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Posted: Saturday, November 24, 2012 2:30 pm

I was saddened to hear about world-renowned golf teacher Jim Flick. I remember meeting Jim in December 1990, at Desert Mountain Country Club, just after I took care of ASU junior Phil Mickelson. I tried to explain to Jim why I fit Phil with custom designed contacts rather than glasses for his first optical correction. I told him I believed better putters and chippers needed to see more periphery, needed true size magnification for efficient depth perception that contacts give you over glasses, and to play by feel instead of over thinking so players trusted what they saw (instinctual playing).

Jim gave me two hours of his valuable time, was very friendly, open-minded to new ideas and told me who his roommate was at Wake Forest University. He told me he analyzed Phil’s golf swing for Golf Digest and said, ”I believe what you are telling me, but you can’t hurt Phil’s golf swing because it is perfect.” I even tried to suggest Jim consider contact lenses for himself, since he wore very thick glasses. Jim was a well-established and highly respected golf instructor who held the mental game to be most important over the visual (eyes and overall seeing in seven basic skills), but made me feel so welcome and accepted while sharing our different ideas on helping golfers to be their best. Jim Flick was a teacher who championed the fundamentals of golf. Look at what he did for Jack Nicklaus’ and Tom Lehman’s game and career. His performance speaks for itself as a teacher and a man.

Oh by the way, Jim knew I was from western Pa. and told me his roommate at Wake Forest was Arnold Palmer. I just about dropped out of my chair and he laughed. Every time I saw Jim at the Phoenix Open he always stopped who he was speaking to say “hello” to me. See, Jim was a mensch. All people who see the bigger picture go to a higher place. RIP.

Dr. Jeff Eger

Mesa

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