RUSS ULLRICH

“I just wanted to drop a quick line to thank you for taking the time on Sunday afternoon to work with Reece “Glide-well” Barthel and [myself].  I’m sure there are plenty of things you all could have done with your time that afternoon, but instead you chose to come and once again help us out. As much as the rest of the 3 proceeding days were fantastic, the opportunity on Sunday made the whole experience that much more unforgettable.

I have always considered myself to be a student of the game, and being the coach of my team, a teacher as well. So I know that learning proper swing mechanics and/ or changing things can often be a frustrating process, for the student and the teacher. Like Rusty said, when you have repeated the same mistake over a million swings, fixing the mistakes is going to feel “weird”, and take some time.

But what struck me in working with you is the commitment you both show to ensuring that guys get it right. It would have been easy to look at me the first day, when I clearly was struggling and “just wasn’t getting it”, and get frustrated and give up and just let me go on making the same mistakes. But you didn’t. You stayed on me, and pushed me until I got it, or at least understood enough to know when I wasn’t getting it straight. The improvement when it finally sunk in was almost immediate and it showed in my performance in the following days. And it isn’t like I was the only one to benefit from your perseverance either. So again, thanks for having the patience to keep on all of us.

Granted, I still have a lot to work on, but I learned more from the two of you in four days than in my previous 10 years combined, and I can’t wait to keep at it. Be it hitting mechanics or middle/ backside hitting approaches like Rusty talked about, or coaching philosophy Bobby shared with me, I can’t wait to pass it onto my teammates as well.

So once again, thanks again for the unforgettable time, and for all your help, and especially for spending your time with us on Sunday. Can’t wait for next year! Good luck with the season!”