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Claude “Butch” Harmon Jr. is a famous golf professional/ instructor. He is widely recognized as one of the best golf coaches in the world. He is the son of the 1948 Masters Champion Claude Harmon and has been in the golf industry for over forty-five years. He followed in his father’s footsteps by becoming a professional golfer in the 70’s and later a professional teacher. Today Mr. Harmon owns his own golf school in Las Vegas, Nevada, and travels around the country playing in charity golf outings. He is also the leading analyst for British Sky Broadcasting which covers the US Open, PGA Championship, The Tour Championship, and The Masters. In 1995 Sports Illustrated named him the teacher of the year. Throughout his career he has taught many tour professionals, most notable are; Tiger Woods, Greg Norman, Davis Love III, Darren Clarke, Fred Couples, Adam Scott, Justin Leonard, and Mark Clacavecchia. I had a hard time finding information about Mr. Harmon’s teaching styles but I did find some basic information. First is the grip. Butch is a strong advocate of the ‘short thumb grip’. This is referring to the position of your left thumb (for a right handed golfer) on the club. He states that with a shorter thumb you will gain more control of your swing at the top of the backswing and generate more club head speed. Second is your stance. There are many factors that come into play when talking about one’s stance. One of the main things Butch preaches to the recreational golfer is constant ball position. He states you should position the ball off a point between the center of your chest and your left shoulder and let the length of the club determine how wide your stance should be. Next is how far you should stand from the ball. Butch feels if you get into a good athletic set-up with your knees flexed, a fairly straight spine angle, and your weight on the balls of your feet , you should be at a good distance from the ball every time. Butch Harmon is by far one of the most famous and world renowned golf instructors. He was Tiger’s swing coach when he was at the peak of his career and continues his teachings today with many PGA and LPGA tour professionals.

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