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Date Posted: 16:57:30 06/06/00 Tue
Author: johnr
Subject: Re: IMA School
In reply to: Pipelinemoe 's message, "IMA School" on 10:41:43 06/03/00 Sat

I went in January 1999 to Naples FL.

Only had one other student. Someone who was a former NG'er. He even had the clubs as I recall.

First day Scott basically demonstrated and build the swing doing the drills on the tape. Step 1, 2, 3 etc. In the afternoon we played golf. First day only 9 holes with Scott, then did some more range work.

Second day, more refinement and he covered short game, bunker shots, putting etc. Afternoon played 18 holes with Scott.

Third day, morning was basically spent repeating drills and putting it all on video including Scott demonstrating each one. Afternoon played another 18 holes with Scott.

I was a mess when I arrived and left with knowledge, but no good feel for execution. I improved a little, but suspect I was doing a lot wrong. Finally leveled out about where I started and went back to conventional swing late June after my game seemed to be taking a tailspin. Got back to about where I was using conventional swing then Winter came. This February I started on a serious lesson/swing rebuilding series which has been very humbling so far.

Bottom line, Scott being too far away caused me to abandon IMA. I'm almost positive if he were closer and I could have done frequent followups, I'd probably still be using it. Some don't need this, but for me it is a necessity.

As for how good is Scott. He shot around par each day on not the toughest course in the world. He hadn't played in quite a while and had some shoulder problems. On the range his shots were pretty pure. Watching him hit full shot 3 woods out of a bunker was kind of amazing.

I could go on but I'm already typing too much. One thing I will add is that both Scott and Don Horton (of SCIGOLF) were very good people. I got to spend a lot of time with them after hours as they treated me like family. I had a lot of fun and am glad I went.

When we played golf in the afternoons, I was a basket case on the course. Too muddled in details from the morning lessons. Very frustrating in general. I hit every kind of bad shot you could imagine as well as a few good ones.

From my experience, and this is spoken from someone who doesn't learn well from video or books (I need the hands on), it wasn't effective without followup. Others seem to get it and run with it. This is just a function of golf schools in general. Lack of followup generally leads to problems. That's why I opted for a long term relationship with a top teaching pro I can drive to. That meant conventional.


> Can I get some feedback on the IMA 3 day school? What
> did it consist of? When did you go and where? Did you
> see a improvement? How good is Scott?

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