Posted by William on November 6, 2016 in Count Yogi
that’s a bit unfair. jh. the dude is obviously scared your going to make
some sort of money out of this. but your just showing how great the count
was. i don’t get it. ?
+Lea Pustetto Hi Lea, I don’t know that its Tim Nicholls that is worried so
much as the people he has as certified instructors, Tim seems a decent sort
of a person and the tone of his email certainly didn’t reflect how I
thought he was, I just think he got stampeded by people in his teaching
group that didn’t take the time or effort to see what I was doing was in
fact a significant benefit to them because I was highlighting the Counts
Never mind, its a pity for sure that Yogi mechanics will get no more
exposure from me because I genuinely love his swing and his story.
I actually told the guy that I never intended to do anything commercially
with Yogi mechanics because of my normal teaching roster of people from all
around the world that I deliberately capped 2 years ago because it was so
numbers demanding on my available time, I could have a 1000 people as a
regular clientele if I wanted it , every student I have has come to me way
of recommendation, I have never solicited a lesson ever so I don’t need nor
intended to do anything with Yogi commercially.
Makes me angry JH. You did not deserve that.
+michael jirgensons Thanks for the support Michael, as I said I dont think
it was Tim Nicholls so much as people within his teaching staff, it is a
pity all round for sure, Yogi deserves to be shared by as many people who
are interested as I see it.
JH….sorry t hear this. I had never knew anything about Count Yogi and was
fascinated after hearing you talk about him. It started a conversation with
my friends who had also never heard of him. Trying to find more information
on him I went to the Internet which has very little. You showed more about
his swing than anything I had found. If those folks would really like to
make some money they should take a page from the Graves brothers. They are
both muti millionaires now. Moe Norman is promoted by many people including
you and the more he is promoted the more interest and the more money the
Graves boys make. To bad the Yogi folks don’t use them as for a model for
their business. Keep up the good work, I learn something with each video.
+Lee N Hi Lee, I would have thought the Yogi people would have embraced
‘all’ the promotion they can get from ‘anyone’ about the Count, frankly I
think maybe Tim Nicholls after seeing my video which I sent to him
personally will probably agree with your assessment of the situation and
want me to keep talking about the great man and his swing mechanics, maybe
the ‘Count ‘will ‘Rise’ again, lets wait and see.
Hi JH – I don’t think Count Yogi would be impressed if he were alive today.
From what I’ve heard he was a very generous man and wanted to give golf to
the world. It’s so sad but hopefully you can promote your own swing and
call it ‘Count Hensby’. That wouldn’t break any trademark description.
+P SMITH Hi Keith,
‘Count Hensby’ … now there is a name I would love to have on my business
cards etc..lol…..I think as I said to Lee below the Yogi people will come
around and understand its just crazy to want to kill ‘any’ exposure they
can get for their own teaching schools, I am on their side , I am not in
competition with them, ok I may be explaining by way of my own assessment
of the Count’s swing mechanics a different explanation than that of what
they see and want to teach in his swing.
I can understand that aspect for sure, however the advantage as I see it is
they can use my lack of inside information and and say to people that what
I am extolling is only ‘part’ of the ‘real’ story of the Count’s mechanics
and mental approach and that by going to their schools ‘everything’ will be
revealed, that’s what I would say if I were the Yogi people.
cheers JH .
+1atomicgolf Did you know that they are using your letters to promote the
Count Yogi Swing ? Have a look at their website (
countyogigolf.com/index.html) and scroll to the bottom.
This really sucks! What we have here is a classic case of greed and
paranoia. Count Yogi was a great golfer, an original talent, and a man who
wanted the world to learn from him. Tragically, his decendants are only
interested in cashing in and making money. One glance at Amazon easily
confirms this – they are massively overcharging for the Count’s books,
which in my opinion is exactly what the Count would NOT have wanted. With
his legacy in the hands of these greedy morons, Count Yogi will be
completely forgotten, and that’s extremely sad. You tried to revive his
memory JH, and that’s to your credit. Shame on the small minded, money
grabbing cretins who ruined your good work.
+Terry Jenkins Hi Terry, Thanks for the vote of support.. but in defence of
Tim Nicholls who owns Yogi Golf and is the Count’s Godson I think he only
acted in response to some pressure he got from his teaching people, as I
understand all the guys associated with Yogi Golf are good guys, I just
think they didn’t take the time to evaluate what I was doing with Count
Yogi and his story etc, ok I clearly don’t know the intricacies of the
Counts swing or his mindset and the fact that I was extolling ‘my’ opinion
of Yogi mechanics etc it may have been thought of by the Yogi teachers that
in some way Yogi’s true mechanics understanding may have been corrupted in
I think that could be the issue the guys had, as I said I believe the Yogi
guys just over reacted to the modicum of promotion Yogi was getting from my
channel and our very ‘small/select’ group of enthusiasts, as a group heck
we are probably the smallest on the internet, but that’s why I like the way
we go about our quest for things different in the Golf Swing, and because
we are such a small group I don’t understand how what happens on our
channel could be a problem.
yeah its a shame , but the more people that talk about his swing and show
his swing the better everyone will be. they`ll be enjoying golf . ha
+Lea Pustetto Hi Lea,
I think the storm will blow over, I have contacted Tim Nicholls today after
he had apologised for the demand to stop doing stuff Yogi, he is such a
passionate guy about all things Yogi that I am sure he will see after
reflection that I will never be detrimental to Count Yogi’s story or his
i always thought something stupid and disrespect for a enthusiastic and
great work with no financial profit like you did mostly happens in my region
some people think everybody else is acting like they do
its only jelosity
keep up with your precios work
i love it
grets to do from austria
+connery88 Hi Connery,
Thanks for the support… I really believe the whole thing was just a
mistake caused by an over reaction by a few people, I think reality will
prevail and Yogi will ‘live again’ on our channel’
great to hear. common sense prevails. cheers buddy. go the count.
ohhh man your so generous and realaty open thinking guy
your aussis must be different
hope to visit your country
+connery88 Hi Markus,
If people take the time to look at my videos after finding them which is
not easy because I don’t promote them …the least I can do is respond to
any queries they may have, Australia is a great country … probably the
best in the world for playing Golf, where I live you can play 365 days a
year if you want.
Stupid, short-sighted move on their part. Their loss JH- soldier on.
+Pat Ryan Hi Pat,
I think they will come to their senses and conclude they were over reacting
in doing what they did, I hope so at least because Yogi is a fascinating
study of Golf Swing mechanics.
JH as a count yogi golfer here in hawaii I enjoyed your take on the count’s
swing. I have emailed Tim with questions about the count and his swing and
he answered all of them, a really nice guy. I agree with you that maybe his
instructors were having a problem. I still enjoy all of your lessons and
hopefully you can get back to the count one day. Aloha
+ronbo Hi Ronbo, The Yogi guys and I have cleared everything up and all is
well with the “count’ again, really it was all an over reaction from people
( and myself frankly) just trying to protect Yogi’s swing story and make
sure it didn’t get diluted or represented in a manner that was not as
informed as it really should be, and I can understand that concern.
However the Yogi guys now know I have nothing but the best interests of all
that is ‘Yogi’ at heart, Tim is comfortable that I will always present
anything Yogi in a purely ‘overview’ manner, the ‘total’ aspect of Yogi
mechanics should always be sourced from Tim Nichols and his appointed
Hey we are ‘all’ of the same persuasion when it comes to getting the ‘Yogi’
story as much publicity as we can, but to get the real ‘DNA’ of his
mechanics you need to talk with the Yogi official instructor group, I only
ever present a ‘surface’ story … the real information lies with Tim
Nicholls and his guys and should be sourced from them accordingly.
So I will be on occasions doing some ‘overview’ stuff on Yogi again, man
you live in a great part of the world there in Hawaii.
No one owns Count Yogi, so don’t let anyone threaten you with copyright
infringement, just call it by another name iif you are worried, and carry
on giving the sound advice you do. Perhaps you don’t know what Yogi’s
infallible mental set-up was, but I suspect no one else does either. The
important thing is that he was not a charlatan and that his method works,
nothing else matters. It is shame almost no one has ever heard of him, but
there was a time when Moe Norman was pretty much unknown too. What’s
interesting is that they believed completely in what they were doing, yet
are at completely opposite ends of the spectrum in their approach and
method. But before people come to believe in Yogi, it is important that all
the claims made about his record-breaking are backed up by evidence.
Otherwise it is just talk.
I’m glad you’ve sorted it out with the Yogi ‘authorities’!
Two things: firstly, many thanks for your putting advice about setting up
using the dominant eye. It makes a huge difference, although I never know
if the putt is left to right or right to left (or even straight), but once
I am staring at the hole with my dominant eye my body sets up automatically
on the right line. No more plumb bobbing or keeping my eye on the third
blade of golf on the left to hit over!
Secondly: if you (JH) hit the ball further following Yogi’s method or
letting your right elbow fly, why don’t you stick with that, rather than
return to your ‘normal’ swing? The Yogi method (or whatever one wants to
call it) does take one’s mind off the components of the swing, so that one
doesn’t quite know what’s happened, other than the ball flying long and
straight. Is this because placing the right foot actually starts the swing
(or the rhythm), a bit like waggling used to? (one, two three, bang…)
ps I am planning to write a piece on Yogi for Golf Monthly, an intelligent
‘literary’ golf mag in the UK edited by a financial journo called Tim
Dickson who was last year’s Captain of Royal Wimbledon which celebrated 150
years. Worth looking at, and also writing for (I got a case of decent Argie
red for a piece I wrote on a Scottish amateur golfer called Jim Miller, who
stuffed Johnny Miller twice in two days when visited Scotland with the
Brigham Young Uni team in c 1969). Jim was club champ at Brora ( home of
the James Braid Society) 25 times before he was 50 but never played
international golf because of the distances before bridges were built
connected the north of Scotland with ‘civilisation.’
+michael estorick Hi Michael,
I’m glad the dominant eye process works for you, ‘reading’ putts is a
‘whole’ new area, its an area that I have not done really any work on , I
never spoke to Moe Norman about putting because he didn’t like putting.
I go back to my own swing most times because its a no brainer relative to
setup and tempo because I have hit so many balls with that swing, and
because it works pretty well , the distance thing I find I can increase
with driver spec set up and ball selection rather than having to change my
swing as such.
All the swing changes I advocate are for players that don’t have a reliable
swing , my swing is a ‘repeater’ so I really don’t need to change it , I do
all the time ‘tweak’ it with additional bits of the stuff I talk about but
its mostly feel stuff and it really doesn’t manifest itself into a
different’look’ of swing.
+michael estorick Let me know what month the story will be published, we
get Golf Monthly over here , sounds like Jim Miller could really Golf his
ball, Johnny Miller was a standout in college Golf so to have beat him
twice at that stage was incredible, 25 club championships isn’t to shabby
Sorry JH, I don’t know what I was thinking, but I meant Golf Quarterly not
Golf Monthly. I’ll get in touch with Tim Nicholls to see if he can verify
any of Yogi’s records, without which I don’t think people will want to read
I understand your point about advising people who have unreliable swings.
At the moment I find myself stuck between adopting Yogi’s one two three
four fire set-up, which has speeded up my game (and helped my balance), and
dragging the club head back with that swishing motion, which doesn’t work
well for me because it causes me to sway onto the back foot, where I am
habitually stuck. My swing has always been a bit too inside and round the
body with not enough extension. I took up golf at 50 and 15 years on am
still trying to find a reliable method which stops me thinking too much, or
experimenting (which I can’t help doing on the course!). Once I start the
backswing I don’t have another thought, so Yogi has been a huge help, but
emptying the head also seems essential. As does not being afraid to swing.
But you know all this stuff.
Do please let me know if you have any particular thoughts about Yogi which
you think NEED to be said/emphasised, as you clearly understand where his
power came from. Esto
i’ve sent you a couple of further emails which have come out as replies
below, in case you haven;t seen them.
You’re not infringing on anything, you’re not selling anything. To bad
because they’re great videos. Hope it all works out.
+D Martins I The Yogi guys are fine with what I am doing now and going
forward, so the Count will get some more videos.
It’s a shame Tim Nicholls removed practically all of the content related to
the Count. I doubt seriously he or any of his people could teach the swing.
The videos he had of himself supposedly using the Count’s approach were
ridiculous. He didn’t look anything like the Count and could barely keep
his balance when he completed the swing. I can’t imagine very many people
pay for his instruction.
+Steve Eyler Hi Steve, I cant swing like Yogi either, not remotely, all
anyone can do is espouse what they ‘ believe ‘ Yogi did in his swing in the
best way they know how, Tim clearly had a lot of time spent with Yogi and I
think he knows more about Yogi’s swing thoughts than anyone else , I have
seen some of his students and they did have the Yogi ‘look’ about them for
Tim is genuine in his approach to getting what he considers the ‘true’ Yogi
mechanics out to people, its a tough thing to get right commercially and I
know what Tim is going through trying to get a Yogi teaching process in
place, he is committed to getting Yogi back to prominence in today’s
Golfing World .
I think he had an amazingly positive temperament. He’s someone I would like
to have met. On his swing, he does something quite interesting. He doesn’t
attempt to create lag at all.If you watch a chest on view of a slow motion
swing and track his hand his swing actually gets wider on the down swing
versus pulling in closer to his body and there isn’t a an angle between his
left forearm and the club. He releases from the top versus building lag.
Great videos to watch!