The game of golf lost one of its heroes last night.
By mustang6560 on 11/6/12
Legendary golf instructor Jim Flick died last night in his home in Carlsbad, California.
Jim Flick, a golf instructor for more than 50 years whose clients included Tom Lehman and Jack Nicklaus upon joining the Champions Tour, died Monday of pancreatic cancer, his family said. He was 82.

Flick taught golf in 23 countries and directed programs such as Golf Digest's Schools and ESPN Golf Schools. He was director of instruction at Desert Mountain in Scottsdale, Ariz., for 20 years and wrote five books, the most recent one titled, "Jack Nicklaus, Simply the Best." Nicklaus sought out Flick in 1990 to help with his game after his longtime coach, Jack Grout, had died. They co-founded the Nicklaus-Flick Golf Schools, which operated from 1991 to 2003.
I'm not going to try and pretend that I know everything about Jim or his teaching philosophy, however, he believed the game of golf was more art than science. In a recent interview with Golf World, Jim shared his concern about golf instruction in the 21st Century.
"We've let the game be taken over by science," he said. "Golf is an art form. The golf swing is an athletic movement. Becoming mechanical and robotic is the worst thing you can do."
If anyone has any fond memories of Jim, please share them with us in the comments below.

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Jim_Smallwood_Jr. says:
It is a terrible loss to hear of Jim Flick's passing. I have never met him but have enjoyed a number of his books and was impressed with his teachings. I believe his quote above best explains his philosophy; "We've let the game be taken over by science," he said. "Golf is an art form. The golf swing is an athletic movement. Becoming mechanical and robotic is the worst thing you can do."
11/6/12
 
Kurt the Knife says:
wow. 82 is a pretty good run. Panc CA can be miserable. Hopes his suffering is over and sympathies to all his.
11/6/12
 
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