Adam Hadwin addresses the reality of devoting his life to a sport he almost never wins

Adam Hadwin addresses the reality of devoting his life to a sport he almost never wins
Adam Hadwin addresses the reality of devoting his life to a sport he almost never wins

Adam Hadwin is on the phone from his home in Wichita, Kansas, but he’s starting to think he’s not alone. “I have a sneaking suspicion that my wife is filming me somewhere behind the back,” he says. “Like getting these answers, only to make fun of me later.”

Someone always drops it. If it’s not his wife, Jessica, lovingly using him as Twitter fodder, it’s the safety of the 18th hole of the RBC Canadian Open, where Hadwin briefly last year was one of the best golfers in the country to one of the most famous tackling models in the world. , when he tried to shower his good friend Nick Taylor with celebratory champagne and ended up going viral for all the wrong reasons.

Fortunately, Hadwin, 36, suffered no long-term effects and will tee off next Thursday in this year’s edition of the tournament at Hamilton Golf and Country Club. “I hope to get there and meet the security guard and take a photo to start the week,” he said. No doubt his wife will send him into the world.

We spoke Tuesday morning.

I guess I should start by offering my condolences to the Canucks.

Yes, I’m a big fan of the Vancouver Canucks and want them to do their best, but as an athlete I understand that not everything goes the way you want it to, and sometimes you can compete as hard as you want and not get the results you want. But as a Vancouver Canucks fan, I hate that I can’t watch more hockey this year.

When were you happiest?

My wife would probably kill me if I didn’t say an hour now. But I feel like I’m face to face? I would say probably early, mid-teens, in Abbotsford, when I remember going to the golf course after dinner, when it was still light, until 10 p.m., and there. There would be no one on the golf course. Just kind of an early summer evening and I could play Ledgeview as and when I wanted, and I was alone there. This was back when I was still trying to get better at the game. It wasn’t how I made a living, it never felt like work. It was something I wanted to do. Just very peaceful, just out there by myself, trying to get better, just hitting shots and working at it.

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What do you think is the lowest depth of misery?

I sometimes have difficulty separating the personal from the professional. I feel like you have two different lives – personally there are things you go through, but professionally things can still go well. And then professionally, it’s not going well, but personally it’s going great. So, personally, going through infertility with my wife and seeing her struggle, and the strain that infertility brought to us as a couple and everything – it was probably the hardest time I’ve ever been through, personally, but professionally, I was he still plays pretty well. And professionally, there was a time, probably around 2021, where I had kind of peaked, after 2017, 2018, where I won, and I was kind of in this slow descent. I went without an instructor for a few months, then in 2021 I kind of revamped my swing, and even though I was improving, I was fighting for my (PGA) card all year, trying to maintain my status on the Tour. .

What characteristic defines you?

Tenacity, the “never give up” kind. When the chips are down, it’s usually when I’m at my best. I haven’t met many people who share my level of competitiveness. And that’s a thing of life. That’s all I do. It doesn’t matter if it’s a fun game of pickleball or trying to win a major tournament. I will definitely give everything I have.

Is there a characteristic about you that you don’t like?

Probably a few, yeah. I have an extreme ability to procrastinate and put things off until a decision needs to be made. And that leads to a lot of indecision. It could also come from a small form of laziness. These are probably the two that I think would bother me the most.

Who is the fictional character you admire?

I was a huge fan of the Bourne films, Jason Bourne. All that kind of spying, I think would be pretty cool to do. Bourne always came out on top. Just, you know, always knowing what to do.

I’m sorry to say this, but do you think you’d make a great spy if you couldn’t even invade a golf course with a bottle of champagne?

Correct. No, I’d make a terrible one, which is probably why his character seems pretty cool – because I can’t do it.

At the PGA Championship last weekend, a fan stripped naked and jumped into a water hazard to retrieve a club you had lost. At some point, do you start to think, “Maybe I’m the one who makes people act strange?”

It must definitely have something to do with me, that’s for sure. But I think it’s probably not inspiring others to act in some way, it’s probably me doing stupid stuff. I think that’s probably the common denominator. You know, if I wear my badge to go on the green, I probably won’t get tackled. If I don’t let the club slip and end up in the water, then this moment won’t go viral.

Are there any podcasts you’re listening to these days?

I just can’t access it. I can’t sit there for an hour and listen to people talk.

In a video you and your wife made for the PGA Tour, she said you slept like a corpse with your hands crossed over your chest. Is it to save energy?

No, I mean, I didn’t think we were going to analyze how people sleep in this world.

Sorry, I’m not trying to embarrass you.

No I do not care. Look, my wife has posted more things on Twitter about me and the things I’ve done, and there’s nothing embarrassing about it. Like, it doesn’t exist for me anymore.

Do you have a bigger extravagance?

The only thing that comes to mind that I spend way more money on than I should is that I fly private between events – and it’s not every week. But I will spend the money to get a few hours on a private jet, to make our lives a little easier at certain times of the year. Everything else is quite bland, quite boring.

What makes a person dedicate their life to a sport where they almost never win?

Haha! Madness. (Break) The reason I got into golf is because it’s all up to me. Good or bad, it’s all up to me. If I don’t do well, I have no one else to blame. If I perform well, I know I did the job. I didn’t play team sports until my early teens. I played some of this stuff in high school and found it very difficult to deal with – even at that age – good individual results and poor team results, and vice versa, poor individual results then that the team was doing well. as if I hadn’t done my part. So, I think with golf, for me, it’s that personal responsibility. My success depends entirely on me. Now, obviously, I have surrounded myself with a great team that will get me there. But in the end, no one was able to shoot for me. There is no one in my head as I stand in front of the golf ball. And you know, even Tiger said it when he was at his peak, he said, “I’m 30th in putting.” There are so many facets to improve, and there’s this never-ending quest for perfection that I think we’re all trying to achieve. And maybe because it never happens, that’s what pushes us even more. This: “Well, I finished fifth. Yes, it’s a great week, but I didn’t win. So I have to get better. Versus, ‘Well, yeah, we won that game, so we’re good.’

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