Claude "Butch" Harmon is the world's number one golf coach. He taught Tiger Woods through one of the greatest stretches of victories in golf history (and, perhaps even more conspicuously, did not teach Tiger Woods following his unprecedented run), as well as superstars like Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Fred Couples, Darren Clarke, Natalie Gulbis, and Davis Love III. How did he become such a legendary teacher and mentor? The answer is simple: He learned from watching his father. The Harmons are the First Family of golf, and Claude Harmon, Sr., was the greatest of them all. His skill as a player, an innovator, a teacher, a devoted father, a loyal friend, and a peer of giants such as Ben Hogan has gone largely unappreciated by all but those who knew him best. In this book by his son, he finally gets his due. In The Pro, Butch Harmon paints a compelling portrait of an era in sports before the emergence of big media and bigger money, and shows how the lessons he learned about life and golf at his father's knee made him the man he is today.
The Pro is both a family and a golf memoir, as well as an inside look at what it takes to teach the Tigers of the world. It describes how Butch and his brothers, who are also teachers, transfer their father's unique wit, wisdom, and philosophy to the next generation of golfers. Sometimes their advice relates to the game, sometimes they simply offer words of encouragement and motivation, sometimes they make pointed criticisms intended to shock their students into focus, and sometimes they try to impart simple advice about "walking around through life". The Harmon brothers are teachers who share a special quality: All of their lessons are passed down from their father.
This is a portrait of one extraordinary family and the game that will carry their legacy for years to come.
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A story well written
Butch is as great an author as he is a golf coach
The entire package
Joseph is born to narrate stories, he brings this story into real time space by expressing every emotion as if he is an extension of the the Harmon family experience.
This book is so fully packed with life that even non-golfers would enjoy it save for golf lingo that one can learn as s/he goes along.
I think Butch has a gift for writing and should look for more opportunities to do so; if only for the ever growing golf enthusiasts - but I believe his gift transcends golf courses.