particularly for advanced golfers

Dec. 03, 1956
Dec. 03, 1956

Table of Contents
Dec. 3, 1956

The Melbourne Olympics
Events & Discoveries
The Titans Were Tied
  • 'Navy beware' is the message to be read between the lines in what Earl Blaik has to say as he gets his Cadets ready to face the favored Middies in Philadelphia this Saturday in the 57th meeting of the two great rivals

Scouting Reports
Sport In Art
  • Rousseau's quaintly mustachioed soccer players

The Outdoor Week
  • Edited by Thomas H. Lineaweaver

    In Montana state fish and game officials war on the fibbing military, in Michigan a National Skeet Champion breaks an expensive bird, while in New Brunswick a deer-jacker shoots with strange result

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over
Mr. Caper
Mail Order Gourmet
Pat On The Back

particularly for advanced golfers

One of the features distinguishing the swings of topnotch golfers, so goes one of the clichés of the locker room and the practice fairway, is the definite pause between completing the backswing and commencing the downswing. Some clarification of this point would, I think, be helpful. The impression most golfers get when they watch a fine player is that all movement ceases during the pause at the top of his swing. It does look that way to the untrained eye, but in reality the frozen pause as such doesn't exist. It is the effect produced when the wrists begin to flex back (in a counterclockwise arc) as they reverse their direction and begin the downswing.

This is an article from the Dec. 3, 1956 issue Original Layout

The average golfer who wants to get the feeling of this so-called pause can do so if he times his swing by saying to himself, "Swing back and through"—the "and" would then coincide with that period of the swing in which his hands hold the club at the top of his backswing while the wrists reverse into the downswing. There is more than just good looks to this action, as there is in all good style. It is a refinement of timing that inevitably leads to the proper extension of the wrists and arms at contact. While the apparent pause is present in the good golf swing, it is never present in the stiff and tense golf swing. What makes for the pausing effect is leaving out all effort to achieve it.

from PALMER MAPLES, Bienvenue Country Club, Rocky Mount, N.C.

TWO PHOTOSILLUSTRATIONAt the top of the swing, the wrists reverse their direction, creating the effect of a pause