It was a lot of work and I loved every minute of it.
That is the best I can explain my week at the 2012 Masters. With some gallerying on the hilly "National," a massive amount of live lessons at the SI@The Majors tent, two videos shot—one live, a couple of great meals, and hanging with Rick Dandy, it was a week to remember and here are the Top 10 things I learned.
1. There is no way to over prepare for any event, and if you get there early enough, you can make things right.
Me and Rick are a good team, and we made some important last minute changes to the teaching area at the SI tent. There simply is no way to over think any event you are putting on or are a important part of.
2. Never Slice Again is alive an well.
Some folks just need it. At one point on my second day of teaching, we averaged increasing the distance of the folks we saw by 30 yards. This was over a 6 or 7 golfer stretch. No better way ever than good old NSA.
3. You really are just a second tier guy until you are under that tree on the Augusta National Clubhouse lawn.
But, I'm about 100 times closer to being there as a media member than I was 10 years ago.
4. Everything you ever do in your career is helpful.
All those "live lessons with a long line of students" days at the City Park Junior program, Jumbo Sports, Kroger, etc. etc. helped me a bunch.
All those videos I've been doing lately, helped me tremendously when I had to do one LIVE in one take in front of 100 people.
5. I could teach—for example Mike Jacobs—to swing EXACTLY like Bruce Lietzke and hit it GREAT doing it.
Doesn't mean that is THE BEST pattern for competition for him.
6. Augusta needs 150 less trees, no second cut, and few less yardage on about 3 or 4 holes.
The winner might shoot 20-under, but it would be a MUCH better test of golf.
7. Bad golfers need a lot of hand work.
8. The are some non-golf pros on the internet who think they are "somebody" in this business.
That's all I have to say about that.
9. The best place to watch the best players in the world is at the Augusta National range.
They are not only nobody, they are nonexistent in the big leagues.
A flawless place in every way.
10. I am nowhere #1 in this business, but whatever "number" I am, I am that number with a BULLET!
It was a really good week at the SI@The Majors tent.