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For golfers of all degrees of skill

Feb. 27, 1956
Feb. 27, 1956

Table of Contents
Feb. 27, 1956

Events & Discoveries
Spectacle
  • In Cooch Behar, the grand-style tiger hunt of legend carries on unchanged in pomp and ceremony and as luxuriously as ever

The Wonderful World Of Sport
The Westminster
Sporting Look
  • The fashions in dogs were not the only news at the Westminster. A surprising number of male bipeds with doggy connections managed to look pretty doggy themselves in various choices of head coverings

Big Three
Anniversary

For golfers of all degrees of skill

The average golfer is subject to three fundamental faults when he takes the club back: 1) picking the club up too quickly with his hands rather than swinging the club back along the line; 2) pulling the club up too close to the body; 3) starting the body action before the hands and the golf club start to move—which pulls the body out of line and forces the golfer into an unbalanced chopping action.

This is an article from the Feb. 27, 1956 issue Original Layout

When I first began playing, I brought the club back too close on the backswing, and this caused me to hook and shank. To overcome this fault, I drew a mental line straight back from the ball and also in front of the ball to reinforce my awareness of the line of flight, the line I intended the ball to travel. Then I worked on drawing the club back along that line. Today my habit is to pick an object in the foreground which is situated on the line of flight—a tree or a bunker or a house. Then I take the club back straight from that object and the ball. To check my backswing in practice, I stick a tee about 6 or 8 inches behind the ball on the line of the intended flight, and when I draw the club back I can check to see if the club hits the tee squarely or if it tips or shanks it.

from BYRON NELSON, Fairway Ranch, Roanoke, Texas

TWO PHOTOSILLUSTRATIONIncorrect: club pulled up too close to the bodyILLUSTRATIONCorrect: club is taken back on straight line from the ball, with the hands, the club and the body moving cohesively

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