LIGHT ON THE GAME
Holy mackerel, another series on how to hit a golf ball (Let Me Help Your Game, April 27 and May 4)! How about a break for the rest of us?
Hooray for the new Claude Harmon lessons!
Along with many others I rushed to the nearest driving range to try my hands and feet in the new "maneuvers." Being a tyro starting at the ripe old age of 41, I found my shots so improved they were bringing comments. One fellow commented, "You must have read the new SPORTS ILLUSTRATED."
I shall taste and retaste every word like a good steak—and see if I can get out of the 90s into the 80s.
MARTHA M. KEPPEL
Claude Harmon's article is beyond a doubt the best I have ever read. I have been teaching golf for 30 years, and I have been reading and rereading it for two days.
Having taught golf for years, I must disagree with Mr. Harmon's statement that control of the hands can be learned by the grip, thus enabling a player to hook or slice.
Almost all golfers who shoot over 90 tend to slice. A hook grip does not correct late wrist action, the cause of most slicing.
It seems that you have golf on the brain. Or is the guy who is supposed to find space for track, baseball, lacrosse, and the Olympics out on the course trying to break 90?
PETER M. POLLAK
My father and I took special interest in Claude Harmon's tip entitled "Start Down with a Hip Slide," because we both tended to turn our hips prematurely. My father took the club back, slapped his hip with his right hand and started his downswing. It was a continuous, fluid swing—until the club smashed a valuable Venetian chandelier on the way down. Claude is an excellent instructor, but please tell him to remain at Winged Foot and to keep away from our house. We will be airing our rackets for tennis this weekend.
M. SHELDON PRESS
New York City
Although I am only a poor little dinghy sailor, I am curious about the second British 12-meter currently preparing for the America's Cup races. Why have there been no pictures of Kurrewa? I understood that she was supposed to be a twin of the other British boat, Sovereign.
New York City