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Mike Brabenec, PGA & Billy Gibbs, PGA

Apr 25, 2009

Jim McLean- Professional Biography

Jim McLean is the 1994 PGA National Teacher of the Year, owner of the Jim McLean Golf Schools which include: Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami, Florida, PGA WEST in La Quinta, California, La Quinta Resort in La Quinta, California, and Grand Traverse Resort in Traverse City, Michigan.

Jim is probably best known for his research on the golf swing and his work on The X Factor, which describes in detail, body motions, body angles and body positions. The Eight Step video is the all time best selling video on The Golf Channel and the all time #1 golf DVD in America. Jim’s “Eight Step Swing” book was ranked by Sports Illustrated as one of the top golf instruction books of the 20th century (ranked #11). The Golf Swing: Ben Hogan video has won 6 major awards the most of any golf video in history.

Jim’s playing achievements include being one of the few people to qualify for the US Junior, the US Amateur (4 times) the US Open (2 times) and the US Senior Open and has also been a contestant in the Masters (where he made the cut). Winner of the Northwest Open and 3 time winner of the Pacific Northwest Amateur. Jim qualified for the National Club Pro hampionships ten times. He also was an All-American at the University of Houston and has a B.A. in Economics. He played on teams with John Mahaffey, Bruce Lietzke, Bill Rogers, Fuzzy Zoeller, Tom Jenkins, Bobby Wadkins, Bobby Walzel, Bruce Ashworth. He was a winner of more than 50 Junior and Amateur Titles in the Pacific Northwest. Jim was also named 1st alternate to the US World Cup Team in 1972. He played the PGA Tour during the winter of 1982.

Jim’s professional achievements include: National PGA Teaching Committee Member, National PGA Education Committee, National PGA Awards Committee and PGA Master Professional (1990). Jim is an Instruction Editor for Golf Digest since 1997 and instrution Editor and Advisor for The Golf Channel since its’ inception in 1995. Jim appears regularly on The Golf Channel Academy. He was the Co-Chairman of the PGA Teaching and Coaching Summit in 1992 held in San Francisco. He has led over 50 national teaching and playing workshops for the PGA of America and has been the featured speaker at 6 National PGA Teaching Summits and 4 Teaching & Coaching Summits in Europe. He was Master Instructor for Golf Magazine from 1990 – 1997 and was an Instruction Writer for Golf Illustrated.

Jim McLean has worked extensively with many top teachers including Jimmy Ballard, Art Bell, Jackie Burke, Harry Cooper, Jack Grout, Claude Harmon, Johnny Revolta, Bob Toski, Ken Venturi, Butch Harmon, Manuel De La Torre, among many others. Jim has taught more than 100 PGA Tour, LPGA and Senior PGA Tour players including: Dana Quigley, Hal Sutton, Brad Faxon, Tom Kite, Sergio Garcia, Lenny Mattiace, Curtis Strange, Bernhard Langer, Cristie Kerr, Blaine McCallister, Ben Crenshaw, Jerry Pate, Gary Player, Liselotte Neuman, Peter Jacobsen & Steve Elkington.

Jim has also worked extensively with five junior golfers who reach the #1 spot at the National Rankings: Cristie Kerr, Eric Compton, Tyler Leon, James Vargas, Liz Janagelo. The Jim McLean Golf Schools have produced many top juniors who have received college scholarships and have been All Americans.

Jim is the author of the following top selling instructional books, videos and CD-Rom’s:

The Eight Step Swing (revised 2001)
Golf Warm-Ups (video) 2002
Idiot’s Guide to the Short Game
The Golf Swing: Ben Hogan (Video)
The X-Factor (Video)
Golf School
The Eight Step Swing (Video)
20 Problems/20 Solutions (Video)
The X-Factor Golf Swing
The Eight Step Swing
Sport ware Golf (CD-ROM)
Golf Digest Book of Drills
Swing Thoughts (Video)
The Putters Pocket Companion
Wedge Game Pocket Companion
The Eight Step Swing (CD-ROM)
The 10 Fundamentals (Video)
Swing Saver (CD-ROM)
Sam Snead, A Swing for a Lifetime (Video)
Golf Magazine
Golf Digest’s Ultimate Book of Drills
X-Factor II DVD
The 3 Scoring Clubs
Power Drills DVD
The Building Block Approach (2009)
The 8 Step Swing 3rd Edition (2009)
The Slot Swing (2009)

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