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What Flick communicates so well in On Golf is that everyone who plays golf has certain limits and certain levels of skill, but also a lot more potential than he or she might realize. Working with that raw material, Flick can show anyone how to get comfortable on a golf course, how to think on a golf course (without letting your mind get in the way), how to practice properly (sometimes without even hitting a single ball), and, ultimately how to play golf - not work it. On Golf will improve the technical aspects of...
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What Flick communicates so well in On Golf is that everyone who plays golf has certain limits and certain levels of skill, but also a lot more potential than he or she might realize. Working with that raw material, Flick can show anyone how to get comfortable on a golf course, how to think on a golf course (without letting your mind get in the way), how to practice properly (sometimes without even hitting a single ball), and, ultimately how to play golf - not work it. On Golf will improve the technical aspects of your game and take strokes off your score. But what makes this book so important is that Jim Flick takes you by the hand and leads you through the thought processes, the psychological ups and downs, and the mental preparation you need to become a better golfer.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780679449959
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/20/1997
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.78 (w) x 8.58 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Flick, director of training and education for the Nicklaus/Flick Golf School, is one of America's most celebrated golf instructors. He resides in Scottsdale, Arizona, with his wife, Geri.

Glen Waggoner is the editor of Rotisserie League Baseball and the author of Divots, Shanks, Gimmes, Mulligans and Chili Dips. He works for ESPN's Total Sports Magazine.

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From The Foreword, by Jack Nicklaus

A great teacher in golf is that rare individual who’s able to go beyond the mechanics of the golf swing and take a genuine personal interested in the individual he’s teaching. If Jack Grout hadn’t taken a personal interest in an eager ten-year-old kid back in Columbus, Ohio — an interest in him as a person that went beyond teaching him how to play a game — I might never have become a golfer. It was that commitment to helping a person discover what he is capable of doing, not just teaching some formula, that set Jack Grout apart.

Jim Flick is that kind of teacher.

I first met Jim back in 1961 in Cincinnati, where he was the head pro at the Losantiville Golf Club. While I found him extremely personable and engaging, o paths didn’t cross that much at first. Later, in the 1970s and 1980s, I began to see more of Jim at Frenchman’s Creek in North Palm Beach, where I worked regularly with Mr. Grout. Jim, who by then was a widely respected golf teacher in his own right, would come by and quietly observe us. By nature Jim is a thoughtful, inquisitive person, and I think one of hi s great strengths is his power of observation.

But it wasn’t until 1990, at the PGA Senior Tour’s Tradition golf tournament at Desert Mountain in Scottsdale, Arizona, that I became fully aware of what a keen observer and gifted teacher Jim Flick really is.

The Tradition was my first tournament on the Senior Tour. On Tuesday afternoon, as I was heading out to play the golf course, I ran into Jim, who asked if he could come along with me. I hadn’t worked with anyone since we lostMr. Grout the previous year, so I was happy to have an opportunity to get Jim’s input. As we walked up the eighteenth fairway, I asked Him what he saw in my swing. He looked me in the eye and said, “What I don’t see is Jack Nicklaus.”

We headed right to the practice range, and that was when I started working with Jim Flick. I went on to win the golf tournament, and I have been working with Jim ever since.
After Jim and I had been working together about a year, Jim approached me with an idea for making sure that the principles and the approach to the game that I had first learned from Mr. Grout — and that Jim had developed over four decades of teaching — were passed on to future students of the game. That idea became the foundation of the Nicklaus-Flick Golf School, which we established in 1991.

As much as anyone I’ve ever known, Jim understands that people have different abilities, different rhythms, and different timing, so one swing isn’t going to be right for everybody. He begins with a simple goal: to help a golfer feel where his club head is and then use it to find the ball. He teaches you to swing the golf club–and not to get tied up by golf mechanics.

Most important, though, is that Jim helps people understand and love the game of golf. His enthusiasm and commitment are infectious. When I talk to people who are repeat students at the Nicklaus-Flick Golf School, I get the feeling that they come back more just to spend time with Jim Flick than to improve their games.

The purpose of playing golf, after all, is to have fun and to enjoy yourself. I’ve never met anyone better at helping people enjoy themselves and have fun on the golf course than Jim. That’s because he brings to his teaching the commitment I mentioned earlier, the hallmark of a great teacher.

That personal commitment is the driving force behind this book and the legacy of a great golf teacher, Jim Flick.


From the Hardcover edition.

Copyright 2001 by Jim Flick with Glen Waggoner Foreword by Jack Nicklaus; Introduction by Tom Lehman
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction
Lesson 1 A Teacher's Education 3
Lesson 2 Let's Play Golf, Not Work It 12
Lesson 3 From Green to Tee 30
Lesson 4 A Game of Feel 37
Lesson 5 Gravity, Two Pendulums, and the Golf Swing 53
Lesson 6 The Swing's the Thing 81
Lesson 7 Glance at the Ball...Look at the Target 114
Lesson 8 Strictly Routine 124
Lesson 9 The Money Shot 142
Lesson 10 Around the Green 148
Lesson 11 A Day at the Beach 163
Lesson 12 The Other 50 Percent of the Game 183
Lesson 13 How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall? 208
Lesson 14 The Body Shop 232
Lesson 15 The Game of Golf Is 90 Percent Mental. The Other 10 Percent Is...Mental 243
Epilogue 265
Acknowledgments 267
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  • Anonymous

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    WOW! What a book.

    I am just a weekend golfer but this book I belive is for golfers of all levels. After reading this book I was not shooting a better game right away but I sure had the knowledge to be able to fix the things that I was doing wrong all on my own. I reccomend this book to anyone that is looking to take strokes off their game (and that should be every golfer).

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