Jamie has been involved in the game of golf since an early age. Growing up in Ohio under the tutelage of her mother, Andy (an LPGA Touring Professional), she was a two-time Ohio junior champion, and she qualified for the U.S. Women's Open at age 18. While attending the University of Texas and earning two Bachelor's Degrees in Speech Communication and Journalism, Jamie captained the nationally ranked women's golf team, was the 1991 Southwest Conference champion and named an Academic All-American. From graduation until 1995 she played professionally both in the United States and abroad on the Future's Tour, Asian Tour and Australian Tour. And she also earned playing status on the European Tour.
In 1995, due to injury, Jamie turned her attention to teaching. She was the first teaching professional at Nantucket Golf Club upon its inception in 1998 and a Master Instructor at the Jim McLean Golf School. She taught at the Todd Sones Impact Golf School from 2002-07, and she also served as assistant women's golf coach at Northwestern University from 2003-05.
Jamie is a four-time LPGA Midwest Section Champion and competed in the 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 McDonald's LPGA Championships, becoming the first member to the Teaching Division to make the cut in 10 years in 2006. Her students range in ability from beginners to those playing on high school teams, USGA National Amateur Championships and the professional ranks.
Jamie teaches individuals the game of golf. She doesn't believe in one single swing method for all students. Each person has their own approach to learning, and experience has given her multiple ways to communicate. Jamie feels her role as an instructor is to understand a student's style and provide the best communication in order to maximize their learning potential. Based on each student's goals, motivations and abilities, an individualized roadmap to success is created, and the plan must be achievable and understandable at all times. Great set-up fundamentals are essential and possible. Since many swing issues are directly influenced by the set up, developing an efficient and personal pre-shot routine is important. After all, the more things we can do well early, the fewer things we have to correct later. Improving in golf takes practice, persistence and patience. Rarely, if ever, are there quick fixes that translate into lasting improvement.
“When I take a lesson, I have some fairly specific questions I need answered before I can even commit to making a change. I like the fact that you let me vent/rant and ask all the questions I have before we even pick up a club. I also like the fact that you are decisive and sure of the solution that you offer. Watching you teach others, I have always been impressed by the number of questions you ask the student. This is a very effective way to see what they actually understand and helps them to identify and FEEL mistakes they make during their swing. Lastly, I like the fact that you don’t move on to new concepts when the student has not yet mastered or fully corrected a change you have suggested ... no point in trying to run if you can’t walk.”
“Working with Jamie, I have gone from an 11-handicap to a 3-handicap. I enjoy my lessons because she keeps her explanations very simple. Her ability to relate parts of the golf swing to moves in other sports enhances the clarity of whatever I am working on. She is extremely gifted as a teacher and coach in two ways. One is in coaching the intangibles in the mental, physical and emotional part of the game. The other is in teaching you how to own your game so are successful on the course and you can make adjustments no matter what the situation, be it tournament play or playing with friends on the weekend.”
No matter what your swing looks like, there’s no reason that you can’t have good fundamentals. It’s equally important to understand that poor fundamentals, and not your swing, can be the cause of bad shots. In this video segment, SwingFix ...