Useful for all golfers, particularly beginners

July 04, 1955
July 04, 1955

Table of Contents
July 4, 1955

Events & Discoveries
The Wonderful World Of Sport
Brave Bulls
  • Once scorned by decent society as the associate of rogues and vagabonds, the tough-looking bulldog—considered by many to be the most courageous of all quadrupeds—is enjoying a new wave of popularity and interest, thanks in part to a magnificent specimen called Kippax Fearnought

Useful for all golfers, particularly beginners

When you are playing a chip shot from off the edge of the green, I think it is a sensible practice to visualize this kind of stroke as a close cousin to the putting stroke.

This is an article from the July 4, 1955 issue Original Layout

What I mean more specifically is this: in chipping from the apron, just as in putting, the club head should follow a straight line from the top of the backswing through impact with the ball and on to the end of the follow-through. Imagine that your ball is lying atop a yardstick that is pointing toward the hole. Your club head should stay directly above the yardstick during all phases of the chip shot. Your stance will be open with your left foot at approximately a 45° angle to the pin, in order to facilitate the proper movement of the club head. This open stance and the over-the-yardstick stroke—these are the fundamentals that will make it easy for you to keep your chip right on the line to the pin.

Many golfers make the mistake on their short chips of assuming a square stance, keeping both feet perpendicular to the line to the target. The result is that the club head deviates from the straight line during the swing, and an inaccurate shot is the consequence.

from HOMER HERPEL, pro at the Algonquin Golf Club, Webster Groves, Mo.