Morgan Pressel on Callaway Live [Sponsor Content]
LPGA star Morgan Pressel stopped by Callaway Live to talk about her goals this season, being a tour veteran, and her foundation. Sponsored by Callaway
Released on 5/9/2016
Dude, what are you doin'? Well, ya know, just
like you guys, before I do the show,
I also have a pretty sophisticated pre shot routine.
You cannot have excellence unless you're in your routine.
So that's just exactly what I was doin'.
I was kinda getting in my zone.
I agree, but at what point are you gonna zip up your fly?
Oh, darn it. Don't you got a show to do?
Live show, no script, what could possibly go wrong?
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Hey, hey! (audience cheering)
How's everybody doin', good to see you.
Thanks for comin', what a crowd, I love this crowd.
This is an LPGA week crowd, this is a champion's crowd.
Thanks for bein' here, you know that earlier this
week we had Lydia Callis, that was last night.
Tonight is Morgan Pressel, it's our LPGA Champions week.
We also have a lot of friends that are in the LPGA Office.
And one of the things we're, I'm out of breath.
Did you guys see me run up, woah.
Alright, let's take a second here, okay,
one of the things that we were excited about havin'
here is 'cause we really love the things the LPGA's doing
with their marketing, they're the very best on social.
And we kinda snuck in and took a look at some of the
stuff they're doin' in marketing and you guys know,
their current marketing campaign is LPGA See Why It's
Different, correct, you guys know this, right?
So we looked at some of the ones that they actually didn't
end up using for their campaign so here's one that we saw
that is, they did not do, old one, it says,
LPGA, we know you just won the third flight of your
member guest but these girls can still easily beat you.
They did not use that one at all.
Here's the next one, LPGA, the best female
golfers on the planet and lots of selfies!
They did not use that one probably because
that was a really lame joke, alright the last one.
LPGA, more major champions every year than on the PGA Tour.
Because they have five majors and the PGA Tour only have
four and your, in your face, PGA Tour.
Stepped all over those lame jokes.
I'll tell you what will not be lame.
Stick around 'cause we're gonna be right back
and Morgan Pressel's gonna be here so stay where you are.
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[Camera Man] Probably around 200.
The only difference between me and Happy Gilmore
is I can skate a whole lot better than he can.
This is the first time I've ever been to a range
where the guys didn't really care if we hit anyone.
(upbeat music) Go!
[Narrator] Right in the center.
I'm confirming ball number two at 427.
(locker slamming shut)
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Alright, welcome back to Callaway Live
with Harry Arnett, our guest tonight,
we've known her forever it seems.
She played in the US Open when she was 12 years old
which at the time was the youngest anybody
ever played in the US Open.
She won the US AM, she was the youngest major
championship winner when she won the ANA Inspiration
out in the desert, she is now into her 11th season
on the LPGA Tour, that makes me feel old.
I don't know about you guys, please say
hello to our good friend, Morgan Pressel.
(applause and cheering) There she is!
That's Morgan, how are ya, good to see you.
Good to see you. Have a seat.
Hey, wait, wait, wait, let's take a quick Snapchat
selfie. Oh, a quick selfie.
Take a. You need a selfie.
I think that was our first Callaway Live selfie.
That maybe was. That's very nice.
Ya know, just like you said LPGA see why with the selfies.
I mean, it's, we gotta take the selfie.
I'm shocked that you guys didn't go with that one.
It's a good thing, aren't we giving away a driver
or something, did I hear about that, where's our driver?
Yeah, oh my goodness. We're giving
away a driver today. Hold on, I gotta go get it.
Okay, she'll be right back, so let me tell
you this joke while she's gone, oh, there it is, okay.
So we're giving this driver away on Snapchat
for those of you who have followed my very, very
exciting day on Callawaysnaps on Snapchat.
After the show, we'll be giving away this XR16 Driver.
Alright, so follow us on Callawaysnap
and is that your actual driver, what are you
gonna play with this week?
This is not my actual driver but it is the same
driver that I play so. Nice, close effect
simile there of. Yes.
Alright, so it's right there, I can't believe it when,
what we were talkin' before and I said, so this is sort of
like your 10th full season, you're like it's actually my
11th season and I said well, the first season I don't really
count because you were running back and forth taking like
high school exams and stuff but 11 years on the LPGA Tour.
Yeah, it's crazy, like you said, the first year,
my last semester of my senior year was really
when I turned pro and when I started playing.
I think of 18 weeks of school, I think I missed maybe nine.
But I still graduated and got my high school diploma
and everything but I did not go to college
and in turn, went on the LPGA Tour.
What a failure, no college for you.
No college, totally uneducated, totally uneducated.
So kids, don't listen to me, okay, go to college.
I have been with you though and I know that
you still get carded so you still look very young.
[Morgan] Oh well, thank you, thank
you very much, that's very kind.
So 11 years on tour, what's changed for you
as now, I always think it's funny 'cause you're like
this grizzled veteran on the LPGA Tour
and you're still in just your late 20's?
Yeah, it's, the tours come full circle, I think,
in the last 11 years, it's been, personally I've
had very exciting times and very challenging times.
And everything in between and it's been fun to watch
the tour grow, to watch it blossom, to go from really
where we had 23 events to now being very healthy at 33, 34
events and had a lot of fun in Solheim Cups,
been able to win a couple times, and yeah.
[Harry] Done a nice job, yeah.
It's nice, it's a lot of fun and I get to live my dream
and make a living doing it, so.
Do you feel like you're playing years are like older
than you are on tour because I always think of you
as someone that gets every ounce out of your game
to compete at the highest level from, ya know,
revving really high with emotions to really having to
think better than anyone because there, just because
or your stature and how far you hit it, you really
have to have your very best every single week.
[Morgan] I mean, that's the goal, right,
is the have your best every single week, and.
Thanks for not hitting me when
I asked you that, by the way.
That's a constant challenge, right, is working on,
I mean, if you work too much on one part of your game,
ya know, maybe your putting starts to struggle
'cause you're workin' on a swing change.
Or ya know, your chipping isn't as great
because you're hitting a lot of greens
and you don't get to practice it that often
and it's just the constant balance of how do I continue
to improve every round, every day, just get that little
bit better, that's why I'm out there.
So do you have a plan going into each year
of what you wanna work on, how you're gonna get better
and kinda map that out over the
course of a year, how does that work?
Not exactly, I feel like I take it more,
I don't want to say daily but I have my ya know,
my plan that I'm working on in the short term
and there are bumps along the way that you hit
and different things that you have to adjust for that.
But I don't know, I address it every, when I really
start to struggle maybe, take a look back
and say, what do I really need to work on,
am I working on the right thing, do I need to move
forward from here or hey, ya know what, it's really
tough but I absolutely know that this is the right thing
and this is the direction that I need to go in
and I'm gonna come out better because of it.
Well, because you're pretty detail oriented,
I know being around you a little bit.
And kinda a perfectionist. Just a little bit.
So those things don't really work all the time
when you're trying to take a long view of trying
to accomplish, like long term goals.
Oh, for sure you should talk to my coach.
He hates that, that quality in me is that I do
wanna see it, I wanna look, see it look perfect on video,
I wanna see perfect shots, I wanna, and that's just
not golf, golf perfection's not attainable.
So I have to work really hard to temper my expectations
and to make sure that I keep myself on track.
But comin' off a really great year last year.
I mean, that was, it was maybe funny to you
'cause a lot of people are like, hey, Morgan's back.
She's back, as if you went anywhere but really solid year,
last year and then what do you do
now to build on that this year?
Yeah, I really struggled a couple years ago with my wrist
and that kind of I fell off a little bit in that sense.
I couldn't practice as much but once I got back to being
able to practice a lot and my wrist was, my body was
healthy, I really, I certainly played well.
Probably started with a little bit lower expectations
which is always helps and then grew from there.
This year, higher expectations and having played
well last year but just keep grinding.
I mean, every day's a new challenge.
I love what I do, I love playing golf.
I love playing on the LPGA Tour against the best
players in the world and I don't know.
And they're getting younger and younger aren't they?
I think I'm just getting older and older.
But they're also getting younger and younger.
It's a little bit of both.
Well that's like Matthew Mcconaughey.
I get older and they stay the same age, right?
But, no Dazed and Confused fans here?
A little bit too young for the kids around here.
Yeah, I know, I've become my dad when I'm dropping
pop culture references from like 20 years ago.
And then no one ever says anything about it.
I didn't say anything either, I was just.
I know, I saw, thank you very much for that.
You're very nice, do you find yourself when you
go on the range just seeing all these new kids
that are out there just have perfect golf swings
or do you try to like block all that out
and stay in your own little zone?
I try and block most of it out.
I mean, I kind of, I have my own thing that I do.
And I am, I have a busy day and sometimes you just
really can't get distracted by what's goin' on around you.
These, it's always funny the first couple weeks of the year,
'cause you see a lot of new faces and the rookies
and there's probably 20 or so rookies out here
and it's, who's that, I've never seen them before.
You keep around like a yearbook or anything?
You're like flippin' through?
No, you kinda try and sneak a look at the bag
and see if you can see who it is.
Hey, Jane, how you doin'? Exactly.
But that's really, that's when I feel the most old,
is when I've been on tour a long time, I know,
80%, 90% of the people that I compete, I'm competing
against but all the sudden there's new faces
and ya know, where'd they come from, who are they
and you try and learn a little bit about them
and make them feel welcome on tour.
It's not easy to be a rookie but they seem
to do a pretty good job.
And when you're askin' like some of the young rookies
out if they wanna go to dinner and they say yeah
and you say, where you wanna go and like how 'bout
Chuck E Cheese, like that's gotta make you feel old.
I haven't gotten that one yet.
But maybe, I'll ask a few rookies this week
and see what they say. You should, take 'em out.
Alright, don't go anywhere, we're gonna be right back
with more Morgan Pressel right after this.
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I was livin' in Dallas and my wife asked me,
would you help Adam Levine 'cause one of her friends
was friends with Adam and he called up, hey,
Adam's playin' in Dallas, would you help him?
And I'm like, she's you gotta help him, you gotta help him,
you gotta help him, it's Adam Levine.
And I'm like, okay, okay, okay, I'll give him a lesson.
So I gave him a lesson, like the first day I'm like,
wow, ya know. He's into it.
This guy's got a long way to go.
Well, man, I never in my life, never swung a golf
club, I was like, this is hard.
But a really athletic guy, you had to feel
like you had somethin' to work with.
It wasn't like the first time you saw me.
Yeah. I'm not so sure
he felt that way at first. Actually, I didn't
feel that way at first but then when we went to his
concert that night and I saw him on stage and I'm like,
I mean, this guy's an athlete.
I mean, 'cause if you've seen him in concert,
he just, he can move. Yeah, you know
Barren Davis scored 60 on him once, right?
You really had to bring that up again?
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Welcome back to Callaway Live, we got Adam Levine
on the show next week which you saw there.
It's kinda a pink theme, you're wearin' the pink
blazer, he had the pink hair for next.
He must've gotten the memo.
It's very nice, speakin' of pink, your foundation is
one of the things that when I think of you, I think
of the amazing things that you're doing with Golf
to raise money for your foundation.
Tell us a little bit how that got started.
Yeah, well it started when my mother passed away
when I was 15 years old so I feel very fortunate
when I played in the Open when I was 12, 13 at Pine Needle,
she was there and that's very special to me that she was
able to see me play on the biggest stage.
But she passed away from breast cancer when I was 15
and it was kind of at that moment, I wanted to do something.
I didn't know what, I didn't know how but then a few
years later, I made it to the LPGA Tour
and had turned pro and it kinda gave me a platform.
It gave me, I always say, it gave me a megaphone.
Like I got the media's attention and even a lot of
people at home and we kind of said, hey let's
try and start something so we came up with a golf
tournament and it's now, this year will be our 10th year,
this January, this coming January and to date,
we've raised over five million dollars.
Wow. It's really, thank you.
It's really incredible and I mean, the majority
of the support for my event comes from the community
where I live in, Saint Andrew's Country Club
and they are just, it's unbelievable the event
continues to grow, that this past year we raised
over one million dollars in a single event
which was the biggest by far and I don't even know
where we go from here but we've done a lot of really
great things in our community through the foundation.
We have Kathryn Krickstein Pressel Mammovan
named in honor of my mother that travels around
Palm Beach County offered Mammovans to those who
are scared or intimidated or can't afford to go to the
hospital and then we have a new center for cancer genetics
which is kinda the, at the forefront of fighting cancer
as well as a drug research program with the
University of Miami Hospital Slyvester Cancer Center.
So between Boca Raton Regional with the other two
with Slyvester Cancer Center, we're focused in South
Florida but ya never know, we've got a long way to go.
We'd love to grow. Yeah, and sounds like
just getting started too which is outstanding.
It's definitely my passion and I love to play golf
but I mean, people say what do you do during the off season.
I don't have an off season, I, I mean, even the last couple
months of the LPGA season, I transition right into
how to prepare for the event and get everything ready
and then 'cause it's usually the first or second week
in January so all of December, all of the holiday
season is spent focusing on the event
and then right after the event it's, okay, I got
three weeks, let's cram for the season, ya know.
Let's get ready to go, so.
Well Lydia was on the show last night.
She shocked me, her horizon, she's thinking
she's only gonna play till she's 30 right now.
So I mean, that's not that far away.
That sort of time, do you think about life after golf?
I was gonna say let's ask Lydia when she's 30,
how she feels, it's. My mom finally
kicked me out of the basement when I was 30
so I was like I don't even understand how.
It's kinda the thing like, ya know, people ask
when are you gonna have children.
And I've talked to a couple other players about this too.
And you know, in a couple years and when I'm 30
or whenever and my one friend said, well, 30 came
and I wasn't ready, it was like, I had always said
30, 30 and I don't know, life after golf obviously,
I would love to focus on my foundation and grow there,
maybe potentially TV, I did a little bit with Fox Sports
last year and really enjoyed that, covering the Men's Open.
Now I know Mike Juan is doing a great job
and he's just been a huge inspiration for us here
from what he's been able to do to build the brand
and everything, would you ever wanna be commissioner?
I don't know, now that I sit in boards meetings
with him, I don't know that I could handle that job.
That's a little much for me. To deal with people
like you, you mean, yeah. Yeah, exactly, listen to me
complain, I don't know. (laughing)
I thought one of the things I know for a fact you could
do, I don't know if this is in your interests or not
but about a year ago, you started posting a lot of your
pictures on Instagram and Social of a lot of the Yoga
that you're doing and I was like wow, I can't believe
how much, how great she can do all these poses like this
and I think I told you that it really inspired me to
sorta get involved in Yoga as well.
Oh boy. Yeah and you've
really encouraged me. Oh no.
[Harry] Yeah, so here's, so I wanted to
kinda show you some of the poses.
[Morgan] That is some impressive Photoshop right there.
[Harry] No, that's all legit, that's all legit.
So here's some poses that I did, this one.
Oh my goodness. Do you know what this
one's called? Look at your face.
That's gotta by the Chrome Soft.
[Harry] That is, yes, exactly, that's
our Chrome Soft pose. Look at that, oh.
There it is, yeah, there's a Chrome Soft pose.
Are we using that in the new advertising campaigns or?
Only if we never want to sell another golf ball again.
So here's another, here's another pose that I have
been perfecting, there you go. Wow.
You know what that one is? Wow, I don't even know
what that one is. That one's the XR Pose,
of course, yeah. Oh, the XR, okay.
Absolutely. That's pretty impressive.
Yeah. Can we do that right now?
I'd really like to see you get into that right now.
I can't, I hurt my back earlier today.
That's such a cop out. I was on the phone.
[Harry] Is everybody creeped out yet?
Or you guys wanna be creeped out a little more, okay, good.
Here's another one, there we go.
That was when I had my long hair.
You go there, you know what that one is, any idea?
I have no idea. That's the Bertha.
Oh, the Bertha. Oh, that's the Apex.
I'm sorry. You don't even know
the names of your own poses. I forgot the Bertha
goes the other way, I'm sorry, yeah, that's the Apex.
Then here's the next one, I bet you can figure
out what this one is. I guess this is the Bertha,
the next one. Yeah, exactly.
Oh. Oh wow.
There we go. Man.
That was actually. Maybe he needs to relax,
I'm not sure, look at the. It's hard to get your
own knee out of your ear, that's the Big Bertha.
And favorite one this is prior to this launch,
anyone know what this one is, anyone, anyone, anyone?
Oh my goodness. Toe up.
[Harry] Toe up, exactly, it's the toe up, yeah.
I like the tattoos. Yeah, those are
freshy tattoos, I'm not sure what those are.
I like those, are those the temporary ones,
can you get those off quickly?
I'm grossed out by myself, yes, I hope so.
And then the last one, thank God.
[Morgan] Oh there's more, oh my God, there's more.
[Harry] There we go, look how happy I am there.
Wow. That's the MD 3 Milled.
Yes, yes, it took a whole team of people to
come help me get out of that pose.
There we are so that, I told you they were there.
(laughing and applause)
Thank you, that was a pity laugh, I love it.
I like that, that's my favorite.
Right, right. That's my favorite.
So what's the year lookin' like for ya?
I mean, what kind of big goals do you have for the year?
I know that you're someone, I always think,
your game is so geared for the hardest venues
where driving the golf ball is at a premium
and getting up and down from crazy spots is at a premium
so you gotta be licking your chops at this year, don't ya?
I definitely love difficult golf courses.
I think they challenge the best players.
I'm never a player who's gone out and made
a bazillion birdies a round but I can grind it out
with the best of them so I do love tough venues
especially majors, I always have geared my season
around majors, this year, I have a very difficult stretch
though with the way the season is for the Olympics,
the way our season is, has been changed and I have to play.
I'm going to play, I don't have to, I chose, five
tournaments in a row with the first being a major
and the last being a major so that'll be five weeks
that'll be challenging and I'll have to, it'll be
a challenge for me to budget my time properly
and to make sure that I'm not tired come the US Open
which is the last in that stretch, so.
How do you take care of yourself during that stretch
'cause staying healthy is probably a major part of that.
For sure and I have a great physio that travels
with me a few other girls and.
I can show you some poses if you need it.
And, you might need her help after
you get into those poses but Hailey's the best
and I'm, she's really helped me come through my
wrist injury and everything like that
and keep me healthy and like you said, when you play
that much in a row, it is challenging.
I may take every Monday off, I don't know.
It might be that sort of a thing
to give my body a rest. Just like hashtag
Chad here at the Callaway.
I think he takes everyday off.
Every Monday and every Friday and sometimes Wednesdays.
Well, I don't know it seems like every time we see these
major championships and now the Olympics, that's six
big events this year and then obviously the Solheim Cup.
It seems like every year we see you at the top
of the leader board, I know that's gonna be the same
for this year. I hope so.
We couldn't find bigger fans of yours than those
of us here at Callaway and in this room,
so we want to thank you for being here tonight.
Thank you, thanks. Alright, everybody,
that's Morgan Pressel. Thanks.
Next week, Adam Levine from the farm,
thanks for watchin' everybody, we'll see you next week.
Thank you, thanks a lot. Thanks, Bud.
That was fun, painless, right?
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Come on, get down on the floor.
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What a show off, what a show off.