If At First You Don’t Succeed


Try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, Try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try again.

Such is the case for former PGA TOUR player and legendary swing instructor Mac O’Grady.

Beginning in 1971, the Minneapolis native tried to earn his TOUR card.  He failed a record 16 times before finally securing his playing privileges on the 17th try.  (From 1975 to 1981 Q-School was held twice a year).

Talk about perseverance, this guy embodied it!  O’Grady supported himself by taking jobs as a cook, dishwasher, busboy, caddie and funeral home worker, all in pursuit of his dream.

And it certainly paid off.  O’Grady had a solid professional career, registering two victories and a T-9 finish at the 1987 U.S. Open.  In total, he racked up 18 Top-10 finishes and more than $1 million in career earnings before leaving the tour in 1989 with back problems.

Some interesting facts about Mac:

  • He’s ambidextrious, sporting a scratch handicap lefthanded – he event attempted to gain amateur status as a lefty and pro status as a righty.

  • He tried to enter the Chrysler Team Championship as both halves of the team … wanting to play one ball left handed the other right-handed

  • He’s vocal … having been hit with multiple fines for voicing – loudly – his opinions

  • Pretty sure he still plays persimmon woods … old habits die hard?

Now-a-days, O’Grady enjoys the reputation and status of being one of the world’s greatest teachers.  Golf Digest tabbed him as the No. 27 teach in America and the late, great Seve Ballesteros even came to him for advice on how to straighten his drives

They say those who can’t do, teach.  Well.  O’Grady shattered that mold; he does it and teaches it, quite well indeed.  Check out his sweet video below: