Timing Your Golf Swing – Books and Records

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How exactly does one go about playing a 45 R.P.M. record these days? Our younger readers may not even know what we’re talking about here. What do you mean a record made of vinyl old man? Well, a quick history lesson. The 45 R.P.M. record had its hey day during the rock and roll era in the 1950s and 1960s.

We recently rediscovered an interesting golf instruction book written by Robert Winthrop Adams, published in 1957 that contains, you guessed it, a 45 R.P.M. tucked in a holder attached to the front cover.

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This 62 page book is a bit light on actual instructions, it seems to have been created just to allow the author to publish his idea of how a properly synchronized golf swing is in proper rhythm. Publishing the book with a 45 R.P.M. pretty much insured that some day it would go the way of the Dodo bird and the slide rule.

The book states that Adams was a registered engineer with an unusual hobby, the kinematics of the golf swing. He was the inventor of the, sadly, now fortoggen Adams loRYTHMic Swight Weight Scale, Golf Swing-O-Scope, and the Adams Golf Timer. This guy must have been a barrel of laughs to go our for a beer with.

Well, it turns out that it is indeed quite difficult today to find a place to play a 45 R.P.M. record.

The book quotes the illustrious Jackie Pung, “I try to think in terms of being rhythmical and smooth – swinging through the ball and never guiding it.” For those that haven’t heard of Pung, he was the author of “Inside Golf’s Master-Minds”

This is the Jack Lalane method of learning to golf. “STRETCH” “and” “then” “HEEL” “THROUGH”. You have to do this of course to the rhythm of a metronome. The swing is demonstrated with a driver in hand. How exactly the golfer was supposed to do this while listening to a record is not clear. We imagine there was some broken furniture in the late fifties trying to get the rhythm right on ones golf swing.

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 We understand the word in a canine context, but how exactly does a golfer “HEEL”?

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One comment

  1. Golf In Chicago

    Jackie Pung was a woman. As Casey Stengel said, ‘You could look it up.”

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