Ed. Note: Golf Channel‘s Rich Lerner recently sat down with four-time Goodboys Invitational champion Steve “Killer” Kowalski. Enjoy this second in a series of interviews with the participants of the 2012 Goodboys Invitational.
First off, how do you prefer I address you? Killer or Steve?
My friends all call me Killer. You can call me Steve.
So Killer, you’ve won four Goodboys Invitational championships, that’s ten less than Tiger Woods has won majors. Which of your titles was the most satisfying?
Well, Rich, your first one is always the most special, but each one of them is special in their own way.
It’s been said amongst Goodboys Nation that you have one of – if not the, best swing of all the Goodboys. How would you compare your swing to Tiger’s?
Well, Rich, I know there’s been a lot of talk about Tiger’s swing changes from working with Sean Foley, but, in comparing our swings, I have to go back to his work with Hank Haney. In it’s simplest form, Hank wanted Tiger’s shaft – the one on his golf club – to travel on the same plane, or parallel to that plane, established by the shaft at address. That swing was more rotational in nature than the swing Tiger learned with Butch Harmon, giving it the appearance of a flattish, laid off look at the top, although it was most certainly not laid off. Haney’s theory was that it is easier to make a consistent, solid strike and control the clubface if the club shaft is always on plane. It most certainly worked for Tiger, and that’s what I’ve tried to do throughout my Goodboys career.
OK, enough about Tiger, let’s talk about you. So, what do you think of Tiger’s recent swing changes and his performance at the 2012 Masters?
Rich, stop busting my balls, will ya? I thought we were here to talk about the 2012 Goodboys Invitational.
OK, OK, you’re right. It’s just that at Golf Channel we’re fed a nonstop diet of Tiger, and it’s hard to break the habit. You’re a four-time Goodboys Invitational champion. You’re also recently married to a very talented young lady who’s an up-and-coming star in her own right. Which is better, being a Goodboys champion or being a happily-married husband living the good life in suburbia? I mean, how do you balance the demands of being a Goodboys “goodwill ambassador” who devotes countless hours supporting local charities with being a bread-winner and husband?
You know, Rich, this game is all about honor, integrity, and tradition, and I’m just a former Goodboys champion trying to do the best I can to make the world a better place.
For the 2012 Goodboys Invitational you’re teamed with Kevin “Goose” Dwyer, long-time Goodboy also known as “best Goodboy never to have won a Goodboys championship”. What do you and Goose have to do in order to get him that cherished first Goodboys crown?
Make more birdies.
…which is exactly what Tiger said he was going to need to do in order to win his next major.
Er, my apologies. Thanks for your time, Killer, er, Steve – good luck at this year’s Goodboys Invitational. Back to you, Kelly…
…that was embarassing. Thanks, Rich!