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    After seventy two years playing golf, one would expect the desire to improve would wane, but it never does.
    Although my game began to deteriorate forty years ago, I still try to get better, to catch up, but expecting only to
    improve in the stage in golf I'm in at this time in life, senior golf. That's being realistic.  Huge technological
    advances in equipment with balls that go for ever and never scar and clubs with thirty or more adjustments to
    suit even the weather it seems, thankfully, have delayed loss of distance for the senior golfer. Old age and
    reduced strength that comes with it helps smooth swing tempo. Subtracting perennial putting woes and bad
    knees, I'm pretty pleased to be where I am in golf. To improve and be satisfied with gains, the golfer has to
    work within sensible limitations; limitations set by where they are in life, age, job, family obligations, personal
    health, addictions and many other factors in the high-tech, instant - communication life we lead. The instinct to
    improve is ever present in all aspects of our daily lives. If it ceases, it's very likely you are dead.  

    I will write regularly about golf affairs on this page and welcome your response to my commentary,
    and willingly give you swing and management advice, but draw the line at helping you with putting.

    All the best and keep swinging.   Coach Paterson


    The 2104 H.Y.P. Matches

    Despite an unusual cold spell, the HYP Alumni Matches at the Chechessee Creek Club in Okatie, SC
    went ahead with a small contingent of hardy Yale and Harvard golfers.  With reduced participation, the
    match format was moved to medal play over 36 - holes   Golfers stayed at the Chechessee Creek Club
    Lodge and on the eve of the tournament, enjoyed and entertaining birthday celebration of the Robert
    Burns, the infamous Scottish bard.  Coach Paterson served as host and gave an authentic Scottish
    rendition of the Toast to The Haggis. The traditional fare of haggis, neeps and tatties was greeted with
    suspicion by most attendees, but after sprinkling it with a dash of malt whisky, found it palatable.  
    Everyone survived the ordeal but it’s unclear if it helped golf scores next day.  

    Fortunately the weather improved and the event proceeded without incident.  The Championship division
    was won by Adam Cyrus Yale ’02 with 155, Ross Martinson Yale ’76 won the Senior Championship with
    162 and Peter Malkin Harvard ’56 defended his Super Senior Championship with a net score of 141.  
    Each winner received a platter engraved with Harvard, Yale and Princeton emblems noting their
    Championship category.

    Special thanks go to Harvard’s Peter Malkin, chief of Malkin Airlines for hauling the New York party to
    Savannah, GA.  Without Peter it’s doubtful that most of the Yalies on board would have found their way to
    South Carolina.  Thanks also to Chechessee Creek Club General Manager, Franklin Newell and his staff
    for welcoming us, looking after all our needs and making sure we had a good time.  A private club,
    Chechessee Creek Club has one of the best courses in Low Country, a true walker’s course designed
    by Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore and the ideal venue for our event.  It was privilege to play the
    Chechessee Creek Course.  See www.chechesseecreekclub.com

    A Golfer’s Relationship with Par

    As a child, when I behaved badly, which was rarely, I remember my mother telling me the Bogey man would get me.  Although the threat of the Bogey Man
    scared me, I was never quite sure what he would do to me.   As a young golfer, however, I learned the term Bogey came from an old Scottish word “Bogle”
    meaning a goblin or devil in Scottish Folklore.  The punishment became very clear and the Bogey Man to this day haunts me to habitually torment me on the
    course.  

    In the late 19th Century Bogey was the standard on the score card for the average golfer.  Today it’s considered to be one-over-par for all holes on the course
    and no longer appear as a figure on the score card.  Back in the 1920s, however, depending on the difficulty of the course, it might add one over par to a few
    holes, calculating bogey as six over par, seventy eight.  At that time, membership of many elite British Golf Clubs was comprised of active or retired military
    officers who decided Bogey should have a rank so they made him a Colonel.  Golfers coming off the course were asked how they fared against the Colonel.  
    The famous Colonel Bogey March was inspired by a golfing military man who replaced “fore” by loudly whistling the opening two-note phrase.  During my
    National Service stint in the Royal Force, (the Draft in the US), I often played Colonel Bogey on a b-flat coronet as a member of the base band; another bogey
    reminder.    

    The term par was derived from the stock exchange referring to the value of a stock being under or over par.  Surprisingly, par in golf originated in Britain during
    the 1870  Open Championship at Prestwick, when two leading  professional competitors, David Strath and James Anderson, responding to a question by a
    golf writer named Doleman, asking what score is likely to win the Open Belt,  said perfect play would produce a score of 49 for the then 12-hole course.  
    Doleman in his newspaper correspondence called this par for the Prestwick Course and reported that young Tom Morris won with a score of two strokes over
    par.  From that moment, replacing bogey, par evolved over a century to become the mathematical sought-after ideal score in golf.  

    All golfers, whether aware of it or not, have a relationship with par. It is there when they are born and there when they die; immutable, implacable, indelible,
    indomitable, uncompromising, undeniable par.   Par is a competitive mathematical standard that we solely play against.  It’s on the score card, on the
    scoreboard and now on the Internet and every electronic golf measurement tool, and above all, it’s always on our minds.  What other sport starts with a fixed
    competitor, a fixed standard, with a score already on the board.  In the journey through our golfing life our relationship with par changes; as a novice,
    constellations from par, totally focused on connecting with the ball, to amateurish control, hopefully expertise and eventual decline in later years.  Paralleling
    life, we go through the cycle of growth and decay, regardless of one’s place in golf, from rank, struggling amateur to P.G.A. or L.P.G.A. Tour stardom.
    Par is a tough competitor,  constantly with us on the ubiquitous score card, all manner of hole signs and yardage plaques, often illustrated showing the best
    route to the hole and to hopefully achieve par.  We are surrounded by physical reminders of par. Our consciousness of par is ever present, imprinted by
    countless coaches, starters, score-keepers, golf chairmen and women, locker-room bores and friends over beers and let’s not forget the Golf Channel.   

    How do we deal with par and what are our expectations?  Few of us live in the rare under- par environment, or at even-par. Some of us live above but close to
    par but most of us live far from par, in a large, remote, golf wilderness filled with the anguish of unskilled golfers. Nevertheless, regardless of their great
    distance from par, most golfers find some pleasure and equality from the balm of their handicap, an earned number that represents golfing ability in relation
    to par; the larger the number, the poorer they play.  The reality is they are disadvantaged by their distance from par, yet the handicap brings them closer to par,
    a sort of life-line to par.

    Alas, the distance from par is often manipulated and exploited.  Some golfers have an honest relationship with par, accounting for every stroke within the
    rules of the game.  Others deliberately distance themselves from par, seeking illicit gain, often monetary, but more often seeking only the aura and admiration
    of the winners circle.  The sadist of all golfers is the one who seeks the status of being close to par, close to scratch, a score performed once or twice a year,
    instead of regularly, struggling to keep-face with a fake handicap.   

    The path to enlightenment in golf is to be in tune with par. It’s possible you have never seriously thought about your relationship with par and how it affects
    your game.  Perhaps it’s time to take an honest look at where you stand with par and how you are handling it.  What is your level of consciousness with par?  
    Are you obsessed with par, religiously entering every score as soon as ball hits the bottom of the cup, calculating immediately how many over or under is
    recorded, or is par just hanging around in the background, subliminal, and unrelated to your performance.  

    Begin by acknowledging and willingly accept where you are mathematically with par. Determine how many times during a round of golf you expect to make a
    par, ignore your handicap which involves many more factors than par.  Try a new approach to par, the success of which requires your attention to par in the
    following manner.  Regard par as eighteen independent numbers, not a total, each with distinctive features providing a personal value for achieving par.  Are
    you a two or three-par golfer or a nine-par golfer, or have reached the supreme order of an eighteen- par golfer?  If you are content with where you are in the
    spectrum of par golf,  it’s likely you will easily make your allocation of pars without much effort and disappointment. What about the holes where you don’t
    make par?   Then take the same look at your relationship with bogey and so on if you are willing to go as fare as dealing with double-bogey.   

    With the gift of consciousness, we are seeking awareness of where we stand in golf, to be content with it and to find pleasure in the game; much the same as
    our consciousness of where we stand in many other aspects of life.   Henry Chellow, a London University lecturer on psychology and close golfing pal of
    Charles B. Macdonald put it this way. “The man (or woman I add) who regards golf as a matter of ‘card and pencil’ is not a golfer at all, for he has lost his soul
    to arithmetic, whereas the true golfers puts his soul into the game for the love of it. “





    Are you a ‘Rounder Impacter’ or a ‘Target Impacter’?

    My golf addiction was fully satisfied this winter with a renewed interest in developing a draw , not a hook,
    a controlled draw;  my swing  founded on a steep downswing path, producing a left to right flight path
    which with aging, slowed down swing speed, resulting  in a significant loss of distance. Changing the
    flight path to right to left path would increase distance.  First of all, I closed my shoulder to the line of flight
    by dropping my right shoulder back and slightly down, giving an immediate sense of aiming well to the
    right of the target.  This position enabled me to take the club back in a flatter plain; more around than up.
    From the closed body position I was still able to keep the club in front of the body to complete the back
    swing. From this position I directed the club head out towards the ball with the intent of striking the ball to
    the right of the target. This action directed the club face at the front right of the ball and after contact with
    the ball, the club face, now at the furthest point of the arc, automatically turned left around my body to
    complete the follow through.  At impact the ball spun anticlockwise and flew slightly to the right of its
    original position, then turned with a right to left trajectory towards the target.  I created a draw which clearly
    added distance to my drives.    

    While working on the draw, I stumbled on a Teaching - Teachers article in the February Issue of the PGA
    Magazine, issued monthly to its members.  In the piece, Chris Rowe, head professional at Whispering
    Pines Golf Club in Trinity, TX talked about golfers’ swing gap, the space created between the back swing
    and downswing movement.  His theory is that the size of the swing gap, identifies two distinct methods of
    impacting the ball, a small swing gap creates a ‘rounded impact’ and a larger swing gap creates a
    ‘target impact.’ The rounded impact exemplifies the modern golf swing used by many of the young power
    hitters in the PGA tour today, who generate power by rotating their upper and lower body at high speed
    powering the club-head around their left hip, reducing club face rotation to prevent the ball from traveling
    left.  Jason Day, who won the Accenture the recent tournament, is a perfect and powerful example of
    rounded impact.

    The target impact is described in the move I attempting above during which the right- handed golfer is
    swinging the club towards right field. Crowe maintains that ‘target impact’ relies more on timing and
    hand control of the club face through the ball and associated with golfers with large swing gaps.
    Check your swing to find out if you are rounded impacter or a target impacter. If over fifty it’s very likely you
    ‘target impact’ and under fifty you ‘rounder impact,’ the latter requires great flexibility and a strong back.     
    A visit to Mountain Lake and Streamsong

    On a recent visit to Florida with some friends, we had the pleasure of playing Seth Raynor’
    s, Mountain Lake course. Without hills, it was like junior Yale course, with classic Raynor
    forms, with an emphasis on rectangular greens and large deep squares-off bunkers.  Set
    amidst a flat, tropical Florida landscape, it was pleasant easy walk greeting the golfer on
    each tee with a fresh interesting picture of the hole about to be played.  The greens,
    including a Biarritz, Bowl and a Redan, offered enough, practical contour to be interesting,
    yet manageable.  

    From Mountain Lake we traveled to the latest Florida golf complex named Streamsong, in
    the middle of nowhere, on an unusual, moon-like landscape of pointed, rusty - orange
    sand dunes, poised beside large troughs of deep blue water.  Built on a desert site mined
    for phosphate some years ago, the craters dug and piled had been effectively transformed
    into water hazards and dunes to provide a unique backdrop unlike any other I’ve seen in
    the USA.   

    Streamsong is owned by the Mosaic Company, Florida’s largest land owner and the world’s
    leading producer of and marketer of phosphate –based crop nutrients.  Mosaic owns
    Streamsong’s 16,000 acres of land in Polk County and has developed the Streamsong
    Resort and its two courses, the Tom Doak Streamsong Blue and the Ben Crenshaw - Bill
    Coore Streamsong Red Course; I couldn’t find any reason for color coding the courses,
    except their intent perhaps is in the future to build a Streamsong White Course.    

    Both courses were of the strategic design with generous fairways, dotted with huge
    cavernous bunker and lined with sandy waste areas.  The greens were large, crowned,
    undulating and slick with the mini-Verdi turf heading into a dormant phase due the cold
    spell.  If I remember correctly we putted poorly on the Doak course with 27 three - putts
    between four competent golfer. Despite scoring a hole-in-one on Dock’s signature 7th
    hole, with a well- played 180 yard four iron, I still contributed the most putts.  We left the
    course in shock.  Next day the Red treated us little better on the greens.  

    If Streamsong intends to build another course, which I’m sure they will do, my
    recommendation to Streamsong Management is to remember to include a very important
    ingredient for the average golfer who is likely to be their biggest customer and that is fun.  
    We had no fun on Streamsong's greens. They tend to repel golf balls and are a bit too
    difficult for the average golfer.  

    Will I ever return to Streamsong?  Very likely, if not only to prove that I am not such a bad
    putter.
Doak's 7th Hole StreamSong Resort
Hole-in-one Champ Coach P
Alan Donaldson, Alan Seget, Coach Chris
Smith and Charles Mitchell
HYP Champion Adam Cyrus

HYP Senior Champion Ross Martinson
HYP Super Senior Champion Peter Malkin
Bill More John Beinecke and Ross Martinson
Adam Cyrus, Nate Bohn and Brant Rubin
Mark Matza   Coach and Chuck Lobdell
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    Ganglia Golf

    In the early 1990s MIT researchers at the Brain and Cognitive Sciences department
    working on habits found that a golf ball size lump of tissue at the base of the forebrain,
    named the Basal Ganglia, part of which, the putamen, coordinates automatic movement
    and behaviors.  In layman's terms The Basal Ganglia  develops and stores automatic
    movements, habits,  while the rest of the brain sleeps  or is busy with another activity.   
    We are born with the ability to learn movements and form habits.  Every action we make in
    daily activity, getting out of bed,  turning on a tap,  brushing your teeth, lifting your coffee
    cup, opening your car door is a learned habit, all developed from similar awkward early
    childhood necessity and becoming skilled through age.   
    We rely on dozens if not hundreds of  these habitual, largely unconscious  movements to
    get through the day.  Scientist say  40% of our daily movement is automatic, made without
    forethought.   Habits require various levels of skill and efficiency, from casually emptying
    the garbage to precise, steady- handed eye surgery.  Sports habit, especially in golf,
    involves lower tolerances than soccer,  marksmanship involves steadier hands than
    tossing the caber.  Margins of error in sports vary as a factor central to winning or losing.  
    The MIT scientists' experiments with rats showed the brain, often uncertain about moving
    in a certain  direction in developing  a habit took time to find a cue that offers a hint as to
    what direction to chose to achieve a goal.  This three - step process, cue or initiator
    followed by a routine, physical or emotional and finally the goal or reward that makes it
    worthwhile and into what's called the "habit loop":

    Cue-Routine-Reward.

    For better or worse, our golf games have evolved in the same way through the habit loop.
    If you were fortunate to learn correct swing fundamentals, you are likely to be a better
    golfer with good habits.  If you didn't have the benefit of a good instructor and learned
    bad habits, you are no doubt looking for improvement.   Unfortunately, your Basal Ganglia
    hangs onto all your habits good and bad. You can't delete a bad habit, however, you can
    change it and improve it.  You use the same cue and the same reward but change the
    routine.   

    Golf Cues

    Your cue in golf begins when you approach your shot and asses your needs to make the
    shot.  Your routine includes  club selection, set-up and pre shot procedure, but is largely
    your movement in striking the ball, which takes about half a second.  The reward is seeing
    the shot head to the target, your view of the shot which completes the habit loop.

    Golf Routines

    There is no instant repair of the routine.  Changing the routine requires hours of
    conscientious practice dedicated to the habit loop cycle, otherwise your routine will not
    change. Tiger Woods went through at least three major routine adjustments with three
    leading instructors,  Butch Harmon, Hank Hainey and lately Sean Foley.  Tiger's routine
    changes were visible, but clearly did not elevate him to his former winning championship
    form.  He is still looking for a concise, reliable routine.
    Top professional swing routines are honed to very small tolerances, perhaps to a club-
    face deviation as  small as a tenth of a degree; an amazing degree of control.  With
    routines so well ground, the top athlete's mind is free to concentrate on other areas of
    competitive play, managing the course and controlling emotions.  The basal ganglia has
    the golf swing routine under automatic control.  On the other hand, the average golfer is
    working within two to three degree control deviation of the clubface at impact, not highly
    skilled and usually with the mind working full time on the routine which is often not clear.    
    Routines are loosely tuned and finely tuned, requiring various levels of accuracy and
    emotion.  Opening your car door routine is uncomplicated and handled without any
    conscious thought, its automatic.  Similarly, brushing your teeth, picking up the morning
    news paper or the kids toys on the way to the door are all automatic routines with the
    individual unconcerned  about the outcome.  The golf swing routine is more complicated,
    requiring more skill and a large degree of emotional energy.   The outcome lurks in the
    mind,  involving expectation and concern to a varying degree depending on your level of
    expertise and the intensity of the competition,  all having an influence on your routine.  

    Golf Rewards

    Unlike the research rat on the correct path to the cheese, reward in golf is not constant.  It
    involves two senses, feel  and sight.  First on the reward path is the clubface impacting
    ball, then seeing the ball fly.  Either sense is experienced to varying degrees.   The
    ultimate reward is holing out and from there varying degrees of the ball's proximity to the
    hole.   The whiff being the worst possible reward; better described as disaster not reward.  
    That brings up the issue of when  is reward no longer evident or felt?  Rory MacIlroy's  
    view of reward is certainly on a higher standard  than the high handicapper. It's all
    relative.  You know after every shot.   Added to all this is the luck factor, never identified
    on the scoreboard and which the research rat has  not to deal with, unless the cheese is
    rotten.  The good bounce from a poor shot is reward .  A bad bounce on a good shot  is
    partial reward.     

    Changing  your routine

    Retaining expert advice is crucial when  changing your routine.  Find a reliable instructor
    or coach who will help identify necessary routine changes.  One or two adjustments to the
    routine are ideal.  No matter what stage you are in the game, beware of a catalogue of
    change.   Set up changes are easily handled , but it's prudent to handle swing changes
    one at a time.   
    The new routine requires diligent, concise practice to change the habit, with an emphasis
    on reward. Most golfers, however, idly striking balls with little regard to a target and the
    reward factor as it relates to course play. They experience the sensory reward but not the
    complete visual reward.  Practice as you play on the course.  Unfortunately, most practice
    facilities offer no more than flagpoles in the distance, often on fairway grass unable to see
    the ball come to rest.  It helps when the range has golf greens with flag poles.  More
    imaginative reward would be helpful; something as simple as bell going off when you hit
    ten feet from the flag.  Feedback, reward is vital to practice.  Pay attention to the cue, look
    carefully at what you have to do and have a clear goal to support the reward portion of
    the habit loop.  Always play to a target, and if possible to chose one where you can see
    the ball land.  
    And remember your basal ganglia is impartial, it collects bad habits as well as good
    habits.   

      
    Need to hit more fairways this summer?

    If you are addicted to the golf channel like me, you may have noticed many of the top
    golfers on the PGA tour, especially the newcomers, exercising  what the golf channel
    teaching gurus call "The Grip To Hip" movement.  Before leaving the tournament golf
    scene Tiger frequently rehearsed the  "G to H" movement as does Greame McDowell and,
    in a very pronounced manner Mark Kutcher and many others. If done correctly the "G to
    H" is reputed to remove the left side of the fairway the game. If perfected you will never
    hook again.

    Prior to striking the ball the Pros lead the end of the grip towards and around their left hip
    in a pulling action always maintaining the cocked wrist-club angle. They repeat the
    movement several times making sure the butt-end of the grip is leading the club head
    around the left hip. When trying the move you will notice it will direct the clubface out to
    the ball and hold it longer on the line of flight. It also helps initiate the most important down
    swing move, leading with the hips. A good description of the feeling is that of tugging the
    club around the left hip. It is essential, however, to ensure shoulders are not moving
    around with the club grip, they remain behind with the club moving under them creating
    more of a lean back through impact.  To help the move tilt the shoulders back a bit more
    over your right hip.  Tourist using the "G to H"  exhibit flatter follow through finishes.
    Taking a look at the move on the Golf Channel during a PGA Tour event, practice it
    without a ball then give it a try on the range.  You may hook a few in the beginning and
    question its value but once in sequence you will hit more fairways.  
    Good luck.

    Coach P    

Cabot Cliff's 16th par three Signature hole
Teeing off Cabot Links Course
Lobster night in Marghree Harbor  
Tim More's boots after golf at Bell Bay
Bell Bay's
Cabot Links
Cabot Cliffs Art Rendering of Hole 16

    In the midst of Low Country torrid summer temperatures I eagerly looked forward to relief
    from the heat on a visiting the Cape Breton in the Canadian Maritimes and connecting
    with my Scottish heritage  in land populated by Scots who left  their homeland centuries
    before when the clan system ended.    Clan settlements survived in harsh Cape Breton
    climate surviving through communal farming but brought no sign of the emergence of golf
    in Scotland golf. Most of the courses on our schedule with the exception of Stanley
    Thompsons, Highland Links in 1941, were built within the last ten years.    

    Relief from the heat came with a 50F degree drop in temperature in Ben Eoin (Scottish
    Gaelic for John's Mountain) located  four hours by car North of Halifax, our first stop to on
    our six- day golf trek to Cape Breton.  Two months of rain had preceded us which was
    quite evident on our first venue, The Lakes Golf Course,  a challenging eight year old
    course rambling up a mountainside offering magnificent views of Bras d'Or where the ball
    lay where it first landed on soggy fairways; downhill landings were no better. Surprisingly
    by contrast, the Lakes greens were dry and in very good condition. Highlight of our Ben
    Eion stay was our lodging, the Birches which has an excellent restaurant named Malcolm's
    after the Innkeeper where we were  served the best meal during our Cape Breton visit.  
    Each of the Birches twelve rooms  is named not numbered; if I remember correctly I stayed
    with Krasney in the MacKinnon Room, Graves and More stayed in the Patterson room.  

   More to come shortly
Proboscis Golf,  November 2016

The nose is frequently mention in many areas of the sporting world in reference to its use, size,
design and position but rarely in golf.  How often have you heard, "he has a really good nose for
the football,"   "she's got a nose for the goal," " if I could create a nose tackle it would be him,"  
"he played well at nose guard," "the filly won by a nose," "now that the camel has his nose under
the tent, it's a whole new ball game? "  Throughout the history of golf instruction there is no sign
of involving or recommending of use the nose in the design or building of a golf swing or in the
development of a special shot.  Let's face it, the nose in golf is neglected, except for its essential
purpose of smelling and identifying the aroma of the golf course.  Few golfers stop in poetic
revere of newly mown fescue or pay much attention to pungent ponds when recovering the ball
is solely on their mind.  Pollen season might elicit a hearty sneeze with a conscious, speedy wipe
before the re-grip.  Otherwise the nose is idle and forgotten in pursuit of a lower handicap unless
describing a stinking shot.  

Golf is a game of angles and needs an efficient method to create accurate angles, starting with
the set-up and stance.  Good vision is essential to correct alignment so why not use the nose,
the protuberance  in most instances set perpendicular to and between the eyes as a pointer?  It
is said, "an inch in a man's nose is much," so longer pointers, matching  those of Cyrano,
Pinocchio and Durante will have a distinct advantage, but don't despair and don't look for a nose
job, no matter how far you protrude, the key is to point accurately.  Start practicing by pointing
your nose at every- day items, static or mobile, your car, your house, your spouse, nose guards
and even yours own nose in the mirror, always focusing on pointing your nose.  As you become
more skilled at nose pointing, choose smaller targets, door knobs, a computer key, big toes,
another nose and finally a golf ball. Follow your nose and keep it out front.      

After fixing the target with your nose and drawing a target line, move into the set up by pointing
your nose at the ball then aligning your feet, shoulders and hips parallel with the target line,
making sure your nose is perpendicular to the ball situated in the center of the stance.  Keeping
your nose to the ground, rotate your shoulders and hips into the backswing.  No matter where
the ball is located in the stance your nose will remain fixed on the ball. On the way back, less
flexible bodies might find their nose moving away from the ball, but keep the nose fixed  on the
ball even if it means less backswing.  The nose will face directly at the ball at the completion of
the backswing.   At address, hold larger noses high in the sky on the way back to avoid collision
with the shoulder but make sure the shoulder is always under your nose.
  
On the downswing your nose will move slightly backwards and downwards towards the ball.  It will
point slightly behind the ball as impact with the clubface occurs. If your nose is facing up at
impact, you have blown it.  A steady nose at impact will force legs to move forward more strongly
which will add elevation and therefore more distance to the ball.  At the end of the swing keep
your nose in the air and towards the target with your body leaning backwards   If the body is
leaning forward and you are  your looking down your nose the ball will not rise.  Under no
circumstance nose around, blow your nose or stick your nose in the air during the swing. If you
keep your nose clean and follow these instructions you will always hit the ball on the nose.  If you
prefer, you can replace nose with any of the following synonyms, snout, snitch, schnozzle, bill,
beak, conk, neb, nosh, nosher.  


Author.  Coach Nosey Parker.  

             “Thou wert best set thy lower part where thy nose stands.”  Shakespeare
Fishing the Maragaree River
          "Keep Your Head Down Laddie"
       
    As a young golfer, these words were rained down on my ears, not only by my professional
    golfer father, but also by every passing adult golfer, regardless of their expertise.  It was
    the common dominator of swing advice from the golfing know-it-alls.  Unlike today's
    thorough scientific research into every aspect of the golf swing in which the role of the
    head deals principally with the mental needs of the game, not necessarily it's physical
    position in relation to movement. Being the most recognized identifiable part of the body,
    the head is the swing advisor’s focus and, if during a failed golf shot, it appears to have
    moved irregularly, regardless of the cause, "keep your head down laddie," poured
    forth from the neighboring sages.
           The question remains, however, did I and the many other advisees, lift our head up
    on the  on the way back or forward, were we, in contemporary coaching lingo raising our
    spine angle?   
           Now, after of years of scientific study into the golf swing, we are taught that Newton's
    Third Law of Motion, in which he states, "that for every action there is an equal and
    opposite reaction," is essential to the development of a successful golf swing. Science
    teaches us the golf swing is centrifugal motion of the club head around a static hub, or
    swing center, located in the middle of the upper body just below the head; in the middle of
    the sternum.  Displacement of the swing hub moves the head which leads to errant shots.
    Could we have been better golfers if advised "Don't move your hub laddie," perhaps yes?
    The two essential benefits of maintaining a fixed hub are longer and straighter golf shots.
    What more can the golfer want?  There are only three causes of crooked golf shots; shots
    that don't go in the desired direction on all elevations. They are, 1. shots off the center of
    the clubface. 2. swinging the clubface through the ball along a line different from the
    chosen line and, 3. striking the ball with the clubface facing in a different direction from
    which the club head is swinging; all problems normally a result of twisting the arc of the
    swing. On the other hand, lack of distance is a result of the breakdown in the centrifugal
    balance of the swing. The movements required to produce maximum club head speed to
    impact are usually out of sequence.
           Science also proves that head movement does occur in the swings of our best golfer;
    the only head movement apparent in all top tier golfers that does not jeopardize the
    stability of the hub.  It's best pictured in the finish of expert golfers which shows them in a
    classical follow-through posture showing their head leaning backward with their lower body
    forward and to the left in full follow-through facing the target. A position eagerly sought
    after by the senior golfer, but difficult to fully achieve. Be cautious senior golfers when
    trying to get into that position.
           This is where Newton's Third Law of Motion kicks-in.  Since we are more conscious of
    head movement than hub movement, we can still use the head to maintain a stable hub.  
    Research shows the average PGA Tourist's head from address moves 2 inches to the
    right a 1 inch downward on the back swing and a further inch back and down on the way to
    impact. This movement, shows the head moving back and down actually helps keep the
    hub in position. So why not consciously use the head to still the hub?
           Here’s how to make that work.  At address lean the head back and downwards
    towards your shoulder. Lean back placing more weight on the back foot making sure the
    right shoulder is lower than the left (of course left-hand golfers would do lean back
    towards their left shoulder). By holding the head in that position throughout the swing
    resisting the urge to move forward, will automatically propels a stronger lower body lateral
    movement. Fixing the hub allows a stronger release or slinging of the club head through
    impact.  Newton's Third Law of Motion will kick-in with explosive speed sending the ball
    straighter, higher and on target.  Feel the club head speed through the ball and a well
    deserved chorus of  " You stayed weel behind the ball Laddie"

    Some exercises to help fix your hub

    1.        Practice swing and hit balls with feet together, both feet touching.  This keeps the
    upper body less active through impact improving more stability and the development of
    higher club-head speed at impact.  British pro golfer, Henry Cotton, three times Open
    Champion gave me this advice when I was a scrawny 120 lb. Assistant Pro at Turnberry.
    2.        Practice swinging with the club only in your right hand (left of course if a lefty) As a
    boy, this advice was given to me by Gordon Peters, a member of the British Walker Cup
    team 1936/38 who was a member of my Father’ club.  This exercise will help you feel the
    club-head swinging forward, speeding up through impact without interference from the
    upper-body.
    3.        Swing a weighted club to help feel “Newton’s Third Law of Motion” the centrifugal
    action of the swinging club-head pulling away for the static hub; you have two equal and
    opposite forces reacting against each other.  Feel the body pulling back as the club is
    swinging away from you.  The Yellow and Orange ball tools offer a fair representation of
    the centrifugal action; however, a weighted club-head will offer the best experience.  My
    Father had one in his workshop, which was much too heavy for me as boy, but early
    attempts gave me a strong sense of “swing.”