Jim has been teaching golf since 1997, his second career after working for more than 25 years as a chemical engineer. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame and has taught more than 8,000 lessons using high speed video and body motion capture analysis.
Jim has been a club champion and won the Seniors Southern Ohio PGA Miami Valley Players Championship in 2004. His career low round is 63.
Jim’s teaching philosophy is that there is no such thing as a method or lesson plan that fits everyone. The education must be tailored to the student. A student's goals and history with the game are the driving force in their ability to advance their game.
As an instructor Jim will:
1. Match the instruction to the student's goals and learning pace.
2. Learn the learning style of the student.
3. Find the best ways to explain, demonstrate, guide and allow the student to feel the proper motion.
4. Know at least 10 ways to say or show or get a student to sense the same thing.
Jim also believes that the only thing the ball knows is the clubface. We only touch two things at three places - the club and the ground. We maneuver the clubface with our hands and we need to use the ground to maneuver our body. Good players know how to use leverage to their advantage. Golf is a target game. If we tap into our innate "wiring" acquired from ancestral targeting skills, amazing things can happen. Try not to change the swing, but to first remove the tension and blockages and bad angles. Find a way for the student to get out of his or her own way. When we change the swing -- use the sequence of "ground up, inside-outside, backswing to forward swing." Exceptions are novice players and getting a forward swing on-plane. On-plane training is much like novice training - hands and arms first, then the body. Keep it simple, short and relaxed - no more than one or two topics per session. Help a student learn how to pitch the ball properly, and they will shoot lower scores.
“Thank you for the comments on the playing evaluation form and on the course. Reading them uplifted me just as much as playing the round. You really zone in on giving undivided attention and you've made me feel like my progression is just as important to you as it is to me. I never had an instructor who made me feel like they were truly paying attention to how I was playing, nor have I felt (until now) like my lessons were truly designed to help me improve (i.e. cookie cutter one-size-fits-all). All that to say, THANK YOU.”
“Jim is an absolutely GREAT golf instructor and coach, who I would recommend (and have recommended) to anyone without reservation. I had taken golf lessons off and on for years with only small improvements, then I had the great fortune to meet and take lessons from Jim. Not only did Jim significantly improve my swing, and provide me with a lot of insight and techniques to control my ball flight, the techniques and swing Jim taught me was a lot healthier for, and easier on, my body. Jim is a master of, and has encyclopedic knowledge of, golf drills and techniques to help change prior bad habits to proper golf skills - the same skills the pros use on tour to control ball flight, putt, manage the course and score. Jim is very intelligent, and can clearly and simply communicate golf swing concepts and methods to anyone. Again, Jim is a true professional, and is great to work with.”
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