Jack Nicklaus Says He Is 'Not A Fan Of How The Game Is Taught Today'

Wednesday January 7th, 2015
ack Nicklaus speaks with Rickie Fowler of the United States on the first tee during the singles matches for the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.
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Nick Faldo has set the bar high in his debut radio show on SiriusXM's PGA Tour Radio. 

In the first episode of 'Nick Faldo Radio,' the six-time major winner interviewed three of golf's legends: Jack Nicklaus, Johnny Miller and Lee Trevino. Miller opened up about how his father started him off in golf at such a young age and what pushed him to be the best. Trevino outlined why he was always a chatterbox (He grew up in the service industry and worked for his tips. "I could sell a pair of 10D shoes to a guy who wore 13A.")

One highlight included Nicklaus discussing the future of the game and naming Rory McIlroy as the most promising of the newer generation of stars. Faldo asked if golf was trending back towards a "Big Six" era, and Nicklaus responded. 

“You know, I’m not a big fan of the way the game is taught today," Nicklaus said. "The game is taught too mechanical. A lot of other guys that I see, that are good players [and] make good scores, but they get hot for a short period of time and then they disappear for a while and I think that’s due to that they become very mechanical." 

"It’s not that I don’t like the teachers or anything, it’s just that’s the way they teach, they teach very upper body and I just don’t think that is the right way to play the game. I get the sense today that I see guys playing with their arms and their upper body and if the club just follows through that’s okay. And I don’t think you get good players that way."

If you missed the initial airing, the episode will re-air Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ET on SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio.

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