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Scott’s Profile: A native Northern Californian with a deep love for pacific coast golf courses.  Favorites: Olympic Club, Spyglass, and Pebble Beach.  First golf memory: Introduced to golf at age 3 with a wooden shafted putter (while on a family vacation to Calgary),the putter didn’t make it home in one piece – broken after chasing a gopher down a hole.  Inspirational golf personality: as a kid captivated by many superstars of the 70s and 80s, ultimate inspiration was Arnold Palmer.  Current passion in golf: a slowed competitive ambition, and a love for learning, exploring and appreciating the finer points in golf. Favorite golf activity: traveling abroad and meeting new people, share a love for the game, and of course exploring both new and classic golf courses.  Hole-in-one count: 6. Handicap: a debatable 1.0 index.  College: USF

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Much of what we are taught today is recycled from the long past. Of course there are changes too, but not so much in instruction as in the technology that is imbedded in the equipment.

The following excerpts are taken from a book titled Cut Your Score: The Book of Commonsense Golf, by George Lardner, who, lacking great name status wisely got the endorsement of Francis Ouimet, a true hero of golf, who wrote the foreword. Lardner was a keen observer of the mechanics used by the great players of the time and here presents a variety of tips based on those players and their techniques.

Enjoy these excerpts - commonplace errors that golfers make in any era, and keys are suggested that can help overcome each problem.

shinnecock first holeOur National Open at Shinnecock is perhaps the most British of all US Opens. Seems like a contradiction in terms, but in many ways, it’s true. To see and play Shinnecock Hills is like taking a trip across the Atlantic to visit one of the courses on the Rota of The Open. The Brits know how to let the grass grow high, knee high, and they do it just as effectively at Shinnecock Hills. I’ve seen players get in that high grass and just HACK at the ball—with great frustration when the ball merely moves a few yards.

Edward (Ted) Ray's Putting Tips

Sunday, 21 October 2012
Published in Short Game 3

Edward Ray, Winner on Both Sides of the Atlantic
His Putting Style Can Work For You, Pipe or Not

The Greatest Game Ever Played is the name of a movie about the 1913 US Open, played in Brookline, MA, and won by an American caddie in a well-contested Championship that went to an extra payoff day to decide the winner. That player was Francis Ouimet, Edward Ted Ray Putting Masterwho went on to an illustrious golfing career as an amateur, and even more important, inspired the nation to take up golf seriously, not simply as an activity reserved for the wealthy.

Ouimet distinguished himself later by forming a Scholarship Fund, which allowed deserving caddies a chance to go to college. Ouimet was held in high esteem across the pond, both as a competitor in team play and ultimately as the first American elected to be Captain of the Royal and Ancient.

And why was it that Ouimet’s victory was so significant? Because the two men that Ouimet tied at the end of 72 holes, were famous British champions in their own right. They were Harry Vardon, generally acknowledged to be the best golfer anywhere, and Ted Ray, who had won The (British) Open at Muirfield the prior year, 1912.

Bernard Darwin ShotToday we have many choices of clubs for our fairway shots. But in Darwin’s day, in this case 1912, they really depended on the spoon (3 wood), the cleek (long iron), and the mashie (short iron). This included trouble shots, like difficult downhill lies.

The down-slope, the hated the hanging lie. The exact degree of unpleasantness will be dependent not only on this steepness of the hanging lie


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