- Mission Statement -
"Golf should be enjoyed much more than it is! Because it's been made so difficult"
- Manuel da la Torre
Brett "Free Bird" Freeman
After playing golf in college, Brett "Free Bird" Freeman knew he wanted to teach. He was and still is a great player, but helping others with their game is his greatest satisfaction. Brett was introduced to a legendary PGA instructor that would change his career, and life...
Manuel de la Torre (World Golf Teachers Hall of Fame/PGA Golf Professional Golf Hall of Fame) made the biggest impact on Brett’s life, who personally mentored Brett for over 20 years.
From then on his teachings have mirrored Mr. de la Torre’s methods, based on the Ernest Jones’s Swing Principles that club movement is more important than body movement.
Five of his students have gone on to win State Championships and one student still holds the high school state scoring record. Brett has also seen 70 of his students receive college scholarships to play golf after high school.
Brett Freeman is a husband, and father from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. He enjoys hunting, fishing and most importantly teaching golf. His passion for teaching what he believes to be the proper way to swing a golf club, prompted him to create the Free Bird Golf digital club.
"I was immediately comfortable with Brett’s easy-going style and uncomplicated teaching technique. With lessons from Brett, I was able to improve my skill level dramatically and with ease!" ~ G. Crews, Tulsa, OK
"I've taken lessons from Brett Freeman for over 20 years. He took my game from a 10 handicap to a 2. His method of teaching the golf swing is easy to understand, with immediate results." ~ B. Nelsen, Tulsa, OK
"I have not found anyone who simplifies the golf swing and make it easy to understand like Brett Freeman. His teachings are not some new swing concept or current fad, but the facts borne out over time of how the golf club is swung to get the desired results. He not only knows what you need to do with your swing to improve, he can communicate it to you whether you be a tour pro or a novice golfer. I play my best when I apply the knowledge provided by Brett." ~ Dr. Robert Willis, Tulsa, OK
"I pass on to my players the golf lessons and fundamentals Brett Freeman taught me because his instruction is simple and it works! If you want to play better golf and enjoy the game more I highly recommend instruction from Brett Freeman. I have consulted Brett on many occasions to help me fix my players’ swings. As a junior golfer, Brett also taught me mental toughness and life lessons I will never forget. Besides being a great teacher, Brett is Christian man I admire. I'm grateful for everything he has done for me. I owe much of my coaching success to him." ~ Andrew Crabtree, Golf Coach UNLV
Manuel de la Torre
Manuel was born Oct. 6, 1921, above his father's golf shop in Madrid, Spain. Angel de la Torre was Spain's first golf professional and a six-time Spanish Open champion. One of Angel's close friends was famed English teacher Ernest Jones, and Manuel de la Torre's swing philosophy borrowed from both.
A fine player, de la Torre won the Illinois state individual title while at Highland Park High School and finished runner-up at the 1942 NCAA Championship while at Northwestern University.
In 1986, de la Torre was named the inaugural PGA of America's National Teacher of the Year. In 2005, he became just the 12th member of the World Golf Teachers Hall of Fame. And in 2006, he was inducted into the PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame with, among others, Jack Nicklaus.
He also wrote an excellent instructional book, "Understanding the Golf Swing," which was published in 2001 after he spent a decade working on it.
But he might have toiled in obscurity if not for his close association with Carol Mann, a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame who counts the 1965 U.S. Women's Open among her 38 tournament titles.
Many of today's top teachers have been influenced to some degree by de la Torre's philosophies. Before David Leadbetter became a household name, he sat in de la Torre's PGA seminars as a young teacher living out of his car.
The club-focused instruction long advocated by de la Torre and Jones prior to him has now been validated by new research performed by Dr. Gabrieale Wulf at the University of Las Vegas and by Dr. Bob Christina at the University of North Carolina. In their studies players of all skill levels improved faster when given club-focused instruction.
Manuel was not only an incredible teacher of the golf swing, a simple and repeatable golf swing, but a great human being...
- October 6, 1921 - April 25, 2016 -