Let me just say this…
The name of this site is ADVANCED BALL STRIKING
further more, this forum area is named “Concepts in Advanced Ball Striking”
For a reason…
we are primarily here to study, and introspectively look at the fine art of striking a golf ball. We focus mostly on tee to green, a bit on chipping, and some on putting… and Al has written a wonderful book on putting.
The majority of content on this site will be aimed at learning a proper golf swing, studying great ball strikers, and Twomasters and I are here to help you the best we can to get students here understanding golf swing feel and dynamics, and how to incorporate the concepts that have been used by the games greatest ball strikers.
Now… if this site and forum were called, Concepts in Advanced Putting Techniques, then we would be applauding the modern players much more for their prowess rolling the rock around perfectly manicured carpets, and probably not discussing the putting strokes of Ben Hogan, George Knudson, and Sam Snead’s desperate attempt at side saddle putting to conquer “the yips”.
I do find enjoyment in putting personally, and I do tinker with it often, and I have studied with one of the great putting instructors (Alvie Thompson) who is very respected and well know in his home country of Canada. I credit Alvie for much of the success I had later in my career.
I spoke again today with Paul Henrick who is a highly regarded teaching pro around the Toronto area, and a fine player who competed on the Canadian Tour back when I was playing, and still occasionally competes. He knew Moe very well, his father played head to head with Moe and Knudson, Al Baulding and Alvie back in the 1950’s and 1960’s and I have invited Paul to visit our forum here and share his insights into these great players, and he will have a lot of interesting things to say and reflect upon.
He was telling me about how when George finished second in The Masters, George hit 70 out of 72 greens at Augusta that week. This is the kind of thing that I find most inspiring. Paul was telling me that back then, George was really a much more compelling and complete ball striker than Moe. And from my own experiences and discussions with Moe, it was very apparent that Moe deeply respected George’s ability to flush it…and really looked up to him as a role model. Moe never said he struck the ball better than George. Al Barkow has confirmed to me that George was considered the most Hogan like of all the players of his time, and even Hogan himself acknowledged George as a premier striker and respected his abilities.
It’s tempting to say this is only the mystic stuff of legend, but we have more than stone tablets or tales from the round table… we have some really wonderful footage of Hogan in the Shell’s match, we have Knudson setting the course record in San Paulo with a near perfect ball striking round. There are other wonderful examples preserved for posterity so I don’t think we are necessarily talking tall tales here.
When I watch modern professional golf, I expect to see ball striking far superior to what I do as a once a week non practicing player. But I don’t see that, and I find it very disappointing because I would like to enjoy sitting down and watching a few regular tour events. So as it is, I find my enjoyment in playing golf with proper gear, on golf courses that require a vast array of shot making options, and a premium upon driving accuracy.