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Matt Walsh's Golf Game Gets a Makeover

What would it take to transform a Regular Joe's mediocre golf game in one day? Personalized attention, insightful evaluation and easy-to-implement tips. That's exactly what actor and golfer Matt Walsh (of HBO's "Veep") receives from Golf Digest's experts.

Released on 9/16/2016

Credits

Starring: Matt Walsh
Featuring: Marty Hackel, Golf Digest Fashion Director , Debbie Doniger, PGA Teaching Professional, and Ben Shear, Golf Digest Fitness Advisor
Director: Dylan Steinberg
Director of Photography: Dan Wills
Producer: Andy Kabel

Special thanks to: The Trump National Doral Miami Golf Shop

Transcript

00:00
Hey, I'm celebrity Matt Walsh.
00:01
You might recognize me from being a celebrity.
00:04
My good friends at Golf Digest invited me up here to
00:06
Scarborough, New York to Sleepy Hollow Country Club.
00:09
For a style makeover, swing makeover
00:11
and fitness makeover.
00:13
(upbeat music)
00:17
In the first part of this transformation,
00:18
I get to meet mister style, Marty Hackel.
00:21
He's gonna fix me up with some nice duds, golfin duds.
00:26
We can make you look terrific.
00:28
Do you know what I want?
00:28
Athletic and handsome.
00:29
Athletic and handsome.
00:30
Give it up Marty.
00:32
Athletic, I got it.
00:33
Here's a really important tip for you.
00:35
Match your belt to your pants.
00:38
Don't match it to your shoes.
00:40
This looks terrific!
00:42
Here, hold onto these socks.
00:44
Never be--
00:44
Never be funnier than your socks!
00:46
Never be funnier than your socks.
00:47
Never be funnier than your socks.
00:49
Here's the biggest mistake that people make.
00:51
Sure.
00:52
They put on an outfit--
00:53
They marry the wrong person.
00:54
You can get the waterproof jacket.
00:56
And they have a regular baseball hat on.
00:59
You gotta be prepared for any condition, really.
01:02
You know what's gonna happen?
01:03
People are gonna ask you
01:05
if you're starting to work out.
01:08
Yeah, there you go!
01:10
Show em the guns.
01:11
Yeah, so tonal is one of the best things
01:13
that you can think about.
01:15
Well thank you so much.
01:16
You know your stuff, I appreciate it.
01:18
Go get em, Matt.
01:19
You're a genius.
01:20
Hey, that was fun.
01:21
Okay, so the next part of my golf transformation,
01:23
is meeting fitness nerds who are gonna look
01:25
at various ways my body moves.
01:27
And they're gonna use that to tell
01:28
me what I need to work on.
01:30
So what we're gonna do is we're just
01:31
gonna run you through a series of some simple tests.
01:33
And basically just want to look at how your body moves
01:34
so we can understand how that is gonna relate
01:37
to how your golf swing should work.
01:38
And then Debbie taking that information
01:40
and actually building a golf swing that
01:41
works for your body, make sense?
01:43
Sure.
01:44
Cool.
01:44
(bouncy music)
01:46
let's go, right rotation, good
01:47
and side bend to your left.
01:49
What would you call that now, your...
01:50
Follow through?
01:51
Back swing.
01:52
Back swing.
01:53
Don't yell at me.
01:54
Right rotation, left side bend.
01:54
You guys are professionals.
01:56
you don't have to be rude about it.
01:57
I get it, it's my back swing.
01:58
(woman laughs)
01:59
Tuck it under.
02:01
And arch it out.
02:02
This is nice for me to see.
02:03
Yeah, that was weird.
02:05
Back towards me.
02:07
All right.
02:08
Good, now bump towards the mirror.
02:10
This leg goes that way.
02:11
This it?
02:12
Yup, good.
02:13
Look at that.
02:14
You feel how this wants to come whipping down?
02:17
We're loading it.
02:18
(bouncy music)
02:21
Our goal is to build you a swing
02:22
that's gonna be protecting you.
02:24
And preventing you from getting injured.
02:26
As well as, obviously, trying to have you
02:28
play the best golf possible.
02:30
So one way to be a more consistent golfer,
02:32
is to spray your club face with some Impact Spray.
02:35
Jock itch spray, I'll call it.
02:36
(woman laughs)
02:37
It'll just give us an idea
02:39
of where you hit the club face.
02:42
Middle of the club face, come on.
02:43
You can do it.
02:44
(hits golf ball)
02:45
(laughs)
02:47
You gotta lot of toe.
02:48
Lot of toe, that's a huge power leak.
02:50
Yes, you don't wanna do that.
02:52
Too many leaks, you sink.
02:52
Now let go of the club.
02:53
Ummhmm.
02:55
Like, literally.
02:55
I can't.
02:56
Let go, I'm gonna chop your hands off.
02:57
(laughs)
02:59
okay, so we've got a few simple tweaks.
03:01
They're really easy to implement.
03:02
Now my self-esteem will go right up.
03:04
Right up.
03:04
So let's start with the basics.
03:05
Does that measure self-esteem?
03:06
No, it doesn't, okay.
03:08
Okay, so that's more of where you
03:10
wanna be in your backswing.
03:11
That'll help your swing path.
03:13
So now I'm gonna give you a transition drill.
03:15
So I'm gonna be, stepping.
03:17
Step, good.
03:20
Push down though,
03:21
turn and swing.
03:22
I think you're gonna hit the ball so much better.
03:26
You are totally ready and prepared.
03:29
(hits golf ball)
03:31
(Handel's Messiah)
03:35
That was actually pretty good.
03:38
Why are you surprised?
03:39
That was awesome, like awesome.
03:42
Like I don't wanna do it anymore.
03:43
Look!
03:45
It's still going.
03:46
The total is 176 yards on this monitor.
03:49
That's a seven iron.
03:50
For my seven iron, that's good.
03:52
Good?
03:53
Good, you're ready for the tour, man.
03:54
Thank you very much.
03:55
You're so welcome.
03:56
Guys it was easy.
03:57
Thank you every one.
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