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That one time I wrote Phil an email to try and get him on my podcast…W.O.W Journal #011

It was this time last year and I was still in full GolfWRX mode. There were two targets or whales that I was hunting for my GearDive Podcast. David Duval and Phil Mickelson. Now, Duval, I had interaction with VIA Instagram DM. We went back and forth a few times but nothing ever solidified. I was close but didn’t close. Oh well.

The one I REALLY wanted was Phil. He’s a gearhead and I knew/still know that if given the time and setting, we would create the ultimate gear junky/rabbit hole conversation this world has ever seen. It would be like a top Bible Scholar getting to sit down with Jesus. 🤷🏻‍♂️

One day when I was at my kid’s soccer practice I got the courage to hang my CSX’s out in the air and make the call. The first call went to Roger Cleveland. I needed his blessing and as a friend, he would tell me if I was nuts. The idea was to send an email thru and have that be sent to Phil. RC loved the idea but said my best shot was Gerrit Pon (Phil’s club guy and my buddy). The call to GP happened, the response was “send it over and pray”…I sent this:

The Email:

Phil,

My name is Johnny Wunder and I’m the Director of Content for GolfWRX. 

I’ll get this out of the way now, I’ve been wanting to write this message to you for a loooonnngg time. Needless to say, I’m a fan.

Without going too far into my story I will say that I grew up in Seattle around the Seattle Mariners. Ken Griffey Jr was my hero (and acquaintance) and it was a comment my dad made to me as we watched you win Tucson in 1991….” See that guy Johnny? He’s the golf version of The Kid”. 

I was all in on the “Phil thing” hook line and sinker. Golf hadn’t quite taken over my life at that point but when I did engage, the collar was popped and I flopped everything from 100 yards and in. 

Fast Forward….

I have you to thank for my obsession with equipment, seeing you live and in color at Freddie’s tournament (Overlake CC) in 1994. My old man and I followed you the entire day and I was mesmerized. Yonex Irons, a Ping Eye2 LW with nine pounds of lead tape, Arnold Palmer “Original” putter, and the same TaylorMade Tour Spoon 3 wood that I had. From that point forward I have been studying your every move (that’s creepy) knowing the ins and outs of your game, bag, and now your coffee. Thanks to you I put lead tape on everything for zero reasons other than it looks cool…..thanks for that. 

My Podcast The Gear Dive is a gear nerd show to put it simply. I’ve had players like Freddie, Rocco, Elk, Charlie Howell, Jimmy Walker, Ryan Palmer, and countless others. It’s an inside look into a player’s bag from the early days to now. You, more than anyone are someone I’ve been dying to talk to, just haven’t had the sack to ask until now. 

Your approach, curiosity, open-mindedness, and excitement for the game and its tools are something all Golfers should hear. I’ve always seen you as an educator first and Tour Player second. You seem to love to teach, mentor, and learn.

So why me? Why some no-name schmuck from a .com? To be quite honest, very few besides Gerritt, Bones, and Roger know your equipment as I do. May sound arrogant but it’s the truth. Ask Roger, Gerritt, Jacob Davidson any of them and I have confidence they would agree.

The Ask:

I’m asking for an hour to 90 minutes on a zoom chat to nerd out. It’s a big ask but at this point in my career I’m ready for you and I trust that once we speak you will realize that I’m not sending this message out of complete insanity. 

Please don’t judge my grammar, In this rare occasion, I’m typing exactly what’s in my head with zero references to how it looks. The point is I’m excited, nervous, and honored to even give it a shot.

My cell is 911-867-5309 on the miracle chance you are interested in doing this…

Not sure if he ever saw/read it but who cares, I took my shot and hoped for the best. My expectations were in the right place. I mean…he’s Phil Mickelson, I’m some schmuck named Johnny Wunder. Get real right?

Then this happened:

I was 💩💩💩💩 my pants…not only could I not function, I literally couldn’t put two thoughts together to do what I can do. It still worked because Phil saved me but a podcast? With time? My God would that be Epic Speed 💎💎💎…

One day I believe I’ll get my shot, every time I see him I want to turn into fanboy and just start asking questions but I resist and sit back in the corner. I know my place LOLOLOLOL. One can dream though, right?

LFG

JDub

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