John Jacobs, the legendary swing coach and golf professional, has passed away. Butch Harmon was heavily influenced by Jacobs over the years. He are the thoughts of Mr. Harmon and a statement about Jacobs passing.
"John Jacobs was one of the most influential men in the game of golf. He and my father are the two most important men in my life. John was more than a golf professional. He had the greatest way of explaining the golf swing to all students. His demeanor and style is what I tried to imitate. More importantly, John taught us how to carry ourselves and how to act both on and off the golf course. John may be gone but he will forever live in my heart and mind."
John Jacobs (1925-2017) from European Tour statement article:
John Jacobs OBE, the founding father of the European Tour and a two-time Ryder Cup captain, has died at the age of 91.
Jacobs will be remembered for the huge influence he has had on European golf, as a player, an innovative coach and as a driving force behind the formation of the European Tour.
A former professional player of note, Jacobs played in The 1955 Ryder Cup in California, and was twice a Ryder Cup captain in 1979 and 1981 – significantly the first two events to feature a continental European Team.
His influence on other players was perhaps even more profound through his revered teaching, with his methods shaping the games of golfers across the globe through his coaching schools, best-selling books, videos and television series.
Jacobs revolutionised coaching, teaching golfer the fundamentals of the game through his innovative philosophies based on ball flight, club face alignment and swing path.