Short Story Preview: Hints for Hackers – Malcolm Allen
Every golf magazine carries illustrated articles with titles like How to hit the perfect drive or Make the pitching wedge work for you. They are written by some youthful professional or golfing guru and they hoodwink the average hacker into thinking that s/he can do the same. Let’s get it right from the start – you can’t and you never will. ‘Why is that?’ you may ask, and here is the answer. You are not young, supple or talented and you seldom practise properly. In fact you are a pretty useless golfer. Thus, it
is far better if you hone your own style working to the adage that there are many ways of skinning a cat. So, for the high handicap hacker with a 46 inch plus waist and the athletic ability of a Chelsea Pensioner with haemorrhoids, pay close attention to the following.
The aim is to ensure the ball travels forwards and, if you are male, beyond the ladies’ tee. Take a stance with more than half your weight on the back
foot (we will assume you are right-handed) and the club held firmly with some form of grip. Harry Vardon developed his own so why can’t you? The ball should be teed high in the middle of the stance where there is some likelihood of you being able to reach it. The club should be taken away inside out, or outside in, it doesn’t matter in your case, until you reach the maximum turn of your shoulders. With an exaggerated wrist cock this should present the club at the completion of the back swing at a little more than parallel to the ground pointing away from the hole.