The Golfing Machine
Within a few years of its publication in 1969, a little book called The Golfing Machine came to revolutionize golf teaching. It was the product of an intensive, lifelong study of the golf swing by one man, Homer Kelley, who twenty eight years earlier had begun what he envisioned as a one-week quest to map out the "science of the swing."
Before becoming an engineer at Boeing, Homer Kelley had been a short-order cook at a billiard hall in Tacoma, WA, and had become frustrated when he realized that the local pros were unable to explain exactly what was happening during the optimal golf swing. Having mastered the game in a year, he wanted to understand exactly how individuals with vastly different swings can produce effective golf shots. It took almost three decades of research to analyze all the components of the golf stroke and to present his findings in terms teachers could put to
As a result of Mr. Kelley's work, golf instructors can use their sophisticated understanding of his analysis of golf movements to show each student how to perfect and optimize a swing optimized to their particular body type and personality. Within a few years of The Golfing Machine's publication, a devoted group of golf instructors who appreciated Homer Kelley's unusual dedication and his sophisticated understanding of the golf swing surrounded Mr. Kelley, and helped make possible a way to school future teachers. And so, while Homer Kelley passed away in 1983 while leading a PGA seminar, thanks to his little book, his enormous contribution to golf teaching has thrived: indeed, in 2005, a Sports Illustrated poll of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers numbered him 6th in the list of top 10 golf swing coaches of all time.
You don't need to read The Golfing Machine, because your instructors here at the Rob Noel Golf Academy are experts in Mr. Kelley's The Golfing Machine -- each one is an Authorized Instructor of The Golfing Machine. As Rob likes to say, "The Golfing Machine is my bible, but our students don't need to read it. It's like when a mechanic goes to mechanic school, he has a textbook -- but if you take your car in to get it worked on, you don't want to see the textbook, you just want your car fixed. At the Rob Noel Golf Academy we fix your game."
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