Countless golfers have let it be known that in the roaring 20’s there lurked a golf instructor with a philosophy that bears a striking similarity to our very own. Could it be?…Another genius some 75 +++ years past? Perhaps a Cuz from the old country where the dress for men is a plaid skirt…..Undies? No one knows fer shur.
I never read golf books. The only thing I give into is tempation, thus I will admit to eyeballing some of the previews while I wait for my copy of his book.
So far I do see some common Tartan threads, but I also see where he could have strayed out into the heather a wee bit. Jones’ teachings revolved around the thesis that by swinging the clubhead rather than worrying about what all the body parts were supposed to do would provide the straightest and fastest path to a golfer reaching his or her potential. Echos of King James McLellan.
“The most amazing thing about the game,” said Jones, “is the fact that the poorest players are the ones who try to do the most. I am not speaking of the rank beginner, but rather of the golfer who has been struggling along for years trying remedies suggested by every person with whom he plays… I believe, rather, in simplifying the game by giving the pupil one definite and positive axiom to keep in mind every time he plays a golf shot. That is, ‘swing the clubhead.’ “The less you know about what your muscles are doing, the more pleasure you are going to get out of the game.” (Bravo rings from our chorus) Jones said that the hands control the swing, with the large muscles of the body — upper arms, shoulders, and legs — performing as “admirable followers.” “Who Ray”! Not a question, rather an excited hoot.
And that came from the days of the flappers, boot-leg gin, speak-easys, and the mob. I like the guy…and so far we agree. Get the hickory shafts and bagpipes out of the closet Mate, and we’ll have a go at it! Och aye!
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