50 Years of Golfing Wisdom by John Jacobs

By John Jacobs

John Jacobs is one in all golf's all-time nice academics, a real legend of the sport who has handed on his phrases of knowledge to hundreds of thousands of amateurs in addition to to a few of the world's maximum avid gamers during the last 50 years. Now, for the 1st time ever, the decide of his collective knowledge has been introduced jointly in a single seminal quantity. whilst the likes of Butch Harmon and David Leadbetter heap compliment in your tools and credits you with having assisted in shaping the best way they learnt their craft and the way they utilized these teachings, you recognize it's essential to be essentially the most vital and influential figures on the earth of golfing. not just an exceptional instructor, John Jacobs was once additionally more than enough to play within the Ryder Cup and beat the simplest within the online game. those that witnessed his memorable victory over Grand Slam winner Gary participant within the ultimate of the South African Matchplay Championship knew they have been within the presence of somebody certain – a expertise that used to be capable of use all his event as a top-level participant and...

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As teachers, prescribing the correct set-up for the individual is our greatest teaching tool. Turning to the swing itself, which is conditioned by the position of the ball relative to the player, which is to the side and on the ground. The fact that it is to the side requires the club to swing through the ball from the inside back to the inside with the swing path on line at impact, with the clubface square to that line. The correct body action facilitates this arc of swing. Since the ball is on the ground, at the same time as the body turns, the hands and arms swing the club up, down and up again in unison with the body action.

Jose Maria Olazabal ‘I was just 14 when I first saw John Jacobs on the practice ground at Dalmahoy. It was not his swing that caught my eye, or the way he addressed the ball, but rather the fact that he never had time to practise himself because so many of his colleagues kept asking for advice. As always it was given freely. John remains the supreme enthusiast gaining his pleasure from helping fellow pros and amateurs – thousands over the years – play the game better and enjoy it more. I seek out John two or three times a year to have a look at my swing and he has never let me down.

Most of the great golfers up to the early 1960s learned the game as caddies. They watched the people they carried for and tried to copy those who played well. They were copying an action, a fluid movement. It would never have occurred to them, even if they had known how, to break the swing down into parts and study it segment by segment in static form. Golf was action, and was learned as such. Now the camera plays an increasingly large part in the exploration of golf technique, with the result that today a great many people tend to learn golf as a ‘static’ game rather than as a game of movement.

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