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FOR ALL GOLFERS EXCEPT LOW-HANDICAP PLAYERS

Oct. 28, 1957
Oct. 28, 1957

Table of Contents
Oct. 28, 1957

Cover
Old Masters
  • Students at Chicago's famed Art Institute depict today's sports in the styles of the past

Acknowledgments
From The Flyways
Fisherman's Calendar
Hockey
Events & Discoveries
Preview
Angler's New Angle
Conversation Piece
World's Richest Horse Race
  • When the Garden State test for two-year-olds is run off this Saturday in New Jersey, the wheel of fortune may point out the 1957 champion; it will send one of these hopeful owners home with the year's biggest haul in prize money

Retrievers
Sporting Look
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over
Pat On The Back

FOR ALL GOLFERS EXCEPT LOW-HANDICAP PLAYERS

When I am helping a golfer who is having trouble with his swing, I often advise him to practice swinging while standing with his back about 18 inches from a wall. You will find that when you swing back and do not hit the wall, it is virtually impossible to fall into the common error golfers make on the backswing. Your left shoulder will have to stay down and can't roll up and over. The club head will move backward in a rising arc. At the end of the backswing, it will be pointing in the direction of the target, and its face will not be open. However, if you drop the club on the back-swing so that the club is lowered toward the right shoulder, the club head will hit the wall, and this will inform you that you have swung back incorrectly.

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Next try facing the wall, spotting the club head about an inch from it. When you practice swinging in this position it will help you to correct errors in the forward part of your swing. It will make you keep the left shoulder down and under. If you don't, again the club head will hit the wall. As you swing facing the wall, you will find that you will use your left hand as a pull-down for power instead of using only your right hand and right shoulder, a fault which makes you hit over the ball. If the left hand is pulling down, the right will follow naturally, adding power. Golf is a two-handed game, but the left hand dominates. The right hand helps it.

from BILLY BURKE The Country Club, Cleveland

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