especially for beginners and high-handicap players

May 27, 1956

You will never see a good golfer with "dead" hands. The connection between the golfer and the club must be a live, flexible union. If not, everything good about his footwork and body action will be nullified.

Some golfers grasp the club so tightly that their hand action is deadened. Others grasp it so loosely that there can be no hand action at all. Under such obstructing circumstances, all a golfer can do is to hack stiff-armed at the ball or, at the other extreme, be so loose that the natural wrist and hand action that would result from a good, firm, live grip are not set up to function.

Live hands mean strong hands. Strong hands can be developed through proper exercises with the golf club, indoors and out. The illustrations below show the proper grip and the proper movements for strengthening weak arms and forearms. The stronger the hands, the easier it is to execute good golf shots without tension or strain. When the average golfer learns how to use his hands properly from the time he picks up the club until the finish of his swing, then and only then will he be able to work into a uniform, rhythmic swing.

from EDDIE WILLIAMS, Louisville Country Club, Louisville, Ky.

TWO PHOTOS ILLUSTRATIONEXERCISE 1 ILLUSTRATIONEXERCISE 2

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HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)