November 8, 2012

Tribute to a Legend: Jim Flick

We would be remiss if we didn’t first acknowledge the passing of one of golfs great instructors this past week when Jim Flick passed after X years of teaching. Mr. Flick was a mentor to our good friend and occasional contributor teaching pro Dick Drager. In his early career, Dick worked with Mr. Flick at the Golf Digest School with Davis Love, Jr. and Bob Toski. From there Dick joined Jim Flick at the Nicklaus Flick Game Improvement School at Desert Mountain (where the season ending Senior Tour event was played). Dick has lots of stories from those days.

One Flick comment from a friend, Tom McGowan came about Flick at the golf schools Tom attended as a member of Desert Mountain in the days Drager and Flick were teaching at the Nicklaus Flick Game Improvement schools. He said Flick was brutally honest on his assessments, but if you could take the heat, he was an outstanding coach. Tom told me that Flick had a dream to make the tour as a player. He would hit thousands of balls in preparation until he felt he was ready. Mr. Flick went out and found out how really good the players were on the Tour and decided he his real call was as an instructor. That is where he had a gift, and that is where he ended up making a great name for himself. Below in From the Pro Shop I have a couple of recommended books to consider from Mr. Flick and / or Mr. Toski.
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Much was made this last weekend of Tom Lehman playing inspired golf and winning the Schwab Cup in honor of his teaching coach, Jim Flick. May we all learn something from the teaching genius of Jim Flick.

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