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for all golfers except low-handicap players

June 11, 1956
June 11, 1956

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June 11, 1956

American League
  • So says SI Correspondent James Murray, emboldened by the booming bats of the Nationals in a week of 132 home runs. The formulator of Murray's Law, which sees baseball history as a series of recurrent cycles, Murray is no junior circuit upstart but a deadly serious fan who (in the days before his current disenchantment) named his oldest son for Ted Williams. Fan Murray is fully prepared to defend his stand all summer long, if need be, against all serious dissenters. His only request is that all letter writers include, as prima-facie evidence of their true qualifications and earnestness of purpose, either the used stub of a big league admission ticket or the tuning knob of their TV set

Spectacle
Events & Discoveries
The Wonderful World Of Sport
Preview
Indianapolis "500"
Tennis
Horse Racing
Baseball
Nature
The Outdoor Week
Boxing
Horses
Acknowledgments
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over
Pat On The Back

for all golfers except low-handicap players

It's a rare day when you'll see an average golfer practicing approach shots, chip shots or trap shots. And that is one of the many reasons why his game doesn't improve. If he does deign to practice, the driver is his weapon. He won't relinquish the idea that a 250-yard drive is the game's biggest thrill. This is not the attitude of the good golfer. He would rather run up a fine chip shot for his birdie or par any time.

This is an article from the June 11, 1956 issue Original Layout

When you are chipping from 30 yards out, you can use a number 6, 7, 8 or 9 iron. The particular club depends for the most part on your preference, with due respect, of course, to the lie of the ball and the terrain to be dealt with. But the stance and the club action are fundamentally the same in all cases. Use an open stance—the left foot back slightly from the line of the shot. Keep the weight more on the left foot than on the right. Bend the knees a bit so that you feel an inclination to sit. Don't pick the club up on the backswing. Brush it away from the ball, keeping the wrists firm so that the stroke doesn't become wobbly. Try not to hurry or to poke the ball, and don't try to lift the ball. The club will do that for you. And after you have contacted the ball, let the club head swing out toward the hole.

from CHARLES McKENNA, Oak Hill Country Club, Pittsford, N.Y.

TWO PHOTOSTWO ILLUSTRATIONSAbove: the golfer's wrists are kept firm on the backswing. At right: the length of the follow-through should be about equal to the length of the backswing

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