Jeff Coston interviews PGA Tour Player Tom Lehman
Q1) Describe what happened in you to go from mini-tour player to British Open Champion and PGA Tour Player of the Year!
Tom: The only thing that changed from the mini tour days to the successful pgatour days was belief. Once I truly believed that I was capable and could do it, then the results became what I thought they could be.
Q2) What makes you an amazing ball striker?
Tom: I hit the center of the club face nearly every time that I swing a club, which I believe is the most important part of hitting good golf shots. Combine that with a shallow approach and very little club face rotation and you get the ability to control trajectory and distance. The repeatability of that combination of things, along with a few others, creates a situation where I can trust my swing under all circumstances.
Q3) Give us 3 qualities of a champion golfer.
Tom: There are more than three qualities that all champions golfers share in common, but I believe the three most significant are confidence, perseverance and commitment.
Q4) You have been a Ryder Cup Player, Captain (in my mind a super captain) and this year assisting Davis Love in this year’s Ryder Cup. What needs to take place for the U.S. Team to play to their potential?
Tom: The US Team will play to their potential if they simply commit to be themselves and play like they normally play. The more we worry about how a mistake affects others on the team, the more pressure we apply to ourselves. We simply need to do our job, which is to execute the way we normally execute. We don’t need to push to be more than we are.
Q5) Give us 3 things you would like people to know about you as a man.
Tom: I would like for people to know that I make more than my share of mistakes. I would like for them to know that I live and breath and function because of Gods grace and mercy on me. I would for them to know that I love them.
Q6) You have know Jeff Coston for over 35 years; give us a few Coston insights.
Tom: Jeff Coston is a natural leader. He is introspective as well as socially outgoing. He deeply loves his wife and kids. He cares about the world around him and has spent his life making a difference. He is gifted at what he does and in the things he pursues and constantly strives to become more excellent. He loves God with all of his heart, mind and soul and loves his neighbors as himself. When his time on earth is over, he will hear God say, “well done thy good and faithful servant.”