Swing Slow

H.F.C. Everard on preparation:

A wise man, therefore, will allow himself ample time for a few preliminary drives, to put his muscles into working order, for to arrive at the teeing-ground flurried and late is to court disaster at the outset.

[H.F.C.Everard: Golf in Theory and Practice; G.Bell & Sons, 1910, p.190]

Swing Slow Old Golfing Man..

[Tune: Swing Low, Sweet Chariot – Traditional]

Swing slow, ol’ golfin’ man
It’s a quicker way to the hole;
Swing slow ol’ golfing man,
For maximum carry and roll.

Up in the mornin’ and rush to the tee
Seeking maximum carry and roll;
Head still spinnin’ an’ stiff as can be,
Swing’s right out o’ control.

Swing slow, ol’ golfin’ man
It’s a quicker way to the hole;
Swing slow ol’ golfing man,
For maximum carry and roll

Ol’ Sam Snead – he swung free,
He got maximum carry and roll.
He said, “Fella, take a tip from me,
Swing slow for carry and roll.”

The scientific study of ‘maximum carry and roll’ was advanced by Professor PG Tait in the 1890’s, assisted by his golfing son Freddie. See the following websites:
http://www-history.mcs.st-andrews.ac.uk/HistTopics/Tait_golf.html
http://www.maths.ed.ac.uk/~aar/papers/taitbio.pdf

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