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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!

Kelvin Miyahira

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 products.

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