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Especially for beginners but useful for golfers of all degrees of skill

April 11, 1955
April 11, 1955

Table of Contents
April 11, 1955

Events & Discoveries
Spectacle
  • A tarpon fisherman finds a wild world all his own on the lonely and pellucid sea west of Florida's Keys

Red Smith
Preview
The Wonderful World Of Sports
Skiing
Boxing
Tennis
  • By William F. Talbert

    The pros try a new scoring plan

Acknowledgments
Football
Yesterday
  • The pitching got better after the Boston Braves and Brooklyn Robins passed the tough 17th inning of the longest game in all baseball history

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over
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

Especially for beginners but useful for golfers of all degrees of skill

One fault I notice in a good many golfers is a misunderstanding of when to turn on the power in their swing—or, to say it another way, when to concentrate on the speed of the club head. These golfers expend unnecessary speed at the wrong times, either on the backswing or at the beginning of the swing down from the top of the backswing. By the time they are actually ready to hit the ball, they have used up most of their energy and too little speed is left for the moment when it really does the job—from the point of contact on through. This is an extremely common error and it is observable in the swings of many fairly experienced players as well as beginners.

This is an article from the April 11, 1955 issue Original Layout

A golfer should take the club back slowly and he should start the downswing slowly. When his club head enters the hitting area, then he should turn it on. If he concentrates on applying club-head speed from the point of contact on through, he will find that it will reduce the tension and increase the flexibility of his whole swing.

The golfer who is able to pace his swing properly will develop into an altogether better player, a straighter hitter and a much longer one.

from RIP ARNOLD, pro at the Cherry Hills Country Club, Denver, Col.

TWO ILLUSTRATIONSLeft, Rip Arnold demonstrates how the club head moves at only moderate speed from the top of the backswing till the beginning of the hitting area. Below, the section of the swing where club-head speed gains results.TWO PHOTOS

NEXT WEEK'S GUEST PRO: JULIUS BOROS, ON ACHIEVING BACKSPIN