Inside Golf : Inside Golf, May 2016
cover story www.insidegolf.com.au | May 2016 23 Garrett Johnston is a golf journalist based in California. He covers the game on an international level for IG, New Zealand Golf Magazine, Today’s Golfer UK, and Golf World UK. to have the chance to play golf again so I think my whole outlook on golf is a little different than everybody else’s out here but I’ve still got that desire todoaswellasIcan.I’mnotgoingto sit here and say that I don’t get angry on a bad round but I don’t show it. I just sort of suck it up and just get on with it. Is that sort of part of the process of staying composed? Yeah, the big picture is, I’ve always said from the minute I got sick that if I never play golf again then I would be happy. But now that I feel well enough to come out here and play and compete, those feelings are still there. I still want to do as well as I can, I still want to get out there and play my best. I think the way I compose myself on the golf course is very good. But I still get frustrated at bad shots and silly mistakes and I think regardless of whether I’m playing anymore or not I think that I’m always going to be like that. That’s the competitive edge that everyone out here has got. I’ve always been very calm on the golf course, and I’ll always be that way but deep down I get shitty with myself and I guess I just don’t show it. How much do you look ahead in the schedule? I don’t really know of what tournaments that are coming up, I’ve got a fair idea. I’ll try to ‘Monday’ (qualify) for some of them. I just don’t know how I’d go four weeks in a row at this point. That’s one thing that I’ve sort of had to keep a close eye on that I don’t destroy myself physically before the tournament starts. Just make sure that everything is done in moderation in my preparation. Tell us about Lyle Apparel. It’s actually been pretty cool to still be within the golfing industry and have a different kind of side to it. For me to actually get inside pro shops and meet people and talk to them and try to make them buy a bunch of my stuff. But it’s something that is completely out of my comfort zone just to go and cold call a bunch of people and set up appointments, to travel up to New South Wales or up in Queensland. For me to drive around for a week and try and sell some belts...I’ve enjoyed it. It’s been nice to be able to use my name a little bit. I’ve run into a few places that some people may never get into but I guess when it’s your business you’ve got to work your butt off at it, the same as my golf. I’ve been working my butt off at that as well and my wife is pretty much the brains behind Lyle Apparel, she’s the one who’s done all of the hard yards, I go in and call myself the salesman of the year when I sell a few belts to show that all the hard work is starting to pay off. How would you describe your wife’s role in all this? She’s the boss. The boss of everything. But she’s the one who organises the shipments that come in. She organizes the customs, does all the ordering, the posting of belts, the shipping of orders and all of that stuff. She’s pretty much doing everything there. Now she’s pregnant, and she’s also got our little four year- old running around as she tries to keep the business going, but she’s doing a fantastic job. She’s working her butt off because she wants to see it do well and when it’s your business and your money that’s going into it you want to try and do everything you can to try and make it work. How many hours in a week do you put into it? She probably puts in a good 30-40 hours a week. She sits in front of her computer and does a bunch of stuff. My cousin’s wife is helping as well on the accounting side of it. They’re working pretty hard. We did a thing at the Australian Open where they sold belts out of one of the marquees down there from 7am to 5pm. I’m very impressed that she’s doing it and it gives her something to do too, keeps her occupied when I’m not there. Talk about your specific relationship with NexBelt? We’re the distributors for NexBelt in Australia, they’re based in the U.S. It all started when we had a meeting in Las Vegas in 2014. They asked me if I wanted to wear their belts. During that meeting I found out they were looking for someone to do Australia, trying to expand out of the U.S . My wife and I didn’t say a word to each other, we just sort of looked at each other when the folks were still there and we thought ‘Why don’t we give it a go.’ Since that day she’s really jumped on board and run with it. How rewarding is it to have your young daughter in your life? Ah mate, it means everything to me. Years ago I wasn’t sure if I was ever going to be able to have kids. She came along and I guess the whole timing of me getting sick and her being born was pretty crappy, but she gave me that thing I always needed to fight for. I always had my wife in my corner but to have a little one always there, it was nice to see her smile at the hospital. She was the thing that kept me alive. She doesn’t know that yet but she sees pictures at home of me with no hair and she doesn’t understand that I was three-quarters dead at one time. She doesn’t understand all that so she’s still very innocent to things that have happened to me in the past. She’s that person that I would give everything up in heartbeat to look after her. She means the world to me; I’d do anything for her. And you’ve got another one on the way? The marvel of what doctors can do, the IVF. It’s just been an amazing process to see how it all goes about starting, and getting pregnant. What my wife had to do to get herself pregnant, she had to give herself needles and all that, making me give her needles—which I’m not a huge fan of—but it’s something that you’ve got to do. But it’s nice to see the end result come through and she gets pregnant. We feel very lucky that we’re able to have a second kid coming. A lot of people don’t get that opportunity to have any kids at all so we’re just very lucky. Hopefully number two comes along and is very happy and healthy and grows up to be a pain in daddy’s ass. Just like your wife giving you a swift kick? She’s done that a few times over the years and it’s well deserved. • Editor’s note: Following the interview, Jarrod noted on his website/blog (www.jarrodlylegolf.com) that he is currently spending time with his wife in Australia for the impending birth of the couple’s second child. 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