I was familiar with Mike McTeigue’s teaching because I had read his 1985 book The Keys to an Effortless Swing during the time I was the Senior Instruction Editor at GOLF Magazine. It was a groundbreaking book in many ways and had caught my attention.
The first time I actually met Mike McTeigue was when I had flown out from New York to his home base in Silicon Valley to work on an article with him for Golf Magazine. I knew Mike was a very smart guy based on the conversations we had already had and the information we had exchanged about an idea he had brought to us that we were considering turning into a cover story.
I drove from the San Francisco airport to Mike’s office in Sunnyvale and as I pulled into the parking lot, there were four geeky looking men in the parking lot driving a remote controlled mini-vehicle over a pile of rocks off to the side of the driveway. I stopped and asked them what they were doing. The response: “We’re testing some new wheels for the Mars Rover.” Mike hadn’t told me his offices were located inside a NASA test center. At that point I knew this wasn’t going to be a typical golf instruction article, and it wasn’t.
We spent the day together and it was literally and figuratively as close to rocket science as I ever got writing golf instruction. It was clear that Mike was thinking about the swing and game at a much higher level than most of us in the industry. The result of that trip was one of the most interesting full swing articles GOLF Magazine ever had the pleasure of publishing and it actually turned into a series of articles that ran for several months after the cover story because we couldn’t fit it all into a single story.
That Golf Magazine series was published nearly two decades ago, so after all this time, I was very excited to see what Mike had put together for his latest golf book. Once again, his ability to break down, examine, and reassemble any complexity in the game is on full display in Bulletproof Putting.
In this beautifully illustrated volume, he has blended a deep understanding of statistical analysis, the art and science of reading greens, the biomechanics for creating a repeating stroke, the mindset of great putters and the keys to efficient practice into an easy to understand package.
I can’t wait to see what his next project will be, but Mike, please don’t wait another 30 years!
President, Proponent Group