My expectations for John Cassidy aren’t huge: I only want him to light the path to total health and well-being. As I know you know, that is wholly based on the state of my golf game.
I started working with Dr. John in 2014. It’s a project.
He said back then:
Teaching for me is very natural. It’s a hard game. It’s hard for everyone. When I help someone in a golf lesson, it’s fun. The trial and error in my own golf game helps me get (students) on the right track a little faster.
Cassidy, 35, has a nice little resume padded recently by new accomplishments. He’s now a fully credentialed (Level 3) PGA Professional — his new workplace is The Home Course in DuPont, Wash., where he migrated this year, following new Home Course head pro Justin Gravatt from their old stomping grounds at Alderbrook Golf and Yacht Club in Union, Wash.
In 2016, when he won the Pacific Northwest Section PGA Assistant Professionals Championship, he was named the PGA Assistant Player of the Year for the second time in three years.
In 2014, he won the Washington Open Invitational, and you can count him among the favorites for this year’s Open May 22-24 at Meridian Valley Country Club.
I heard him say, after our first lesson in a long time, “Have I taught you nothing, young man?”
OK, I imagined the “young man,” and I made up the other part, too. Cassidy would never be so rude.
He’s a nice man, in fact, with advanced people skills, and what he has to say about golf makes nothing but sense.
The golf ball, the dimpled innocent, wanting only to fly long and straight and thus please the flailing human holding the stick, instead answers to another master — the law of physics that says an object when struck by another object can only go where it’s bidden, affected by angle and speed and drag and the physical impediments that rise up no matter how far out of play they might have seemed.
So square it up, dude. Dr. John is trying to get me there. Oh, he’s trying.