Meeting with a legend

I have been on one of those once in a life time things today. Stephen Rolley, one of our England Regional Coaches is a long time friend with John Jacobs, the true Master of the most legendary golf coaches. Steve and I chatted a while ago about coaching in general and the importance of simplifying the complicated things and making them understandable for the student. After some more discussion Steve offered to set up a meeting with me, him and John and today was the day.

Steve and I arrived at John’s house in the morning and it become a day when John would not stop talking. He is 84 now, sharp as a knife and still the best coach that I have ever met. The stories that he has got to tell could last for days and weeks and what strikes me the most is that so much of his art of teaching has gone missing in today’s coaching. John has a drill or a game for everything and when he has coached some of the world’s greatest players I am sure they have not even noticed the piece of instruction coming there way. Always in the form of – hit a fade for me, show me a draw, let’s see if you can hit a driver of the floor etc. That is a true genius at work if you ask me!

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