On Playing The Championship Courses, By James Braid

"The following are a few notes on the way of playing the different holes on the six championship courses - St. Andrews, Prestwick, Muirfield, Hoylake, and Deal - when it happens that one way of playing them may be better and safer than another.

Of course, it must necessarily happen that in some cases there may be differences of opinion as to which is the best way, and what I offer is merely my own, and that which is suited to my game under normal conditions.

Beginning with St. Andrews, the first hole calls for no special suggestion ; good, straight play is what is needed.

Going to the second hole, it is better to drive to the left when the green can be reached in two good shots ; but if the player cannot get there in two on account of adverse wind or for any other reason he had much better take the longer line to the right, which will leave him with a much easier approach shot.

At the third hole, keep to the right.

Play at the fourth hole must be regulated according to the exact place in which the hole has been cut."

Reference : 'Advanced Golf Or, Hints And Instruction For Progressive Players' Chapter XVIII On Playing The Championship Courses, With Eighty-Eight Photographs And Diagrams, Fifth Edition, August 1909. Open Champion, 1901, 1905, And 1906

James Braid Advanced Golf 1909

Golf eBooks

"With plenty of practice, good tuition, and a capacity for taking pains, with a faculty of supporting initial disappointments, any man, young or even middle-aged, may learn how a good game is to be played." J. H. Taylor

What We Learned From 5 Million Books By TEDx

Google Labs' Ngram Viewer snap of the wrists between 1800 and 2017 on Google Books

Golf eBooks In The Public Domain

Many 'old' books on golf instruction are now available online as eBooks, often for free, at external web sites, like :

  • The Complete Golfer By Harry Vardon, 1905. Used under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License, at www.gutenberg.org
  • PRACTICAL Instruction in Golf By Launcelot Cressy Servos, 1905. Copyright, 1905 By Launcelot Cressy Servos. Source : eBook online at HP's www.BookPrep.com

"Search, find preview and order new copies of rare, out-of-print and hard to find books on every topic imaginable. There are also thousands of books available for online reading free of charge. Start exploring!".

  • The Golf Swing The Ernest Jones Method By Daryn Hammond, 1920.

By Daryn Hammond, London, Chatto & Windus 1920, First Published, April, 29, 1920 Second Impression, July, 30, 1920 CHAPTER IV The Action of the Wrist Pages 65-79. Source : eBook online at Internet Archive's www.archive.org

How I Play Golf By Bobby Jones

Robert T. "Bobby" Jones Volume 2 The Short Game by Warner Brothers 1931, 1933. Presented by Jack Nicklaus
Available on Amazon : How I Play Golf Collection, The Short Game [VHS] and "Bobby Jones" on YouTube

"If you have a feeling that you must swing out from the top you are probably a slicer. You should have the feeling of pulling your hands down from the top more towards your right hip." Sam Snead

Golf eBooklets

Modern (1933) Golfing Methods By British And American Experts Edited By JAS. Currie Macbeth. With the Compliments of The Silvertown Company.

"To the Beginner I would say the secret of successful golf lies in the swing; so, if possible, get some instruction from a good Professional, who has the gift of imparting knowledge."

swing's the thing in GOLF By Ernest Jones, Professional, Women's National Golf and Tennis Club, Glenhead, New York Formerly Professional at Chislehurst Golf Club, Kent, England. Copyright, 1940, by Reader Mail, Inc. Printed in U.S.A. Note pages 2,3, 26, 27, 32 not included in this ebooklet.

Golf BY HARRY COOPER World Famed Professional Published By Oahu Country Club Honolulu Hawaii. Note pages 1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 30, 31, 32, 33 not included in this ebooklet.

Golf Hints By Bobby Locke in association with Lotus Ltd

LOTUS LTD "claim to be the first shoe manufacturers to produce guaranteed waterproof shoes. It was in 1914 that the famous Welted Veldtschoens were first put on the market. It was not long after their introduction that golfers found that Lotus Welted Veldtschoens were literally just the things the Doctor ordered - keep your feet dry". Note a few pages on shoe design are missing from this document, in ebooklet form.

More about Lotus LTD company history, now part of the Jacobsongroup

"The Bobby Locke Junior Open is named after the South African golfer who won the Open Championship four times and was a frequent golfing visitor to Goodwood."

"Locke's golf - based on the principles expounded by Bobby Jones, whom he admired to the exclusion of all others - is orthodox." Norman Von Nida

Golden Greats of Golf 1859 to the Present Day Benson & Hedges

Golden Greats of Golf 1859 to 1990 Allan Robertson of St Andrews to Sir Nick Faldo. By Peter Dobereiner with Peter Alliss © 1986 VHS on Amazon. How Bobby Jones Grips The American Golfer October 4 1924

Golf eTracts

"Sample etracts of public domain golf books :

Lesson II Stance, Grip, and Swing With Illustrations 'Lessons in Golf' By Alex Smith, 1907.

Championship Experiences Open Champion, 1901, 1905, And 1906 'Advanced Golf' by James Braid, 1909.

Chapter VI. Fulcrum 'GOLF' by Arnaud Massy, 1911.

Chapter IV Two Essentials of Success 'How To Play Golf' By Harry Vardon, 1913.

The Mental Picture 'The Golf Swing The Ernest Jones Method' By Daryn Hammond, 1920.

Chapter II. How To Acquire Length And Direction 'Golf Simplified' By Cecil Leitch, 1924.

All references used for learning golf, in our search for a cure to a slice

"The great authority concluded that good driving lies not merely in powerful hitting, but in the proper apportionment of quite good hitting with such a knack as gives the right amount of underspin to the ball." James Braid


by John Timpson - How to play golf quickly!

How to play golf quickly! By John Timpson"Why play quickly?

Sensible Speed

Before signing up to the Society of Quick Golfers it's worth asking why it is a good thing to spend less time on the golf course.

Pure Pleasure

It's more fun getting on with the game and spending less time between shots."

Reference : 'How to play golf quickly!' By John Timpson First published in 2005. Written by John Timpson CBE Copyright John Timpson 2005.

by Walter Hagen - Dr. Lowell's little invention

"For over 400 years golfers had pinched a bit of sand into a suitable tee for their drives. If he did not use sand, he'd hit the earth with his club or kick up a small mound of turf for teeing the ball. There had been no artificial change in the practice since the game's origin.

In 1920 Dr. William Lowell, a New Jersey dentist, a novice golfer with no great respect for the revered traditions of the game, whittled out a little wooden peg on which to mount his ball for the drive.

Playing companions ridiculed the idea, but his sons induced the doctor to patent the gadget and put it on the market. The little peg thus manufactured, painted red, was advertised to the golf world as the Red Tee. The Professional golfers dismissed it as silly and refused to accept the tees as gifts. Amateurs shrugged off their use... and even the ladies of the game looked down their pretty noses at Dr. Lowell's little invention.

Probably nothing would have come of the tees had not Joe Kirkwood and I decided to use them as a sort of added attraction on our exhibition tour of 1922.

Alex Smith told me some time later, after Joe and I had used the tees in our matches at the Shenecossett Club in New London, Connecticut where he was a pro, that he took more than twenty orders for those "silly little tees". He said he put in a stock but felt they were only a passing fad.

Joe and I strutted around the courses with the bright red tees stuck behind our ears. At each tee we used them... and left them, and the kids scrambled on to the course grabbing them as souvenirs. They became so popular that the club officials found it necessary to rope off the driving tees and the fairways to control the gallery.

This was the first time in the history of golf in the United States that the gallery control ropes were used."

Reference : 'The Walter Hagen Story' By Walter Hagen With Margaret Seaton Heck Heinemann Melbourne London Toronto First published 1957 Printed in Great Britain at The Windmill Press Kingswood, Surrey. Part Two: The Fairway 13 Joe Kirkwood Tour Page 95.

by Walter J. Travis - Don't be discouraged

Practical Golf by Walter J. Travis"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.

Each of these faults has already been treated fully in a previous chapter."

Reference : '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 - 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 Henry Cotton - What it takes to make a champion

"Do you have the qualities selected in this order, by a panel of top golfers?

  1. The Desire. This has to be an obsession, a passion.
  2. An understanding of your Swing.
  3. The Will to Practise.
  4. Competitive Experience. Means making the effort to travel.
  5. Concentration. Means trying on every shot.
  6. Good vision. To judge distance and lines on the green.
  7. Feel or Touch. For gauging force to be applied.
  8. Starting Early in Life. To have acquired co-ordination.
  9. Emotional Control. To be able to take the knocks and the good breaks with equanimity.
  10. Clean Living Habits. Goes without saying!
  11. Muscular Build. To stand practising and playing long courses.
  12. Strong Hands. Help in allowing wrists full freedom without club slipping."

Reference : 'Study the GOLF GAME with HENRY COTTON' Published in 1964 by Country Life Limited Tavistock St. London WC2 © HENRY COTTON 1964 What it Takes to Make a Champion page 224

by Jeffrey Carreira - The teaching professional's guide : Bonus Teaching Guide Inside!

"The teaching professional's guide on how to start and be successful in the golf school business!

The Golf Swing And More!

I. In order to be a great golfer, you have to know how to play the game.

There are many technical aspects of the golf swing that not everyone knows. The golf swing is made up of an elaborate series of steps that all coincide, thus proving their significance.

The grip and stance are the first things you should learn.

#1 - The Grip

a. Grip club in the air, with grooves pointing up and down.

b. Place club in line with fingers connect to the hand.

c. Grip pressure is soft, like holding an open tube of tooth paste."

Bonus Guide Example Of A Generic Teaching Manual

Reference : Jeffrey Carreira's 'The Secrets To A Successful Golf School' PGA Award Winning Teaching Professional. Foreword By Patrick Livingston PGA, CEO National Golf Schools. Authorhouse™ © 2008 Jeff Carreira. First published by Authorhouse 7/28/2008. Printed in the United States of America. Printed in Germany by Amazon Distribution GmbH, Leipzig. Bonus Teaching Guide Inside!

Of Michael Hart's Project Gutenberg - The Complete Golfer by Harry Vardon eBook

"Michael Hart, who died on September 6 aged 64, was the father of Project Gutenberg, a seemingly quixotic, scheme to copy the texts of tens of thousands of books into electronic form and distribute them for free; he thus gave birth to what has become known as the ebook revolution.

Project Gutenberg effectively began in 1971 when Hart, a student at the University of Illinois, was given an operator's account with a virtually unlimited amount of computer time at the university's Materials Research Laboratory.

At the time there was more computer time than people to use it; operators were expected to play around, to increase their proficiency. Computers of the era were cumbersome machines with whirring tape decks attended by acolytes dressed in white lab coats. The internet was two years old and was used only by academic and military researchers. Microsoft had not been born; e-mail had yet to be invented; and the Web would not come along for two more decades.

But Hart decided that what he should do with his time was download historic texts — the works of Shakespeare, the Bible, the American Constitution and so on — and make them accessible in the public domain. As the United States bicentennial was coming up, he started by typing in the Declaration of Independence, which became Project Gutenberg's first e-text.

For the next 20-odd years Hart typed away in obscurity, stockpiling books on tapes, floppy disks, CD-ROMs and hard drives. By 1987 he had typed a total of 313 books. Then, with the help of a computer programmer, he began to recruit an army of sympathetic volunteers around the world. As a result the project was able to grow much more rapidly.

He kept Project Gutenberg going on a shoestring, begging and borrowing equipment; using home remedies rather than paying to see the doctor; and building computers from discarded components. As he did not own a car for many years, he carried equipment around on a cart attached to his bicycle.

Many thought that Hart was mad, and he faced numerous setbacks. Changes to copyright laws forced him to abandon some nearly-completed projects. Academics were, for the most part, hostile, refusing to donate texts to Gutenberg because of its policy of unlimited distribution. In the early days, even those with access to the internet made little use of his archive, as downloading something like the Bible used up too much computer memory

But as networking, computer memories and text scanning technology mushroomed, Hart's idea began to be taken more seriously. In 1991 he set himself the goal of giving away a trillion books by 2001, distributed to the 100 million computers he believed would be up and running by then. "I want a world where you can walk into a public library and get 90 per cent of the information you need copied on a disk that you don't have to return," he proclaimed.

Hart's freedom of information campaign provoked a fair amount of scepticism. But Project Gutenberg has proved a boon for both lay readers and academic researchers, aiding, for example, the linguistic analysis of Hamlet and the comparison of texts to throw light on who an anonymous author might be.

As of June 2011, Project Gutenberg claimed more than 36,000 items in its collection, in 60 different languages, with an average of more than 50 new ebooks being added each week - stored in plain text to make them accessible to all. They include everything from the Bible to the Tarzan books of Edgar Rice Burroughs, and from cookbooks and reference works to issues of periodicals." Ed. Also 'The Complete Golfer' by Harry Vardon, published in 1905.

Source : The Daily Telegraph Obituaries, Michael Hart, September 8, 2011.

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 Norman Von Nida - When golfers set out to win the Open they would do well to

"It seems that some men are born to be champions and others are merely destined to come near to winning.

But for sheer bad luck in the Open, Irishman Harry Bradshaw's experience in the 1949 Open at Sandwich would be hard to beat.

There seems to be no doubt that he would have won the championship outright but for an extraordinary piece of bad luck. If golf were the sole thing, then he would have won, because he led the qualifiers with a 67 and 72, and he was still in front after the first round with a brilliant 68.

He started off in the second round, still playing scintillating golf, with four fours, and at the 5th his tee shot found the rough for about the first time.

But it found more than the rough. When he reached his ball he saw that it had actually gone into a broken beer bottle. The neck and shoulder of the bottle were off, and the bottle was upright with his ball at the bottom. A chance in a million had come off; his ball had run along the ground into the bottle and tipped it up. Bradshaw studied the shot for some time and in the end decided to play it, fearing that if he did not he might incur disqualification. He took a sandblaster, and his shot shattered the bottle and knocked the ball less than 50 yards. He took a six for the par four.

Naturally, this wretched bad luck upset him, and for four holes he played raggedly and finished with a 77, his highest score for six rounds. Nevertheless, he still tied with Bobby Locke, who later won in the replay.

Golf Isn't Hard by Norman G. Von Nida But some might say that Locke was destined to win, because he had to finish a three-four-four to tie with Bradshaw.

When he dropped a shot at the 16th it seemed all over, yet miraculously he recovered it at the 17th with a perfect iron to within 10 feet of the pin.

After a great putt, sent down when the pressure was really on, he got a four at the 18th.

This finish by Locke was undoubtedly a great one, and it does seem that when a man is going to win nothing can stop him.

So when golfers set out to win the Open they would do well to remember that they don't have to beat only old man par, but also Dame Fortune, and if one of them is destined to win then nothing can stop him!"

Reference : 'Golf Is My Business' By Norman Von Nida With Muir Maclaren Frederick Muller Ltd. London. First Published By Frederick Muller Ltd. In 1956 Copyright © 1956 Norman Von Nida And Muir Maclaren Part II Chapter Seven Golf In Britain page 116.

by Betty Hicks, The B.D.; the Burning Desire

"Edgar Jones, head golf professional of Reno, Nevada's, Hidden Valley Country Club, introduced Patty and I in 1971. She was a sturdily-built 13-year old Hidden Valley junior golf star.

As a member of the Wilson Sporting Goods Company's Advisory Staff, I was at Hidden Valley to present a golf clinic and to play nine holes with Ed Jones. "Betty," Ed said on the practice tee as I was warming up for my clinic, "I'd like you to meet Patty Sheehan."

I recognized immediately that the kid possessed the consummate motivation, the "B.D." as Betsy Rawls and I called it, borrowing a phrase from former Notre Dame football coach Frank Leahy. The Burning Desire.

This B.D. is the foundation upon which an athlete's achievements are built. This 13-year-old girl had the B.D.; she exuded it.

Thus, I was not surprised as I stepped into the grand ballroom of Reno's Hilton Hotel on November 13, 1993, to attend with 500 other friends and fans of Patty Sheehan her induction into the LPGA Hall of Fame.

The influences, the events, the inspirations, the traumatic disappointments that Patricia Leslie Sheehan experienced between 1971 and 1993 are described in Patty Sheehan on Golf."

- Betty Hicks.

Reference : Patty Sheehan's book 'Patty Sheehan on Golf', Patty Sheehan and Betty Hicks. Taylor Publishing Company, Dallas, Texas. Copyright © 1996 Patty Sheehan and Betty Hicks.

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