What lengths have you gone to copy your favourite tour pro?January 17, 2018 The Scoop
Copied a haircut? Bought the same putter or driver? Maybe even mimicked their celebrations? The NCG team reveal all in this week's Niggle
Mark Townsend: Everything I do in life is a version of copying a favourite pro. As early as 1984 I used to retrieve my ball from the cup like a) Sam Torrance, by doing a sort of bending down in instalments and b) Greg Norman, picking the ball out while levitating the putter in my other hand.
James Broadhurst: It’s all about Rory for me. I have a lot of Nike gear and dream of being able to look as cool as him smashing a driver down the fairway. I was gutted when Nike stopped manufacturing golf equipment. My Nike Vapor driver has slightly lost its appeal.
Joe Urquhart: Thinking about it. I remember doing that weird ‘hold a pose when it’s a good shot’ thing Rory used to do. Shoulders together, club aloft, maybe even stare the flag down whilst slightly biting my lip if it was REALLY good.
Steve Carroll: I wouldn’t know anything about that Joe…
Joe Urquhart: No idea who I thought I was. The full Rors…
James Savage:Padraig Harrington started copying my dodgy footwork.
Joe Urquhart: Yeah, copying…
Mark Townsend: I walked like Faldo, palms out and in a brisk fashion, from 87-89.
Steve Carroll: I had Seve’s classic 1984 Slazenger blue jumper – not his obviously – and wore it until it was threadbare. In fact, I had everything Slazenger in those days. Lovely.
Tom Irwin: I own three Seve Slazenger blue jumpers that don’t fit…
Mark Townsend: I incorporated a Paul Way-like waggle into my routine for much of the mid 80s.
Tom Irwin: I like to keep my hair like dear Robert Rock’s.
Mark Townsend: I have worn any waterproof bottom like Seve from 1983-present, half undone at the bottom.
Tom Irwin: I have affected a club twirl and skip like Rory.
Joe Urquhart: Guys…
Mark Townsend: If I’m feeling good about myself I wear my shirt out like Johan Edfors.
Tom Irwin: For several years I did Adam Scott’s pre-shot grip routine.
Mark Townsend: I used to sniff after any iron shot which I think I got from Sandy Lyle.
Tom Irwin: I have acquired Titleist blades because I am obsessed with Justin Thomas.
Joe Urquhart: Seriously, guys…
Mark Townsend: About 10 years ago I used to puff my chest out before coming into a shot, like Robert Karlsson.
Tom Irwin: I watch and mimic Justin Thomas fitness videos everyday.
Mark Townsend: I flatter myself that my hair has followed a similar path to Robert Rock’s too.
Tom Irwin: I used a Wilson TPA for seven years because Faldo did.
Joe Urquhart: Is there anything Faldo did that you two didn’t do?
Dan Murphy: I used a beryllium Ping B60 for years in Faldo’s honour and have always tried to stick to his Basil Brush putting thought from that era.
Joe Urquhart: Oh good, Dan’s joining in…
Mark Townsend: I wear Wolsey clothes, like Rock and Eddie Pepperell.
Joe Urquhart: That doesn’t surprise me in the slightest.
Tom Irwin: I walk into the shot right foot first because Norman and Faldo did it.
Joe Urquhart: Anything else?
Tom Irwin: I wore a bobble hat and a cap for several winters because Per-Ulrik Johansson did it in the Dunhill. I saw him chip once at an event in Australia and spent the next three years thinking about that over every chip shot, I am thinking about it now.
Joe Urquhart: Oh good, you’re still going…
Tom Irwin: I watched about five Chronicles Of A Champion Golfer the other day. Faldo hit the eight best consecutive shots in history on the final four holes at Muirfield in 1992. It was amazing. The 5-iron he hit into the 15th is possibly my favourite shot of all time. I often think about that over a long iron.
James Savage: I’ve tried the Matsuyama pause, the Dufner waggle, the Spieth forward press and the Kuchar rock back. They weren’t for me.
Tom Irwin: Anytime I wedge out of rough rather than lashing at it I think of Faldo’s par 4 to beat Curtis Strange at Oak Hill.
Mark Townsend: I watched four Chronicles. I also used to finger my hair like Faldo and, post Way, adopted his waggle.
Tom Irwin: I wish I walked around like Danny Willett. He always looks like he is rushing to look over a brow of a blind shot knowing he has flushed it.
Mark Townsend: In just the past three rounds I have adopted a Westwood-type-slightly-too-long-over-the-ball-at-address-but-only-with-the-driver process. I do it to try and help regulate my breathing. The results have been extraordinary.
Tom Irwin: Also, Harrington was on about the flow he felt in his routine when he knocked in the putt to get in a play-off at Carnoustie. He said it was the most routine, routine he has ever done. It was odd to hear someone talking about the quality of a routine. It is a Bob Rotella thing? I fell asleep clutching ‘Putting out of your mind’.
Mark Townsend: I got my putter out of the downstairs toilet and tried to work out how Faldo had the time in his head to say ‘yes’ on his backstroke on a putt to win the Open.
Joe Urquhart: Alright, let’s put a stop to this before it gets out of hand.