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Useful for golfers of all degrees of skill

Feb. 28, 1955
Feb. 28, 1955

Table of Contents
Feb. 28, 1955

Pat On The Back
  • A salute to some who have earned the good opinion of the world of sport, if not yet its tallest headlines

Under 21
Santa Anita Derby
Horse Racing
Soundtrack
Spectacle
  • Professional basketball—sampled here in full-color action—may look like chaos, but it calls for fluid variations as precise and calculated as the mathematics of a Bach fugue

The Wonderful World Of Sport
Sport In Art
Snow Patrol
Fisherman's Calendar
Acknowledgments
Golf's Green Pastures
Hockey
Boxing
Motor Sports
Bowling
Anniversary
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

Useful for golfers of all degrees of skill

Comparatively few golfers, even among some of the better club players, know how to practice the right way. Like a round of golf itself, practice sessions should be properly planned and organized. In competitive play, accuracy and not distance is of paramount importance, and the golfer will do well to remember this when he works on his shots, whether he be practicing on a driving range or a practice fairway at his club.

This is an article from the Feb. 28, 1955 issue Original Layout

Never practice without a target. You must give yourself some sort of standard by which to judge the success of your efforts. Pupils complain to me that they can hit a ball a mile on a driving range, but they don't realize they are spraying their shots every which way. Thoughtless practice sessions not only are valueless but foster bad habits that may be hard to correct later.

I recommend that any golfer practicing his woods and long irons visualize an average fairway in his mind and work to confine his shots to that limited area. Most fairways are at least 40 yards wide, so I advise my pupils to pick out a tree or some other marker and establish a 20-yard tolerance on either side of the target. With your irons, limit the area of tolerance proportionately, allowing, say, 15 feet on each side of your chosen target for a five iron. With this system, you should be able to become a much more accurate player than if you practice just to display power.

from JACKSON BRADLEY, pro at the River Oaks Country Club

TWO PHOTOSILLUSTRATIONAt left, Jackson Bradley picks out a tree as a target while practicing long irons. Select a marker for yourself when practicing in order to gauge the accuracy of your shots

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