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An extension of the arm is the law
Jack Nicklaus
May 20, 1968
There is a right way—and a wrong way—to address the ball, whether you are set to hit a driver, a four-iron or a pitching wedge. As these illustrations demonstrate, the shaft of the club always should be an extension of your arms. If held incorrectly at address the club has practically no chance of making a solid, direct hit at impact. In the drawing to the right, I have dropped my hands incorrectly, so the shaft of the club starts away at a severe angle from my hands. In order to correct this position before impact I must make some improper movement during my swing. In the drawing to the left, however, I am holding the club correctly. The club, in fact, looks like a continuation of my arms. There is no severe angle anywhere. Consequently, I start my swing with hands high—the way they should be. I can make a consistent swing and not worry about shifting my hands into the proper hitting position. They already are there.
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May 20, 1968

An Extension Of The Arm Is The Law

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There is a right way—and a wrong way—to address the ball, whether you are set to hit a driver, a four-iron or a pitching wedge. As these illustrations demonstrate, the shaft of the club always should be an extension of your arms. If held incorrectly at address the club has practically no chance of making a solid, direct hit at impact. In the drawing to the right, I have dropped my hands incorrectly, so the shaft of the club starts away at a severe angle from my hands. In order to correct this position before impact I must make some improper movement during my swing. In the drawing to the left, however, I am holding the club correctly. The club, in fact, looks like a continuation of my arms. There is no severe angle anywhere. Consequently, I start my swing with hands high—the way they should be. I can make a consistent swing and not worry about shifting my hands into the proper hitting position. They already are there.

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