BLASTS FROM THE PAST
- Anders JanssonGolf CoachView detailsHide details
Anders Jansson speaking about Henrik
Little did I know that I got a diamond in the rough in one of my training groups in Barsebäck G & CC, where I was in charge of junior training. A cautious young kid showed up in the spring of 1990 and introduced himself, in his clear Gothenburg dialect, as Henrik Stenson and said he had just moved to southern Sweden with his family. I soon realized that there was something about this guy. He did not only want to practice golf, he was a determined young man who had the ambition to become a first-class golfer. With a tremendous desire to be the best, he worked really hard to improve all aspects of his golf game. His stubbornness and his winning attitude was very helpful and he had initially decided not to leave anything to chance, through training and re-training, he worked his way to becoming the great golfer he is today. In conclusion I would say that Henrik Stenson has just about everything needed for him to stand as victor in one of the four really big tournaments.
- Hasse Bergdahl Golf CoachView detailsHide details
Hasse Bergdahl speaking about Henrik
In the autumn of 1995 when Anders Jansson "submitted" Henrik (and Jesper Björklund) and entrusted me to continue working as Henrik's golf coach following Anders' move to Norway, I realized pretty soon that this Stenson guy was not like the other "talents" I had trained over the years. There was a glow in his eyes and a genuine interest in wanting to get better and learn more. With a player like that the coach must also evolve and it meant, among other things, that I was looking for the opportunity to work with video from a studio with the analysis program of those days, which taught me more about cause and effect in the golf swing. Henrik had during our years together a precise idea of playing with a slight fade as basic shot (just like Jack Nicklaus in his heyday) and since Jack Nicklaus was my greatest role model as a player, it was natural to pass on what I knew about Nicklaus into Henrik's training to some extent. Another thing that impressed me was Henrik's clear goal and how he followed the agreed plan. It was a great enjoyment to be with him in England when he won his first ET victory at The Belfry in May 2001. I not only have had the privilege to have one of the biggest players of all times as a student but also gained a friend for life whom I always appreciate meeting when the opportunity arises.
- Fanny SunessonCaddieView detailsHide details
Fanny Sunesson speaking about Henrik
Henrik is one of the nicest guys I have met. He is very caring and funny. He has a wonderful dry sense of humor that not everyone gets to see. Henrik is a hard worker and can hit shots that most people just dream of hitting. He has given me some great moments to remember for the rest of my life!
Henrik speaking about Fanny Sunesson
One of the most experienced caddies in the world. Loyal employee and friend. A passionate pinball player. We had five good years together.
- Johan ElliotManager - SportyardView detailsHide details
Johan Elliot speaking about Henrik
Surreal but nice, very nice. In an effort to make my take on Henrik as short as possible this is what came to my mind. Surreal because he is both complex, talented, intelligent, grumpy, stubborn (border line at times), humorous and thoughtful, all in the same package. Maybe that is the make of a superstar?! Having said that he is someone who I consider to be one of my closest friends. Henrik is extremely trustworthy and a very nice human being. It is fair to say that Henrik was my first client.
Henrik speaking about Johan Elliot
We go way back. Was once a player himself, but his golf career ended when mine took off.
- Gareth LordcaddieView detailsHide details
Gareth Lord speaking about Henrik
Having started to work with Henrik at the beginning of 2013 I was not aware of how devious his sense of humor can be. This is a great thing because so is mine! A harder worker you will not find with a huge attention to detail concerning his golf. His continued hard work can only lead to more successes in the future.
Henrik speaking about Gareth Lord
Gareth or "Lordy" as he is more known as is a great caddie and very hard working. He is fun to be around and we are probably just as crazy but in different ways..............thankfully! It is very important to get along when we spend that much time together on the course. I guess it helped us both that we had some history of knowing each other from the time when Gareth worked for my friend Robert Karlsson and we won the 2008 World Cup together and also played some better-balls in the 2008 Ryder Cup.
- Cornel DriessenPhysiotherapist and physical conditioning coachView detailsHide details
Cornel Driessen speaking about Henrik
I became Henrik's physiotherapist and physical conditioning coach in December 2011. Starting with Henrik's recovery and rehabilitation from knee surgery at the time, we kicked off the exciting journey of screening and performance enhancement conditioning programs together. The goal was to address all nutritional and physical deficits to optimize Henrik's strength, mobility and stability profiles to the full potential of his golfing capabilities. For this, I am consulting regularly with Henrik's swing coach Pete Cowen as well as his mental coach Torsten Hansson to establish training goals and periodisation.
Henrik speaking about Cornel Driessen
I have worked with Cornel since beginning of 2012 season. We started working just after I had my knee surgery and I am very happy with the progress we have made together. He is very knowledgeable and dedicated to keep my body strong and healthy. Cornel is also a very loyal friend and a great asset on my support team.
- RJ NemerManagerView detailsHide details
RJ Nemer speaking about Henrik
I began working with Henrik in January 2013 after meeting him through another ICON client, Ian Poulter. One thing I love about Henrik is his natural wit... he often has me in tears from laughing so hard.
His attention to detail always impresses me… I can have a quick random conversation with Henrik and a month later he will repeat the exact dialogue back to me.
A true gentleman, he has the perfect combination of humility and competitiveness and is a ton of fun to be around. Simply put, it’s a true joy to work with and for Henrik. I’m excited to see what the future holds.
Henrik speaking about RJ Nemer
My Ohio based manager, likes fashion and believes that pink is the new black! An adventurous traveler who likes to see new cultures and try new food.
- Kenneth SvennbergSportyardView detailsHide details
Kenneth Svennberg speaking about Henrik
I have known Henrik since he was Junior. Sometimes you are lucky enough to come across something special. You only need to walk the driving range and listen when the players hit…
In some rare cases there is that distinct sound of pure, solid impact!
To me it is mesmerizing.
Henrik is an entertainer and a world class athlete. His sense of humor is legendary amongst his peers and so are some of the shots he is able to pull off.
He is though, a man that always wants to be in complete control. He is not satisfied with anything less than perfection. As we all know golf is not that kind of game… This is sometimes a challenge that frustrates him. If you combine this personality with a serious case of allergy (to grass of all things), you may be excused for thinking his career choice was not the right one…
But challenges, that is his passion in life – be it the game or a way to further the exploits of the younger generation. He Aspires to Inspire.
We can be almost certain that he will never reach perfection – but I for one will always admire his efforts - on and off the course…
Henrik speaking about Kenneth Svennberg
Sportyard Employee who takes care of business.
- Dale RichardsonPhysio Pro Golf HealthView detailsHide details
Dale Richardson speaking about Henrik
I have come to know Henrik Stenson and his family over the past 5 years not only from my work with him as his full time sports chiropractor but also from having observed him in the world of professional golf for some 10 years. My observations and experience with Henrik leave me in no doubt that he is a man of compassion, warmth and integrity. Henrik is a disciplined and determined professional who will soon be a major golf champion.
Family is an important part of his life and he has wonderful relationship with his wife Emma. Together they are a great demonstration of what all people should aspire to for a successful marriage and partnership. Once you come to know Henrik, you will also be welcomed into his humorous view of the world. If Henrik had not made it in the world of professional golf, he would have been a successful comedian!
Henrik speaking about Dale Richardson
One of the most experienced physios/chiros to work with golfers. Aussy guy that likes music.