Q&A with Conrad Shindler
March 17, 2017
By Jarrod Heil, PGATOUR.COM
- Texas A&M alum Conrad Shindler has recorded consecutive top-25 finishes in his past two Web.com Tour starts. (Keyur Khamar/PGA TOUR)
Throughout his life, Conrad Shindler has had the opportunity to play golf with a lot of talented people. Whether they are professional golfers or not, he has been able to stow away a lot of advice he’s learned on and off the course.
This season, Shindler has the opportunity to tee it up with the best on the Web.com Tour. As a 28-year-old rookie, he earned eight guaranteed starts this season due to a T35 finish at Q-School – which included close friend and major winner Todd Hamilton on the bag for the week.
After missing the cut in the first two events in the Bahamas, Shindler is making the most of his guaranteed starts. He carded 6 under at the Club Colombia Championship by Servientrega to finish T21 and followed that with T5 after shooting 8-under at the Panama Claro Championship.Conrad Shindler successfully navigated Final Stage with major winner Todd Hamilton on the bag. (Keyur Khamar/PGA TOUR)
You’re playing an Adams Tour event this week while you have some time between Web.com Tour events. Do you usually try to keep your game sharp by playing in mini-tour events when you have time off and during the offseason?
Yeah. It’s just kind of a funky stretch to start the Web.com Tour, having four weeks off and three weeks off. So it’s just getting in those competitive repetitions so you’re into that tournament groove and not have three weeks off and all of the sudden on Thursday you’re like, ‘Oh, we’re back in it.’ And it may take you nine holes to get yourself back in the groove. You know, knock off any kind of rust and get yourself primed for the week. … The Northern Texas PGA Section has got a bunch of little two-day winter events, and there are a bunch of clubs around Dallas.
Who has been the most influential person in your golf career?
It’s hard to narrow it down to one person. Obviously I think everyone has their right place. I owe a lot to my dad because he was the one who started me in golf and I kind of gained the love he had for the game through him. … Getting to spend a lot of time around a guy (like Todd Hamilton) who’s played all over the world and he’s won on the PGA TOUR and won a major, you’re fortunate enough to spend time with those guys. It definitely helps you learn because they’ve had so much success at the highest level, and anything you can learn from them is something worth taking into your own game.
You call yourself a diehard Dallas Stars fan. How did you become a hockey fan?
We moved to Dallas the same year the Stars moved from Minnesota. My dad’s company would have tickets and we would go as a family and I really just kind of fell in love with the game. I couldn’t skate 10 feet if I had to on ice skates, but I’ve grown to just absolutely love it enough to establish some amazing connections with former Dallas Stars players and get to meet some legends of the game. I think it’s such an awesome sport. Especially come playoff time, I don’t think there’s anything like it.
A lot of hockey players also play golf during their free time. Is there anyone in particular you’ve played with that you’re kind of surprised how good their game is?
For the most part, a lot of the hockey players are exceptional golfers. It’s a similar motion – turn of the upper body and then down with an explosive impact – but Brenden Morrow, he’s got an unbelievable game and Marty Turco, former goalie for the Stars, he’s got some pretty good action.
If you could play a round of golf with any former or current hockey player, who would it be?
I’ll answer it in two parts. I was fortunate enough once to play nine holes with Brett Hull and Steve Yzerman and Brenden Morrow. Brenden was a member of the club I played at when I was a kid and those guys were all out, and I just happened to be fortunate enough to play nine holes with those guys, which was unbelievable. It’d be pretty fun to play with current players like Patrick Kane and Tyler Seguin, some of the greats you see right now. It would be great to pick their brains and just see how they view their sport.
Dallas – and Texas in general – is known for spectacular barbecue. What’s your go-to-barbecue joint while you’re in town?
We’ve got a place called Hard Eight BBQ and it is phenomenal. They’ve always got a good line so you weave your way through, and you get up to this grill and there’s just everything you can imagine; from sauces to briskets, and roasted chicken, roasted corn, bacon-wrapped jalapenos, everything you can imagine. You sit there and tell the grill master, ‘Keep going on the chopped brisket, pile the sauces, a couple ribs.’ They just do it by weight and then your eyes are always bigger than your stomach. I’ll put it this way: I’ve never seen anyone order and then finish what they’ve ordered.