Recommended for players of all degrees of skill

Oct. 03, 1955
Oct. 03, 1955

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Oct. 3, 1955

Events & Discoveries
  • High up in a rain-spattered stadium in Maryland, a West Coast football father gets a demonstration (7-0) that a big, rough line is a greater asset on a muddy field than all the talent and tutoring built into UCLA's impressive young back

The Wonderful World Of Sport
  • For nearly 50 years mountaineers of many nations tried in vain to climb "the most difficult and dangerous mountain in the world." This is the story of how a nine-man British expedition finally succeeded. It is told by one of the four who reached the top

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

Recommended for players of all degrees of skill

I want to give you a safety-first shot. It's called the punch shot, and you play it from the three-iron up to the nine. When properly hit, a punch shot flies in a low trajectory. It never "takes off" on you like a high-flying approach, it sits down with a little drag on it when it lands and recommends itself as an especially fine type of control shot to play when you have a following wind and there is lots of trouble back of the green. I use it regularly when I want to be certain to avoid going over a green and collecting extra strokes for my troubles.

This is an article from the Oct. 3, 1955 issue

Let's say I have an approach of 160 yards. I could get there with a six-iron but instead I take a five. One club more is the general rule. I grip the club slightly lower down the shaft and play the ball a bit closer to my right foot. I close the face of the club—just a fraction—and I drag it back more than usual. I use a three-quarter-length swing. As I come down, my hands are farther in front than they normally are and I don't uncock quite so fast. This delay in the snap gives the feel of punching at the ball, and this action gives the ball the flight and the drag that keeps it from going farther than the player intends.

from CARY MIDDLECOFF, Masters champion 1955

ILLUSTRATIONAs Cary Middlecoff moves into a punch shot, his hands are well in front, the wrists uncocked at the last momentTWO PHOTOS