For golfers of all degrees of skill

Jan. 07, 1957
Jan. 07, 1957

Table of Contents
Jan. 7, 1957

Sportsman Of 1956
Events & Discoveries
The Wonderful World Of Sport
  • By William F. Talbert

    A happy-go-lucky Texan won the hearts of the Aussie fans in a losing cause as the U.S. Davis Cup team met DOOM DOWN UNDER

Horse Racing
Sporting Look

For golfers of all degrees of skill

I like to imagine that a railroad track runs from the spot where I'm standing right up to the green. My feet are planted squarely on one rail of the track, and the ball is positioned on the other rail.

This is an article from the Jan. 7, 1957 issue Original Layout

If this sounds like a foolish method for setting your direction up, consider the square-your-shoulders-to-the-target method many golfers use. By squaring his shoulders to the flag, say, the golfer feels he will be hitting on a straight line toward the flag. That feeling is deceiving, however. Unless the golfer automatically compensates—and a lot of golfers do this—chances are the ball will go sailing off to the right of center, for there is a tendency to cut across the ball in an effort to keep it square on the object. The club closes in instead of hitting from the inside out.

After a few swings the railroad-track method begins to feel natural. The tracks of the imaginary railroad come to a point at the target, just as the tracks of a real railroad appear to merge in the distance. On the downswing the club will feel as if it's going to whack the ball far to the right of that target point. It won't. You'll be right on line.

from WILLIE KLEIN, La Gorce Country Club, Miami Beach, Fla.