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Alex Morrison - A New Way to Better Golf

Alex Morrison is your consonant professional in 1930, and a golf instructor with a huge following. Among hisbook credits are these:morrison a new way to better golf


A New Way to Better Golf

1932, Simon and Schuster



morrison pcoket guide to better golf


Pocket Guide to Better Golf

1934, Simon and Schuster




morrison better golf without practice


Better Golf Without Practice

1940, Simon and Schuster

 Morrison had a strong message, and the ability to express his ideas clearly. When he writes about the golf swing, it's quit convincing... as teachers go.

Not only that, he dressed in a sharp stylish manner; plus-four pants and argyle socks draped on his lanky frame. At one point his credibility went up when a photographic comparison of his own swing was matched against Bobby Jones, who two years prior had won “the impregnable quadrilateral,” the U. S. and British Amateurs and the U. S. and British Opens. Here’s what Morrison had to say about Jones.

“As a matter of fact, since I first began publishing in magazines and newspapers the results of my study of the successful swing, Bobby Jones has been more willing, possibly, than any other golf writer to accept my discoveries and to aid me in disseminating them by presenting them to his readers.” "As a matter of fact, since I first began publishing in magazines and newspapers the results of my study of the successful swing, Bobby Jones has been more willing, possibly, than any other golf writer to accept my discoveries and to aid me in disseminating them by presenting them to his readers.” That’s a pretty strong self-endorsement! We at Golf's Great Heritage welcome talk like that! Morrison told of playing with southpaw Babe Ruth. “Anyway, he was employing to the fullest, his well-alex morrison watch shotknown ability to ‘sock ‘em on the nose’ and was enjoying fiercely the really terrifying amount of distance he obtained when he happened to meet one at full speed ahead. After playing with him a few times, I pointed out that I, seventy pounds lighter and possibly one-third as strong, was hitting them out farther than he on the average and never drawing a long breath in the process…” Another strong self-endorsement! We're guessing there is a few of you out there that have witnessed just such a pair on the course... just remember, with golf comes a range, and a diversity of the truth in one's own ability. Morrison told about his teaching Paul Whiteman, arguaalex morrison biomechanic drawingsbly the most famous orchestra conductor of the time. Whiteman was, to put it politely, a “large” man. A lot of us who share that body type can identify with Morrison’s analysis. “Like most hefty golfers, particularly those with big arms and shoulders, Paul had been getting virtually no body action in his swing. In fact, he kept his body still while hitting with the arms and hands.” He continues, “I decided to talk to him in his own language. I had one of his pianists play ‘Rock-a-bye-baby’ and set Paul to swinging in time with the tune. Back with one beat, forward with the next. It worked like a charm.” The payoff was amazing. “He really proved such an apt pupil, he and I made a golf movie, shortly after, in which he successfully performed some of my tricks, such as knocking a ball off the crystal of a watch.”

Morrison’s book, A New Waalex morrison clubhead planey to Better Golf, published in 1932, was chock full of revelations, diagrams and photographs. Among the unusual diagrams were a pair of drawings showing his partially disrobed muscles and bones anatomy. The image he referred to as “The Proper Set of Muscles Used in Making the Correct Swing”. Now how mnay of our historian experts know when the first antamoical (biomechanic) golf diagrams appeared? This one shows Morrison at the top of the backswing and at the moment of impact. Here’s Morrison’s description of the feeling developed by using the dominant muscles in the backswing. “Throughout the backswing, the muscles and joints of the right side should serve merely to steady the action of the dominant muscles of the left side. When you have executed the proper wind-up you will have a feeling of tremendous power generated and reabj for alex morrison to4dy to be let off through your arms and hands.” Morrison cited Bobby Jones in his left-side-dominant teaching, quoting Jones as follows, “The more I play golf, the more thoroughly I become convinced that the left hand must dominate in any sound swing. I am aware of all the difficulties that the average golfer experiences in reaching this happy result, but I nevertheless have not the least doubt that it is the end toward which he must aim.” And Morrison used another quote from Jones, “I continually harp upon the importance of using the left side, principally because the average player is naturally right-handed and therefore wants to use his right hand too much.” Morrison was often ahead of his time with innovative teaching. He went into a studio and attached an electric light to his club (See Image Below); cameras recorded the path of the light from the front of Morrison and from the side. Morrison took a full swing with a wood and then a swing with an iron. The effect was very bj for alex morrison 5to8much like the famous Life Magazine picture of Ben Hogan swinging for the cameras over 30 years later. 

Back to Bobby Jones, and his beautiful, fluid swing. These are his descriptions of the various Components of the Jones swing. Photo 1: The starting position. The body weight, instead of being supported mainly by the left leg is more evenly divided between both legs. Photo 2: Stating the backswing. Since the weight was so evenly divided between both feet at the start, very little side motion is needed to place most of it on the right leg. Photo 3: The wind-up. The backward turning of the body takes place on the right hip joint. The arms and the club move backward in response to the body action. Photo 4: The final stages of the wind-up. The full backward turn of the hips is followed by a fuller turn of the shoulders. The arms and hands continue their backward motion.” Photo 5: Starting the downswing. While the backward bending of the wrists is completing the upswing, the downswing is started by shifting the hips to the left. Photo 6: Unwinding. As the hip action transfers the weight to the left leg, the shoulders, arms, and hands respond to the body action. The chin remains pointed well behind the ball. Photo 7: The moment of impact. The positions of the body, left arm and hand show that the ‘proper’ muscles are propelling the club. Note also that the club and the left arm form a straight line between the left shoulder and the ball. Photo 8: After impact. The ‘turnover of the wrist’ takes place after the ball has been hit. The chin remains “properly pointed” for considerable time after impact.

Dr. Robert Weisgerber

Dr. Bob’s Profile: Childhood Home: Philadelphia. Education: PhD University of Indiana, MBA Notre Dame de Namur, undergrad West Chester University.  Favorite Course: St. Andrews, Sentimental Favorite: Green Hills CC.  Favorite Golf Memory: meeting Arnold in Latrobe at his office 1975. Most significant Golf Artifact: Acts of Parliament 1682-85. Favorite Collectors Artifact: Tom Morris Spoon. In five-or-less words why collect golf artifacts: History, Appreciation, Nostalgia.  Estimated number of books you read per year: 50+.  Most memorable championship you’ve attended: Shinnecock Hills 1986 U.S. Open.  All-Time Favorite Golf Personality: Joe Murdoch.

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