Ladies Golf, By Charles A. Whitcombe

"Ladies, as a rule, play more naturally than men.

There is, however, a greater tendency to overswing.

No doubt they imagine that extra length of the swing will help them to get more distance.

I recommend them to restrict their swing and pay more attention to timing their shots.

Many lady golfers do not understand the meaning of timing and, as it comes so natural to the professional, he does not realise the necessity of explaining it to his pupils.

The method of play with wooden clubs already described applies equally to lady golfers as to men.

The Iron play of lady golfers is often unsatisfactory, owing to the fact that they use the Irons in the same way as the wooden clubs. They let the weight of the body follow too far after the club.

This can be avoided by taking a little more open stance, which will check the pivoting and give a more upright swing.

I always recommend ladies to continue playing other games while taking their early lessons in golf, as any ball game helps to train the eye, to perfect the balance and teach the art of correct timing."

Reference : 'Charles Whitcombe On Golf' by Charles A. Whitcombe. Ladies Golf, Page 62. First Printed March, 1931. Alexander-Ouseley Limited, Windsor House, London, S.W.1

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"Players who have continued to plug a so-called new method, when in fact they are using only a sort of gimmick, rarely stay good." Henry Cotton


Insights

by Vannevar Bush - It operates by association

"When data of any sort are placed in storage, they are filed alphabetically or numerically, and information is found (when it is) by tracing it down from subclass to subclass.

It can be in only one place, unless duplicates are used; one has to have rules as to which path will locate it, and the rules are cumbersome. Having found one item, moreover, one has to emerge from the system and re-enter on a new path.

The human mind does not work that way. It operates by association.

With one item in its grasp, it snaps instantly to the next that is suggested by the association of thoughts, in accordance with some intricate web of trails carried by the cells of the brain.

It has other characteristics, of course; trails that are not frequently followed are prone to fade, items are not fully permanent, memory is transitory.

Yet the speed of action, the intricacy of trails, the detail of mental pictures, is awe-aspiring beyond all else in nature. Man cannot hope fully to duplicate this mental process artificially, but he ought to be able to learn from it."

Reference : 'As We May Think' by Vannevar Bush The Atlantic Monthly, July 1945 Chapter 6

By Daryn Hammond - Observe the Three Fundamental Principles

Know Exactly How To Grip the Club

"Having satisfied himself that he knows exactly how the club should be gripped, the player should practise the movement, preliminary to the swing, inelegantly described as the "waggle".

Get the Feel of the Club

Much is to be gained from the waggle treated as an exercise. The waggle should be performed, not aimlessly, but by the conscious application of power by the fingers.

The golfer should move the club-head backward, and then move it forward, thinking only of producing the movement by finger.

He will soon become at ease with his grip and on good terms with his club ; he will get the "feel" of the club, and become conscious of an increasing demand over its movements.

In doing this exercise he must determine -

(1) to grip the club firmly in the forefingers and thumbs.

(2) to keep every other part of the body relaxed, notably the wrists, arms and shoulders.

(3) to apply the motive power continuously, persistently by the fingers.

If these points are observed, then -

(a) the body can never lead ; and

(b) the body will always follow.

The Waggle Until it Becomes a Complete Swing

The player will quickly become an expert waggler, and he can then extend the waggle until it becomes a complete backward and forward swing.

If the same principles be always borne in mind, the shoulders will turn and the knees will bend in due time and place.

The Three Fundamental Principles

This backward and forward swinging rapidly promotes that sense of balance and that feeling of control over the club which hundred of rounds of golf often fail to give ; and no matter how much he may be "on his game", he cannot fail to derive advantage from the exercise, provided that it is performed, never perfunctorily or carelessly, but always with the resolve that the three fundamental principles of grip, relaxation and finger work shall be consciously and conscientiously carried out.

The exercise so practised will produce not only freedom and certainty of movement, but that habit of mental concentration which golf demands as much as anything else in life, whether work or play.

Cured By Due Observation of Three Principles

If the body and mind are constantly trained in this manner, the actual hitting of the ball is not likely to present any grave difficulty. Naturally, the very presence of the ball will tempt the golfer to forget one or more of the three articles of faith, and he will often fall before the temptation ; but so long as he realizes that the failure of the shot must be due to failure to observe one or more of the three articles of faith, and to nothing else, and is to be cured by due observation of those articles and by nothing else, his progress in the game will not be long delayed."

Reference : 'The Golf Swing The Ernest Jones Method by Daryn Hammond', London, Chatto & Windus 1920, First Published, April, 29, 1920 Second Impression, July, 30, 1920, CHAPTER III The Swing.

by Jack Grout - Fundamental 5 : full extension

"Full extension is a matter of using all your physical self as you swing - of fully stretching and coiling all the muscles of your body that need stretching and coiling.

On The Lesson Tee by Jack GroutMost of that stretching and coiling is done during your backswing, to allow for later unstretching and uncoiling as you return the club to the ball.

Full extension is easy to explain, but physically demanding to execute.

It involves three things during your backswing:

  1. Making as full a turning of the hips as you possibly can short of straightening your right leg or shifting your weight onto the outside of your right foot.
  2. Making as full a shoulder turn as you can while keeping the head steady.
  3. Swinging your hands on as wide and as high an arc as you can short of shifting your head position or loosening your hold on the club."

Reference : 'On The Lesson Tee' A Sports Publication by: The Athletic Institute Basic Golf Fundamentals Jack Grout Jack Nicklaus' Teacher and Coach Illustrations By Jim McQueen Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. New York Copyright © 1982 by the Athletic Institute

by Walter J. Travis - The Principal Causes of Slicing

"So many things are responsible for slicing, either singly or collectively, that it may take even a first-class coach some little time to put his finger on the actual seat of the trouble, and the chances are that it will take you much longer, unassisted. Don't be discouraged, however. "Genius," Carlyle, I think, says, "is simply the capacity of taking infinite pains."

It may not be amiss to here recapitulate a few of the principal causes of slicing:

  • Hitting off the heel.
  • Pulling the arms in.
  • Improper position of the hands in gripping.
  • Gripping loosely with the left hand, and tightly with the right.
  • Standing too far back of the ball.

Practical Golf by Walter J. TravisEach of these faults has already been treated fully in a previous chapter."

Reference : Walter J. Travis' book 'Practical GOLF by Walter Travis. Illustrated From Photographs. New & Revised Edition. New York and London Harper & Brothers Publishers 1903', extract from Chapter VIII General Remarks page 99. Copyright, 1901, by Harper & Brothers May 1901.

"Walter J. Travis (January 10, 1862 - July 31, 1927) was born in Maldon Australia and became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1890.

Nicknamed "The Old Man" because of his late start in the game, aged 35 - Walter Travis was the most successful amateur golfer in the U.S. during the early 1900s.

Travis won the U.S. Amateur Championship in 1900, 1901 and 1903. In 1904, he became the first foreign player to win the British Amateur Championship."

by Ben Hogan - Quite like detectives

"All of us, quite like detectives, set off on our own separate paths. We develop a cure here, put it to the test to see if it holds up, develop another lead there, test this lead in turn to see if it will hold up, and so on and so on. It is not an easy job.

Perhaps the only true mystery to golf is the essential magnetism the game possesses which makes so many of us, regardless of discouragement, never quite turn in our trench coats and magnifying glasses and stop our search for the answers."

Reference : Ben Hogan's book on the 'Five Lessons, The Modern Fundamentals of Golf', Chapter 2. Copyright © by Hogan Royalty Partners, L.P. 2006.

by Tom Watson - How to stop a slice?

"The most commonly asked question to me is how do you stop a slice?

Everybody seems that they slice the ball and they want a solution. Well, there are several things I tell. The first thing I look at is the grip... A lot of the time, that's the only solution that's necessary for people who slice the ball."

Reference : Tom Watson's Lessons of A Lifetime DVD, Instruction from one of Golf's Greats, Your Step by Step guide to a better game in 44 lessons. Two Disc Set & Instructional Booklet © Copyright 2010 Tom Watson Productions, tomwatson.com.


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