Oct 23, 2010
During Mike's Course - Billy's best friend from his younger
years shares a story that happened while on his way to Mexico with
a group of golfers!
I started teaching golf over 26 years ago when
video was not available for the average consumer. But then in 1985,
when the first consumer VHS camcorder became available, I bought
it. It was great to be able to view a golf swing for the first time
with such clarity. Though shutter speeds were not quite fast enough
to get a great stop action, it was the best that any consumer could
buy. And I got some great videos of old stars like Jack Nicklaus,
Greg Norman, Payne Stewart, Fred Couples and more when they would
visit the Hawaiian Open.
Being in Hawaii, I always thought it would be
so great if I could actually see the best teachers of my era.
Luckily, I got to see Bob Toski, then took lessons from Jimmy
Ballard and I was hooked on learning from the best. I knew that I
would really be better at my craft if I learned from others vs.
trying to learn it all myself. But these guys were simply not as
technical nor precise with their teaching as I thought they should
be so I kept my eye out for someone better.
By the late 1980’s, Nick Faldo had begun to
win. Denis Watson and Nick Price were also very good players. I
thought, “wouldn’t it be great to learn from David Leadbetter?” So
in 1990 I called their office and soon I was booked for his weekend
retreat at Lake Nona. Spending two eight-hour days hitting golf
balls, chipping and putting was a dream come true. I certainly
learned a lot but after awhile I knew I just didn’t get it all. I
didn’t get all the “secrets.”
Kelvin Miyahira has worked with several
collegiate strength coaches and athletes at the University of
Hawaii, University of Louisville, University of Nebraska, HPU, and
Mt. San Antonio College. He has trained 100's of athletes,
including Olympic hopefuls, from as young as 6 years old to adults
in all sports from baseball, golf, soccer, tennis, volleyball,
track, etc. Kelvin has products being used by the David Leadbetter
Junior Golf Academy in Florida as well as many other golf academies
across the US. and in Mexico/South America. Many LDA members
including Scott Smith, holder of the Guinness World Long Drive
Record with a drive of 539 yards uses his methods and
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