Interesting read. I've spent hundreds of hours working with Jimmy since 1995 and have become great friends with both he and his wife Lori.... Jimmy teaches me, but we are also good friends so my lessons with him are both a lesson and a lot of conversation about golf. Now that he is pretty much retired, he has more time so my lessons involve a lot of different conversations about golf and different golfers .
I am a ball beater and play a lot of tournament golf, I played professionally for 11 years around the globe, and I'll tell you this..... NOTHING holds up better under pressure than what Ballard teaches! I have years worth of battlefield data to back that statement up. I've been in the hunt to win when I partially worked on Ballard's philosophy and I've been in the hunt when I was 100% Ballard's method and it took me a while to realize, but when I have been 100% committed to Ballard, my swing holds up under even the most pressure and that is why the older I get, the more I know he is right in what he teaches.
Everybody gets nervous at times, but when you are competing, it's more how you handle it and hold up under the gun. I have been so nervous I could hardly swallow before and still have been able to perform and had my swing hold up even with my hands shaking. I realized this for the first time 2 years after working hard with Ballard back in 1997, I had a 5 shot lead on the old Golden Bear Tour with 5 holes to play when there was a 4 hour rain delay, after the rain delay the wind picked up and was blowing 20+ mph. Even though the wind was howling and I could hardly take a breath, I still hit those last 5 greens and won by 5 and that is when I realized how good his method really was because inside I felt like I was going to choke my guts out, but outside my swing wasn't letting that happen.
Super jealous. Youre not far from me, as you live in Jupiter and I am in Boca Raton.
I am new around here, but didnt know you played professionally. Any tips you can share from your experiences from Jimmy that would help out a newb like myself
Played last weekend and had a thought of "turn off my arms on the downswing".....had the thought around hole 6 and couldn't have hit the ball better and purer. Few bad shots here and there (the usual), but it just felt better to hit the ball effortlessly......mind you the ball also traveled about 15-20 yards farther!
Edited by DonRSD, 01 May 2018 - 01:26 PM.