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Hey Hal, how are you doing today?

“I'm good, I'm good.

We appreciate you coming back and speaking with us a year later, how are you feeling?

“Everything is great, my hips are great and life is good.  You get more used to it after time.  There is a thing called proprioception that is a little thing that is tough to get used to when you do things at a high level, like play golf at a high level.  Living pain free is much more important.”

I'm sure that many people in the golf community could really benefit from using Stryker for their hips.  How's your game now?

“I don't even play a lot anymore, just a little bit.  I'm living in Houston now and involved with a sporting club out west of Houston. involved in hunting, fishing and golf.”

Now that you're a resident of the Houston area, when you do play, where do you like to go?

“When I came down here, I was playing on the Champions Tour all the time.  Now, I am just playing at the sporting club called Big Easy Ranch.  It's in Columbus, Texas.  I don't really have the time.  Randy and I have an academy for the students of the game, that want to learn at a higher level.  We have a nice facility and teach out there.  We are opening May 22nd.”

Congratulations! I hope that we will be able to send you a few golfers to learn the right way.  Are you hanging up the clubs for good or is there a possible comeback in the future?

“That sounds good!  I wouldn't say what I am doing is a comeback.  I am going to play about four to five times a year.  More than anything, just to go see my friends.  I'm going to play in the team championship with Larry Mize.  I will also play the Insperity, here in town. ”

Would you say that the comradery is what you enjoyed the most and might miss the most ?

“Well, when you spent 35 years of your life on the road with those guys, that's who your friends are and you miss seeing them.  It can be an adjustment to be on the road as it can be an adjustment to be in one spot everyday.”

It sounds like you are pretty happy now?

“I love it!”

Now that you live near Houston, are there any new favorite places that you enjoy?

“I never lived in a big city and I am really starting to take it all in.  I'm becoming a Texans, Astros and Rockets fan.  You become part of the city."

Who do you like in the Masters?

“Jason Day looks like he is going to be tough to beat, no matter where he is.  Though, there are so many good players that any one of them could get hot and win."

What would you suggest for the average fan that doesn't get a lot of time to practice like the pros?

“I've been teaching quite a bit now and very few people line up correctly, and if you don't, then you have to manipulate the club to try and get on plane.  The next thing is that everyone is trying to hit it so hard that they are getting off their feet and leaving the ground too early.  I tell them to ground themselves more.  A good golf swing is a coil.  One end of you has to be stationary and that needs to be your feet."

Do you think that most amateurs are seeing the pros swinging fast and leveraging off the ground and they are trying to do the same but don't have the mechanics locked in and that is causing the problem?

“A good golf swing is an exact sequence of events happening as fast as they can happen.  An average player is seeking fast but they don't have the exact sequence of events yet.  That is going to happen from the ground up, starting with your feet."

Thank you for talking with us again and we wish you the best of success!  Hopefully, many amateurs will be able to make it over to see you at the Academy and get the in-depth lessons tailored for their game.


“That sounds great and thank you for having me!"

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