Several years ago Golf Illustrated ranked Percy Boomer as golf’s most influential teacher of all time. The list was rather illustrious as number two was Ben Hogan followed by teaching greats such as Ernest Jones, Bob Toski, and John Jacobs, just to mention a few.
Having spent over 35 years studying and reading thousands of golf instruction books and teaching philosophies I find this selection well warranted and proudly consider myself an adamant disciple and expert of Percy Boomers golf swing teaching philosophy. Mr. Boomer was born in the Isle of Jersey in Great Britain, wrote his only golf instruction book; On Learning Golf in 1942, and was published in the United States in 1946.
The importance of Boomer’s instruction laid the foundation for how golf professionals as well as recreational golfers can study books and videos that have been produced over the past few decades on the most efficient way to swing the golf club. What is remarkable, Percy Boomers instructional wisdom blossomed without the use of modern day technology that is used today to study the golf swing. The reason for this excellence is that Boomer focused his instruction on what he felt, his students felt, and what Aubrey Boomer his brother felt during the golf swing. Aubrey Boomer was a great golfer finishing second to Bobby Jones in the British Open, and nicknamed the boy who shot 61.
Percy centered his teaching on the feeling of producing what he called a centrifugal swing, much the same movements felt by a track and field hammer throw contestant. Boomers swing movement focused on the feeling of how a rotary body movement could produce effortless power. He focused on the inner force felt in his hips, core, and shoulders as his feet and legs stabilized the gyroscopic effect. Boomer compared the golf swing to “the drawing of arcs with a pair of compasses. The reason that we cannot be so precise in our stroking as the compass can, are that we are supported on two legs instead of one and we are full of flexions and joints.” I really enjoy hearing the great PGA Tour Professional, Paul Azinger, referring to Percy Boomers brilliance during British Open telecasts stating “the power at golf- the gasoline is represented by the nails in our shoes”, how the power is applied through the hips which Boomer referred to as a clutch in a car, and that “the hands we can compare with spark plugs – get them operating too soon or too late in the cycle of operations and your swing backfires!
When reading Percy Boomers; On Learning Golf, be prepared for genius like no other golf instructor has written. The book is deeply filled with content, and after reading Boomer over 500 times and having committed it to memory, the answers to the modern day golf swing are within. Any questions on Boomer please ask