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THE QUESTION: What do you dislike most about your golf game? (Asked in Bermuda)

Oct. 12, 1959
Oct. 12, 1959

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Oct. 12, 1959

World Series
Thundering Herd
Spectacle
Pro Football
Ducks
Horse Show
Automobiles
How To Beat Snead
  • A hacker named Harry settles down in his den and, aided by a bottle of brandy and a clear memory of his best strokes, faces Ol' Sam on TV—and licks him. You can try the same thing Saturday, when Sam meets Gary Player in the first match of the 1959-60 All-Star series (ABC-TV, 5 p.m. E.D.T.)

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over
Pat On The Back

THE QUESTION: What do you dislike most about your golf game? (Asked in Bermuda)

LIEUT. GENERAL SIR JOHN WOODALL
Governor of Bermuda
I am most annoyed by the incredible insolence of the golf ball, which, having been banged and walloped more or less to the place of my choice for perhaps two-thirds of the round, suddenly won't run straight on the truest greens.

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MRS. A. BROCK PARK
Six times Bermuda champion
Too many of my good putts hang on the brim of the cup. The additional tap nullifies a perfect 200-yard drive. And when I'm all set for an accurate 150-yard shot, but have to wait for a foursome ahead to hole out, I will hit a topping shot instead.

GEORGE WARDMAN
Captain of Bermuda 1958 World Amateur team
Those one-to two-foot putts I miss. I really don't mind very much topping a few drives, cutting some irons or stubbing a chip here and there, but that first missed 18-incher is painful, the second is humiliating and the third mortifying.

JUAN T. TRIPPE
President Pan American World Airways
What bothers me most is my yipping. I too often yip an easy chip shot. I hit half an inch behind the ball to produce a perfect yip. The ball goes only a few feet—instead of reaching the green. For me, a yip is worse than a shank.

THE HON. H. D. BUTTERFIELD
Managing director Bank of Butterfield
The alibi that I have to use as an excuse for my complete inability to hit the ball the way I used to. It's a rather lame alibi—bifocal glasses—but I do get a sympathetic response from those who remember my 250-yard drives of yore.

ARCHIE COMPSTON
Pro at Mid-Ocean Golf Club
That I've never really been able to play the game—although Harry Payne of Englewood, N.J. autographed one of my pictures: "To a great golf doctor—from a hopeless patient." I can remember only six good shots in a lifetime of golf

HAROLD CROSS
Director, pro golf sales A. G. Spalding & Bros. Inc.
My inability to hit the ball as far as the pros do. Recently I thought I had improved because I started to hit the ball out of sight. But when I had a routine eye examination the doctor said my eyes were worse than my drives.

JOHN B. GATES
Vice president of finance, Pan American World Airways
The times the game brings out weakness in my character. Some sportswriters have said that the contact sports—football, wrestling, etc.—do this sort of thing to a marked degree, but I recommend they study golf as a real test of character.

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