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Gear Dive Special Edition: A talk with Ho Sung Choi (plus WITB)

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As only he can, Johnny Wunder was able to snag 15 minutes with the purveyor of the “fisherman’s swing,” the viral phenomenon that is Ho Sung Choi.

Wunder caught up with the South Korean pro as he prepares for his sponsor’s exemption start at this week’s AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

Enjoy a transcript of their chat (facilitated by Choi’s interpreter, Paul Whang) below.

JW: What is his reaction to the amount of positive attention he’s getting come from the United States?

He’s thankful to the level where he can’t explain it in words. He’s very overwhelmed with the amount of fans that he has and the attention that he’s gotten lately. And because of the fans that he has, they bring him a lot more energy when he plays golf.

JW: What is he most excited about this week? 

Right now he’s just very excited to be here and playing in this tournament. He knows that there are a lot of people watching him, and he just wants to…play great and have fun…

JW: He has a very unique way of playing…is that just his natural way of playing? 

He didn’t start playing it this way…it took a while to have his game to evolve, and after a while he found a playing style that worked for him, that fit him, that’s just his natural…way of playing…He wants everyone to know that the way he plays golf, that’s how he plays naturally.

JW: What tournament is he most excited to play in? 

He can’t really give an answer, because how he sees it, he’s just very grateful to even have an opportunity to play anywhere, and because he’s a professional golfer, no matter what tournament he goes out to play, whichever tournament…he’s going to give it 100 percent…and that’s the kind of person he is.

JW: Has he been to the United States before?

This is actually his first time here…and he’s been here for 11 days now.

JW: Where did he get his golf bag? 

He actually doesn’t have a main sponsor…it wasn’t until he got to LA, it was through a favor that someone made that bag for him.

JW: Was it Burt Lamar that made the bag? [Iliac Golf]

Yes, that’s correct.

JW: What clubs does he have in the bag?

The driver is TaylorMade. Fairway wood and hybrid is Callaway. The irons are TaylorMade. Wedges by Titleist. Putter is Odyssey.

With information from Andrew Tursky at PGATour.com, Choi’s WITB is as follows.

Driver: TaylorMade M4 (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: UST  Mamiya V2 6FS Tour prototype

3-wood: Callaway Epic Flash (15 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Evolution V x-flex

5-wood: Callaway Epic Flash (18 degrees)

Hybrids: Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 815 (20, 23 degrees)
Shafts: Fujikura MCH 90X

Irons: TaylorMade’s 2016 Japan Gloire Forged (5-PW)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro prototype

Wedges: Vokey 2018 Prototype (50, 58 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Putter: Odyssey O-Works Red Jailbird Mini

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

You can listen to the full Gear Dive interview below.

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  1. Rascal

    Feb 6, 2019 at 3:32 pm

    This guy is going to be the next chi chi Rodriguez…I so missed him.

  2. Rory sepoes

    Feb 6, 2019 at 12:56 pm

    More Ho Sung Choi, less Rory’s boring opinions I’m so tired of that dude and his ruh-tarded thoughts!! “ I’m a multi multi millionaire but taxes in California are too high” are you effing joking you curly headed clown shoe
    “Ho Sung Choi is taking it too far no one should react to a golf shot like that and he’s taken a spot away from a pga member” vomit in my mouth

  3. a.k.

    Feb 6, 2019 at 12:04 pm

    Wow, he sounds too pure, like a blank sheet of paper.
    I wish he fills that page with a great success. kudos to you Gwrx!

  4. john

    Feb 6, 2019 at 11:12 am

    We need more characters in the game. All the best, Mr. Choi.

  5. Clayton Petree

    Feb 6, 2019 at 10:57 am

    I wish you the best experience both for your visit to the US and for your tournament play. I really enjoy his story and the fact that he started golf a bit later in life. Good Luck Mr. Choi!

  6. HSC Fan

    Feb 6, 2019 at 12:32 am

    Best interview you had! This interview was 100 percent real! No one was trying to sound cool or fake. It was really good to hear a interview with heart from both sides.

  7. Scott Dale

    Feb 5, 2019 at 9:41 pm

    Dude!! Great interview! This guy is def something to be excited about and he’s so humble. Translator was actually kind of a cool aspect of the interview. Well done Gwrx.

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