JIM FURYK: Well, strange, I don't talk about my swing anymore. It used to be all I talked about (laughter). I'm off guard. I used to be able to just push play and the words would just come back. I could zone out for about ten minutes in an interview, but I've lost that knack (laughter).
I'm fortunate that I used my dad as my teacher for most of my career, and he might not be the best teacher in the world, he might not be the most intelligent person in the world, but he recognised early that I wasn't very mechanically oriented in anything. What worked for me the best was teaching and playing by feel. And so he had to teach me in a little bit of a unique way, and I think people need to learn that most people recognise the fact that my swing looks different, obviously. Some people don't recognise that I'm pretty much in the same positions as everyone else; I just get there a different way.
Now, my swing to me feels conventional. I don't feel the loop. I feel straight back and straight through. I know where I'm at in my swing by feel, and it feels like everyone else's.
I always liken it to a great teacher would be a man like Harvey Penick, who's someone I never met, but he taught both Ben Crenshaw and Tom Kite to play. What's amazing is those two people, even though they're close friends, could not be farther in the spectrum between playing by feel and playing mechanically in their swing. Yet he was able to teach both of those players in their own way.
I think the lesson is probably to find someone that you're comfortable with as a teacher that you can relate to and that you can understand and they can teach you and help you out. In my opinion, a good teacher doesn't take everyone and try to make them do the same thing. They can relate and they can change and they can adapt to different pupils and teach each pupil in a different way. Harvey Penick was able to do that even though I never had a lesson or never met the man. But I always find it a lesson what he was able to accomplish with those two players that were so different.
JOEL SCHUCHMANN: Jim Furyk, thank you.
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