2-Time World Long Drive Champion Jamie Sadlowski
2-time World Long Drive champion Jamie Sadlowski joins us on Callaway Live to share his history of smashing 400 yard drives and to fill us in on a VERY important announcement. Sponsored by Callaway
Released on 9/15/2016
Hey Chris, so excited for the show tonight.
Jamie Sadlowski's on the show
and I've really been working hard on my golf swing,
doing a lot of the same things Jamie does,
a lot of extension and really trying
to lengthen my golf swing out.
Check this out.
I think it's pretty much like his.
It's a lot of extension and really long.
How's that look?
No, well, no, you want to be way more ...
Ow, ow, ow, ow! Stop, stop, stop, stop!
What the hell is wrong with you?
You didn't say the instruction safe word.
Oh, Velardo, you're killing me.
Don't you got a show to do?
What could possibly go wrong?
Hey, how's it going?
How are you guys?
Good to see you.
Thanks for being here.
Thank you very much.
This is Callaway Live.
Why are you laughing?
You would hardly even know
that none of us are professional talents
at any of the activities we're doing around here.
Am I right Amanda? Well, except for you.
I guess you're ... Thank you.
A lot of us. Yeah, sorry about that.
No insult meant.
I'm Harry Arnett. This is Callaway Live.
What a week this is.
We're coming off of a big golf event
we're not allowed to talk about.
As a matter of fact, we're so not allowed to talk about it,
they sent us a letter that was like five pages long
of all the stuff we're not allowed to do.
We can't mention anything about it on social.
We can't talk about it anywhere at all.
I can't even talk at home about it, which is really weird.
It's one of the reasons
that we sent Hashtag Chad on vacation,
so that he wouldn't mess up this week.
If any of you guys have been around Hashtag Chad
on vacation ...
Check this out.
This is Hashtag Chad's version of a vacation.
Here he is.
Every opportunity that he does is a selfie opportunity.
Here he is at the pool, selfie stick hanging out.
Here he is.
He likes to sleep in on vacation.
There he is, selfie stick, still.
Remember that vacation he went,
when he went running with the bulls?
There he is, selfie stick.
There's no, absolutely no ...
Here he is, having a lovely picnic with his wife.
There he is, selfie stick.
Oh, chicken nuggets.
He went all out on that picnic, there for Hashtag Chad.
Swimming with the wife.
There he is, with the sharks, selfie stick.
Every vacation Hashtag.
That went over very poorly, I might add.
He's not here, so we can make fun of him.
I'll tell you who is here,
one of our favorite guys of any
of the guys that we know on Team Callaway.
Jamie Sadlowski is here, two time long drive champion.
We'll be right back with Amanda Balionis
and Jamie Sadlowski, right after this.
(cheering and applause)
Todd Firestone with Callaway 30 Seconds To Better.
We're talking about short putts right now.
A drill that I like to use because I see a lot
of my members get very handsy,
is I want you to just lock a ball in,
in between your right forearm and the putter grip
and actually set up to the ball
and make some putting strokes.
What this will do,
it's going to take your hands out of it
and make it more one piece.
Hey, welcome back to Callaway Live.
I'm Harry Arnett.
For Jamie Sadlowski,
we actually have a fully stocked bar tonight, do we not?
We did until Jamie came ...
And now it's all gone.
It's a Canadian rule.
Any time we have a Canadian on the show
we have to go fully stocked bar.
You guys know Jamie.
Two time World Long Drive Champion.
He's one of our absolute favorite guys in the World.
He's doing us a favor being on Callaway Live tonight.
He's right here.
Here's Jamie Sadlowski.
(cheering and applause)
Good to see you.
How are you brother? How are you man?
Have a seat.
(cheering and applause)
I always am amazed and I know that you get this a lot,
but now you're dressing like you're hanging out,
going down to Del Mar, eating sushi
and maybe having a few pops outfit.
You, for a guy that hits it so far,
you just look like a normal dude.
It feels good to be a normal sized human
and be able to hit it far.
So how did they ...
I know that you have a hockey background,
growing up in Canada.
When did you realize that that translated
to hitting a golf ball with a lot of anger and aggression?
I mean, any sport I ever did was done with velocity.
Throwing, hitting, golf was no exception.
Played a little backwards, left handed hockey player,
right handed golfer.
Played cross handed until I was 12 or 13 years old.
Then when I went conventional was
when I really started hitting it.
Everything I did was a lot of violence involved.
At what point did you realize
I could do this for a living?
I want to say ...
I started competing when I was 14.
The first qualifier I went to I hit it 370 yards.
As a 14 year old?
As a 14 year old.
How big were you?
I was probably five nine, probably 130 pounds.
Not much different than now.
Yeah, so like five pounds lighter.
Yeah, I'm like five pounds lighter.
A little bit taller.
I stretched out nicely, but I haven't filled in yet.
I'm waiting on that.
That's the first qualifier that I went to.
I ended up winning.
I went to Junior Worlds that year.
Everything just kind of snowballed from there.
How did people react in the world of long drive
seeing some rube from Canada come in
and invade what was typically a pretty insular sport?
Yeah, I mean before I started,
Jason Zuback, who's a guy from just down the road from me,
won four World Championships at the time.
He's a legend.
The legend of the sport.
Between the two of us there's one point, where I believe,
I think we owned seven of the possible 14
or 15 World Long Drive Championships.
Being from Alberta where it's eight months of winter
and four months of summer and miserable,
there's got to be something in that Alberta beef.
Yeah, or as a guy in Minnesota once told me,
There's no such thing as summer.
It's just winter doesn't stay as cold.
Is that right?
That's accurate, yeah.
By the time the lakes melt, it's ...
So what happened?
How did you translate being able to really just go after it
to technique and the things that you have to do
to maintain that longevity?
I think a big thing, I mean being a decent athlete
in any sport I ever did, I was always pretty good at.
Being a normal sized human, being 170 pounds and not ...
Do you ever introduce yourself that way?
Jamie Sadlowski, normal size human.
Yeah, I'm a normal size guy.
I hope I draw a little inspiration,
because if you watch our World Long Drive Championships
you see some guys, that, I mean, are very big.
For me, it was a lot of technique,
but just being able to do everything fast
was a big key for me.
Now as a hockey player,
were you known as the guy
that was the hardest shooter on the ice?
That was my background, yeah.
To clear out when you wanted ...
Didn't hit many nets, but I mean,
I hurt a lot of people in my day.
My dad used to make a hockey rink in our backyard.
It'd be minus 40.
I'd go hit ball or in the summer I'd hit balls in the net
and then winter time came around and I broke so many things,
with a hockey puck and a hammer.
I had a fetish for the hammer when I was a young boy
and any glass table got destroyed, for some reason.
I've carried that through to my elder years
where I've been on the Golf Channel and broken a few things.
Yeah, I've been known to break a few things.
So it was either like professional long drive
or juvenile detention, basically.
A little bit of both.
It was really a lot of both, growing up.
You kind of got it either way.
Yeah, it was a combination.
What do you attribute now to ...
You see these behemoths that are 300 pounds and huge guys
and being a, what are we calling it, average size human?
Normal sized human.
What do you attribute all of that speed coming from?
What's a typical competition club head speed for you?
I think last year I averaged around maybe 148,
topped out at 151.
Ball speed, I think my best was 223.
I mean, violence.
I was the youngest child.
I was the youngest child
and if I didn't know how to defend myself
my brothers would have killed me.
I learned at a young age that if I had something in my hands
I was going to swing it and I was going to swing it fast,
with the intent to hurt.
I'm looking at these videos
and that hurts my back just looking at it.
I like your smashing the golf ball face there.
I did a shoot and the guy said don't make that face.
I could hit it 280.
The bird face, it's gotta happen.
Do you ever envision little pictures of your brothers
on the golf ball or anything
Now I do, yeah.
when you were winding up as a little guy?
You have to envision something that you draw from the past,
that really hurt.
I took a lot of beatings.
Now, everybody needs a favor.
Two brothers need a lot of favors.
I've met your brother.
I could see him with his picture on the golf ball,
growing up as a kid.
Yeah, he was not nice to me.
Now you're doing a bunch of shows and exhibits
or exhibitions throughout the year.
How do you stay in top physical condition?
How many air miles will you do in a year?
I'll do probably 60 corporate outings a year
and obviously the World Championships in October.
I try to be fairly fresh for that.
I'll take a month, month and a half off to prime.
You know, being built like a teenage girl helps.
There's not a lot of abuse that goes against my body.
I've always been fairly lean and that's a big key
to competing and the flexibility.
There's two body types, for anyone
that's every watched long drive.
You have the guy that's a behemoth
and you have a guy that's got good technique
that's not so big, but can put the club,
obviously in some different positions that they can't.
A lot of work goes into it.
I probably travel ...
I'm on the road 200 days a year.
I mean, it's hard, but a lot of stretching,
obviously not a lot of lifting, as you can tell.
Looking pretty scrawny.
Yeah, that's the kind of look I like to go for.
You got some thigh gap working.
Most common comment.
I knew Amanda was going to laugh at that.
Sorry, man. Thanks a lot, Amanda.
[Amanda] There's always a point in the show
where I have to say we need to throw it
to something else, right now.
Thigh gap could be that moment for us.
You started talking about my legs.
I knew I should have wore pants.
What's the rest of the summer looking like for you?
I know we have a big announcement we're going to make here,
in a little bit.
We're not going to say anything right now,
because we have some special effects
that we're going to have for this.
We're going to try out today some very special effects
that Amanda and Jeff are working on,
specifically for our major announcement we're going to make.
We're going to break into ...
I have a bad feeling about this.
No, you shouldn't.
That's why we told you to wear shorts.
You'll be good.
Thanks for the heads up.
[Amanda] Yes. Correct.
You and Jeff are working on this.
It's going to go great.
She got that weird look in her face again?
She has no idea what I'm talking about.
[Jamie] I don't, yeah. No idea.
This is normally how Amanda and I talk around the office.
This is how I communicate with him.
Still the ham and egg show.
You've been around a bunch of golfers and tour players.
You've played in a bunch of events.
Just as a trying to get the ball in the hole.
How is it different from playing home run derby,
golf's version of home run derby,
to actually trying to put a score up?
Good analogy. I like that, yeah.
You like that, home run derby?
I was doing you a solid on that one.
I mean it's very different.
You go from having six mulligans on every tee
in the World Championships to you know,
you hit a tee shot off the line
and you're stuck behind a tree
and you're thinking about,
I'm going to make triple, miss a cut.
I mean it's been a big change.
It's something that, you know,
I've never really practiced and worked on my game.
I've played four web.com events and made three cuts,
but on three or four days of practicing
and haven't dedicated any time.
It's very different, very stressful.
A little more stress.
Yeah, my hairline, you see it.
I do, yeah.
Yeah, it's going back.
You can't blame it on wearing a hat all the time, right?
We should get a hat and during the break.
Hold that thought for a second,
because Amanda has spent a lot of time with tour players.
Maybe she can serve as a good resource for you,
going forward ...
I will say, Jamie, one of the things
you're going to be asked a lot about is tips, right?
I had a chance to talk to you yesterday.
I said, what is the number one tip you would give people
at home on how to hit the ball farther?
You know what his answer was, Harry?
Just swing faster.
It's as easy as that.
I mean, think about it.
It's not rocket science.
You're not going to stand here and make the same swing
and think it's going to go 30 yards farther.
You know. Apply a little speed.
Do you realize how much video time and wasted time
you just saved Chris Velardo from giving him that tip?
You're welcome. Right, so he says that tip,
but that's how you know he's naturally gifted,
because for most of us if we try and swing faster,
it's not going to have the same product
as what we see with you.
We talked to Patrick Reed a little bit earlier,
in Houston, a few weeks ago,
and I tried to get him to maybe give me some tips,
especially when you find yourself in maybe the areas
on the golf course that you don't want to be in.
Let's see how good his tips are.
Check it out.
Patrick, we have all found ourselves in this situation:
Off the tee, off target, land in the pine straw.
Really small target if you're not going to lay up.
How do you attack this?
That's kind of one of the shots
where a little missed tee shot,
especially over here,
you get in this pine straw, real slippery ...
You have one, two ,three, you got 11 trees in your way.
You got park path, you got bushes on the right.
So here's how it's done.
(club hits ball)
Hope that helps.
Okay, so maybe even if you're a pro,
you're not great at giving tips, because once again,
you're just really naturally talented.
Harry, after listening to Jamie's tips and Patrick's tips,
do you think we can go out there
and put on a little stripe show for the people?
I feel that's in the cards for us.
I think so too.
I also feel like a guy that hits the ball
as far as Jamie ...
You probably find yourself in some weird situations.
Yeah, I find myself in a lot
of strange positions out there.
What do you do when you're behind,
when you're in a position like that?
Do you just let athletic ability take over?
I mean, behind a tree,
you can hit it through it, most of the time.
You don't really need to curve it any, you can just ...
Go right through?
Sometimes you go right through it, yeah,
depending on how far you need to hit it, but yeah.
There's a lot of strange things
that happen when I play golf.
All right. So are you ready?
You guys ready for our big, major announcement?
[Audience] Yeah (cheers and applause)
So we've ...
I believe this is our first major announcement
on Callaway Live in the almost two years
we've been doing the show.
[Amanda] It's about time.
Oh yeah, I guess we broke the news
on One Direction last year, that was,
it wasn't real but it got us a lot of traffic.
Lot of traction?
Are you joining One Direction?
Is that the news?
I wish I was.
Not the news. Okay.
I wish I was. All right.
Can we get the ...
Ethan, can we tee up our extra special mood lighting?
[Amanda] How about a drum roll?
(hands drumming on table)
Oh man, really lighting up my forehead here.
It doesn't seem that extra special.
I was led to believe this would be
like a spotlight on Jamie.
It's pretty bright in here.
Wearing white sneaks.
Jeff tells me we're going to go tight shot
on you to make this extra special.
I hear him yelling in my ear at someone
to get tighter, get tighter, get tighter.
Here we go.
Oh, there we go.
Oh, that's way too tight.
Got to back it off.
Back that up!
Let's try it again.
Let's go tight again.
Here we go.
There we go. All right.
Extra special announcement, Callaway Live,
what you got for us Jamie?
I am going to retire from long drive
and try and play golf for a living.
(cheers and applause)
That's legit breaking news.
That's legit breaking news.
I'm going to need a loan.
Can I get a loan?
You know, we have a history of people sort of, not,
I won't say coming out of nowhere, but people know you.
Remember Wes Bryan? Yeah.
No status, people thought he was just a trick shot guy.
Battle field promotion, three wins on the web.com tour.
It could happen.
How did you get to this position?
I've played four web.com events throughout the years.
Obviously not practicing, working on my game,
a couple days here and there, put some time in.
I made three or four cuts.
I made one of two on the Canadian tour.
Doing shows have been great and everything,
but I think I'd be doing more.
I have a weapon in my bag that not everybody has.
If I use it to my ability, I think ...
Is it the hammer you were talking about earlier?
What do you think the biggest change is going to be,
as we said, once you get out there?
Do you think it's just going to be getting comfortable
or is there something you're thinking about
is actually playing golf?
I mean, I think a big part of it is working on my game,
something that I haven't had a chance to do.
Doing 60 corporate outings a year,
where I'd have time in between to work on my wedge game
and do this and that, but with no future of playing golf,
it was kind of pointless.
I enjoy playing good golf, but at the same time,
I know what butters my toast.
Hitting it 400 yards buttered my toast.
That's some serious toast buttering.
Yeah, it's a big change.
It's something that you go away from something
that you've done so well for so many years.
Being in the top eight the last nine straight years
in the World Long Drive Championships,
I've been fortunate to win two World Championships
in those nine years.
Could have probably won six or seven.
But it's definitely going to be a change
and it's something that I'm looking forward to.
I felt like last year,
at the World Long Drive Championships ...
I know you didn't win it, but ...
I'd rather not talk about that.
But I'm going to.
[Amanda] Too soon.
Too soon? Yeah.
I felt like that was really almost the mic drop moment
because the numbers that you were putting up ...
I know there were some challenges with the grid
and the wind and stuff, but the numbers
that you were putting up, I thought, as I was watching it,
how is he going to top this?
Just from a numbers standpoint.
Yeah, especially in the semifinals.
I think I hit five in and handled the guy
I was hitting against pretty nicely.
I seen a couple ball speeds that were 223.
That's kind of, you know.
Yeah, rarefied air.
That's getting after it.
Then in the next match, I hit them all out of play.
It happens once a year, which is something tough.
You just can't rebound.
If you have a bad week, you miss a cut.
You know, next week you tee it up, you got a chance.
That's not the thing with long drive.
I think that's been a stressful part of the job, for sure.
You have one crack at it.
You can't have any error.
Where tour golf, obviously,
the hard part is getting your card, getting status.
That's the stressful part.
I think once you're out there,
momentum carries you through a lot of events.
In long drive, your momentum better happen
within three days, otherwise there is no momentum
because you wait another 12 months to have that redemption.
It still pisses me off.
I'm still angry about that.
I can tell.
I think that that also, I think, has driven you somewhat.
You had a great qualifying for the US Open, this year,
during the local qualifying
and then making it to sectionals.
Did that give you confidence that you could do this?
I mean, the confidence started happening,
playing the web.com events.
I've played fairly well.
I've made three or four cuts.
It's something that I haven't worked at.
I haven't ...
I don't know how good I can get.
I mean, it's a shot in the dark
because there's a lot of great players
out there, as we know.
I've never worked on it.
Winning the local qualifier, shot 65,
with McCord on my back, which is a miracle.
For all of you that don't know McCord, you know,
it probably could have been 60 that day,
but he's a five shot penalty because he never shuts up.
I hit so many good shots that day.
I'd look over at him and I'd say, Was that a good shot?
He goes, Where were you aiming?
I said, Right ...
He goes, Well, yeah. You're aiming there,
so why is that ...?
So a guy that doesn't appreciate, you know,
good golf shots, because he watches it every day,
from the best players in the world.
Yeah, that's kind of a turning point.
Then playing the sectional, I didn't play well.
I played with Tony Finau and Troy Merritt.
There's, in my eyes, there's not much difference,
just refining my game and trying to get
in the hole a little bit quicker.
So what's the fall going to look like?
Can I assume you're not,
you won't be doing the World Championships this year?
Yeah, so that's the big thing.
First time I'll miss Worlds since 2003, which is a big deal.
I mean, I know that when I teed up
in the World Championships I have a good chance to win.
I'm turning down, obviously, that opportunity,
but I'm going to play a couple Asian tour events.
I'm going to play in Indonesia, the Indonesian Masters.
Then I'm going to play the next week in Macau, China.
As we all know how valuable starts are,
I wasn't the biggest fan of that when it presented itself,
but it's so hard to gain status.
I'm going to go to Q-School here, in September, before that.
I'll be kind of good to go and hopefully move on
to the next stage and then go over to Asia.
It's all about learning now.
It's a different ball game.
It's, when I step on the tee
I don't have five more in my pocket.
I have one that needs to be found, needs to be hit again.
It's a different strategy,
but it's something that I'm looking forward to.
I always play golf with like
five or six golf balls in my pocket.
I think you should try that.
I don't see what the problem is with mulligans.
Going into the spring and whole different ball ...
I'm not counting them out, Amanda, I don't know about you,
but I've seen this guy do,
whenever he sets his mind to something, he accomplishes it.
I don't see why this would be any different.
And like you said,
you already have a huge advantage off the tee,
like nothing we've ever seen.
If you're able to harness that accurately,
even semi-accurately, it's going to be good.
See, I like that.
If you can find it, you can hit it.
Go find it.
If you can find it and it's between the pipes,
somewhere in the general direction, you're in good shape.
Hey, you know what we should do, one last time?
Let's get the dramatic lighting one last time, just for ...
Zoom in, real quick.
Let's get a close up, right here.
There we go.
That's the hairline of a 48 year old.
There is the soon to be the newest member of the PGA tour.
After several wins,
we hope you'll come back and be on the show.
You know you're in a room with no bigger fans of yours
than the people in this room.
Our company for sure is behind you 100%.
I know that you're going to get all the goals
that you want in front of you,
because that's the way you are.
Best company in the world.
I love the dramatic lighting on that too.
Yeah, that's good.
[Amanda] That time it got way more emotional.
I almost caught a tear in Jamie's eye,
there too, when I was saying that.
See if they go to that.
Thanks again for being here, Jamie.
Best of luck. Appreciate it.
We'll see you next time on Callaway Live.
Next week we've got two shows.
Seamus Golf as well as Greg Maddux,
next week on Callaway Live.
(cheers and applause)