I grew up in Naples Florida. I knew early on in life that I loved the outdoors, spending as much time as possible outside. If the sun was up I was outside; so much more to do and see. I started playing sports at early age. My favorites were baseball, basketball, tennis, football and of course golf. I am currently, and have been for 20 yrs, a PGA golf professional. I throw right- handed, bat left- handed, shoot right- handed but kick left footed, and tee my golf ball up left- handed. Now if you’re confused just think how my golf balls feel! You see I play tournament golf both left- handed and right- handed. Between ages 9 and 27 I played competitive golf left- handed. At age 27 until now my tournament golf has been played right- handed. I basically switched hands right in middle of my career.
From this I have learned many lessons. At first the idea of switching hands in the middle of my career was a risky move. There were many who doubted my decision, but was not going to let fear or others opinion of my choice sway me. Also learned belief in yourself is very important in achieving ones goals.There were few close friends who supported my decision. Which brings me to another lesson learned. How important the word encouragement means” to instill courage in others”. This is one of the most important gifts you can share, the gift encouragement.
After years of competing and winning professional tournaments left and right handed. My personal experience has provide my with unique insight and perspective to coaching and teaching. The golfswing is based on geometry, so it works same left or right handed. Also learned through experience what it take to to change golfswing. Takes correct knowledge, applying this knowledge in correct sequence (very important) repetition, and focused or purpose driven practice. This means having specific goal in mind, not just hoping it will get better because you hit balls. Making a change can be uncomfortable. Students will say this to me quite often ” when I do what your asking me to do it feels different, doesn’t feel right” thats the point! If it feels the same then there is no change happening. Here is my personal experience on changing a golfswing or anything for that matter works. If you have scale of 1-10 (one lowest, 10 highest level of improvement) and your currently at level 5 and you want to get to level 10 faster. The more you exaggerate a drill to say 10th degree, the quicker you move from 5 to 7. If you only step out of your comfort zone and exaggerate little bit, say from 5 to 6 you will improve, just much slower. One more thing on change, make sure you are making correct change and clear on your goal. You can move fast, exaggerate, do lots of repetitions and work on wrong stuff. Here is an example if you looking for a sunset and your going east, no matter how fast or hard you going in that direction you will not find it.
My desire is to teach and coach others successfully. This drives me personally to learn all that I can regarding many subjects. Some of my other interests include fitness & nutrition, fly fishing, bow hunting, kettlebell training, entrepreneurship, and personal development.
I look forward to sharing and learning!
New Zealand Brown Trout
Another one of my interest is fly fishing. I have ben fly fishing my whole life and have been fortunate to fish some of the most beautiful places on earth. A few of my favorites are Maine for Striped Bass in the Atlantic Ocean also Sebago Lake for Smallmouth bass. Vermont fly fishing for Rainbow, Brown and Brook trout. Growing up in Florida with my brother Bruce who is a guide still down in Naples we caught about everything that swims in Gulf of Mexico on Fly rods. We caught Tarpon,Redfish,Snook,Tripletail,Sheephead,Grouper,Snapper,Jacks,Bonefish and sharks to name a few. One of my favorite places on earth to fly fish is New Zealand they have some of the most pristine rivers on the planet. They also have some of the biggest Trout any where in the word.
Future Tour Pro
Madison Jackmack Age 6