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Category Archive for 'Shotmaking and the Golf Swing'

PGT member and writer Nils Nelson was kind enough to compose this response piece after reading Ken Venturi’s lesson on how to hit “The Riser”.  In it, Nelson recalls watching the former US Open champion on a cold California day in 1974.  Before on-demand internet video, shotlink technology, and swingvision cameras, our impressions of athletes [...]

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Traditional golf advocate and ABS founder John Erickson found himself at the historic Lincoln Park Golf Course in San Francisco this week.   After a remarkable round, he took the time to recall the feelings, environment, and state of mind that combined for that rare suspension of consciousness that is sometimes referred to as “the [...]

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Lest we forget, golf has long been a shotmaker’s game.  The era of perfect putting surfaces, solid core distance balls, and 46 inch 460cc clubheads is still in its infancy. The greater annals of golfing history are filled with men and women who distinguished themselves through the quality of their striking, breadth of imagination, and [...]

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Over the Top?

Here’s an old school move that you can pick up in a lot of really dynamic swings.  It basically consists of an “in” arm path on the way back and a left arm that goes more “out and over” after transition, making room for the right arm to work  perpendicular to the spine.  Credit to [...]

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“Thomo” is one of the most underrated golfers of the persimmon age but has always been one of my favorites.  I love watching his tempo in the old footage.  He could just metronome you to death with a compact, repeatable swing.  Thomson, an intellectual by nature, identified the benefits of the “ground game” early on [...]

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When Justin Bieber is calling to offer Bubba congratulations, it’s clear to see his victory has transcended golf.  Why has everyone gotten so caught up in this victory?  It’s a combination of the venue, the person, and a refreshing look at a type of game which hasn’t been center stage is a while – artistic [...]

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A nice byproduct of Bubba’s Masters victory has been the return of the spotlight on shotmaking. To anyone who took up golf after the death of the wound ball, the art of shotmaking (in the traditional sense) will be foreign. Traditional shotmaking typically started with the player mentally working “backwards” from pin to tee. The [...]

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At the bottom of this post I’ve attached a reference piece that should compliment the final round of The Masters well – a detailed attack strategy laid out by The King himself.  And who better to guide us through Augusta National than the 4-times winner and one of the greatest players ever to stick a [...]

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The mysterious Mad Mac is an elusive figure in the underworld of Hickory Golf.  After many months of detective work I was able to track down the friend of a cousin of a former pro who’s brother once caddied with Mad Mac.  A series of brief exchanges with my contact (always through coded notes left [...]

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Norman Von Nida may not be well known outside of Australia these days but he sure ought to be.  “The Von” was perhaps Australia’s finest golfers in the mid part of the 20th century. He turned professional in 1933 and proceeded to amass 43 professional tournament wins book-ended by the 1933 Queensland Open and the [...]

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