LIVE CHAT WITH STEVE FLESCH! Wednesday, Jan 4, 4PM ET!

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  • HipCheckHipCheck Toed it a lil, Romes. The Right CoastMarshals Posts: 6,232 mod
    GolfWRXers, please welcome Steve Flesch to GolfWRX! Steve and his son visit WRX all the time. We appreciate his time to do this chat with us. image/clapping.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':clapping:' />
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  • Southpaw444Southpaw444 Members Posts: 44
    Hey everybody! Glad to answer any and all questions for you today. Let's get started...
  • Sean2Sean2 #TheWRX (Callaway Trip) Members Posts: 30,826 ✭✭
    Hi Steve! Welcome to GolfWRX and thanks for your time.



    I'm 56 years old, a 10 HI and trying to get to single digits. I have a good short game...as I work on it incessantly. Do you have any suggestions to take my game to the next level?



    Thank you and good luck in 2012! :-)



    cheers --Sean
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  • r2edliner2edline Members Posts: 257
    Hi Steve - curious as to your workout regiment, hearing a lot about high-intensity training for golf these days. What style of training do you use? and how many days a week? Cheers and best of luck in the future.
  • ram01002ram01002 Members Posts: 1,894 ✭✭
    Best of luck next year! What is the one thing you wished you would have known (golf related) 15 years ago that you know now?
  • mikpgamikpga www.mikedeitersgolf.com Members Posts: 7,365 ✭✭
    Welcome from Cincinnati.



    Just working at Meadow Links & Golf Academy, and spending time on www.golfwrx.com!



    Griffin, you hung out with a few of us down at the Cincinnati Golf Show a few years back! How's the game coming along?
  • Southpaw444Southpaw444 Members Posts: 44


    what is in your bag? Do you use the Srixon Z-star? and if you do, what do think is it best feature? I am a southpaw junior golfer and I also wondering if you have any advice for a junior to bounce back after a bogey or worse?




    1. Driver- TM R11 w/ graphite design DJ7

    3w TM Tour Burner 3w w/ GD DI 8

    Rescue-adams a7 19* rescue

    Irons-4-pw cleveland tour concept CG 7's-- DG XP shafts

    Wedges- 52-56-60 CG16 S400

    Putter- Belly Corza



    2. i use the Srixon Star XV because i like the firmer feel and longer distance off the driver.



    3. don't feel like you have to birdie the very next hole....play each hole like its the very first hole of the tournament!
  • chill122292chill122292 Members Posts: 118
    Hi Steve thanks for answering questions!



    What advice would you give a struggling college player who has not fufilled his potential. Practice facilities are not ideal and I feel as though I am the only player on the team who wants to get better. It is a tough situation for me as I love to practice. I guess my question is how can i maximize the practice time I do have in order to really get better.



    Thanks again and good luck this year,





    Connor
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  • Southpaw444Southpaw444 Members Posts: 44
    CHEFMIZ wrote:


    First off Steve, thank you very much for taking the time to answer our questions.



    I would like your opinion as to where you feel the most dramatic improvements have come from during your career- the metal/composite woods, the Pro V1 era and later balls, or the finite optimization that is now available? Which of these has benefited your game the most? And finally, which ones made the game more "fun" for you?



    Thanks,

    Nick






    The biggest difference in equipment has been the ball. You cannot believe the difference in performance from a wound ball to a solid core ball. The old wound ball was much easier to curve whereas the solid core ball is likely to fly straight.



    DRIVERS have made the game more fun! we all like to bomb it!
  • goplutusgoplutus Members Posts: 377
    Can you get the Cleveland guys to make you a classic #2 35" in left for 'testing' and send it over to me after it doesnt work out for you?
  • Southpaw444Southpaw444 Members Posts: 44
    Medic wrote:


    Sincere thanks for answering questions for us Steve, and nothing but success to you in the coming season.



    I was wondering if you might share the best piece of advice regarding golf that you ever received and who gave it to you?



    Thanks again and in advance,

    Jim Wilson




    The best piece of advice I've ever been given is to get on the course and play! its great to get on the range to loosen up and get your fundamentals down but its most important to get on the course and play as many holes as you can. A golf professional from Louisville Ky named Gene Fawbush shared that information with me many moons ago!
  • nikegolfer1983nikegolfer1983 Members Posts: 2,062 ✭✭
    Steve,



    Enough about golf, lets talk Wildcat basketball, being from Burlington Kentucky die hard cats fan and I used to work at your home course at Triple Crown. How far do you see the CATS going this year in the tournament? Do you think they are mature enough and deep enough to make another run at the National Title? Good luck in 2012 and go CATS.



    Brandon Williams
  • Southpaw444Southpaw444 Members Posts: 44


    Hi Steve! I really liked watching your Playing Lessons with the Pros episode. Being a professional educator, I was really impressed with your teaching style. It is something that stood out to me ever since I first saw it. Is teaching something you ever considered pursuing before golf?




    No because i dont think i'm very good at it image/wink.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=';)' />



    I am simply trying to help people learn how to play better through strategy. I feel like i am far more effective at sharing ways to dissect the course through strategy than teach the swing, its fundamentals and all the intricacies that go with it
  • Southpaw444Southpaw444 Members Posts: 44


    How come your not playing well anymore Steve?






    I'd be awfully easy to ignore this question all together, however, I'm not here to shrug anything off!



    Plain and simple, my iron game hasnt been as great in the last five years of my career as it was in the first seven. Gotta make lots of birdies to compete out there and I havent been hitting it close enough to give myself good chances, regardless of the putter im using!



    PS...thanks for reminding me, I had forgotten about the poor play over the off season. haha. image/rolleyes.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':rolleyes:' />
  • SnapFade2SnapFade2 Members Posts: 1,332
    When are you coming to Idaho to play The Club at Black Rock with me
  • Southpaw444Southpaw444 Members Posts: 44
    jewofgolf wrote:


    Steve,



    I want to offer my sincere thanks for coming here and answering some of our questions.



    My question pertains to tournament golf; I want to know how I can maximize my hot streaks when I'm playing well in a tournament, as well as how to mentally "allow" myself to "believe" I can continue making birdies. Specifically, in USGA qualifiers, I tend to not maximize my good days, and I think a lot of it has to do with being uncomfortable going low.



    I want to know how you deal with the fact that a tournament round means more than a regular round. How do you get comfortable? I'm sure a lot of it comes with experience, but what else is there?



    Again, thank you for any advice you can give me on how to better "turn it on" for tournament play.



    Sincerely,



    Marcus Deckert






    Very simple response here...you cant put any more(or less) importance on any single shot based on how your round is going. Every shot matters just the same--a tap in par on the first hole of a tournament or a drive on the 72nd hole of a tournament you're leading by a shot. its just ONE shot you've hit a million times. trust yourself then execute.
  • sedowneysedowney Members Posts: 516
    Steve,



    Thanks for answering questions and taking time for us gearheads over here. I always wonder what brought pros to golf, how did it all start?



    Shane
  • Southpaw444Southpaw444 Members Posts: 44
    Team Ping wrote:


    Out of all of the experiances on tour, what was the hardest adjustment you had to make to play consistent golf?



    Thanks for this Q & A session!

    Blake




    easily it has nothing to do with the golf....it has everything to do with the traveling aspects and making sure you dont wear yourself out by playing too many weeks in a row
  • Skaffa77Skaffa77 No place like the Sand Hills! ClubWRX Posts: 6,852 ClubWRX
    Steve - Welcome to GolfWRX. Nice to have you here.



    A few questions:



    1. What's your favorite tour stops? Any particular courses or areas that you look forward to playing each year?

    2. Do you have any rituals or superstitions that you follow each tournament or each round?

    3. Do you have a favorite club? Which one and why?

    4. Often times, you see players putting new clubs into their bags before or shortly after their release. Can you help us understand the considerations you take when switching to a new putter, ball, irons or woods? How much does contracts, incentives or manufacturer pressures play into that decision?
  • Southpaw444Southpaw444 Members Posts: 44


    Steve,



    First off, why do you hit the ball from the wrong side?



    Secondly, who is the most fun to play a round of 18 with on the PGA tour (I've always wondered)?



    Thanks for doing this,

    Mike






    My favorite person to play a round of golf with is any of my group of cronies out there....Goydos, Sutherland, Frazier, Ogilvie, Kent Jones, Skip Kendall, Lumpy, Petterson, etc. We get to laughing so hard during practice rounds its hard to believe!
  • rsjasonprsjasonp Members Posts: 209
    edited Jan 4, 2012 #52
    Hi Steve,

    Awesome of you to come answer all our crazy questions!

    My question has to do with your Putter: Belly-size or Regular-size in 2012?



    Thanks,

    Jason P.
  • Southpaw444Southpaw444 Members Posts: 44


    Steve,



    Enough about golf, lets talk Wildcat basketball, being from Burlington Kentucky die hard cats fan and I used to work at your home course at Triple Crown. How far do you see the CATS going this year in the tournament? Do you think they are mature enough and deep enough to make another run at the National Title? Good luck in 2012 and go CATS.



    Brandon Williams






    Brandon-- love watching cats hoops and TCCC is a great track to play and practice at!



    They're a very talented team that i think will get to the final four. my only concern is our point guard Teague. He can fly off the handle too quickly and cause a bunch of turn overs
  • webberwebber Webber Members Posts: 1,607 ✭✭
    It is probably fair to say you are one of the guys who tinkers a lot with his equipment. Do you do it to gain a competive edge, because it's fun, or because you are searching?
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  • Southpaw444Southpaw444 Members Posts: 44
    Mayor2013 wrote:


    Hey Steve,

    I like the side ya play on, I'm a lefty too. My question for you is what is your favorite Tour stop you make every year? Hope that you have a solid 2012 year!



    Sincerely,

    Dan Raicevich






    Riviera for the LA Northern Trust Open. Great spot. Great course, very cool town. Hope to see you guys out there in the Spring!
  • flop2riverflop2river Members Posts: 195
    Steve,



    I have followed your career for a while now, and the reason for that is I Marshalled at a NIKE TOUR event in Alabama (Cherokee Ridge CC) and you came to the Par 3 and handed me a ball. It was a Strata marked with a FISH (symbol of Christianity) and I knew then you were not afraid to express your faith. I appreciated that and I still do. I just wanted to tell you that touched me to know that an athlete was not afraid for his peers and fans to know he was a man of faith. THANK YOU... And that was 20 years ago...
  • nikegolfer1983nikegolfer1983 Members Posts: 2,062 ✭✭
    Steve,

    Thank you for taking my questions/comments. Best of luck this year on Tour as I'm always rooting for you and following you online here in Toledo where I work as a Golf Professional at Inverness Club, with someone you might know as in David Graf.



    P.S.

    I have one of your old Titleist staff bags from when you first came on tour. I won it at a charity function at Turfway Race track a few years back. Best of luck this season



    Steve,



    Enough about golf, lets talk Wildcat basketball, being from Burlington Kentucky die hard cats fan and I used to work at your home course at Triple Crown. How far do you see the CATS going this year in the tournament? Do you think they are mature enough and deep enough to make another run at the National Title? Good luck in 2012 and go CATS.



    Brandon Williams






    Brandon-- love watching cats hoops and TCCC is a great track to play and practice at!



    They're a very talented team that i think will get to the final four. my only concern is our point guard Teague. He can fly off the handle too quickly and cause a bunch of turn overs
  • Southpaw444Southpaw444 Members Posts: 44
    Sean2 wrote:


    Hi Steve! Welcome to GolfWRX and thanks for your time.



    I'm 56 years old, a 10 HI and trying to get to single digits. I have a good short game...as I work on it incessantly. Do you have any suggestions to take my game to the next level?



    Thank you and good luck in 2012! :-)



    cheers --Sean






    Sean-- love hearing your passion for the game.



    Short game is where its at, dont stop practicing there for sure. Have you ever been professionally fit for your equipment? I'd recommend finding a good, certified fitter in your area to do a full analysis of your clubs and let them make some recommendations for you. usually they can save you a few shots and make your rounds more enjoyable. I wear out my local boys tinkering with my stuff for sure. check out the Golf Digest Top 100 fitters list to find a good spot to start
  • Southpaw444Southpaw444 Members Posts: 44
    r2edline wrote:


    Hi Steve - curious as to your workout regiment, hearing a lot about high-intensity training for golf these days. What style of training do you use? and how many days a week? Cheers and best of luck in the future.




    I hear working out really helps a lot too. unfortunately i despise working out too, haha!
  • Southpaw444Southpaw444 Members Posts: 44
    ram01002 wrote:


    Best of luck next year! What is the one thing you wished you would have known (golf related) 15 years ago that you know now?








    Good thought provoking question....wow........



    i SHOULD stick with one set of weapons...dont constantly keep searching for the right clubs. at some point, you have to be able to know if its the Indian or the arrow. with new bats all the time, you wont know what your tendencies are as often.
  • Southpaw444Southpaw444 Members Posts: 44
    mikpga wrote:


    Welcome from Cincinnati.



    Just working at Meadow Links & Golf Academy, and spending time on www.golfwrx.com!



    Griffin, you hung out with a few of us down at the Cincinnati Golf Show a few years back! How's the game coming along?






    Griff's game is coming along very nicely. Unfortunately he got some of his Dad's genetics in the "lack of patience" department. we'll be working on that this spring and summer!
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