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Butch Harmon close to retirement
May 16, 2012

Butch Harmon turns 69 this summer and he's ready to cut back on how much he works. In his last major effort, he has published what amounts to a lifetime as a swing coach.

No, he's not writing a book.

Harmon has produced 57 chapters and four hours of instruction on DVD that offer more than 250 tips. Harmon hopes it can help everyone who plays, from seniors to women to juniors to players who aspire to make a living on the tour.

''I've done other DVDs in the past, but this was going to be the last big thing I was going to do,'' Harmon said. ''I wanted to do something with a lot of substance for everybody. The game plan was smaller than it turned out, but as got into it, I just wanted to be able to touch every golfer. We literally went through the gamut of everything that could happen to you when you play golf.''

What might set this DVD apart is that Harmon managed to get most of the players he has worked with over the years to talk about their time together - Phil Mickelson, Greg Norman, Ernie Els, Adam Scott, Nick Watney and yes, Tiger Woods.

''Nobody balked,'' Harmon said. ''The only one I was sad I couldn't get was Jose Maria (Olazabal), but he just wasn't in the States last year.''

Harmon said he is not technical by nature, and he talks on video the way he would if he were on the practice range.

As for retirement, Harmon refers mostly to his work at Sky Sports as a commentator. He doesn't want to travel as much, especially after his son gets out of high school and heads off to college.

''I'm tired,'' Harmon said. ''When you get tired, your attention span isn't as good as it used to be. I'm a workaholic. I put 110 percent effort into everything. Once I get to the point where I don't care, it's not good. I'm not there yet, but it's coming.''

But his pupils are safe. Harmon currently works with Mickelson, Watney, Dustin Johnson, Gary Woodland and Natalie Gulbis. They don't need to find a replacement.

''I'll never step away,'' Harmon said. ''I'll always teach. I love to teach.''

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