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"It's not that simple, but if you know what the natural progress should be you will promote it. Your shank was a case of forcing a mistake. You tried to steer that shot instead of being content to hit it simply and squarely. You pushed yourself at the ball and your club was coming from so far outside the line of flight that only the shank of the club and not the clubface could get against the ball.
"But don't be downcast. Your shot out of the bunker and that putt of yours both showed head. You have the rigorous task of breaking some bad habits. Your worst habit is that of not thinking out a specific and direct plan of procedure. You've got to train yourself to determine what shot is to be made, then execute it."
The other fellows were waiting for us on the sixth tee. We stepped up our gait.
Famous golfers have talked of our sixth as one of the greatest short par-4 holes in the world.
It is 340 yards long and I could tell you 340 tales about the various ways it has been played. It is a storybook hole that tests ability and concentration. In championships noted golfers have found it a fearful experience. It beckons as a siren beguiles, then wrecks the unwary. Many a seasoned contestant has stood on this sixth tee dreaming of a birdie and has awakened, after a nightmare, to write a horrendous 8 or a fatal 11 on a card.
The fairway is narrow. The green is what usually is termed kidney-shaped. There is a deep bunker in front and to the right. If you are not prudent and proficient this bunker may jump up and chew up your prospect for a decent score.
It's a hole that makes all smart men equal, something like Samuel Colt's contribution to the arsenal of small arms.
The hole is so tight that par 4 practically is a birdie and a 5 is a score you can accept with relief. Only a few 3s are registered here during the season.
The entrance to the green is from the left, and you've got to play two perfect shots to get onto the green and stay on.
I said to Bill, "I am glad that this hole is your deal alone. It has made me respect it. It is going to determine how well you can think golf and how well you can play golf."