for medium- and high-handicap golfers

July 23, 1956
July 23, 1956

Table of Contents
July 23, 1956

Casey's Pennant
  • The All-Star Game marks the halfway point of the season. It was a good game, followed by a good baseball week—one of heroics, arguments and oddities. Milwaukee opened daylight at the top of the National League standings. Old Mel Parnell earned a $500 raise by pitching a no-hitter, and Robin Roberts shut out the powerful Redlegs in 98 minutes. At Wrigley Field the bean ball made a brazen reappearance. Washington's Connie Grob won a game with one pitch, and in St. Louis there was a long rhubarb when the umpires disagreed. But the biggest news item of the week was unmistakable: the Yankees are in.

Events & Discoveries
The Wonderful World Of Sport
Track & Field
Harness Racing
The Outdoor Week
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over
Mr. Caper
Pat On The Back

for medium- and high-handicap golfers

Bobby Jones played our course 32 years ago, played it for 10 days. I've watched all the great golfers from Alec Smith to Dr. Middlecoff, but I learned more from watching Jones than any other golfer. I'll tell you what impressed me the most; he shifted his weight beautifully. He never hit down: he hit through the ball.

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I've been trying to get this across to my pupils for years, but it's tough. They hear that the pros hit down on the ball, so that's what they're going to do too. Only they do it wrong. They don't hit the ball on the downswing in the process of swinging through like the pros. They hammer down on the ball as if they were banging a nail into wood. They get into the bad habit of playing the ball too close to the right foot, and from that position they can't develop good hand action.

A very fine golfer will get more distance on his irons by playing the ball a little back, but the average golfer will dig. If he would play the ball in line with his left heel on all his shots, he'd hit through then. One more thing. You won't see real good golfers like the doctor taking a big hunk of turf to control their swing. They don't have to. They've already got their swing under control.

from BILL SHIELDS, Thorny Lea Golf Club, Brockton, Mass.

ILLUSTRATIONIncorrect (above): chopping down at the ballILLUSTRATIONCorrect (right): hitting through the ballTWO PHOTOS