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April 12, 1952

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Helpful Hints On How To Be An Average Golfer ^^^^MBBgy^-Atf3.^--T-.7C77, . ; «.-v.i'.-i.'. I ·»··---».·--^-----^-- . ^y._ __ . . . . _. .. NOtTHWIlT ARKANSAS TUNIS. teyenevMo, ArfcwMM. fcriurrfoy, April 1], 1H1 i No. 1: Getting started on the game of golf naturally entails rounding up the needed supplies for the trip around the course. Clubs and balls (you can generally count on borrowing all tho tees needed) and '. a bag are tne essentials. Sunburn oil, , sandwiches, cigars, umbrella, snake bite kit, etc., can be added as the amateur progresses. But these things are not the unsolvable problems of the game. In order to play the sport properly a knowledge of fundamentals is v i t a l . Of almost equal importance to a good swing arc the grip and the stance. Concerning the stance there are rules pertaining tu the placement of the feet in relation to the ball governed in each case by (He dub being used. These rules are readily obtained from any good golf book, but apply only to lies in the fairway. What happens when the ball is pent skittering or flying into the deepest recesses of the rough? At that point all the patent rules go out the window. When the ball lands in waist-high sedge grass, in the bottom of a ditch, ·gainst a tree, or between a rock and a hard place there is no help from any of the illustrated golf lessons . . . the pro has no word of advice. To follow normal procedure for taking a stance, in the illustration above, would likely result in a quick call for the ambulance. But the situation is Bot too difficult. Confidence is important. The thing to do is use a club with high lift, use a short grip on the club and a short hackswing and make sure you get the ball back to level ground. Such a maneuver will cost you one stroke, but accept this calmly, sure in the knowledge that your opponent will soon set in the same shape and is likely to lose two strokes. Notice firmly planted feet. No. 2: Of equal importance to the stance is the grip. There are two kinds and both are essential to the game. In the first place ,, it is impossible to swing the club properly ,S,o that .the force of the clubhead is imparted to the ball without correct hand action. The body, arms and eyes all play roles in the execution of the good swing, but the hands arc the controlling factor. Secondly, the golfer must maintain a jjrio upon himself during the course of his play or he will soon discover he has no one to play with. Trying though it may be at times the average golfer should make cert a i n at the outset that he has a good grip on both the club and himself. In the above picture the importance of both these grips is well illustrated. Knowing how tn grip the club can be very important when introducing a friend to the game. It can serve as the foundation for a fine friendship And keeping a grip on one's self under such circumstances is readily apparent. Notice the placement of Jliss Betly Lu George's hands on the club. The right hand is overlapping the left, and the right hand fingers are maintaining a firm, but not tense, grip on the club. The left hand is holding club with the fingers prcwing the handle against the heel at the hand and also is firm but not tense. The overlapping of the right hand tends to make the two work as a single unit, with the right pressing down on the. left giving extra security to the left hand grip. The left hand is the master throughout the swing. Notice in the picture that the "V" formed by the thumbs of both hands point toward the right shoulder. The teaching technique here is, of course, basic. No. 3: The secret of using long- irons is to use them only on short shots where the ball needs to be kept low. A common f a u l t of the. average player is his insistence on using- r, two or three iron when he should be using a wood club. The wood will give bettor direction, distance and satisfaction on partially missed shots than the iron on most occasions. However, when finding the ball within 150 yards of the pin and situated under or behind tree limbs, the long iron is an invaluable tool. Here the secret is in a short backswing, careful attention to hitting the ball firmly and a conscious effort to hit the U,u ealt/y. 1/ie long irons are also valuable in fishing balls out of water hazards and muddy spots, in killing snakes and in practice swings using walnuts. For general use, if the golfer is completely without confidence in his woods. and needs a 200-plus yard shot to reach the green the long iron Is alright providing the golfer is willing to "swing easy." Trying to over-power a long iron is futile. If the urge to kill Is too strong then select a four or five Iron and.sacrifice a little distance. Always remember that losing- one stroke is'-better than losing two. That single thing will win many a golf game. In the illustration above the golfer (nearly upright object in background wearing cap) is faced with a delicate shot between and under a pair of !ar;r; tree.'. Th* £r»cn is only a matter of a hundred yards 'or'.so away, but the shot must br kept low, The golfer is getting ready to hit a three-iron through Ihe treos, and the things he shou'd remember are to depend on wrists and concentrate on dlrc:-tlo:i. Look What They're Wearing TJiis Easter (Editor's note: Albn Gilbert, Jr., author of the following article on golf, is well qualified in discuss the problems thai confront the jtve.rafic golfer, having been an average golfer himself Inr almost 20 years. As a hobby Mr. Gilbert started collecllni! bad shots many years HRO and now has one of the finest collections to he found In the state. His discussion heir, is therefore completely a u t h o r i t a t i v e based upon personal and sad experience.) By ALLAN A. r.ll.BKRT, JR. This is the season o( red-bud and dogwood, of sudden rain and ^unny afternoons with f r e s h leaves and flowers and lazy to staggering breezes from the south, it's spring. Coincident with this season !lu: sports department of a newspaper ;s subject to a deluge of syndicated features designed to Improve the golf game of tnc reader. This spring we have received detailed and exhaustive treatises on gulf Irom Hobby Locke, Ben Hogan and an assortment of others. And in the past we've had a series authored by v i r t u a l l y every member of the Professional Golf Association. We've pondered and pcrusud features with an eye to their worth lor the average golf playing reader. It cannot be contested lh.it the men writing these features know their business. They know how to play golf and they know that most golfers are always w i l l - ing to try something that might possibly save them a stroke ur two. But how many colters ever benefited from sum vicarious lessons? Few, we'll wager. And the reason for this, we believe, is I that a consumate pro explaining his system to the average hacker is roughly comparable to Albert Einstein giving a course on the theory of relativity to a nursery school class. i-ro.cssionals like Sam Snrad, Hogan and Locke offer the aver- \ sons o w n i n g a set of cluhs) needs age golfer a lesson in par or bet- I to know is how he, as an indl- ter golf when the student has l i k e - 1 v i d u a l , can help his own game ly never scored w i t h i n 20 or 30' with his own arms, legs, clubs, strokes of that figure. Teaching; menial blocks and idiosyncrasies such a person to hit a two-iron j --not how Hogan won the Open. 220 yards to the Din is as i m - 1 With that in mind we offer to- probable a proposition as e x p l a i n - [ d a y a series of pictures and text Ing some of Einstein's equations to designed to meet the problems of ' IT'I MOSTLY THI NAT thit citcliei probibly ir «t church. Designers · the eye In i womin'i E»t«r eoxumt, and here »rt liven itylei you'll. re Lilly Dache. Keneth Hopklnit and Slmone Mlrman. r'nfirnatkmaU . a first grader. } What the overage golfer f i n - ! eluding three of cvrry four per- j the treat majority of irregular participators at gnlf. We promise to shave 10 or 15 strokes from your game this spring, tit course If you Insist on playing more than six holes the deal is off. One last word: Before plunging Inlo the pictures and text of today's lesson fix firmly in mind three t h i n g s -- ( I ) use the left hand an the controlling factor In the Hiving at all! tiroes; (2) constantly work «t coii- trolllnj! the impulse to swing bird;,' and (3) whatever else you do, have f u n . · Our thanks In extended to Fay- ettcvlllo Country Club pro Botr Zander, for technical advice; .to Mlts Betty Lu Georje for delay?. Ing a dental appointment Ion* enough to' help out; and t» Ed. Pu»k». photographer, for hli excellent ndvlcc »nd len« work. ' ' Weekly Classified Business and Professional Directory EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBERS CITY HOSPITAL Phone 1200 OAS. Ptione 2160 ACCOUNTINO-MOOIKN ·UIIN1II COURtlO · CITY WATIR PUNT. Phono 721 LIGHT AND POWIR. Phono 2200. MUTUAL MM. Phone 73 POUCI. Phono 9 TRAIN FOR CIVIL SIRVICI JOU SECRETARIAL -- STANDARD COURSES FAYETTEVILLE BUSINESS COLLEGE FAYETTEVILLE. ARKANSAS PHONE II H. O. DAVIS, PRES. AUTO BLAH · No. 4: The short irons are extremely important to the Average golfer's game. W i t h the short irons he can make up for a poor drive or a poor second shot. With the exception of the putt it is the most important shot in the game for the average golfer. The professional instructor seldom docs more than mention this phase of the game for it is of minor importance to the par- shooter. But for a Sunday afternoon player the short shot is often the difference between a good round and a bad one. Here confidence is the important thing. There is no one way that is best. Putting hackspin on the ball is fine for pros, but there are a lot of good players t h a t play for and get a running shot. "This phase of the game needs practice more than anv other. The average golfer should try and get some practice on this type of shot. The key to the shot is the ability to swing the same way every time, which automatically controls direction. Practice will help in judging distance. One common fault is constantly trying to correct a push (or pull) on this shot. If pulling (or push- Ing) Is natural, do it that way all the time. In the above illustration a nine-Iron pitch to the green Is being made. Notice the manner In which the club is driven down Into the ground and notice that the golfer to looking up following the hall's flight. Confidence In stroking the ball is paramount to success on this shot. Contrary to the above picture a follow-through Is de- firahle. In the nhove pose our golfer got rnught al. what if commonly referred tr «s "iteam shoveling the ball." 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In a round of golf on a par 70 course, perfect play calls for two putts per green or a total of 36 strokes. That is over half of the grand total, which emphasi7.es the importance of this stroke. Here again, practice is important. A good rule for the average golfer Is: work on doing the same thing every lime. That gives a focal point of concentration and concentration is the key to good putting. A little experimenting before every round will indicate a tendency to push, pull, hit too hard or too easy. The thing, then, Is not to clutter up the mind with h«]f-a-dn7.en things to correct on each stroke--rather, try to make the same mistakes with consistency compc.n!0lin« through f o o l placement for tho errors In direction. In the above picture the golfer is shown expressing confidence at he Indulge) in thi second step of the four accepted stages of putting: ( I ) line up hall with hole from every angle; (2) upend considerable time getting stance and grip properly adjusted; (.1) hit hall w i t h indecisive jab; (4) slcp back nnd wnil until its your ti O. 6: The most drastic and sclf-saliifyinK thing in golf is the long, soaring fhot. On the tec the golfer is consumed hy an overwhelming urj?e to blast the bull'as near to 40n yards as possible. Since there is little use rontrollinif this urge for the avcraRC player (who nets as much satisfaction out of t a k i n g a micht.v swipe at the pellet as he would in h i l l i n g It cleanly) we'll let tnat so. However, since the golfer's ego is clofcst to thr surface on the tec, it is well to take into consideration the advire given by the pror. Here Is the chance to copy that loose-jointed and flowing swing of the game's long hitters. Of course the odds against the average solfcr connecting- properly using Ihe professional swing and a primeval urge are astronomical. In the picture above Ihe golfer Is shown on his follow-through. He is relaxed, has followed all Ihe lessons he can remember from Hogan's "Power Oolf," and Is confident in his appearance. Hut notire the hall. In his efforts to keep all 20 things t h a t Hogan does In mind the golfer nrgleel« to hit the hall. This coulrt happen to you. The only way to correct It is to s t n r t ' o t i t say- Ing you'll hit the ball, f i r m l y hut not too hard, «nd work Irom there. (Notice the shirt, shoes and cap. Oolf In becoming * same where sartorial excellence Is ranked on « par with par). Notice the different riirecllons the golfer and the lady In the background sre iooklnj. They nre eearrh- Ing for the bull which actually only rnllfd several feet off the tee. It should he pointed oul t h a t Inriy caddies lire not used extensively in the South. 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