A tall person naturally has a more upright swing than a more compactly built player like a Souchak or a Littler who can wheel his body around and swing comparatively "flat" with little or no effort. In trying for a less upright arc, the error tall players frequently fall into is to sway laterally—and then to overswing. What they should do is let their swing remain upright but work on developing a freer, better body turn.
The taller a man is, the more he thinks that his long arms and his hands can do the trick for him all by themselves. Consequently, the more inclined he is to get lazy about his legs and his body. He has it precisely wrong. He should give at least primary attention to the action of his legs and his body. When he is off his game, instead of searching for the fault somewhere in his arms and his hands, he should start with his feet and check the action of his swing literally from the ground up. If a golfer's feet are working properly, the chances are that his knees are working properly too, and so on up. Horton Smith and Dutch Harrison are two tall men who come to mind who have tremendous body action. It goes a long way to explaining their considerable success, for correct body action is the great breeder of consistency.
from BUD HOLSCHER, Apple Valley, Calif.
August 12, 1956
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