After Split with Butch, Phil Mickelson Is Already Working With New Coach

Getson-9Well, that didn’t take long.

On Wednesday, GOLF.com reported that Phil Mickelson and Butch Harmon had split up after eight years of working together. They had been the most high-profile player/coach duo on Tour—and a highly successful one, netting 12 wins, including two majors, in their time together. By Thursday morning, a report had surfaced about Mickelson’s potential new teacher.

GolfDigest.com first reported through sources that Mickelson and Andrew Getson, an instructor at Greyhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., have been working together since Mickelson and Harmon separated. The report did not include confirmation of the partnership from either Mickelson or Getson, and it was initially unclear whether Mickelson has coronated Getson as his official swing coach or if they’ve just been working together casually. GOLF.com has indepedently confirmed that Mickelson will be working with Getson as the five-time major champ preps for his 26th year on Tour.

So … who is Andrew Getson?

The 41-year-old from Melbourne, Australia, has worked at Grayhawk since 2009. After a standout record as a teenager, Getson accepted an invitation to attend the Victorian Institute of Sport’s golf program (like other accomplished Aussies such as Geoff Ogilvy and Stuart Appleby.) He turned pro in 1999 at age 25 and played all around the world on several Tours, joining the Nationwide (now the Web.com) Tour in 2006. In his bio on his website, he says Greg Norman is golfing hero and that he likes to eat M&M’s the night before a big round.

He lists playing golf with President Bill Clinton as his biggest thrill in golf.

That part of his bio might soon need updating.

courtesy of Coleman McDowell (golf.com)

Phil Mickelson Splits From Longtime Coach Butch Harmon

butch harmonPhil Mickelson and his longtime swing coach Butch Harmon are parting ways.

“I’ve learned a great deal from him in our eight years together,” Mickelson said in a statement to Golf.com. “It’s just that at the moment I need to hear new ideas from a different perspective.”

Mickelson and Harmon had been a formidable team since 2007. Soon after joining Harmon’s stable, Mickelson won the 2007 Players Championship. He went on to win 11 more PGA Tour events under Harmon’s watch, including the 2010 Masters and 2013 British Open.

Since raising the Claret Jug more than two years ago, however, Mickelson has struggled to find his form. He is winless during that stretch, with just five top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour. He has plummeted to 25th in the World Ranking and required a captain’s pick to make the 2015 Presidents Cup team.

Mickelson is rarely anything but optimistic about the state of his game, but in recent months he has had to field an increasing number of questions about his struggles inside the ropes.

“It’s more than having just the physical game to win golf tournaments,” Mickelson said at the PGA Championship in August. “You have to be mentally focused, manage your game well. All those factors you have to put together to be able to compete at this level because now the level is so high and the misses are not as big as they used to be with the equipment. You have to be on. You’re not going to get by with anything less than your best.”

The split represents a rare hiccup for the 72-year-old Harmon, whose superstar stable has grown in recent years to include the likes of Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson and Jimmy Walker.

In a statement issued by Mickelson’s camp, Harmon said: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with Phil and we’ve had great success together. Helping him win the Open Championship in 2013 was one of the pinnacles of my career. I see nothing wrong with him seeking advice from another source. We’re great friends and always will be.”

Despite the split, Mickelson remained complimentary of his former coach, noting, “Butch is one of the great teachers in the history of the game and I believe he deserves to be in the World Golf Hall of Fame.”

courtesy of Alan Bastable (golf.com)

 

 

Butch Harmon’s new golf instruction DVDs: Not an end-all, but a pretty fair guide

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One of the keys to Butch Harmon’s tremendous success as a teacher is that he’s always been able to tailor his teaching methods individually to his immensely talented students. And he’s learned from them as well.

Unfortunately, Harmon can’t give you feedback, but his instruction and tips can provide a solid foundation for anyone trying to learn the game or get better. After all, Harmon knows his stuff, thanks to a lifetime of experience around the very best in the game.

This comprehensive golf instructional two-DVD set, titled “Butch Harmon About Golf presented by Titleist,” features 57 chapters containing more than 250 specific tips, totaling more than four hours of consecutive years. He covers everything from setup to full swing to short game, then addresses faults and cures. There’s really no stone unturned in this instructional set.

I have worked with some of the greatest players in golf, and I am proud of the success they have had while working with me. However, I created this DVD for the thousands of golfers that I will never have a chance to try and help,” Harmon said. “This is my legacy to the high school golfer trying to make the team, the golfer trying to win his Saturday Nassau, or the lady golfer taking up the game.”

Butch Harmon About Golf presented by Titleist: The breakdown

As you might expect from an instructional DVD package that costs $79.95, production quality is very high. While there isn’t a lot of flash, the camera work combined with audio is well done; Harmon’s instruction is communicated clearly.

The two DVDs are broken down into six sections, and it’s very well organized. Need a refresher on bunker play? Just go to Section 5 on the first DVD and Harmon has it covered. Need help with putting? Check out Section 6 on DVD 2 and so forth.

There’s also a section that covers all the players Harmon has worked with, and the list is impressive. There was Tiger Woods, of course, as well as Greg Norman, but it also includes Natalie Gulbis, Adam Scott, Dustin Johnson, Fred Couples, Nick Watney, Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson.

He also talks about observing elite players on the range and practice greens, picking their brains about how they hit certain shots. For example, he shares a pitching tip from Angel Cabrera that makes a lot of sense.

There’s also a section on choosing the right equipment, fitness and kids, women and seniors.

One of the best features of this package is the 18-page companion booklet, sort of a Cliff Notes version of the series that you can put in your golf bag. It’s great for review or for finding a particular section to review.

Butch Harmon About Golf presented by Titleist: The verdict

Supposedly Norman learned to play golf by reading Jack Nicklaus’ “Golf My Way.” Larry Nelson picked up the game in his early 20s by following Ben Hogan’s “Five Fundamentals.” Those are the exceptions — most people need supervised instruction because, quite frankly, we can’t see ourselves. And even if we could, most of us really don’t know what we’re doing.

The bottom line is that live lessons from a good teacher are always better.

But if you’re going to learn to play or improve your game on your own, Harmon’s About Golf is about as good as it gets. Harmon comes from golf’s first family of instruction. His father, Claude, was the 1948 Masters champion, and his brothers are also nationally renowned teachers. Since his early experience with Norman, Harmon has worked with more than 100 PGA, LPGA, and European Tour players, including 21 major winners.

courtesy of Mike Bailey (worldgolf.com)