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Monday
Nov052012

"Jim Flick was a teacher's teacher."

If you've taken a lesson in the last twenty years, there's a pretty good chance your instructor was inspired by or a disciple of Jim Flick.

The AP story on his passing at 82 of pancreatic cancer.

Tim Rosaforte wrote about Flick for Golf World Monday.

Golf Digest's Roger Schiffman, who worked closely with Flick, remembers his friend.

Jim Flick was a teacher's teacher. For all the years I knew him -- and it was more than 30 -- I never met someone more dedicated to one cause. In Jim's case, that was teaching golf -- not just to tour players, but to anyone who tried holding a golf club. Nothing pleased Jim more than to see an average golfer's weak slice turn into a strong draw. He would rather watch a beginner hit 20 more shots until the ball got airborne than take a break for lunch (and he missed a lot of lunches).

Jim Achenbach spoke with Flick in his final days.

“I’m at peace,” said the 82-year-old Flick, speaking on the telephone from his home in Carlsbad, Calif., “and my thoughts are entirely with my kids. We’re taking steps to make sure they keep learning the game the way it’s supposed to be played.”

Flick always has referred to his young students as his kids, just as he formally addresses adults as “Mr. Tom (Lehman)” and “Mr. Jack (Nicklaus)” and so forth.

Randall Mell talked to friend Bob Toski about their longtime partnership.

Toski and Flick combined to write the definitive instruction book, “How to Become a Complete Golfer.” They taught a simple system of “swing, turn and shift.”

“Jim deserves a lot of credit for the schools’ curriculum and the success of the schools,” Toski said. “We became like family, traveling and teaching all over the world together. We went to England, Scotland, Spain, France, Germany, Japan, the Philippines. You name it. We taught everywhere but the moon.”

And GolfChannel.com posts a nice roundup of the reaction from the golf community on Twitter.

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Reader Comments (9)

Sad news. A generous man and a great teacher. May he rest in peace. I met him only once but felt I knew him well. The Complete Golfer, which he autographed for me, is my bible.
11.6.2012 | Unregistered CommenterIvan Morris
The PGA used How to be a Complete Golfer as its teaching textbook for years before it developed a manuel of its own. Jim taught more 5-day golf schools than any teacher ever. He used some funny terms like "deliver the instrument'' and his philosophy was opposite of the Leadbetter "big muscles'' approach, but there was never any animus with other teachers (except maybe Peter Kostis when they were with Golf Digest).
11.6.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMedia maven
RIP
11.6.2012 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
I loved watching the segments that he did on the Golf Channel a number of years ago with Mike Malaska.

I still do that drill he showed where he hits with one foot directly behind the other so that there is no weight shift and the ball still goes 90% of the distance.

He will be missed.
11.6.2012 | Unregistered CommenterRob
I was just reading yesterday that he was scheduled to be the main speaker at the Grand Rapids golf show in February. I was figuring out how I was going to break it to my wife that I would be down there for all of the 2 days.
11.6.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMattS
I met Jim Flick at a TaylorMade outing in Mexico one year and he patiently gave tune-up lessons to me and a couple buddies. An absolutely delightful, entertaining and knowledgeable guy. He really loved his job and loved the game of golf. He will be missed.
11.6.2012 | Unregistered Commentertlavin
RIP Jim.

Many thanks to the video "Swing for a Lifetime". I watched that VHS tape 26+yrs ago with my family when we all took up the game at the same time. "Machine Gun" and "Back to the Target" are two staple drills/moves I try to teach my students as well as myself to this day.
11.6.2012 | Unregistered Commenterjohnnnycz
Never met him but always appeared as one of the true Gentlemen of the game.
In Ireland we have an Irish saying - " Ní bheidh a leithéid arís ann which essentially means " we'll not see his likes again".
RIP Mr Jim
11.6.2012 | Unregistered CommenterIrish Golf Nut
Jim was a kind and generous man. Very knowledgeable teacher with enormous energy. Jim was always quick with a smile and always very respectful to all he met. I am ver sorry to just learn of his passing. He will be greatly missed in the world of golf and by his many friends.
11.7.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJim Lipe

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