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Q&A with Ravenswood's Alex Easthom
August 1, 2014 - Jay Bennett
This week will mark the start of Ravenswood High School freshman Alex Easthom's prep golf career.
We talked for a little while after he won the 16-18 age division summer championship for the Mid-Ohio Valley Junior Golf Association as a 14-year-old.
Q: You said you practice/play 50 hours a week, any worries of burning out?
A: No. I've never gotten tired of it because even when you are playing bad you are still outside.
Q: Fellow golfers talk about you booming the ball with your driver. What is your swing speed?
A: Last time I had it checked the guy said it was around 110 (mph to) 113, somewhere in there. It's just core strength and timing.
Q: How much improvement do you need in your game?
A: A lot. I mean you can work on hitting a driver more consistent, your irons more consistent, your wedges...hit them closer. When you are within 100 yards you shouldn't miss the green at all. I don't care if the green is 10 feet long and 10 feet wide, you still shouldn't miss it. When you are hitting a pitching wedge 140 yards you really shouldn't miss a green with a wedge.
Q: What was it like when you found out you had to wait until you turned 16 to be eligible to win the $1,000 (first) or $500 (second) scholarship for the MOVJGA?
A: It tore me down and my heart just dropped. Like seriously. I'm doing all this hard work and I can't even win the money for it. That's what helped the decision to work with the wedges.
Q: How has the progress been on figuring out your wedge play heading into the high school season?
A: I have a bunch of wedges now, brands and degrees. I changed from a 52-56-60 to a 54-58 and then back to a different set of 52-56-60. My 56 is for the normal pitches and the 50 was for runners. The 52 I only use for full shots. I don't use it unless I want it to run also and then the 60, you want that to stop quick. I don't swing a full 60 ever because there are too many hit and miss. If you hit it low on the clubface you will hit it 80 yards and if you hit it high you will hit it 40. There's too much hit and miss there. If I'm within 100 yards it's a 56.
Q: What have you learned about yourself and the game in the past few years.
A: Mental (toughness) comes with age just like touch does. I mean it's how long you play. I've never seen a guy who played for a month and could spin a ball because it just doesn't happen. It comes with time, learning how to touch it and getting it to move where it needs to go comes with playing for a while. Everybody asks me how I spin a wedge. I couldn't teach somebody how to do that. It just comes with time and playing.
Q: Do you want to continue competitive golf after high school?
A: I'd like to get to college. I'm hoping to take it to college and if I can practice hard enough and get good enough, hopefully I can get a pro (job) somewhere. If it's a course pro or an actual professional, we'll figure it out. I just have to keep on working hard.
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