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Rocky the Driving Range Dog

This post is somewhat off topic for this blog, but I have to let you see it anyway. The guy who owns the driving range I go to adopted Rocky earlier this summer, and posted this on the Oregon Humane Society Facebook page yesterday. I have known Rocky from the start. I almost cried reading it. It’s a great story. And yes, he does hop around like a bunny.


Tom Weiskopf (1942-2022)

Tom Weiskopf, winner of the British Open in 1976 and 16 PGA tournaments, died on August 20th at the age of 79, of pancreatic cancer. After his golfing career was over, he became a noted golf course architect and television announcer.

In 1973 he won five tournaments in an eight-week span, including the British Open and Canadian Open back-to-back.

As an architect, he created courses that challenged experts, but didn’t leave the rest of us behind. “I may not give you access to every pin,” he once said, “but I’ll give you the middle of the green every time.”

Weiskopf was also the owner of one of the loveliest and yet most powerful swings in history. It was said to be the model for the logo the PGA Senior Tour used for many years.

Read this Golf Digest interview from 2008.

The Golfweek obituary.

Bob Goalby (1929-2002)

Bob Goalby, one of the major stars on Tour in the 1960s, died Thursday. He won eleven tournaments, including the 1968 Masters at which Roberto De Vicenzo, who tied Goalby at 277, signed an incorrect scorecard giving him a 278. The rules of golf required the mistake to stand and Goalby was declared the champion.

Read this article at Golf Digest.

And in The New York Times.

Goalby set a PGA record of eight straight birdies at the St. Petersburg Open in 1961 that stood until Mark Calcavecchia recorded nine straight in 2009.

In addition to his Masters win, Goalby finished second in the 1961 U.S. Open and in the 1962 PGA, both times by one stroke. Overall, he had seven top ten finishes in the American major championships. He never played in the Open Championship.

Joyce Wethered, Simply the Greatest

If you want to talk about the greatest golfers of all time, proponents of Jones, Snead, Hogan, Nicklaus, and Woods would have lively debate.

Female golfers? Wright, Whitworth, and Sorenstam all have their claim.

But then there is Joyce Wethered. If you don’t know who she was, read this. If you do know who she was, still read it.

I once had a book of essays by Bernard Darwin, the best golf writer ever. He had a few on Wethered that exhausted his supply of superlatives. She was that good.

Ben Hogan Swing Sequence

Below is the only known detailed Ben Hogan swing sequence series made with a stop-action camera. It was reproduced from the book, The Search For the Perfect Golf Swing.

The sequence has sixteen frames, but only four for the backswing. In an in-time sixteen-frame sequence, the backswing would take up about twelve of the frames.

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Hogan did not take the club back in a leisurely way. Notice that the shaft is already bending.

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Halfway back, his wrist hinge is almost fully set.

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Notice his ramrod straight left arm. Only Hogan gets away with this.

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It looks like Hogan has a tremendous amount of lag, but it is because his flat swing tilts the plane of his arms and clubshaft far away from a vertical plane of the film. Figure 8 shows his lag better.

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This is really late to be retaining this much lag. Don’t you try this.

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You know what I always say about the hands leading the clubhead at impact? Here it is.

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Hogan did not cross his hands over after impact. This, and figure 14, show his right hand underneath the handle for a long time. This is a huge anti-hook move, but it’s very hard to do.

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Mickey Wright 1935-2020

Mickey Wright, IMO the greatest female golfer of all time, died today of heart attack in Florida. She dominated women’s golf in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Coming out of San Diego, she was one of the game’s greatest champions, winning 82 tournaments including 13 majors in a career cut short by injuries.

Ben Hogan said she had the finest swing he ever saw. See it below.

She wrote an instruction book called Play Golf the Wright Way, a book I refer to often.

See notices:
GolfWorld

New York Times

Golf Channel

GolfWRX

Golf Digest

GolfWorld tribute