Strengthening the left arm

March 28, 1960
March 28, 1960

Table of Contents
March 28, 1960

Table of Contents
Ron And Don
  • By Robert Boyle

    Training together on a secluded California beach are an Irishman and an American with a common aim—to beat Australia's Herb Elliott to an Olympic medal at Rome

Events & Discoveries
The Art of Fishing with the Wet Fly PART I
  • On eastern streams and on the wilder waters of the West, Angler James Leisenring, who died in 1951, was known as a master of wet-fly fishing. In this issue, Leisenring's old friend and companion angler, Vernon Hidy, in collaboration with Champion Fly Caster Johnny Dieckman and Artist Anthony Ravielli, begins a three-part series on Leisenring's trout-tested techniques based on many lessons learned from him at streamside

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

Strengthening the left arm

Recently, when I was reading Henry Cotton's This Game of Golf, a book that delighted me with its many provocative thoughts on that inexhaustible subject, I was particularly struck by a short chapter about practicing with the left hand only.

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Being a great believer in timing and rhythm, which a strong left side produces, I have taken Mr. Cotton's advice and have started practicing a left-hand swing with the wedge. It tells you a great deal. You can feel with marvelous clarity everything that happens in the swing, and you get a good feeling of contact with the ball. Right from the start, you discover another important plus: practice with the left hand alone makes you finish your swing. You can't possibly hit the ball unless you do.

Swinging with the left arm teaches an equally significant lesson. You find out the role the controlling left side plays in every phase of the swing and exactly how the movements of the left arm relate to the other parts of the body. To start with, it compels you to get set up correctly at address with your feet and legs positioned strongly. Otherwise, you can't even begin a golf swing. Throughout the swing, it reinforces facts you had previously known but never appreciated so keenly. You are more certain than ever, for instance, that when you sway off the ball you can't get back to it. In the end, when you begin to swing with both hands again, you find that everything—everything that should be in the swing—has become more clearly defined.

MARRY LENA FAULK, Glen Arven CC, Thomasville, Ga.


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