The Essential Lessons

Professional golfers discuss the most important golf lessons they've passed on to their sons.

Interviews were conducted at the 2014 PNC Father/Son Challenge, the best golf-family showcase. This year's event will be played Dec. 10-13 at the Ritz-Carlton in Orlando.

Released on 6/1/2015

Credits

Executive Producer: Harris Levinson

Transcript

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You can't really help him.
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You have so much golf knowledge but,
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they have to play.
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Know I know how my dad felt, like,
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I can give him tips but he has to
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go play, he has to go earn it himself.
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For me, I've learned to stay away from
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the instruction side.
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I try to stay out of that part but on the
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playing sports, psychology, getting the ball
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in the hole side, that I have a lot of
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experience, I try to help him with that part.
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And then when you go to watch him play you try not to
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chew your fingernails off, cause, a player yourself
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it's hard to watch another person play and
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not sweat for em.
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There's so many different ways to play this game.
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And Greg's got an individual way of playing.
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I don't wanna put too much pressure on him
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by trying so say, Hey, you have to do this.
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You have to do that.
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Because he loves to hit the ball.
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And he loves to swing, so he gets
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over and he tries not to think too much,
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which is great.
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Very much like his dad.
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Just get over and hit it.
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I remember my dad gave me a little
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saying that I put in my wallet when I
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was 14 years old, he gave it to me.
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I want you to put this in your wallet.
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And you come back and look at it
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a few years from now.
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It was from Mark Twain.
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He says, When I was 14 I thought my father
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was the dumbest man in the world.
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And when I was 21 I was amazed at how much
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the old man had learned in seven years.
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And there's a lot of wisdom in what Mark Twain said.
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As a kid I was probably pretty stubborn.
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Yes, I wanted to listen but as a typical
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kid I wanted to do it my own way.
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Now as I've gotten a little older those
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things sink in.
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The lessons sink in.
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He would tell me something, it's because
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it's your dad you don't necessarily listen.
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And I'd say, Hey Dad, Payne Stewart told me this.
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You know, Lee Trevino showed me this.
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I showed you that six months ago,
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I've been trying to get you to do that.
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What, no you didn't.
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(laughs)
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Get his blood boiling.
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My playing partner said, Well what did
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your dad say to you?
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and I guess I put my hands up in frustration
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and said, My dad, he knows nothing about golf.
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(laughs)
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At the time, that's 74, you're right in
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the prime of your game.
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I mean, for a 13 year old to say that is insane.
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That's 40 years ago.
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So I remember that when I'm trying to
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teach my kids who, my oldest now is turning 16
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in a couple days but I remembered that story.
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For patience for myself.
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