Golf Talk Live - Janice Moodie Transcript Segment 4
WELCOME BACK. NOW YOU KNOW THAT MORE WOMEN TAKE UP GOLF THAN ANY OTHER SEGMENT OF THE POPULATION BUT MORE WOMEN GIVE UP GOLF THAN ANY OTHER SEGMENT BECAUSE THEY HAVE TROUBLE GETTING THE BALL IN THE AIR AND MOVING IT FORWARD.
WHAT DO YOU TELL YOUR FEMALE FRIENDS, WHAT DO YOU TELL WOMEN WHO ARE AMATEURS WHO PLAY WITH YOU IN PRO-AM'S ABOUT FINDING THE COMBINATION OF MOVES THAT WILL LEAD TO BALL IN THE AIR AND MORE FUN?
I THINK ONE OF THE MAIN THINGS THAT I SEE ESPECIALLY, WITH, YOU KNOW, FEMALE AMATEURS THAT WE PLAY WITH IS THE FACT THAT THE GOLF CLUB ITSELF SWINGS THEM, IN MY OPINION.
YOU GET HERE AND, AND THE ARMS TAKE UP AND THE WEIGHT OF THIS CLUB, AND ALSO, THEY GO BACK SO SLOWLY, IT JUST BENDS DOWN IN HERE AND THEN THEY'VE GOT TO CAST OUT TO GET BACK TO THE BALL AGAIN AND I THINK THAT'S A BIG MISCONCEPTION, IS, YOU KNOW, THE FURTHER I TAKE IT BACK, THE FURTHER
IT WILL GO. I MEAN I THINK THE LADIES ARE PROBABLY, IF THEY, IF THEY SWING IT BACK THREE QUARTERS, THEY'RE HANDS AND BODY ARE STILL IN CONTROL OF THIS AND IT'S NOT IN CONTROL OF THEM. I THINK THAT'S A BIG KEY.
WE SEE SO MANY WOMEN WHO, AND MEN TOO, FOR THAT MATTER, WHO STAND UP THROUGH THE HIT OR WHO CATCH THE TOP HALF OF THE GOLF BALL IN A CLEAR EFFORT TO MAKE THE BALL LEAVE THE GROUND BY PICKING IT UP WITH YOUR GOLF CLUB, WHAT DO YOU TELL THEM
ABOUT GETTING BACK DOWN TO THE GROUND?
UM.. ALL ABOUT JUST KEEPING, KEEPING THE EYE ON THE BALL. YOU KNOW YOU, YOU, YOU TAKE IT BACK AND, AND THEY'RE ALREADY UP HERE AND, AND THE CLUB HASN'T EVEN GOT TO THE BALL YET.
I THINK, YOU KNOW, PEOPLE THAT YOU, YOU'VE JUST GOT TO TRY AND SEE IMPACT. YOU NEVER WILL, BUT YOU GOT TO TRY AND SEE IT.
WHAT DO YOU FEEL LIKE MOVES THE GOLF CLUB AWAY FOR YOU SO THAT YOU CAN GET IT INTO A POSITION WHERE YOU STILL FEEL LIKE YOU HAVE THE CONTROL THAT YOU WERE JUST TALKING ABOUT.
YEAH, I MEAN IT'S SOMETHING OBVIOUSLY I'VE BEEN WORKING ON. I THINK, WOMEN, YOU KNOW, AS OURSELVES, WE HAVE TO WORK IT A LITTLE BIT MORE THAN, THAN MEN TO GET THE POWER, IN ORDER FOR THE GOLF CLUB TO KNOW, YOU KNOW, FOR US TO BE IN CONTROL OF IT AND I LIFT, YOU KNOW, A LITTLE BIT OF WEIGHTS IN THE UPPER BODY AND STUFF. NOT TOO MUCH BECAUSE I DON'T WANT A MASCULINE LOOK, BUT, YOU KNOW, THE KEY FOR ME RIGHT NOW IS TRYING TO KEEP WIDTH. I HAVE A HABIT, A BAD AND, YOU KNOW I'VE JUST BEEN GETTING OUT HERE AND, AND I'VE, YOU KNOW, WHEN I GET IT RIGHT IT'S, IT'S GOING A LOT LONGER.
IN TERMS OF HOW MUCH POWER YOU HAVE VERSUS HOW MUCH YOU CHOSE TO EXPEND, WHAT ARE THOSE NUMBERS LIKE?
UM. YOU KNOW, I, I'M NOT TIGER. I DON'T HAVE THAT EXTRA LITTLE, YOU KNOW, 25 UP THE FAIRWAY WITH A DRIVER, ALTHOUGH SOMETIMES I DO AND I DON'T WANT TO, BUT (LAUGHS)YOU KNOW I, I TEND TO TRY AND MAKE THE BIG MUSCLES BE IN CONTROL OF, OF THE GOLF BALL AND I'VE ALWAYS BEEN THAT WAY.
YOU KNOW, YOU TRY AND STAY CONNECTED WHICH IS, WHICH IS GOING TO GIVE YOU JUST A CERTAIN DISTANCE EACH TIME, SO, I MEAN I, I'M NOT A BIG ONE OF HITTING IT HARD BECAUSE I TEND TO HIT IT, YOU KNOW, NOT SO FAR. I'LL, I'LL GO DOWN A CLUB, YOU KNOW, IF IT'S AN 8 IRON AND I'M PUSHING IT I'LL JUST SAY, YOU KNOW WHAT, I'LL JUST HIT A LITTLE 7 IN HERE AND NINE TIMES OUT OF TEN IT WORKS.
WHEN YOU SEE AN AMATEUR PARTNER HAVE ONE OF GOLF'S LITTLE SHOTS AROUND THE EDGE, THE, THE LITTLE PITCH LOB OVER THE BUNKER OR SOMETHING THAT HAS TO GO IN THE AIR AND WE SEE REALLY LONG SWINGS OF THE CLUB
OR A REALLY SHORT SWING AND THE BALL SCUTTLED ALONG THE GROUND.
WHAT DO YOU DO TO GIVE THEM A SENSE THAT THE MANUFACTURER HAS PROBABLY BUILT THE GOLF CLUB IN SUCH A WAY THAT IF YOU TRUST IT THROUGH THE HITTING AREA IT WILL MAKE THE BALL GO UP HIGH AND SOFT?
YOU KNOW I THINK THAT'S ONE OF THE, THE, THE TOUGHEST SHOTS FOR THE AMATEURS TO PLAY, BECAUSE WE PRACTICE IT SO MUCH, YOU KNOW, IF YOU GO TO ANY TOUR EVENT, YOU'LL SEE PEOPLE JUST AROUND, YOU KNOW THE LITTLE. LET'S SEE
FIFTY-SEVEN. YOU KNOW, I MEAN A TIGHT LIE LIKE THIS AND EVERYBODY'S LIKE OH MY GOODNESS AND, AND IT'S ALMOST IF, IF THEY'RE IN THE ROUGH, YOU KNOW, THEY'RE BETTER OFF BECAUSE THE CLUB WILL ACTUALLY GO UNDERNEATH THE ROUGH, BUT THE PROBLEM IS, WHEN THEY'VE GOT THIS TIGHT LIE, IT'S OBVIOUSLY, YOU KNOW, THEY'RE JUST SCULLING IT UM I MEAN YOU, THE LOWER BODY HAS TO STAY AS STILL AND AS QUIET AS POSSIBLE BECAUSE THE MORE BODY ACTION YOU GET AND THE MORE THE CLUB'S GOING TO MOVE. I THINK IF YOU JUST KEEP QUIET BODY AND LET THE HANDS JUST GET IT THROUGH THERE.
AND THAT'S THE SECRET?
THAT'S THE SECRET. JUST QUIET BODY AND JUST LET THE HANDS GET IT. BUT OBVIOUSLY I MEAN, MY HANDS ARE TRAINED. SOMEBODY ACTUALLY ASKED ME AT THE AFLAK TOURNAMENT, THEY SAID HOW DO, HOW DO YOU PLAY THAT SHOT, YOU KNOW, AND I SAID, I STAND HERE AND DO IT, YOU KNOW, DAY IN DAY OUT AND HE'S LIKE, I'VE NEVER BEEN ABLE TO GET IT. I'M LIKE DO YOU PRACTICE IT? HE'S LIKE WELL, NO AND I'M LIKE WELL YOU KNOW, THERE YOU GO, SO.
WE'LL TAKE A VERY SHORT BREAK. WE'LL COME BACK AND PICK UP OUR CHAT ON OUR GOLF TALK LIVE SET. IF YOU'VE GOT A GREAT QUESTION FOR JANICE, CALL US AND WE'LL GIVE YOU A CHANCE TO LET, LET YOU ASK IT OF HER. DON'T GO AWAY.
Ko part of 5-way tie for Mediheal lead
DALY CITY, Calif. - Lydia Ko was back on top at Lake Merced.
Ko shot a 4-under 68 on a chilly Thursday morning at the LPGA Mediheal Championship for a share of the first-round lead. Jessica Korda, Caroline Hedwall, In-Kyung Kim and Su Oh joined Ko atop the leaderboard in the LPGA's return to Lake Merced after a year away.
''This is a golf course where you need to drive the ball well and putt well,'' said Ko, the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic winner at the course in 2014 and 2015.
Ko eagled the par-5 fifth and had four birdies and a bogey. The New Zealander has 14 LPGA wins, the last in July 2016.
''It's nice to come back to a place where you feel super-welcomed,'' Ko said. ''It just brings back a lot of great memories. ... My family and friends are here this week, so I'm hoping that I'm going to continue the solid play.''
She turned 21 on Tuesday.
''I don't think I feel a huge difference, but I know turning 21 is a huge thing in the U.S.,'' Ko said, ''So, I'm legal and I can do some fun things now.''
Korda, playing alongside Kim a group ahead of Ko, also eagled the fifth and had four birdies and a bogey. Korda won in Thailand in February in her return from reconstructive jaw surgery.
''The score says one thing and my hands say another,'' Korda said. ''It was really cold out there today, so it was good that I stuck to kind of my process. ... Actually, this is still some of the nicer conditions that we've played in compared to the past. I'll take the cold as long as there's no rain.''
Hedwall and Kim each had five birdies and a bogey.
''I just love the city. It's really nice,'' said Hedwall, from Sweden. ''It's sort of a European-style city with all the shopping going on downtown and stuff. I love it here. I even like this weather, suits me really well, too.''
Oh had a bogey-free round. The Australian was the only one of the five players tied for the lead to play in the afternoon.
''It was cold and pretty windy out there and, because it's got a lot of elevation, it kind of swirls in the middle like in the low areas, so it was tough,'' Oh said. ''I hit the ball really solid today. Then the ones I missed, I made really good up-and-downs.''
Lexi Thompson, Sei Young Kim, Charley Hull and Celine Herbin shot 69.
''This course is very challenging, especially when the wind picks up,'' the third-ranked Thompson said. ''It's chilly, so it's a little longer of a course. Some of the par 5s are reachable, so you try to take advantage of that, but pars were good and just take the birdie chances as you can get them.''
Moriya Jutanugarn, the winner Sunday in Los Angeles for her first LPGA title, had a 71 playing with former Stanford student Michelle Wie and ANA Inspiration winner Pernilla Lindberg. Wie had a 74, and Lindberg shot 79. Ariya Jutanugarn matched her sister with a 71, playing in the group with Ko.
Top-ranked Inbee Park matched playing partner Brooke Henderson with a 72. The third member of the afternoon group, second-ranked Shanshan Feng, shot 73.
Juli Inkster shot 72. The 57-year-old Hall of Famer grew up in Santz Cruz, starred at San Jose State and lives in Los Altos. She won the last of her 31 LPGA titles in 2006.
Stacy Lewis had a 74 after announcing that she is pregnant with a due date of Nov. 3. She plans to play through the Marathon Classic in July and return for a full season next year.
Glover, Reavie share Zurich lead with Chinese pair
AVONDALE, La. - Chez Reavie had quite a few good moments at TPC Louisiana on Thursday. So did teammate Lucas Glover.
In best-ball format, the most important thing was those moments came on different holes.
Reavie and Glover teamed to shoot a 12-under 60 for a share of the Zurich Classic lead with China's Zhang Xinjun and Dou Zecheng.
''Chez started well and I picked it up in the middle of the back nine,'' Glover said. ''He closed it off and then we both played really well on the front. Just kind of ham and egged it, I guess, as they would say.''
Reavie and Glover each had six birdies in the best-ball format, pushing through soggy weather early in the round before conditions cleared at TPC Louisiana. Six teams are two shots back in a tie for third after shooting 62.
''We were just rolling,'' Reavie said. ''I think we're comfortable. We like to laugh and have a good time when we're playing golf, and it definitely helps.''
Zhang and Dou birdied four of their final five holes. Dou made a 31-foot putt on No. 9 to cap the impressive rally and jump into the lead with Reavie and Glover.
Tony Finau-Daniel Summerhays, Chris Paisley-Tommy Fleetwood, J.J. Henry-Tom Hoge, Michael Kim-Andrew Putnam, Kevin Kisner-Scott Brown and Troy Merritt-Brendon de Jonge shot 62. Jason Day and Ryan Ruffels shot 64.
It's the first time since last year's Tour Championship that the reigning champs of all four majors have been in the same field. None of them were among the leaders after the first round.
Masters champion Patrick Reed and Patrick Cantlay had a 65, and British Open winner Jordan Spieth and Ryan Palmer were at 66.
''I didn't feel like there was really any rust,'' Reed said. ''I felt like I hit the ball all right today. I felt I hit some good quality putts. A couple of them went in, a couple of them didn't.''
This is the second year that two-player teams have competed at the Zurich Classic. The unusual tournament features best-ball play in the first and third rounds and alternate shot in the second and final rounds.
U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka and Marc Turnesa shot a 67. PGA Championship winner Justin Thomas and Bud Cauley shot a 70.
There are 80 teams in the tournament and the top 35, along with ties, will make the cut after Friday's second round.
Lewis says she's expecting first child in November
Stacy Lewis is pregnant.
The 12-time LPGA winner confirmed after Thursday’s first round of the Mediheal Championship that she and her husband, University of Houston women’s golf coach Gerrod Chadwell, are expecting their first child on Nov. 3.
Lewis learned she was pregnant after returning home to Houston in late February following her withdrawal from the HSBC Women’s World Championship with a strained oblique muscle.
“We're obviously really excited,” Lewis said. “It wasn't nice I was hurt, but it was nice that I was home when I found out with [Gerrod]. We're just really excited to start a family.”
Lewis is the third big-name LPGA player preparing this year to become a mother for the first time. Suzann Pettersen announced last month that she’s pregnant, due in the fall. Gerina Piller is due any day.
Piller’s husband, PGA Tour pro Martin Piller, withdrew from the Zurich Classic on Thursday to be with her. Piller and Lewis have been U.S. Solheim Cup partners the last two times the event has been played.
“It's going to be fun raising kids together,” Lewis said. “Hopefully, they're best friends and they hang out. But just excited about the next few months and what it's going to bring.”
Lewis, a former Rolex world No. 1 and two-time major championship winner, plans to play through the middle of July, with the Marathon Classic her last event of the year. She will be looking to return for the start of the 2019 season. The LPGA’s maternity leave policy allows her to come back next year with her status intact.
“This year, the golf might not be great, but I've got better things coming in my life than a golf score.” Lewis said. “I plan on coming back and traveling on the road with the baby, and we'll figure it out as we go.”
Coach scores in NFL Draft and on golf course
To say that Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio had a good day Thursday would be an understatement. Not only did his team snag one of the top defensive players in the NFL Draft - Georgia outside linebacker Roquan Smith, who the Bears took with the eighth pick of the first round - but earlier in the day Fangio, 59, made a hole-in-one, sinking a 9-iron shot from 125 yards at The Club at Strawberry Creek in Kenosha, Wis.
Perhaps the ace isn't so surprising, though. In late May 2017, Fangio made another hole-in-one, according to a tweet from the Bears. The only information supplied on that one was the distance - 116 yards.
Who knew defensive wizard Vic Fangio was also a golf wizard? He sank a 116-yard hole-in-one over the weekend. Congrats, Coach! pic.twitter.com/qNQTMfDsDF— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) May 30, 2017