I had about a 10 minute conversation with Michael Breed at the PGA Show last Friday. He was at one of the booths getting ready to give a putting demonstration.
I mentioned to him that I had defended his ball flight knowledge online, referring to his response to Erik's email on The Golf Fix. He laughed, and said he remembered the email, even remembered it was from "Erik B. or something". I told him that Erik was an instructor and had this website. He asked what the name was. I told him "The Sandtrap" and said that he should check it out. He said he would.
I told him that he didn't fare too well in my online poll of "favorite swing guru", that Bennett/Plummer were the winners. He was OK with it, he said he would have voted for Butch Harmon. In fact, he had an neat anecdote when he last visited with Butch. Because Butch's dad, Claude Harmon, was a colleague/friend of Ben Hogan, much of Hogan's ideas were passed down from father to son. Butch showed Michael a video of Butch from back in the 70's or so, when he was on tour, and asked what he saw. Michael said that Butch's swing looked very stack and tiltish!
We talked a little more about swing theories. He said what really interests him is how various method or swings can be so different and yet be so successful. He mentioned Trevino's push-fades and Casper's low hooks as great examples of people who took two approaches to striking the ball, and were both phenominally good.
After the putting demonstration (he really is an excellent putter), I again thanked Michael for his time, and reminded him again about the Sandtrap website. So maybe he will show up one day.
One more thing: Just as I got to the demonstration, I saw a man with, I assume, his son. The boy was around 12 or so, and had Down's Syndrome. Michael broke away from who he was talking to, and made a special point to say hello to the boy, and to ask the dad how things were going, etc. The boy got an autograph and walked away very happy; so did Dad. A nice touch, I thought.