The Escape Artist

It takes real experience to successfully make your way back to the fairway (in one shot) after hitting a shot into the woods. Rickie Fowler has it.
Presented By Farmers Insurance

Released on 7/7/2017

Credits

Starring: Butch Harmon
Featuring: Rickie Fowler

Transcript

00:00
[Kevin] No way, you can't!
00:03
Where's that guy who was in front of us?
00:05
Where'd he go?
00:06
I have no clue.
00:07
Is that him over there in the trees?
00:09
[Kevin] Ah, stupid trees!
00:10
Yeah, maybe we should go help him out.
00:11
Yeah, no kidding.
00:13
They got snakes over there?
00:14
[Rickie] You'll be okay.
00:15
It's go time.
00:17
No!
00:20
(shouting angrily)
00:23
Just like that?
00:26
Sorry about the wait, guys.
00:28
Really had to thread the needle there.
00:29
Yeah, looks like you almost took yourself out there, man.
00:31
Yeah.
00:32
You okay?
00:33
No, no, yeah, I pulled it off.
00:35
That's precision though, baby.
00:36
Let's go get you cleaned up.
00:38
Feel so alive!
00:39
Really?
00:40
You look like you're dead to me.
00:42
(energetic music)
00:43
Yeah, maybe we should go help him out.
00:44
Yeah, no kidding.
00:51
Guys, oh guys, guys!
00:54
That's an interesting one, Rick.
00:55
It is.
00:56
I feel like I've had some of my own experience in here.
00:58
Sometimes it ends up being a very troublesome shot.
01:01
I mean, that's one of the biggest things.
01:02
Sometimes you can be aggressive about trees, but a lot of
01:04
times, you just wanna get the ball back out in play.
01:06
[Butch] What you're saying is you're just gonna
01:08
actually try and pitch this ball back to the fairway.
01:10
Yeah, exactly.
01:10
You're just looking to find the easiest way out.
01:13
Alright, let's see how you do it.
01:14
Well, first, I'd probably start here.
01:17
With the grip.
01:18
Choke it down a little.
01:19
Little easier to stay on top of the ball, cover it,
01:21
and have a little bit control over the flight.
01:22
Low body's gonna stay pretty still because of being in
01:26
the loose footing.
01:26
Alright.
01:27
You don't want to try and hit this too hard, then a bunch
01:29
of stuff comes into play.
01:30
In this pine straw, would you not ground your club because
01:32
you'd be afraid the ball's gonna move?
01:34
I won't ground it, I'll keep it just to where it's
01:36
maybe coming in contact Okay.
01:37
with the pine straw.
01:38
We'll set the feet up a little narrow and a little open,
01:41
and then last thought, don't hit a tree.
01:43
(lively music)
01:49
Perfect.
01:50
So the guys you play with in Pro Ams would take that
01:52
philosophy, they'd get out a lot better would they?
01:54
Their percentage would be a lot better.
01:56
I like that.
01:57
(lively music)
01:58
There you are.
01:59
So you got the hang of it now?
02:00
Totally.
02:01
I can't thank you guys enough.
02:03
Alright, let's see you go in and make a few swings.
02:04
See what you got.
02:05
Alright.
02:06
Wish me luck.
02:07
Yeah, we're gonna get out of here.
02:08
Alright, we're gonna just, nice and easy.
02:10
Here we go.
02:11
There we don't!
02:11
You think he's got it back there, Butch?
02:12
[Kevin] No!
02:13
He'll figure it out someday, don't worry about it.
02:16
(shouting angrily)
02:18
(energetic music)
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