Unlike some people, I will admit when I was wrong.
I was wrong.
I was wrong about Mac O'Grady.
I still believe that unless you have had to "teach to eat" and had to do it with "no supply," you will never ever reach your full potential as an Instructor.
Need to, trumps all.
Mac O'Grady was given "world-class" teacher status by the golf media without ever having to get Mrs. Haversham a GOOD lesson so he could pay his car note becuase she came back.
Nevertheless, Mac obviously is a good teacher, and has a lot of good ideas about the swing. I am not taking back my C+ I gave him in a review either, until I see him teach a hacker not to hack, and until he comes up with SOMETHING to help golf besides low hands and a new classification system.
That's NOT what I am talking about here. What I am talking about, is how Mac went his own way (away from The Golfing Machine), and how he doesn't talk to some people anymore.
I get it.
The Golfing Machine as a book is a work of a genius, and as a system that explains all methods is brilliant. As a community of Instructors it is a wonderful thing, with the exception of a half-dozen people out of 200+.
But, it is also an anchor around your waist. It is a thing that other pros can scoff at, and people can use against you in different ways.
Of course the scoffers are dead wrong and the "against you's" are misguided at best, but it IS harder, simply because you have to win two battles—your teaching and The "Machine."
Trust me, being part of three camps that are always shot at can get old, and I am sure it did for Mac. He had enough and just bolted. MORAD was—if nothing else—marketing genius. It doesn't make what he did—denouce the Book—right, I just understand it better now, that's all.
As far as my association with The Golfing Machine, and The Golfing Machine, LLC, it is as strong as ever. I can't wait for the TGM Summit, because for three days, we will have strength in numbers. Great guys this group. Maybe Mac will rejoin the fold one day. You never know.
Mac is very easily "put-off" and plays the "I can not talk to you anymore" game a bit too much for anyone's taste. I'll talk to anyone, and will continue to, but, at least I do understand WHY Mac does it.
He has been burned—a lot.
So here goes:
"Mac, please accept my apologies for not understanding your position on things. I just needed to get it right in my coconut. Hope to attend one of your seminars in the future. I am sure I can learn a lot from you. Maybe one day, you can present at the TGM Summit"