A few weeks back, we got quite a surprise at a Build Your Game Camp at the Oklahoma City Academy. A ‘major’ surprise if you will.
Over the years, we have always structured all of our golf school programs in a way that regardless of a golfers current ability, they could walk away from the school having worked on their Single Plane game in a way that fit them. As we see hundreds of golfers in our schools each year, we very often will have a brand new golfer learning right next to a golfer who plays to a single digit handicap. And it has always, without fail, worked. The beginner learns based on where they are with the game, and the single digit handicapper learns based on his/her experience and playing ability. As one GGA Hall of Fame member told me last weekend,
“The little things become the big things as you get better.”
I often get asked how this can be from prospective school students. I know it seems from the outside looking in that it simply couldn’t be beneficial for both a beginner and a scratch golfer. That one of the two isn’t going to get the information they need at the school to make the improvements they came to make. Despite this, as we see time and time again, the school programs work perfectly for each golfer.
So back to our major surprise 2 weeks ago in Oklahoma City. We had 7 golfers in attendance at the Camp, 6 men and 1 woman. As we do on the first morning of every school, we take a few minutes to ‘interview’ the students to find out what they are looking to achieve during the program, where they currently are with the game, and where they want to go. It was during these interviews that we discovered that our sole lady in attendance was a scratch golfer. While that was a bit out of the ordinary, we’ve had other ladies attend who play to scratch, so we didn’t think too much of it. Of the 6 gentlemen in attendance, 1 was a single digit player, 3 were mid handicappers, 1 was just getting back into the game, and the last had just picked up a club about 8 weeks prior to flying over from Australia to attend the camp.
Later that morning, on the putting green, as we watched each student’s putting stroke, something about our lady in attendance seemed worthy of investigation. So a quick Google search on a cell phone, and lo and behold, we came to discover that we were teaching a Major Champion. To be precise, she was the 1979 U.S. Women’s Open Champion. At her request, we kept her achievements quiet as the week progressed, as she, being a very humble lady, didn’t want any special attention, nor did she want to disrupt the program for any of the gentlemen in attendance.
On the last day, we let the cat out of the bag.
Again with her permission, we informed the entire group on the last morning of the Camp that they had been in a golf school with a major champion. It ended up being a very fun last day and an experience for both the instructors and students.
At the conclusion of the school, I had a chance to visit with Jerilyn, and specifically asked her about the experience of the school. She had come to the school to investigate the Single Plane Swing, knowing that even with the heights her game had achieved, there was always more to learn. While being very complimentary about the school, she commented that it was pretty amazing that she attended with a beginner, but felt like the school was tailored specifically to her needs.
While teaching a Major Champion is something that Todd, Tim, Trent and I can cross off our bucket lists, having Jerilyn at the Build Your Game Camp simply proved to me without a shadow of a doubt that regardless of what level golf you currently play at today, attending a GGA Single Plane School will help you. Period.
If your current ability level is somewhere between a Major Champion and a beginner, then you are the perfect candidate to come and transform your game.
I look forward to seeing you in a school soon.