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Two-time Masters champion Tom Watson joins FOXSports.com to talk Tiger Woods, parity in golf and much more.
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We. However what I'm ready Sparage -- pleased -- joined by two time masters champion Tom Watson who's got a new book out entitled. The -- swing but before we talk about the book. Let's talk about you Tom and now 61 years old you're still able to compete with the young guns on the course. He almost won the British Open two years ago you played well the masters last year. How even able to keep your game at such a high level for such a long period of time. What was a lot of that's due jeans GE NES -- a mile and that gave me great genes and I. I'm pretty fortunate that I hadn't been injured over over the course of my career and been able to stay very you know. Very injury free throughout. Though I guess last 36 years -- play the masters I really haven't had any injury problems there. -- a good thing and Tom things seem to be changing on the PGA tour we haven't seen a dominant player when multiple tournaments like in years past. Is parody good for the tour do you think we need to have a dominant player on the course. Well is this the ebb and flow of the tourism it's always been that way were you had somebody like tiger was dominate a vexing unlike anybody like tiger was dominated. Jack Nicklaus said the nomination for many years. We have a good friend. Passed away now Byron Nelson won eleven terms enroll in 1945. But they've been there years in between were you there is no clear cut. Domination by anyone player. -- we're all excited about the upcoming masters you've got to green jackets in your closet. If finished in the top twenty last year how long you plan on playing Augusta. Well I I plan on playing until I I can't compete there and it's. It right now Augusta is a guy at the limits of my AA abilities as it did because the length of the golf course. Right right now I'm practicing my iron my iron play which is. Paramount and in playing Augusta National well in years past I've gone over the reasons why I had played well there and it's all because my irons well. Well we can't -- golf without talking about Tiger Woods and last year. You -- critical tiger is on course behavior saying it was bad for the game. Tiger recently stated that he plans -- more fan friendly have you talked to tiger since you made those comments. Well I have but I just think that you know there's a certain that there's certain decorum that the game should be played by you know you're good they're great players of the past have done that in. There there's there's some that. You know there's some things that tiger could do to help -- longer you know anger management is is a big is a big thing and we all. -- are young we we. We letter anger shoulder more than when we get older we know have handled the little bit more when we get older do you think tiger is taking the right steps. I just said I think you you know anger management is a big issue that. Anybody has in their play of the game ago. Talk that. You know you you know you see it -- any -- any players been on a golf course has gotten angry about. Missing a shot and they and they didn't wanna miss shop net. In nobody's note nobody is immune to that anger. Well Tom you've had a lot of success on the Champions Tour in fact you and Jack Nicklaus teamed up in January when a second straight Wendy's champions skins game and Molly. What's it like the golden Bears team. Well how how would you like do I go to the first tee and somebody says a Hoosier it's your partner today you say well. As Jack Nicklaus that Nadal. It is always good deck played he played very very well and and I hit the shot on the seventeenth hole that -- fortunately I've converted the putt and -- we ended up you know winning the skins -- But -- you've accomplished so much on the golf course is there anything you'd like to do off the course in the years ahead. Well the then number one thing that it that I promised my caddie who's passed away Bruce Edwards. That I would do is continue. Raising funds for research for LS. LS is Lou Gehrig's disease as a motor neuron muscular deterioration disease that. Claims every victim that it that it hits and -- one. That's one thing I promised him I'm gonna continue to do that. Well I know you've been working on a book it's called the timeless swing we see it right there and it's available now. Tells about the book. Well -- that time muscling his is a compilation of all the things that I learned that I think is very important about how to play the game the right way. There -- a lot of wonderful things about the book as far as the technology concern they. -- -- Drag me kicking and screaming into the modern -- There is Marcus Microsoft tag and here -- take your cell phoning it tag and they're actually get a video of six of the chapters I'll. That. We'll explain in video form of what the chapters is is is talking about. The most important thing I think about this book is that simple. That it focuses on what most golf books and most instruction focuses on at the beginning. And that is you're gripping your set up and posture that I I -- at a couple steps farther and I say. The two things that are most important about. A good golfers that. You must him -- your shoulder you must turn your shoulders in the same plane on the backswing and follow through. And number two yet they have consistent difference where you hit the ground. If your divot serves you know it's -- all over the place they hit behind familiar stance and follow him earlier stance. You're not going to be a very good golfer and actually -- to -- to affect me get there throughout the reading the book. While taking notes as we speak how tough. Wasn't thought to put something as deep tale of a golf swing into a book. Well yeah I hit a million golf ball so that kind of cleaned out some of the superfluous stuff. And and try to put it and try to put in very simple terms nick Seitz. Who edited the book with me. With whom I've done three other books back in the eighties. Nick and I it went back and forth to try to make it for perfectly clear in the in the text. And the pictures in the graphics in the pictures along with the Microsoft tags. How to play the game the easiest way you can't I wouldn't I wouldn't read this book in one setting but what I would do I'd start this book and I'd say all right. The star from the beginning the first chapter of their talks about the bottom New York. -- -- -- -- And also your spine angle and I start from merits are -- -- that a player may. Then and then -- dead -- adorned the book after that but to make him think about your swing in relation to that. That -- gets off to a good start. Our topic so much for being what it was great talking with you. Here's to continued success on the golf course and with the new book and remember foxsports.com. Has you covered brought here golf needs for Tom Watson I'm ready Sparage. -- look at it.