Reepacheep, on 20 February 2013 - 12:15 AM, said:
I'm from Cincinnati, now in my sixties, and was a teenager when Jim Flick was the head pro at Losantiville Country Club in Cincinnati and introduced the Square to Square system. I agree with many of the comments already offered by other posters in response to this topic.
I read the book and also took a couple lessons from Jim and from one of his former assistants. The book did much more harm than good for me. Surprisingly, in the actual lessons Jim did not seem to teach what was in the book. I did not benefit from Jim's actual teaching, either. But maybe, that was just me. Some of his students did, however, develop some pretty solid ball striking, a couple of his assistants were among the better playing club pros in the Cincinnati area at the time, and one of his amateur students won numerous Cincinnati amateur titles. Although I thought I knew something about the golf swing then I now realize I knew very little. I suspect that some of Jim's students who had some success at that time may have incorporated only a very small portion of the square to square method into some already sound golf swings. Jim Flick himself, at that time, was one of the least competitive players in the local PGA events. It appeared that he attempted to swing with the square to square method. But the results were not very convincing. Perhaps he was simply too busy teaching to work on his own game. Nevertheless, if you think that a proponent of a system ought to have some mastery of it, you would be disappointed by Jim Flick's own golf game at that time. My recollection is that among tour players, Bert Yancy adopted the square to square method and had some initial but short lived success. In conclusion, I would approach the Square to Square book with a great deal of caution. On the other hand, taking lessons from Jim Flick long after he disavowed himself from square to square may have been worthwhile. ( I realize that Mr. Flick has recently passed away, was regarded as a very knowledgeable instructor and highly respected).
Jim Flick did indeed publicly apologize to the golf community for the disaster that was Square to Square, to his credit. And it was the original pseudo-scientific "method" system of put "Slot A into Tab B" overly simplistic paint by numbers golf instruction that has since come to dominate the industry. Very upright arm plane, active left arm swinging through Impact, curl the fingers under to close the face,etc. I am sure it's founders and promoters deeply believed in it, and in their minds it "sounded good" on paper. If they had simply tested it first for at least 6 months of atual teaching on a wide range of students, they would have clearly seen the bad results it produced, for most students, most of the time - and you and I would have never heard of Square to Square.
Jim kept the swing the arms part, and abandoned the rest of it, but in my opinion, the swing the arms part was the most destructive of the bunch.