2018 Year in Review for James Ridyard and John Graham
It's been awhile since we have added a post to this blog and I thought it appropriate to take some time and fill in the community with what we've been doing and accomplished in 2018. As we have always said, the information we provide in video download form and at our workshops is the information we use in our teaching with every level of player. This information is applicable to the club level player and the elite level player as it directly relates to their skill development. Yes, technique is a part of skill development as much as training practices to challenge their current skill position.
This year saw some exciting new endeavors and accomplishments. Probably the biggest one is the roll-out of James' Wedge Matrix Teacher Accreditation program (https://wedgematrix.com). This program is designed not just to certify instructors and send them on their way but to be involved in their teaching and guide through continuing education on the subject of wedge play. So far, 3 different meetings have occurred. One in the UK, on in Spain and the other in the USA. There is another day scheduled on Friday, January 25th in Orlando, Florida for those professionals attending the US PGA Merchandise Show. Information and Registration for this opportunity can be found here.
James has also been doing some extensive research and work in the area of chipping yips. This research has helped James get a clearer picture of the underlying causes behind the chipping issues most often afflicting golfers. I've had the pleasure of watching James work with players that have the yips and to see him go through a fairly methodical approach is fascinating as he pinpoints the issue(s) to be addressed. So far, he is experiencing a 100% success rate in helping players with the yips. So, if you have them or know someone who does, it would be well worth your time to get in touch with him.
Lastly, James has been working with some players on the European Tour and US PGA Tour. He has been doing both full swing and wedge work with his players and has seen 3 wins happen to students of his this year. Congratulations James to you and your players. I hope to see him in the States more often as his stock rises and he's sought out by even higher profile players including major winners.
John has spent the majority of this year working with players on the US PGA Tour and some time on the LPGA Tour again. In an effort to generate some peace and refocus, John has backed away from his social media profile quite a bit as he needed to spend some directed time with his children. As things start to quiet down, he plans to re-engage on social media and put his website back up. One of the reasons James and I have remained good friends is our mutual understanding of the importance of family and that it comes first. I needed some time and James has been very accommodating and accepting of my break.
John's stock is also on the rise as a putting coach on the US PGA Tour as some players joined the ranks and additional coaches brought him in to do assessments and offer advice on their clients. The year ended up a bang as one of the players he works with broke an 11 year win drought on the PGA Tour. It was a week when all the cylinders were firing and his putting was able to fully support his superb ball striking.
I hope you enjoyed this year in review and appreciate the changes to the website. Our partnership in Short Game Secrets started with a text and has grown into the highest grossing self created and produced video series on the short game in golf. We appreciate all the support and will update you with future plans for seminars, workshops and new content coming 2019.