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FOR GOLFERS OF ALL DEGREES OF SKILL

Dec. 23, 1957
Dec. 23, 1957

Table of Contents
Dec. 23, 1957

Yesterday
Acknowledgments
Coming Events
Events & Discoveries
Spectacle
  • Miami sparkles and swells and toots like a calliope at this time of year with its annual Orange Bowl extravaganza—a fine and final tribute to King Football

Bridge Quiz
Flip-Top Zoo
Silver All-America
For Holiday Entertaining
A Special Memo From The Publisher
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

FOR GOLFERS OF ALL DEGREES OF SKILL

Golf is not a reflex action, but the nearer you can get your game to it, the better. In the actual striking of the ball, very little extra thought is needed to supplement the plan you've previously arrived at for playing that shot. It is, of course, impossible to separate the mental (the thinking out of the shot) completely from the physical (the actual shotmaking), but a golfer stands to profit if he can separate the two as much as possible. I think Henry Ransom does this very well.

This is an article from the Dec. 23, 1957 issue Original Layout

Your thinking should be completed prior to taking your stance. As you walk down the fairway to your ball, begin to think out the upcoming shot, where you want to hit it, how hard you want to hit it and so on. Walk out to one side of the ball as you look the shot over. As in putting, this "triangling" can help you get a better sense of distance. Don't wait until you're standing over the ball to do your thinking. You will tighten up muscularly then. You're bound to. Think the shot out first. Then, when you step up over the ball, just play your shot. Don't give yourself too much time over the ball, or you'll second-guess yourself. Be positive. The results are invariably better if you play the wrong club with decision rather than the right club with wavering confidence.

from DOW FINSTERWALD Tequesta Country Club, Tequesta, Fla.

PHOTOILLUSTRATIONIncorrect: tension results from too much time and speculation over the ballILLUSTRATIONDow Finsterwald makes up his mind as to specific shot he will be playing before assuming his stance over ballILLUSTRATIONCorrect: prepared in advance, relaxed player executes shot without unnecessary fussing

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