10 Nov

Golf for Beginners and Others, by Marshall Whitlatch in 1910

The American golf explosion took place in the period from 1898 to 1929, it was a time of golf courses construction, golf club innovation, and spendid coverage in most national magazines.  Golf was featured in stories and ads with beautiful drawing and artful displays, and naturally it was also a time when instructional golf books thrived. Instruction with photos were especially desirable as golf instructors were neither commonplace and often "un-qualified". Often golf was simply a self-taught result; some pretty strange action was followed by some pretty high scores.  So, let's enjoy the teaching of one such self-taught instructor of the era; Whitlach... he was a man of charm and personality to boot!

“I can remember how my lip curled with disdain when I saw the red coats and knickerbockers.”

08 Nov

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.


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