My Visit to The Butch Harmon Golf School

Don Callahan

Earlier this year I spent nine days at the Butch Harmon School of Golf in Rio Secco, Las Vegas.

This was my second visit to the school which is a great learning environment with high quality facilities, a great atmosphere and a policy of inclusiveness still rare in modern day golf.

All in all, the facility is a credit to Butch Harmon and his team.

For the majority of my time at the School, I was with Shawn Callahan and his father Don.

Shawn has worked with Butch Harmon since the School opened and has worked with many successful players including Darren Clarke and Mark Calcavecchia.

At present, Shawn is helping Chalie Hoffman to his most successful season on Tour.

Don Callahan was Head Professional at The Country Club, Brookline for 32 years and has had an unrivaled opportunity to observe the top players of his generation.

Ian with Don at The Butch Harmon Golf School

He is a remarkably knowledgeable and inquisitive student of golf technique and of the game in general.

Don and I spent hours debating the game and, in particular, the huge range of shot-making styles throughout the years.

We attampted to work out the  fundamentals of successful players from Seve Ballesteros to Tiger Woods (who, of course, was under Butch Harmon’s tutelage for seven years until 2003).

To find out more abut the Butch Harmon School, visit the website at www.butchharmon.com

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