especially for weekend high-handicap golfers

July 18, 1955
July 18, 1955

Table of Contents
July 18, 1955

Events & Discoveries
  • The cream of the eastern class-racing fleet comes to Larchmont for eight straight days of competition

The Wonderful World Of Sport
Conversation Piece:
  • Rex Ellsworth's chief trainer describes for SI's James Murray a new, businesslike approach to racing that has made their stable the most sucessful on the Pacific Coast

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over
Pat On The Back

especially for weekend high-handicap golfers

What the weekend golfer needs most is "weekend equipment." For all the good the standard complement of 14 clubs does the weekend golfer, at least five of these could be left in his locker. These are the driver, the brassie and the two-, three-and four-irons. With their long shafts and lack of loft, these five clubs require extraordinary timing, a timing too exact for the golfer who can devote no more than one or two rounds a week to the game. In their place he would be wise to substitute a one-and-a-half-wood, a five-wood and a seven-wood.

This is an article from the July 18, 1955 issue Original Layout

Now, a one-and-a-half-wood is not a brassie. It's the normal, deeper-faced driver with more loft added. The face on a brassie is too shallow for use off a wooden tee, and its lack of loft makes it all but useless for long shots through the fairway, where your spoon could, and should, be used exclusively. The five-wood can be used instead of a two-iron, the seven-wood for both the three-and four-irons. By sliding through the turf rather than digging into it, the flat sole of a wood offers a margin for error that the blade of an iron does not. And if you're a weekend golfer, you need all the margin for error you can get.

from GENE ANDERSEN, pro at Oyster Harbors Club, Osterville, Mass.

TWO PHOTOSSIX ILLUSTRATIONSAbove: the wood at the left is a five-wood, the wood at the right, a seven-wood; between them the irons they replace, in Gene Andersen's view, the two, three and four. At right: Andersen and the lineup of woods he recommends: a one and a half, three, five and seven