RUSH: Jamie in Loudon, New Hampshire, great to have you on Open Line Friday. Welcome.
CALLER: Thanks for taking my call, Rush.
RUSH: You bet, sir.
CALLER: Now that we’ve gone down this long road of despair, I’d like to get to the important things in life. I’d like to you revisit the first round that you played at Augusta and how that day started out at the driving range with your caddy, Tip — and how you would spread balls all over the place; everything was definitely going wrong — and then you had to get up to the first tee.
RUSH: Wait, wait.
CALLER: You were announced just like you were playing in Augusta, you had the crowd watching you, and you hit the perfect drive.
RUSH: What am I missing? Wait, you were there?
CALLER: No, no. I’d called you. I’d heard it on the radio when I was driving to the job.
RUSH: Ah, okay.
CALLER: It was really an interesting story.
RUSH: Yeah, it was. You know, Augusta, for us golfers, is a shrine. It’s hallowed, hallowed ground.
CALLER: Well, now that you’ve had the — I believe it was the Harman experience — professional training that you received, can you relate back to why, when everything was going wrong just before you got up to the tee — and the fact that you didn’t have that training that you have now, why you hit such a perfect drive?
RUSH: Well, you mean Hank Haney.
CALLER: Hank Haney.
RUSH: The Haney experience.
RUSH: You know, it’s interesting. Hank deemphasizes working on the mental. He says, “If you just get the swing mechanics down and get comfortable with what you’re doing, the mental will take care of itself.” It’s sort of like what I’ve always said about giving a speech. The greatest way to be confident giving a speech is to know what you’re talking about and to be passionate and can’t wait to say what you’re gonna say. You won’t be nervous. It’s the same thing with your golf swing. If you’re confident about what you’re doing — which is sometimes hard to muster, but if you are — the extraneous things like being distracted mentally or nervous won’t bother you. I was… I wasn’t particularly nervous, but I did: I boomed a 240-yard drive right down the middle first up at Augusta. This guy’s right. He remembers it.
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