Raymond Floyd

As one approaches the hole, the muscles and nerves tend to tighten as the margin for error becomes smaller and the demand for deftness of touch becomes more pronounced. Even the most casual golfer can tell you that the vast majority of strokes that are taken will be from 60 yards in. As Raymond Floyd, one of the great short-game players on the PGA Tour, relates in his book The Elements of Scoring: “Once you become good at the short game, it transforms you as a golfers. A good short game greatly reduces the pressure to hit your long shots well: That fact alone can actually improve your ball striking. When you’re playing well and feeling confident, a good short game allows you to be aggressive because you know you can recover from a lost gamble. When you’re playing poorly, a good short game makes it easier to stay patient and weather the storm.”
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Bob Rotella, Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect (1997)

“Sometime in the 1940s, though, American golfers began to overemphasize and complicate swing mechanics. They began to forget the wisdom that Stewart Maiden passed along to Bobby Jones and that Walter Hagen and Sam Snead discovered for themselves. This was not, of course, true everywhere. Golf is a sport of individuals and everyone had his own approach to the game. Teachers like Harvey Penick never stopped imparting sound principles about the mental side of golf. But they became a minority.”
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O. B. Keeler, “The Style of Walter Hagen: A Close Inspection of America’s Leading Professional” in the American Golfer Magazine (1923)

“As he takes his stance and addresses the ball, you may note another Hagen characteristic. Since you took up golf you have been told to keep your eye on the ball, but have you ever paused to wonder which eye? There is a master eye in golf, the same as in rifle shooting, and in most golfers, as in most riflemen, it is the right eye. With Walter Hagen it is the left eye, as with Bobby Jones. Offhand, they are the two leading exponents, so far as my observation goes, of the left-eye style of address–and it is the style that favours the right-hand golfing swing, because with the left eye lined on the ball, the head is naturally turned slightly in the direction the body must turn in the pivot that brings the club back; hence there is less strain in keeping the head in one place as the backswing progresses.”
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