To my astonishment, and that of the other fellows and the caddies, Bill took out an eight-iron. We didn't think he'd be conservative.
When I looked at him inquiringly he explained. "I'm going to play this to the left of the line to the hole. I've got the safe line in my mind and I'm not going to look at the pin."
He took his stance and waggled his club a few times, then stepped away from the ball.
"What's wrong?" I asked.
He replied, "I don't know. I just don't feel right."
He was using his head this time. I have been criticized for not stepping right up to the shot and taking a bang at it. I've heard Middlecoff and Hogan censured by gallery experts who shoot 90 when they're lucky, because Middlecoff and Hogan take time with shots. But the valuable truth is that you save time in golf by taking enough time to feel right before you begin to swing.
Bill finally got himself settled and appeared to be in stable balance and free enough to be able to swing smoothly.
Again he'd had the ball at the right spot in relation to his feet and again he stayed down to the ball and swung rather lazily until his hands punched into the shot.
The ball, as it does on shots when a golfer thinks about nothing except hitting with precision, authority and no haste, was better than Bill knew how to make.
It soared onto the green, took a couple of hops and coasted to a halt about 30 feet to the left of the hole.