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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.
Today is the birthday of Chick Harbert, a PGA Tour player most successful during the 1940's and 50's. He is best known for winning the 1954 PGA Championship over Walter Burkemo. He was also the runner up twice, losing to Jim Ferrier and Jim Turnesa on those two occasions. He was also on two Ryder Cup teams, and served as playing captain in 1955.
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.
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On this day in 1945 was one of the most epic playoff battles in PGA Tour history. At the 1945 Gulfport Open in Mississippi, Byron Nelson and Sam Snead tied in regulation, and it took an extra 19 holes to determine the winner. On the 19th playoff hole, while Snead was sizing up his putt, Nelson conceded the hole and the tournament to Snead.