From Whence Did I Get My Power?

Golf Faults Illustrated By G. W. Beldam J. H. Taylor

"That there are many ways of hitting any ball - let alone a golf ball - even the most casual observer must admit. Yet there are numbers who have never even thought there could be any principles governing the forces which are applied in the golfing blow.

Now let it be clearly understood that I do not wish to be dogmatic, nor do I wish to state that here is only one true and correct way to swing ; I can only analyse the golfing swing as I understand it after years of experience and close observation.

In two ways have I especially trained my powers of observation in regard to the swing, viz.:

I may be by myself in stating that there is, in my humble opinion, a good deal of nonsense talked about the anatomy of one's body not being able to conform to such and such a swing. Certainly, given two players of different build, even supposing they agree entirely as to methods, I will not say that their members will not interpret in different ways, but the essential principle will be the same in each. If they see eye to eye that the swing should be flat with an open stance, one may swing rather flatter than the other, but the principle of the flat swing will be there governing each.

The truth is, many golfers do not take the trouble to grasp the principles of the swing ; some even argue that results justify the means, whether they violate true golfing principles or not.

For such as these I should not trouble to write these articles. But I know there are many who will appreciate my earnest endeavours to put before them the "golfing swing," as I understand it, in some novel way. The idea was suggested to me by Mr. Beldam, and when I saw his scheme and device I immediately perceived its value and use for the better explanation of the "golfing swing.

" Often - how often I should not like to say - have I been asked by all classes of golfers: "From whence did I get my power?"

With my comparatively short swing where did I get the power to drive the ball as far as most who had a longer swing, with also less apparent effort."

"A Golfer Is No Stronger Than His Hands" 1922 1930 1934 By Seymour Dunn of The Dunns of Musselborough Scotland