As a junior golfer, Rick Fehr won the Washington State Junior and PGA Junior Championship. He attended Brigham Young University and was a two-time All-American. He also won numerous tournaments as an amateur, including the 1982 Western Amateur. He was the low amateur at both the Masters Tournament and the U.S. Open in 1984. Rick turned professional in 1984 and joined the PGA Tour in 1985. Fehr won two PGA Tour events: the 1986 B.C. Open and the 1994 Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic. He finished runner-up in a PGA Tour event (2nd or T-2) nine times and had 41 top-10 finishes. His best finish in a major championship was a T-9 at the 1985 U.S. Open. Fehr now is a golf coach at The Golf Club at Newcastle near Bellevue, Washington.
Rick attributes his linear progression throughout his career to the lack of interference from too much information or competing ideas. He explains that during his early years, the game was simple for him. He grew up on a golf course with various challenges, such as hilly terrain, trees, and slope greens. Without a driving range, he played a lot of golf, which allowed him to develop adaptability and improvisation skills. He learned how to navigate different situations and became comfortable with the challenges presented on the course.
Rick's decision to change his swing and work with a new coach as a pro turned out to be a long and arduous process. He worked hard and eventually achieved a swing that looked good, but he had no idea how to hit the ball effectively. This change in his swing affected his performance as a ball striker, and he admits that he was not as good as he was when he was younger. This experience taught Rick a valuable lesson about making changes with good players. He emphasizes the need for a strong reason to make changes and the importance of careful consideration. He cautions against making changes without fully understanding the potential consequences and impact on performance.
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