Whenever they attend a tournament to watch the top pros or amateurs in action, it is the serious intention of most golfers to study the stars' technique and thereby improve their own. This is easier said than done, for most golfers find that when they watch a top player they become so involved in the player's personality and so absorbed by the flight of the ball that it is next to impossible to concentrate on the niceties of technique.

I mention this because, if you studied the stars attentively, you would observe that one fundamental that almost every fine technician puts into practice is the comfortable flexing of the knees. When you assume your stance, the knees should break forward comfortably, and the same amount of flex should be maintained throughout the swing. Women players particularly are prone to lock their legs stiffly at address. All fluid motion is then denied them, and the best they can do is to brace backward on a locked right leg, then jump off the right side to the left side. This can be easily avoided by swinging with your knees relaxed and flexible—just as you would do for ballroom dancing. It permits ease of movement and flow of motion.

from BEVERLY HANSON, Apple Valley, Calif.

TWO PHOTOS
ILLUSTRATIONIncorrect: knees stiff ILLUSTRATIONCorrect: knees flexed

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