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for golfers of all degrees of skill

May 23, 1955
May 23, 1955

Table of Contents
May 23, 1955

Events & Discoveries
Spectacle
Cup Final
  • It's Cup Final day (soccer) at London's great stadium, with the Queen and the Duke among the 100,000 singing hymns and cheering as a 'lucky' Newcastle United team upsets favored Manchester City 3-1

The Wonderful World Of Sport
Bear Hunt
Anniversary
Trencherman
Sporting Look
  • New golf fashions for women are both practical and feminine; dresses and culottes seesaw between above-and-below knee, meet all regulations

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

for golfers of all degrees of skill

All golfers who want to improve their game are faced with a difficult problem: since it is impossible to work on all the phases of a swing, what are the key phases to concentrate on?

This is an article from the May 23, 1955 issue Original Layout

Speaking for myself, experience has taught me to remember (whatever else I may be thinking about in playing a shot) to be sure and hit through the ball—that is, to make sure that my club continues through the ball low along the ground on the line to the target. This is a very important part of the hitting action, this definite hit-through for two feet or so past the point where you make contact with the ball. You can take the club back wrong, or a little wrong, but if you hit through correctly on line, you will make out fairly well.

I stress this point because many average golfers of my acquaintance tend to think too much about parts of the golf swing that are much less essential. I believe that if they concentrated more on hitting through the ball, most average golfers would find themselves playing better golf shots consistently.

from GENE LITTLER, Palm Springs, Calif. Touring professional

TWO PHOTOSILLUSTRATIONThe wide arc of Gene Littler's swing as he hits through the ball

NEXT WEEK'S GUEST PRO: JOHNNY REVOLTA ON THE EXPLOSION SHOT