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My hopes for some continuous good weather were dashed yesterday when we actually got more snow. I finally had had enough and there was something I wanted to work on so I just went out there into the side yard and started hitting balls.
Better golf without practice. Has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? I recently picked up a book of the same title written by Alex J. Morrison in 1940. He is the same author who wrote “A New Way to Better Golf”, which by all accounts online seems to be the better and more widely read of the two.
It's no secret that I've got a soft spot for guys that have won the Canadian Open. Leo Diegel, Sam Snead and Tommy Armour immediately spring to mind. I also love unsung heroes of the golf world. I wrote a lot about a bunch of them in the original Sevam1 Blogspot blog. There are still a bunch of fellas and maybe even some gals that I still would like to write a bit about. Today I want to talk about the late great and totally unheralded Ted Kroll.
Ted is interesting to me mainly because I have heard him mentioned so frequently and fondly by Mr. Burke. He fought in WWII in which he was wounded 4 times earning 3 Purple Hearts....
What do Sam Snead, Jack Nicklaus, Moe Norman and even modern greats like Kenny Perry have in common?
Simple, repeatable, consistant footwork. I guess it comes as no surprise to any of you who know what a stickler I am for what the feet are doing in the golf swing. At any rate it is good to be reminded of this as Jack Nicklaus was reminded annually by Jack Grout during their tune up sessions for each season and in particular The Masters. Grout taught Nicklaus to "roll the ankles" from an early age and the importance of this action and feel remained with The Golden Bear always.
The intersting thing about the idea of rolling the ankles is that the feel is very much a lateral one running parallel to the target line rather than something that feels cirular like many other elements of the swing feel. The feeling and look of eversion in the right foot also comes from this action, and this feel is also something that retards the spinout lower body action that you see in many beginners and poorer players.