Anyway, let's take a look at the results for the latest poll
'WHICH INSTRUCTOR DO YOU FEEL IS MOST OVERRATED?'
Note: I purposedly didn't list David Leadbetter as I was quite certain he would have won the poll in a landslide, rendering the poll useless.
- Bob Toski - 0 votes
- Jimmy Ballard - 2 votes
Ballard is another teacher who doesn't get the noteriety that he used to get before. I actually got 2 lessons from Ballard and while his swing method 'wasn't for me', I thought he was extremely knowledgeable and likeable guy. And a big part of me feels for him because much of his philosophies and work were completely ripped off from other famous teachers which played a big part in their acquiring fame and they never gave any credit to him. He teaches one type of method though. It's extremely effective for a large percentage of golfers, but since it's one method and is often thought of as 'outdated', that probably was what snared a few votes for him.
Here Ballard explains how to hit a draw with using simple D-Plane principles. He's been doing this long before D-Plane came out.
- Mac O'Grady - 9 votes
- Jim Flick - 10 votes
- Rick Smith - 12 votes
- Mike Bennett/Andy Plummer - 13 votes
- Stan Utley - 13 votes
He probably saw his fame shoot too high and too soon in many voters' opinions. I've only skimmed through the book and thought it was okay, but it's too focused on the 'path' and not enough on the angle of the clubface at impact, green reading and touch/speed. And personally he's not even in the same galaxy as Geoff Mangum when it comes to understanding and teaching putting.
- Dean Reinmuth - 13 votes
- Peter Kostis - 14 votes
- Jim McLean - 18 votes
- Hank Haney - 27 votes
- Butch Harmon - 36 votes
I think Phil's swing has steadily improved and he seems to listen to Butch which I don't think was always the case. That being said, I do get a kick out of every Butch interview he'll say that 'there's no one way to swing a club' and even claim that TGM is a 'method' and then he'll go and teach one type of method.