God bless my golf instructor, the late Ernest Jones, winner of the Ben Hogan trophy in 1965. His credos were:
1. Use a firm grip, stressing the thumb and index finger; the rest of your fingers are only helpers.
2. Get the feel of the club head. Swing the club head, and everything else will take care of itself. And, of course, practice, practice, practice.
WHEN THE DEEP PURPLE FALLS
In John Underwood's article Purple People Eaters Eaten (Oct. 4), he seems to think that the qualities of the Bears are reflected in their early unblemished 2-0 record. Anyone can clearly see that the Bears lucked out in their game against the Steelers (two key fumbles in the final four minutes of the game) and again against the Vikings. He states that "people have to wonder where the Bears came from and where they are going...." Well, they came from the bottom and they are not going to go anywhere.
I find it unbelievable that you could possibly run such an article. Coach Bud Grant and the Vikings are obviously a superior team that ran into a bunch of rowdy players for whom one game meant the whole season. That victory meant more to the Bears than the Super Bowl will mean to the Vikings this year. You'll see, though, that the Purple People Eaters will win everything.
The Vikings beat Detroit, and you mention not a word. The Vikings lose to a hard-playing Bears team in an upset, and you gloat. For shame.
KENNETH K. KAUFFMAN
To what do sports fans owe John Underwood's gratuitous political insult of Birch Bayh in his article on the Bears?
JOHN E. BRADY
I think it is funny that the Minnesota Vikings only get in SPORTS ILLUSTRATED when they lose. The Vikings should have been on the cover of the pro football issue instead of the 49ers. They are the team you will see in the Super Bowl.
MARVIN CHESTNUT JR.
Galivants Ferry, S.C.