It has long been thought that the proper way to teach children to play golf is to insist that they learn a careful, deliberate swing first, then strive for distance. But I feel that just the opposite is correct. The first thing I learned was to swing hard, and never mind where the ball went. That is the way Arnold Palmer was taught, too, and I think it is the right way. A youngster first trying golf will enjoy the game more if allowed to whale away at the ball, and he will be developing the muscles he needs to become a strong hitter. Once he has achieved distance, he can learn control while still hitting a long ball. An especially important factor in distance hitting is leg strength. Learning to swing by combining a full body turn with a long backswing will help develop the left leg. A full pivot on the downswing, combined with a full follow-through, requires a firm push-off with the right leg and will help strengthen it. If a golfer does this while young he will get the leg strength needed to hit very long shots. I know that my distance is due more to the strength in my legs than to any power I might be getting from my arms, hands or fingers.