"During the progress of the Ladies Championship at Westward Ho in 1900, Miss Mollie Whigham drove a ball from the tee to a distance of 235 yards. That was a really remarkable performance. Then at the eighteenth hole the same lady overdrove the hole in two strokes by some 30 yards. Speaking from memory, I should say this hole represents quite 400 yards. The performances just alluded to prove that a woman may be capable of driving a ball quite as far as a man, provided she has sufficient muscular power located in the wrist and forearm, and, equally as important a factor in her success, the knack of applying this power to the best advantage." J. H. Taylor

Open Champion 1894, 1895, 1900, 1909, 1913 Great Britain Ryder Cup Winning Captain 1933

"From Whence Did I Get My Power?"
'With Also Less Apparent Effort'

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.:

  • (1) Observing the swing of others and their consequent effects ;
  • (2) observing the different effects of the variation of swings in my own game.

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.

When I am driving badly I generally notice excess of body action is creeping in. Finally, in regard to the initial motive power which actuates the swing, I would point out that there are, I think, three kinds which stand out prominently :-

  • (1) Arm and body swing (see Fig. G).
  • (2) Swinging the club from or off the wrists (see Fig. H), which includes very little body action.
  • (3) A combination of wrist and body movement (see Fig. I).

From (1) good results may be got, but the player's stroke lacks vim, his whole play will be of a flabby nature; (2) good results, possibly better direction and less exertion than in (1) may be achieved; but (3) by far the best results are experienced where the swing partakes of a combination of these two.

" 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?" Their ideas, if asked, would be as diverse as the questioners!

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."

The Secret in Ben Hogan's Swing Original Golf Fundamentals Transmission of power

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