Feb 13, 2020
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On today’s Brain Booster we are joined by former European Open Champion Andrew Murray as we get chance to pay tribute to the life and work of the great John Jacobs.
Andrew played successfully on the European tour for many years and in that time he became very close to John.
We get the opportunity today to discuss the incredible legacy from a truly remarkable man.
John Jacobs was a great player, a pioneer in what we now know as the European Tour but above all as one of the greatest coaches of all time.
Many of the best coaches around now such as Butch Harmon and David Leadbetter often cite John as being one of their major influences.
So much of what he talked about back in the 1950’s and 1960’s has proven to be correct.
He was a man way ahead of his time and a true visionary.
In a world now drowning in technical information we discuss how John had a remarkable ability to keep things simple, practical and above all effective.
John Jacobs was a human Trackman in the way he could diagnose what a player was doing by virtue of the ball flight.
Andrew shares some wonderful stories about John and the fact that he was above anything else just a genuinely good person.
He would always put the player first.
It was always about the player and what he or she needed to do to get better and never about John showing how much knowledge he had.
We also get the chance to go down memory lane and revisit some of Andrew’s experiences.
He shares a fascinating story about the ingredients to his success in the European Open at Walton Heath and how one single word made all the difference to his performance.
We also get the opportunity to talk about the great Sevvy Ballesteros and the incredible aura he had.
Andrew relates a story of just how intimidating the great man could be.
He has since gone on to have a successful career as a broadcaster, coach and senior tour player.
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