Exclusive Interview

Henrik Stenson

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Tell us about your golf career and success – when did you start golfing? why did you start golfing? when did you realize that you were really good and could go pro? how did you get so good? – natural talent, hard work, intense training, etc.?

I started golfing when I was 12 years old. I had a friend who’s family all played golf and they asked if I would come along and play. I got hooked instantly! No one in my family played and my mom and dad thought that the interest would fade away but I came home and asked for clubs and other equipment. After a while my dad started to play, he got tired to sit in the car and wait for me while I was “Only hitting one more bucket of range balls”.

I think I have a talent for the game but mostly I have a talent to constantly wanting to improve and get better. I love to practice and I love to compete and I think that is a talent too. Most important one needs to be mentally strong and I think I have proven that I have that skill.

What is your greatest strength – personal and then golf/professional?

I think I have a pretty good sense of humor, and I think that has taken me through some tough times. I’m also very detail oriented and that can be a very good thing but also very annoying (for the people who are around me). I have a great memory so don’t think that I will forget anything you said twenty years ago or so.

What is your favorite course? golf hole?

Well I have to say Öster by Stenson since I designed it! I have my own design firm and our first project is in Stockholm Sweden. I’m very pleased how the golf course turned out. There are so many golf courses that I have had the privilege to play, St. Andrews, Augusta, Pebble Beach, TPC Sawgrass etc. The Postage stamp at Troon is one fine hole, and since I won The Open there in 2016 it always has a special place in my heart.

What is your least favorite course? golf hole?

That is a delicate question. There are many courses that I don’t like. One scenario is when a course just don’t suit your eye or your game. It can be a “good” course but for some reason it just doesn’t suit you at all. There are for sure some courses that I don’t like but I think I’ll pass on that question so I don’t step on anyone’s toe….

Do you have any pre-tournament rituals, quirks, good luck charms, etc.?

Not really. I usually arrive at the course a couple of hours before my tee time and I see my physio, do my warm up routine, putting green, range, short game practice and I usually hit a few putts just before I tee off. I never play on golf balls with number four on tournament days. I use those during practice rounds.

How do you spend your free time?

With my family. I travel so much and have done so for more than 20 years so it’s luxury to be able to sleep in my own bed, helping the kids with their homework and watch one of my kids play a soccer game. When we have some time off in Sweden in the summer we go out on our boat for a few days, that is the best vacation I can ever have! 

Tell us about how you prepare for a major tournament/golf season? Where do you train? How do you train?

We do not really have an off season anymore but before important tournaments my coaches usually visit me at Lake Nona where we can work hard together to be as prepared as possible going in to an event. They also come out to a lot of the tournaments where we can continue that work. I also spend many hours on my physic and we have a great Gym at Lake Nona where I have spent many hours. I also do cardio by running and riding my bike. 

What is your “recipe” for success?

There is only one: WORK HARD 

What is your style on the course?

If you are referring to my clothes, I would say that Hugo Boss is sending me the best looking golf clothes in the industry. Comfortable, stylish and I always feel well dressed on course. That is more important than one might think. 

What is your style off the course?

Smart casual. A nice suit with a t-shirt and sneakers is always a winning style. 

What is the one thing in your wardrobe that you could not live without?

A Hugo Boss hoodie and soft shorts, my dress code when I’m at home. 

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