MEMBER SUCCESS STORIES
“The swing path drill is fun and getting easier thank you for teaching me makes me excited to learn from you.” – Mark O.
“Flat out works and my best rounds have been with this swing. first shot at the range with the swing was a smooth 5 yard draw w 7 iron. Was a high 80s low 90s player for many years. I joined Jim’s Academy. Two rounds under 80 last year with one round of even par. Five birdies and five bogeys. It’s different, feels a bit odd at first, but that all goes away when you start striping fairways. and bonus is it’s very easy on the back.” – Student
“I wanted to reach out and express my gratitude for the incredible impact your YouTube videos have had on my golf game. Over the past three months, I’ve been an avid viewer, and at 58 years old, I’m thrilled to say that I’m in excellent shape and health.
Having played golf throughout my life, I always enjoyed the sport, but it wasn’t until I stumbled upon your videos that I truly grasped the essence of a proper swing. Your clear and insightful explanations have been instrumental in transforming my game. Thanks to your guidance, I’ve managed to improve significantly, reducing my handicap from 15 to an impressive 7.
I can’t thank you enough for sharing your expertise and knowledge with golf enthusiasts like me. Your videos have been a game-changer, and I’m looking forward to continuing my golf journey with your invaluable guidance.” – Victor
“Impact drill practice was going well a few days ago. Thought to myself, “Wish golf was this easy for every swing”. Then I had to laugh because I realized that’s the whole crux of your technique. 🙂 It really can be easy!–“ – Student
“I just had a great experience I wanted to share with you. Don’t know if this is a common occurrence with amateurs, but in the past I’ve felt like I took beautiful practice swings. So I always tried telling myself, “Just swing at the ball like your practice swing!” But more often than not I would swing faster and harder with a ball in front of me. It’s almost as if I went unconscious during the swing and something else took over. Well I joined your academy recently and have had some wonderful success, but my results have been inconsistent and erratic. And while I understand intellectually the importance of stillness in the swing you teach, I’m only now understanding that knowing the path and walking the path can be two very different things! I was at the range earlier today and was making a Herculean effort to keep my weight firmly on my lead foot, moving NOTHING but my arms and club. Simultaneously, I relaxed my arms and hands (especially on my trail side) and made myself slow down on the way back and just trusted in the club’s ability to do the work that I was always trying to do in the past by swinging fast and hard. The results were amazing! It felt so powerful, but at the same time so effortless. It seems to defy logic Jim! I really think that telling yourself to stay still, and actually staying still can be two different things. I learned today that while laser focus is essential, trusting in the club and in the swing is equally important, at least for me. In the past I’ve always been guilty of trying to hit the golf ball instead of just swinging the golf club. The decades of physical and mental conditioning with the traditional swing is not something that can be broken overnight. But earlier today I took a huge step in that direction. Today my few misses hooked to the left, but I was able to fix that by keeping my shoulders closed through impact. Today was a good day at the range, and for that I thank you Jim.😀“ – Jeff K
“You were absolutely correct if I stay still and let everything else react to the deep closed setup, it just happens and I hit a good solid draw! To be honest it’s so simple, it kind of freaks me out, the distance is amazing with how little bit of effort I put in!“ – Jeffrey
“I played well this weekend. I shot 75 from the blue tees (6600 yards) on Friday. Playing the blue tees on Saturday, I shot 71 while hitting 12 fairways and 15 greens. My average tee shot was 267 yards. The combination of solid strikes and increased accuracy from the tee likely contributed to this landmark score. On Sunday, I shot 68 from the gold tees (5600 yards). I have now shot under par scores on 4 of the 5 tee boxes at our course this year (I have not done so on the back tees at 7000 yards). My handicap index is now at 2.6 down from the 11 I had when we started this journey. Thank you!“ – Frank S.
“I played well this weekend. I shot 75 from the blue tees (6600 yards) on Friday. Playing the blue tees on Saturday, I shot 71 while hitting 12 fairways and 15 greens. My average tee shot was 267 yards. The combination of solid strikes and increased accuracy from the tee likely contributed to this landmark score. On Sunday, I shot 68 from the gold tees (5600 yards). I have now shot under par scores on 4 of the 5 tee boxes at our course this year (I have not done so on the back tees at 7000 yards). My handicap index is now at 2.6 down from the 11 I had when we started this journey. Thank you!“ – Student
“I had friends in town for an outing. It was best ball, so we kept our own scores. I have to say I almost gave up a few times over the past month. I was being too hard on myself at the range and was getting very frustrated. I assumed it would be worse on the course. I shot a 78 today, the lowest round of my life, and played the entire round with one golf ball. Putting for birdie all day. Cheers to you. About to enjoy a nice cocktail. Thank you!!!!!!” – Jim
“Just so you know, it has been years since I could go to a range and hit more nice shots than shanks. There were many times I just walked off the range; I shanked it so much. This is after playing pretty well until about six years ago. You know the story: get older, lose distance, start changing everything trying to find the distance, then you look up and you can’t hit a golf ball anymore. The feeling of shot after shot coming off the middle of the clubface in my last few practice sessions is really nice, and so encouraging. And if a few don’t come off right, it’s immediately 2 or 3 swing path-type swings, and I can get it back. Don’t worry, I have no misgivings that I own it yet, but I really appreciate your guidance and will continue to follow the process.” – Jim
“You should have a new swing path to impact drill video from me. Getting better each round. It’s nice to be able to start playing golf rather than just the mechanics. Thanks for your help.” – Larry
“Like many, I stumbled on your site and thought, WTF? Then I listened and watched and tried to follow what you spoke about and really learned a great deal about golf, myself, and how things should work. Unlike many, I was a teaching pro in the past. Full-on PGA mode and always ran into barriers with people. My frustration led me away from the business. I realize now that I was not teaching the real fundamentals but rather the design fundamentals. No more. The biggest help to my game was the realization that it does not have to be orthodox to be consistent and that putting and the golf swing are two different sides of the body. Mind-blowing and yet so simple. Thank you for what you do, and stay still!” – Frank
“It’s my 64th today. Over the weekend, I won my first tournament in years. I shot a 72 on Saturday and 77 Sunday. Never felt so comfortable under pressure- just thinking stillness and weight on the front.” – Frank
“Hi Jim, I hit a perfect tight 1-yard draw with a 9 iron and holed out for an eagle today. I’ve never had an eagle before and also never holed out from that distance before either!” – Curtis
“I dropped my handicap index from 11 to 4.5 last year and hope to reach 2.0 this year. Looking forward to your aid in that quest. Have a great week and I look forward to getting your feedback on my next video.“ – Glenn
“Jim, a couple of years ago, you were kind enough to give me a very fast reply to my email questions. At that time, I mentioned to you that I had part of my left foot blown off as a young US Marine. Well, not too much longer after, I was found to have a tumor in my lower spine. Now the good news, I just received the OK to start playing golf again from my doctors a couple of months ago as long as I swing slow, and I went right back to learning your swing. Slowly but surely, I’m starting to “stripe” the ball consistently – Thank you so much for giving me back my golfing life. My goal now is to get back to a single-digit player.“ – John
“Hi Jim, I’m an 81-year-old golfer and have been playing since I turned 65. It has now been a year since I started using your system. What a transformation! Last week I shot my lowest round ever for nine holes. A wonderful 38. Three over par. Thanks, Jim.”
“Hi Jim, I played the same course today that I wrote to you about last week. Apparently, my score of 38 for nine was not a fluke! I shot another 38 today. In fact, I missed three putts that should have been made. Missed each one by 3 or 4 mm. Golf is so much more fun using your system.” – Tom
“I really enjoy the confidence I’m building with your approach. The ability now to figure out myself what I did right or wrong during the swing and then make the necessary adjustments it’s immediate because I have three simple elements to focus on: stillness (weight on my left side), shoulder closed at 45°, hands light and relaxed.” – Serge
“This swing changed my life! Yesterday was the most satisfying day of golf in my life, and I didn’t even keep score. I just wanted to hit some solid irons since this was the first time using this swing, and I did that and some!”
“Jim, I cannot lie. I am beside myself for what you’ve done for my game. Thanks and bless your endeavors.“ – Leonard
“I simply wanted to tell you how great the new content is. “Arms dissolve” is an awesome concept. Also, the “release” discussion was so helpful. I broke par for nine holes for the first time ever yesterday“ – Dave
“I have been following Jim for six months. My game fell apart two years ago, having spent £500 on traditional lessons. My handicap rose eight shots in that period. I’m now playing the best golf of my life. I’ve dropped three shots in the last summer qualifier. I’ve won 3 winter non-qualifiers. I’m looking forward to spring when the competitions start again. Jim is a genius. I am enjoying golf again, thanks to him!“ – Neville H
“I am 71. Short story, my QL muscle pulls when using a standard swing. While in PT and resting for 6 months in Michigan, I went to the range and pulled a muscle again. Found out I have Ankylosis Spondylitis, arthritis of the spine, so I cannot swing the usual way. I found your website, and after 2 ‘practice ‘rounds using your swing….. my back held up just fine, and I’m striking the ball better than ever. SO EASY! I wish I could shake your hand!“ – Jim S
“Jim, thank you so much for all you have done for me and my golf game. 2 years ago, when I began the weight forward swing, I was a 20-handicap player. I went to 10, and this past year of 2021, I am now 6 handicap. That improvement is all thanks to you. Much appreciative of the info sent, and I look forward to using this to improve even more“ – Ralph B
“I’m 67 and play off 5 handicap, and I recently noticed that my timing of the strike was starting to wonder! I want to continue playing golf as I love it and didn’t want to pack it in, so I started to do your system a couple of months ago, and while it does take time to get used to, I would tell your viewers to stick at it because it proved to me that it DOES work. It takes all the variables out and gives you a more stable and constant swing and actually a more pleasant enjoyment of the game. Thank you very much for your content.“ – John D
“It’s been quite a while since I last contacted you, but I thought I would give you an update on my state of play.
Before I joined the JVGA, I was seriously thinking about giving up golf. I struggled to break 90, and I sliced, pulled chunked, and thinned shots throughout the round.
I will be 71 y.o next month and now play the best golf of my life. I
play at Pegasus golf club in Canterbury, New Zealand, which is a
championship course that has 11 holes with water hazards and both the fairways and greens are well bunkered, which requires accuracy both off the tee and into the greens.
After turning seventy last year, I changed to a 9 hole membership as I
found playing 18 holes left me with little energy afterward. I could
have started using a golf buggy, but I enjoy the exercise of walking
around the course. I now play 9 holes 5 times per week and score between 37 and 41 for 9 holes (par36) and have actually scored par 36 on one occasion. I followed your advice and now play off the forward tees, which measure 2755 yds and 2860 yds for the front and back 9’s. I still watch all your videos, and all I need to do to play well is:
1. Ensure I have at least 80% of my weight on my front foot and keep it there.
2. Don’t try to hit at the ball but just let the club drop down while I remain in a closed position. In fact, to make sure I stay closed, I pull back my right foot so that my right toe is level with my left heel and then pivot onto my left leg.
Thanks to your instruction and guidance, I really enjoy playing golf and still get a great feeling every time I hit a high draw shot.” – George H
“Pardon me saying this – This gentleman is trying to save the golf industry worldwide. The more the golfing population can play better golf, the more willingly they continue to play. Mr. Venetos’s unique swing teaching method is much less complicated than the conventional method. I just need to understand the swing concept with more discipline and diligent practice in both long and short game. But as feedback by the JV Academy students, the results are plain to see and feel. And if any officer holder at US PGA is watching this, Mr. Jim Venetos should be seriously considered for the Teach of the Year Award.” – CK Lam
“I have admired your delivery and teachings for a while now. Your articulation in sharing your golf swing mechanics (not complicated but rather simple) is a dream come true for many struggling golfers. If they just give it a try. In the range/school where I volunteer, there are about 40 or more hitting mats. Almost all try to check their swing, lag, impact position, weight shift, etc. I dabble in teaching golf and volunteer at The First Tee of the Triangle. The misconception among many is that there is a perfect swing. If there were one, then we all would all have it. But there is no such a swing. What we are all seeking is consistency. Your golf teaching comes close to such a swing by minimizing many of the variables during the golf swing. You have taken the mystery out of the golf swing with articulation and convocation. You do not teach the swing “du jour,” and the promise of untold 300-yard drives as many golf teachers may do. What you are offering is more “CONSISTENCY,” the magic word in the golf world.” – Reda K.
“Jim Jim Jim, I don’t even know where to start, but let’s start with a big thanks! Man, this is incredible. I applied your method at my practice session, and the light switch went on. My ball-striking became so pure with my irons I couldn’t believe my eyes, the ball flight the dispersion was truly amazing. I’ve never seen anyone promote this as you do. It started working right away, with barely any effort, too—still, I struggle a little with the driver, fairway woods, and hybrids. I hope to see a video from you in the future on this, just to grasp it a little better. I think I’m over swinging a bit instead of letting those clubs do their thing independently. I will continue this method as long as I play golf, for it’s the only way now, no looking back anymore. I’ve found it thanks to you, and thanks for saving my back and my body. I was always sore with other swing methods after practicing or after a golf round, which has changed my life. Cheers man!” – Jamie R.
“Hi Jim. First, I want to say I’m loving your hitting technique. This is the first time playing golf, that I’m not burdened with a multitude of swing thoughts. My only thought is to stay still after getting my weight to my left side. I’m a long way from mastering the technique but really starting to feel comfortable with my swing. My game has become so much more predictable. I normally play nine holes two or three times per week, and my last three rounds have been 41, 41, and another 41. Pretty sure I can eliminate some silly mistakes and get into the upper 30’s soon. That is my goal for this summer. I wish I had found you when I first started playing 15 years ago when I was 65. My frustration level would have been a lot lower. You have made me a happy golfer! Thanks again.” – Tom R.
“I’m sure you get this a lot, but a big reason I was drawn to your technique was your demeanor and laid back attitude. I’m definitely not a “golfer” by traditional standards, and I couldn’t watch another uptight video from some guy in the latest golf attire selling brands more than technique.” – Jay
“The Jim Venetos Golf Method is the most effective technique there is. In the short time I’ve studied Jim’s method, I now understand my swing, have dropped my handicap from a 14 to a 6.3 and have more fun playing golf!” – Noel | Age 56
“I hit a bucket of balls today. I closed my setup more as you suggested, and it helped a ton! Not one banana ball! I can’t thank you enough for making the game fun again!” – Mike M
“Yep, this swing is for us, said a formerly skeptical 64 yr old kinda fat, stiff, arthritic guy with a left hip replacement. In a little over a month, I’ve gained a lot of calm and confidence over the ball. I know where it’s probably going to go now; things are simpler, I hit better, more consistent shots, AND I hit the ball about 15 to 20 yards farther with all my clubs with less effort. Most importantly, my short game has really improved as well. The Bio-mechanics of this swing are logical and easy to prove to yourself. Jim’s well ordered and explained online classes and direct personalized video interaction are a huge help in getting this technique dialed in quickly. I highly recommend Jim and his Golf Academy classes. There are important details in his Academy curriculum you won’t find elsewhere. Try it free for a week, you can’t lose. I’m psyched about playing golf again… after 50 years of not so great golf, I’m playing better than I ever thought I could. I’m shaving strokes fast and having a lot more fun playing shots from the nice grass in the fairway!” – TK Riley
“I can’t thank you enough for the Jim Venetos Golf Academy. Recently, at the age of 71, I shot 72, which is my best score on my home course. I fully expect to shoot my age this season. My only regret is that I didn’t know you 25 years ago.” – Bob | Age 72
“Thanks Jim! You’ve really changed my golf pursuit and I can’t wait to keep going with this.” – Kevin | Age 50
“This swing is amazing! I love having the confidence when I stand over the ball that I’m going to hit a good shot. Looking forward to working on the short game and learning how to get up and down!” – Ryan
“Played my first round today with my new swing, shot 84, my best score ever after only 3 days of learning your swing. Every aspect of my game was consistent. I’m coming up on my first year of golf and it feels like I learned more from your program in a couple days than I have in the previous 12 months.” – Syd | Age 46
“THANK GOD I found your website. I have been a member of rotary swing.com for the last 2 years and I have progressed more in the short period that I have been a member of your site. I have a really good feeling about this swing, and in my instructor.” – Dave | Age 46
“This methodology has resurrected my entire golf game. My game from tee to green has changed significantly…I’m 25 yards further off the tee, my approach is on target and my chipping is tap in close. The Jim Venetos methodology is no B.S.” – JJ | Age 63
“Just competed in the Senior Club Championship in the 60-69 age group. I shot 87,85 to win my group and ended up winning overall net. I was a 24 handicap & I’m now a 16. Since recommitting to Jim’s technique I have dropped 8 strokes in a little less than 2 months. If anyone starts to have doubts, stick with it. It works.“ – George | Age 69
“I have been playing golf for 38 years and score in the mid 70s…Wow, everything was a draw! But the most astounding thing I noticed, and so did the guy in the next stall…was how loud the contact was with my irons.“ – Rick | Age 58
“I want to let you know that my driver distance and accuracy has improved quite a bit. I also am very happy with the way I am striking my irons they are definitely flying further with a nice 3 yard draw, one hop and stop. I am enjoying the game so much more with my new swing and I can’t wait to go practice and play. Thank You!“ – James | Age 68
“With your swing I know that if I stay still on my left side, the shot I plan will be the shot I hit. Thank you, it’s a different game, feels almost like cheating.“ – Kelvin
“Understanding stillness has revolutionized my game. My classic drives were 190-210 metres with a frequent push slice. Under this method I never push slice (ever) and produce lovely 240-250 metre draw shots (or fades if I choose). My game has radically changed for the better. I feel privileged to be under your tutelage Jim.“ – Rob S
“Played 15 years on and off….Strange thing is(with the traditional swing), every time I had a lesson I played worse!! Now I wonder why that is? JV system works, end of story…“ – David H
“It was easy to buy into Jim’s logic, and after practicing setup and swing in my garage, I took it out to the range. I started with wedges and short irons and loved the results. i had to see if it worked for hybrids and woods and I was blown away. I’m looking forward to takin git to the course!“ – Alvin W
“If you’re not left in awe after following Jim’s training, golf is not the sport for you!“
“Your technique has brought me from a 12 to a 5.8 handicap and I know it’s not a fluke.” – Lamont T
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