Lessons and Wisdom From John Jacobs

Vintage lessons and wisdom from the legendary British player and teacher John Jacobs.

Released on 2/17/2011

Credits

Starring: John Jacobs

Transcript

00:10
I must tell you the first lesson,
00:12
I've no idea how to teach golf.
00:14
There was not a practice ground at Hallamshire,
00:19
there's a low out-of-bounds wall down the first fairway,
00:22
and you used to teach near that wall,
00:25
out of the way down the first fairway.
00:27
And (mumbles) one day, lovely old boy,
00:30
with six hickory shafted clubs in a little drainpipe bag,
00:35
and he had the worst over the top swing you've ever seen.
00:39
And he shanked it over this wall all the time,
00:43
balls flying over the wall, and I couldn't stop him.
00:46
But I suddenly thought, and I kept getting these
00:48
balls nearer to the wall, and of course eventually,
00:52
he smashed his club on the wall.
00:54
I thought, crickey, I'm going to be fired
00:56
before I've started here.
00:58
But he thought he was hitting the over the wall
01:02
as opposed to hitting right in the heel of the club.
01:06
And he did it with another club.
01:08
I took him up to the shop, sold him a set of steel
01:11
shafted irons, I was in.
01:13
(laughter)
01:15
Absolutely true.
01:16
It doesn't start with a golf swing.
01:18
If I start with a group of people or a person,
01:22
I say now, first of all, I tell them my philosophy:
01:26
golf is what the ball does.
01:28
What the ball does is absolutely dependent upon
01:30
the impact the club makes with the ball.
01:35
That's why when Laddie Lucas did my biography,
01:37
he called it Jacobs' Impact on Golf,
01:39
he particularly wanted that word in there.
01:42
So, everything...
01:46
Good swings are not always the same.
01:48
If you can get the correct impact, and it's repeatable,
01:53
I wouldn't dream of changing it.
01:55
I'm not teaching orthodoxy in the sense
01:57
of everybody has to look the same.
02:00
There are certain obvious rules,
02:02
the ball's to the side of you and it's on the ground,
02:05
so the fact that it's to the side of you,
02:07
the arc is going to be end to end.
02:10
It's on the ground, you've got to swing it up and down
02:11
at the same time, which means you've got to stand
02:15
correctly to turn to get the end to end,
02:17
and you swing your arms up and down in unison with that.
02:20
Now, I didn't ever want too much detail,
02:24
I didn't want people to think about my new shot,
02:26
I want to get a big picture.
02:28
If you turn and pop the club up, the club,
02:30
the thing that's going to hit the ball,
02:32
will be parallel to where you where you want the
02:35
ball to go in the plane, which will catch the turf.
02:38
That wouldn't do it, it's out of line, it's wrong.
02:42
This is the right plane, but it's in the wrong direction.
02:46
So, the measurement of whether you have a good
02:52
golf swing is what the ball does,
02:54
and I'll show you how to get there.
02:56
I got them thinking, and I could tell them,
02:59
That ball tells you your club is what, you tell me.
03:03
Well, the face must've been open,
03:05
or the swing must've been so.
03:07
So that was a totally different way of doing it.
03:10
Nobody told me how to teach it,
03:12
everything I said was because I was wanting to play it
03:16
myself, I was desperate, I wanted to be the
03:18
best player in the world, not the best teacher.
03:21
That's a big one, to say the best teacher.
03:23
I should've said a good teacher.
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