Playing in a tournament at Pinehurst at one time, I had a very comfortable lead going into the last nine holes. I was playing very well when suddenly my iron shots started to spray. I was hitting the ball in the center of the club and the flight was correct, but the ball would veer just far enough to the right to land in the bunkers. This happened at the 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th holes and cost me a stroke each hole. Although I had a good lead, I could not afford to throw it away at that pace. The funny thing about it was that I did not know what I was doing.
Going down the 14th, a very difficult par four, Phil Perkins came up to me and said, "Tommy, your right side is stuck." Of course, anyone who plays golf knows that this can be disastrous. I had hit an adequate drive on the 14th. Before playing my second shot, I thought of what Phil had told me and I took a couple of practice swings allowing my right side to come in. I then knocked my second shot straight on the pin and continued to hit fine straight irons on the remaining holes.
I have never forgotten Phil's tip—I would never have won the tournament without it—and I suggest most emphatically that you try to remember it.
from TOMMY ARMOUR, pro at the Boca Raton Club, Boca Raton, Fla.
March 7, 1955
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