for golfers of all handicaps

June 18, 1956
June 18, 1956

Table of Contents
June 18, 1956

Mantle Of The Babe
  • Some old champions improve with age. Thus Swaps sets a new mile record at Hollywood Park and Archie Moore defends his title by scoring the 88th knockout of his career in London. But the overpowering onrush of youth is one of sport's inevitable and most exciting dramas, exemplified last week by a 21-year-old Floyd Patterson battering his way a step nearer the coveted heavyweight championship. And by the brawny young man at the right, Mickey Charles Mantle, who eyes the most famous baseball record of all: Ruth's magic 60

Events & Discoveries
Tip From The Top
Track & Field
Horse Racing
The Outdoor Week
Fish Prints
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over
Pat On The Back

for golfers of all handicaps

By Jack Burke Jr.

My experience as a now fairly veteran tournament player has brought home to me that, regardless of some minor things I may or may not be doing on a given round, my game will be fundamentally sound if I stay under the shot. To explain this a bit—there is always a tendency when you are aiming for a pin situated on the same level with yourself to try and line the ball on a low bulletlike flight for the target. When you have this conception in your mind of the shot you're going to play, you're likely to overaccelerate the whole action at contact and to hammer the ball so that it slides to the right, ducks a little to the left or, at any rate, does something erratic.

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When I find I'm doing this—and, I hope, sometimes before an error informs me—I try to remind myself that a shot which flies in a high trajectory seldom goes crooked. Instead of setting my eyes on the pin, I raise them and pick out some higher object behind the pin as my target—the top of a tree, a spot on a slope, or even a cloud. Then, by swinging in such a way that my shot will soar toward that object, I will move into the ball with an action that encourages staying under the shot. I am convinced that there's tremendous value in keeping this image, this precept, always in the forefront of my mind.

from JACK BURKE JR., Kiamesha Lake, N.Y.