Hi, Mary.   Thank you so much for your kind words; but the honor was all mine.

As I mentioned when we parted ways on Sunday, I knew before we met on Thursday that you would almost certainly be a gushing fountain of golf knowledge. You certainly didn’t disappoint on that front. 😊

However, what I hadn’t realized before meeting you was how genuinely and intensely passionate you are at imparting your knowledge to your students and doing everything in your power to build my confidence and help make my golf game all that it can be. Yours is a quiet and discreet intensity; but as a student, I definitely felt it and found it hugely motivating.

Finally, I found our non-golf conversations most enjoyable as well. You know a lot about a lot of things and have a great perspective on the world at large that I very much enjoyed hearing.

In short, you’re an amazing lady, and I’m delighted to have had the chance to work with you, learn from you and generally hang out with you last week. I’ll shortly start working to convince Nathalie to consider spending some time with you, perhaps this coming fall. 😁 I’m sure she will also be pleased to share her perspectives on Coronavirus with you as you build up to your trip to Arizona in a few weeks.

Warmest regards,

Pierre Chenard
Candiac, Canada

Golf School: Florida


“Hi Jay! I wanted to let you know that my time with Shirley this week was amazing. She created a workshop for me that felt like a cross between the movies “The Horse Whisperer” and “A Field of Dreams. Her passion for the sport paired with her deep ability to connect energetically brought out the best in me not just as a golfer but as a person. She is kind, patient and encouraging. As an athlete, I’ve had my share of coaches. Not one has come close to Shirley. The gift of a coach is to unlock and help to facilitate their athletes abilities and potentials. She brought out both in me with ease and grace. I couldn’t be more grateful.   Thanks again for this week. It was beyond my expectations.     Bianca”

Dr. Bianca Beldini
Nyack, NY 

Editor:  This is extraordinary praise from Dr. Bianca, who is a nationally ranked triathlete and who has been a competitive athlete in many sports. When Dr. Bianca says Shirley is the best coach she has ever had, it is the very highest plaudit. Thank you so much for allowing us to be a part of your game, Dr. Bianca!    
Golf school: California


“During our 5 days together you  taught me the key elements of the golf swing and given me the confidence to begin enjoying being on the course.  For this I was always be grateful to you and in your debt.

I went out on Friday morning after you left and got a fast 9 holes in at the Senator course since they had a tournament beginning at noon and no one else was playing. I felt great and even though I didn’t hit consistently, I really knew how to get back in there and adjust when I missed one.  That was terrific feeling

The following day I played another course in Miami with my friend who I knew would be one of the 10 percent hoping I didn’t improve and he could still win the match

Well thanks to our work together I was 4 up after 9 holes and though he won holes 10 and 11 before we quit to see the Ranger hockey game, there was no question that my game had improved big time”.

Jim Nuzzi
San Diego, CA

Golf School: Florida


Jay and Shirley,

Received your follow up letter today regarding the Golf Academy. I wanted to let you know that of all the things I have on my bucket list and the ones I have checked off, this is the only one I would come do again. It was an amazing experience and Shirley was the perfect pro for Lisa and I. We are trying to figure out when we can schedule this again. Not only was Shirley instrumental in helping improve my game she also helped me select clubs that will also make a difference. Thank you Shirley for going the extra mile in doing that for me. We have a four season doom in Columbus, because we are still at 10 degree temps here, that I have gone to since I have been back and even I am shocked at how much I retained. Must have been the teaching and exercises Shirley consistently reinforced. I know I am going to love the season much more this year than I ever have in the past, just waiting for spring to show up and these artic temps to exit our area.

I am so thrilled that we choose Bird Golf to have this great experience.

Sue Lusk-Gleich
Columbus, OH

Golf School: Arizona


It has been two years since my first Bird Golf School. In that period of time you have helped me improve from shooting rounds in the 130’s to breaking 80 (78) for the first time. I cannot express to you all how grateful I am for all your help and the true dedication that you have to teaching. People at my club are always commenting on how good my swing looks and how it was that I have improved so quickly; and I tell them “it’s all because of Bird Golf, their great golf school which exceeded expectations in every way and make them, without a doubt, the best golf school in the world”. See you again soon (now I want to get into the 60’s!).

Dr. Michael Wachs
Denver, CO

Golf School: Arizona


We’ve returned back to the east coast safe, sound, and swinging much better after our experience at your golf school. Certainly we were pleased with all aspects of the golf school including the resort and your attention to detail and customer satisfaction. What was, however, well beyond our very high expectations was the quality of interactions with had with Sharon (Miller). Her ability to communicate and relate to us (as two very different learning types, at two very different abilities) was incredible. She was able to capture and sustain our complete interest and involvement for five FULL days while making it fun, deeply enriching, and highly educational. We WILL return to the Bird School when it’s time for our next golf school experience – simply put – because of Sharon. See you then!

T. Kyle Vanderlick
Professor and Chair-Princeton University
Department of Chemical Engineering

Golf School: Arizona


As you know I attended a Golf School with one of your competitors – what a difference. The biggest difference was the instructor. Jim (Samsing) is in a class of his own. After leaving the other school I went home trying to remember all the angles and the lines of my terrible posture etc. (very confused) but with Jim I feel that I have a real chance of improving my game. Jim showed me (simply) how to identify why my shots went the direction that they do. Having the opportunity to have your continuing help only a phone call away is another great part of the school. I guarantee you that I will be visiting you again next year and will recommend you to all my buddies. Thanks again.”

Warren Dyer

Update: June 2004
I would have to say that our latest school was the turning point in my game. I shot some great golf in Houston last week and have gained about 15 yards a club. I have also stuck to the yoga stretches that Kelly showed me and they really help. Thanks again for your time and for putting on a third great golf school.

Golf School: Arizona


Brian and I wanted to send a short note to you and Jim about the three day Bird Golf Schools session we attended last week. After you and I first talked on the telephone about what to expect, I must admit I came to the school with high expectations. If anything, those expectations were exceeded.

First, you may recall I am a 9 and my son is a 16. I have played for years whereas he has taken up the game in earnest in the past few years. Despite those differences, Jim Samsing was able to customize a program that fit our different swings and personalities, and do it in a way that was fun. I have a better fundamental understanding of my golf swing now than ever before. I am sure that is true for Brian as well. In fact, he just called this afternoon from the Bay Area thanking me again for the golf school and reporting that he just shot a career best of 37 on the front nine.

Second, the “clear key” mental approach to the game that you teach is a real differentiator from the other golf schools. How many times do people say, “golf is such a mental game”, and yet how many people have taken a mental lesson? The player and personality profiles that we filled out beforehand, I am sure, helped Jim tailor our lessons.

Finally, the facilities were outstanding. To be able to go from the driving range, to the chipping/putting area, to the Executive course, plus be able to play a championship 18 hole course all in one location is a real plus. Conversations at the 19th afterwards were also high on our list.

I have already recommended Bird Schools to several of my friends and I know Brian has done the same thing. Feel free to use this unsolicited testimonial in any way you would like. Based on our experience, most golfers would benefit enormously from your school, especially if Jim Samsing is the instructor.

Best regards,
Gary Coburn

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Golf School: Arizona


Hi Craig,

Hope all is well. Thought I would touch base and provide an update on the state of my golf game after the instruction I received from you earlier this year.

For various reasons, I did not manage to get practice or play for about three months after attending the golf school. Consequently, the start of my golf season was at the end of June on a guy’s golf trip. All I had right before going on the trip was 80 minutes on the range to find a swing (any swing!) and the notes I took during our time together – no putting or short game practice which had been the focus of our sessions. Suffice it to say, I was disappointed I had allowed 3 months to elapse and to dull any mental and muscle memory I had acquired. My expectations were low and I warned some of my buddies not to expect seeing any improvements as I hadn’t practiced. Well, to my surprise and that of my buddies (based on their chants of “sandbagger” which I accepted with pride), my notes and recollection of our various conceptual discussions were enough to produce a very obvious improvement and newfound consistency in my putting and short game. It also saved/made me a chunk of money from a “three-putt” game where I have been consistently picked on over the years.

Right after that trip, I joined a golf club in order to begin practicing/playing in earnest. Well, in less than two months, I have taken a 15.8 handicap factor and brought it down to 6.1 as of today. In that short span of time the improvement in my game/scores caught the attention of my friends, club members and club staff. Naturally, everyone who has seen the strides I have made are curious how I improved so quickly and consequently, your name, Bird Golf Academy and the teaching philosophy have come up quite a lot over the past couple of months!

Anyways, I just wanted to thank you again because while I always believed I would see improvement from your instruction, the speed and extent of that improvement has been unexpected. Having confidence that I have a better understanding and practice tools to improve my game has really elevated my enjoyment of golf.

All the best.

Wayne Fu
Calgary, Canada

Golf School: Arizona


I apologize for this note being 6 plus weeks after our session with Shirley but I wanted some time to practice, play a few rounds and in general, assimilate (Jay, ask Shirley, she’ll know why I used the work assimilate and she’ll probably laugh at the word, I hope so) all the instruction and information Shirley provided to Amy and me.

If I had to use one word to describe the experience and value we received from the week with Shirley it would be AMAZING.

The accommodations? Excellent. The golf facility? Fantastic. Shirley? Priceless!!!

Frankly we could have played on a cow pasture and stayed in a tent and Shirley still would have made the experience amazing. It truly is a treat to spend time with someone that is beyond knowledgeable, truly loves what they do, great personality and fun to be around, and can share their knowledge in such a way that you are not intimidated to get out of your comfort zone by trying sometime different.

In my bio to you I mentioned I was looking for fine tuning of my game for better scoring – specifically long irons and wedges. Early on the second day, Shirley approached me with an option that she could provide some fine tuning but based on what she had observed and through watching video, she would recommend something slightly more than fine tuning… more like rebuilding my swing. Shirley completely made the decision my choice. Based on the limitations that I knew about my swing, Shirley’s advice and the video, it was an easy decision to rebuild a swing 35 years in the making. An easy decision but not so easy to implement so it’s a good thing Shirley is extremely patient… I left at the end of the week comfortable with the knowledge I knew what I needed to do improve my golf game. Fast forward a month; my rounds have been 86, 82, 84, 78, 75 and 82. As I’m becoming more comfortable with the new swing and not over thinking things, my ability to consistently hit much better golf shots is improving. I’ve no doubt I should be able to stay in the 70’s consistently. This level of improvement was exactly what I was hoping to get from my experience with Bird Golf. Thank you Shirley!

You may also recall that Amy is an occasional golfer that wanted to learn the fundamentals of the game. Because of Shirley, Amy is now more than an occasional golfer! I can easily imagine that this one week of golf instruction saved a decade of frustration with the typical learning curve of periodic lessons, playing, getting frustrated and them more periodic lessons from someone different than who you started with and who probably provides contradictory information which just adds to the confusion and frustration.

We thoroughly enjoyed the week!

Bob Wells
Riverton, CT

Golf School: Nevada

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