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It isn't a game of inches
Jack Nicklaus
May 08, 1967
Most tall golfers think they must go through a series of contortions to get themselves into position to hit a golf ball. They do a deep knee bend or they curve their backs or slouch their shoulders, all in an unnecessary effort to get themselves into what they think is the same position that a shorter man appears to manage with such ease. What tall golfers often do not realize is that their hands fall at almost the same position as a shorter man's. I am six feet and I have short arms but, as you can see in the illustration above, my hands are in relatively the same position as the man who is four inches taller. Height is actually an advantage in golf, because a tall person can achieve a symmetrical arc in his swing much more easily than a short person. The tall golfer should forget his height. It is the thinking about it and trying to compensate for it that ruins his swing.
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May 08, 1967

It Isn't A Game Of Inches

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Most tall golfers think they must go through a series of contortions to get themselves into position to hit a golf ball. They do a deep knee bend or they curve their backs or slouch their shoulders, all in an unnecessary effort to get themselves into what they think is the same position that a shorter man appears to manage with such ease. What tall golfers often do not realize is that their hands fall at almost the same position as a shorter man's. I am six feet and I have short arms but, as you can see in the illustration above, my hands are in relatively the same position as the man who is four inches taller. Height is actually an advantage in golf, because a tall person can achieve a symmetrical arc in his swing much more easily than a short person. The tall golfer should forget his height. It is the thinking about it and trying to compensate for it that ruins his swing.

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