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September 18, 2000
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September 18, 2000

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"When I played my best golf, my sole thought was to aim it a little left and let the ball fade toward the target," says Kessler, who won the club championship at the La Costa Resort and Spa when he was 24. "But gradually, day by day, drop by drop and tip by tip, I've turned into a player who becomes puzzled about which muscles move the club away from the ball, and how in the world I can get it airborne."

Kessler thinks he's still a good putter because "we hardly have any shows on putting." Only half in jest he says he intends to retain his skill on the greens by "doing everything in my power" to stay away from regular Golf Channel contributor Dave Pelz, whose specialty is the short game.

Kessler claims that he absorbed the excess information "by osmosis. When the instructor is talking, I concentrate as hard as I can so I can ask appropriate questions. The result is that the stuff stays in my head, ready to pop up when I'm over the ball and hear someone say, 'Look, it's the Golf Channel guy. Let's see how good he hits it' "

Should a golfer watch Golf Academy Live? "Yes," says Kessler, laughing, "but selectively. People should watch for instructors whose stuff is compatible with their game. Even incompatible theories might have one thing you can apply to yourself. Thing is, viewers can occasionally tune out. I don't have that luxury."

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