For golfers of all degrees of skill

Sept. 05, 1955
Sept. 05, 1955

Table of Contents
Sept. 5, 1955

Events & Discoveries
  • ...and 29 days from the end of the American League pennant race a New York Yankee peers toward the future and hopes

  • Maybe the American League pennant race isn't as majestic as it should be—there have been too many ignominious defeats, for one thing. Nevertheless, it's been a tangled, furious, exciting pennant race, a regular free-for-all

The Wonderful World Of Sport
  • "Roughing it" at the huge 6,000-acre Valley Ranch in Wyoming's Yellowstone country, a group of prominent Easterners take time out from riding, hunting and pack trips to pose with their sons at the corral

  • TWEEDS 26

    Since the 18th century, the Scots have been weaving the richly textured cloth that has become the favorite fabric on America's sporting scene

Pinder Brothers
Cecil Smith

For golfers of all degrees of skill

One of the first essentials a golfer must master if he is to achieve his goal of hitting the ball straight is to address the ball correctly—to square up to the shot. Too many golfers make allowances for slices and hooks which they have yet to make. If hitting the ball straight is what you propose to do, then make full preparation for this in your stance. Address the ball in an orderly, systematic, almost geometric manner. While this will not guarantee a straight shot, you will by all means enhance your chances of playing one.

This is an article from the Sept. 5, 1955 issue Original Layout

The first step in squaring up to the shot is to draw an imaginary line through the ball in the direction of the flight you want the ball to take. With your feet together, place them at a right angle to this line of flight. Still standing erect, check to see that your shoulders are parallel to this line of flight and that the shaft of the club is at a right angle to it. Only after you have carried out these preliminaries should you spread your feet and adapt your posture to the action of swinging the club.

If this procedure sounds too elementary, I might add here that it is an exact description of the way many of the top professionals, such as Sam Snead, assume their stance. After many years of tournament golf, they find that they still profit from adhering to this basic regimen.

from TOD MENEFEE, San Antonio Country Club, San Antonio, Texas

ILLUSTRATIONThe preparatory position—feet togetherILLUSTRATIONThe second position—feet spreadTWO PHOTOS