAH, I HAVE VERY QUICK HANDS, BECAUSE WHEN I WAS A KID, I USED TO TAKE A BAMBOO STICK AND I, I USED TO HIT ROCKS WITH IT, YOU KNOW, AND
I WORKED IN A CATTLE FARM AND I HAD TO WHIP, YOU KNOW, THE, THE COWS SOMETIMES, YOU KNOW, TO MAKE THEM GO, AND THE, THE HORSE, YOU KNOW, I WAS ALWAYS WHIPPING SOMETHING, SO I GOT VERY QUICK HANDS. BUT I, IF YOU
NOTICE, I HAVE A TREMENDOUS SHOULDER TURN, WHEN I TURN BACK, I, I NEVER TURN AS MUCH AS SAM SNEAD. I THINK SAM SNEAD TURNED MORE ON HIS BACK SWING THAN ANYBODY EVER, BUT I HAVE A TREMENDOUS TURN.

PETER KESSLER
LET'S CHECK IN WITH DAVE WHO'S HERE IN FLORIDA, WANTS TO ASK YOU A QUESTION. GO AHEAD DAVE.

DAVE FROM FLORIDA
JUAN, FIRST OF ALL. LET ME WISH YOU A HAPPY BIRTHDAY.

PETER KESSLER
RIGHT OVER HERE.

DAVE FROM FLORIDA
AND WHEN YOU'RE HITTING BALLS IN PALM CITY ON THE RANGE, WHAT DO YOU WORK ON AS FAR AS YOUR TIMING AND YOUR BALANCE TO UH, SO YOU CAN, BECAUSE I, I'VE NOTICED YOU'VE ALWAYS BEEN ABLE TO KEEP UP WITH JIM DENT AND JOHN JACOBS (??) AND THE REST OF THEM WITH YOUR DISTANCE. WHAT DO YOU WORK ON?

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
WELL DAVE, LET ME TELL YOU WHAT I WORK ON. I DRAW THE BALL. SO, I, NORMALLY WHAT I DO IS I PRACTICE. PRACTICE IS, PRACTICING IS AN ART. I, NORMALLY IF YOU SEE ME PRACTICE ON ANY DRIVING RANGE, YOU'RE GOING TO SEE ME ON THE LEFT SIDE, BECAUSE THAT WAY I HAVE, I'M LIKE A BOWLER, SEE, I GOT, I GOT, I GOT THAT LITTLE DRAW GOING SO IF I, IF I DO IT FROM THE RIGHT SIDE CHANCES ARE THAT I'M GOING TO COME OVER THE TOP OF THE, OF THE BALL MORE SO, THAT'S ALL I WORK ON. I GO TO THE, THE, THE DRIVING RANGE ON THE UH ON THE LEFT SIDE AND I TRY TO HIT MY BALL FROM INSIDE OUT. SEE TO ME THE WHOLE GOLF SWING HAS ALWAYS BEEN A SEMI CIRCLE. SEMI CIRCLE RIGHT THERE.

YOU GO, YOU GO IN, YOU GO OUT AND THEN YOU COME BACK IN, AND THAT'S WHAT MAKES YOU DRAW THE BALL, AND MOST AMATEURS, YOU KNOW, THEY UH THEY SLICE THE BALL, SO WHAT YOU WANT TO DO IS PRACTICE FROM THE LEFT SIDE OF THE, OF THE TEE.

PETER KESSLER
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON WEDGE PLAY? FULL WEDGES, PARTIAL WEDGES AS OPPOSED TO CHIPPING?

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
WELL, IF YOU WANT TO UH I, I, I NEVER USE A , I NEVER USE A, I NEVER USE AN `L' WEDGE BECAUSE I, I, I ALWAYS WANTED TO CREATE MY OWN SHOT, AND THE THING THAT YOU WANT TO DO IN A SHORT WEDGE SHOT, SHORT APPROACHES ALWAYS HAVE THE GRIP THE SAME STRENGTH. IF YOU HAVE IT HARD TO START WITH, YOU GOT TO KEEP IT HARD GOING THROUGH. IF YOU HAVE IT LOOSE TO START WITH, YOU HAVE TO KEEP IT LOOSE. THE SAME STRENGTHS ON YOUR FINGER THROUGHOUT THE SWING. NOW IF YOU WANT TO HIT THE BALL LOWER, WITH THE WEDGE, WHAT YOU NEED TO DO IS PUT THAT WEIGHT ON THAT LEFT FOOT AND KEEP IT THERE AND PUT YOUR HANDS FORWARD AND THE BALL GOES VERY LOW. LET ME HIT ONE HERE, FOR YOU.

PETER KESSLER
PLEASE DO.

CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ
HERE WE GO. THIS, THIS ONE GOES VERY LOW. NOW IF YOU WANT TO HIT IT HIGH YOU DO THE COMPLETE OPPOSITE. PUT YOUR WEIGHT ON YOUR RIGHT FOOT. MOVE THE BALL FORWARD, PUT YOUR HANDS BACK, AND THE BALL GOES HIGH.

PETER KESSLER
YOU OUGHT TO SEE THE REST OF US DO THAT. WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A VERY SHORT BREAK, WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK. SOME MORE INSTRUCTION FROM CHI CHI.

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