60: Chasing the PGA Tour (and what it’s going to take to get there) with Adam Long

By on October 15, 2015
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What does it take to make it to the PGA Tour? Join us as Adam Long shares his ongoing journey over the last 5 years to present day as a professional golfer striving to reach the ultimate goal of playing (and winning) on the PGA Tour!

Adam narrowly missed being in the top 25 money earners on the Web.com Tour, which would have secured his card to play in the PGA Tour for the 2015-2016 season.  He has very high hopes for this upcoming season.  In this interview, Adam shares some of his highest and lowest moments on the course, as well as some of the key lessons that have gotten him this far on his journey.

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Adam Long’s Background

  • Born in LouisianaAdam Long
  • Grew up playing golf in St. Louis, MO
  • He had a highly decorated amateur career, ranked as high as 8th in the Golfweek Junior Golf Rankings
  • He played four years at Duke University, compiling quite a resume for both his golf game and academics.
  • After graduating, he wasted no time, deciding to turn pro in June of 2010, and had relatively quick success with solid finishes on the eGolf and Hooters tour, including a win in 2011.
  • Adam played his way onto the Web.com tour this past year, with highlights including T2, 4th place, T13, and T18 finish.
  • Adam finished #41 on the money list at the end of the regular season, just 16 spots away from earning his PGA card.

Highlights from this Episode

  • He also walks us through 2 of the most gratifying moments in his golf career:
  • Adam walks us through his LOWEST MOMENT on the golf course which was several missed cuts right before US Open Qualifying, and the lessons he learned from this experience
  • Adam walks us through some of the most important moments that he feels have shifted his career:
    1. When his college coach told him he had a chance to go pro and needed to shift his focus
    2. When he started working with mental game coach Bob Rotella and started working on his philosophy of “who Adam Long is as a golfer” as opposed to focusing simply on each round of golf.
  • He has full status on the Web.com, which means for the 1st time, he DOES NOT have to go through Web.com Tour Qualifying School (“Q-School”).
  • Adam explains what his upcoming year looks like as far as the tour and his status are concerned.
  • Adam Explains to us in plain english how the end of the season of the Web.com Tour works, including the top 25 $ earners, the Tour Championship Events, and what each guy is playing for at the end of the year. (Finally someone that can relay this in layman’s terms!)
    1. A tournament that he was called up to play in his Freshman year at Duke
    2. This past year when he placed T2 at the United Leasing Championship (Here’s a video of Adam from this event courtesy of PGATour.com)
  • We discuss what Adam feels are the strongest parts of his game and what he’s looking forward to improving on this upcoming year.
  • Adam has a unique perspective on working with his swing coach.  Unlike most golfers that are always searching for what needs to be fixed, Adam and his coach, Brian Fogt, prefer to “check up” on his swing to make sure nothing crazy us going on, but they don’t try to “fix” something everytime they are working together.

 

CaddyShack or Happy Gilmore?

Happy Gilmore

Who would you like to spend a day on the course with?

Tiger Woods.  He’s always been a fan and would love to pick the brain of the most dominant golfer ever.

Recommended Resource:

Any Bob Rotella Book

What are you excited about in your near future?

The fact that he has a legitimate opportunity to reach his ultimate goal of winning on the PGA Tour.

Where to Find Adam:

Twitter: @aLongShot PGAtour.com: Adam Long

Other Links Mentioned:

Bob Rotella books on Amazon  

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About Jeff Pelizzaro

Golf Fitness Professional | Physical Therapist | Golf Enthusiast. I love playing golf and training golfers. I get to do this stuff for a living (training that is, not playing). I hope this site encourages you to take some action so your time on the course is much more enjoyable and productive. If you're on Twitter, say hello: @JeffPelizzaro

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