The previous blog mentioned golfers who were powerful strikers of the golf ball. This week I would like to discuss players who were considered to be rather short off the tee but were still excellent golfers. The point being made here is that although distance off the tee is considered to be an absolute essential in modern day professional tournaments, it is possible to play great golf even if the player is a “shorter hitter”.
Walter Travis who was born in Australia and moved to the U.S.A. when he was a young man could claim to be the greatest amateur who ever lived. His tally of tournament victories included the American and British Amateur Opens. He was a “short hitter” by golfing standards.
Walter’s tee shots averaged around 200 yards, but he was so accurate with every club in the bag that he had no difficulty playing too par and under par in almost every tournament he competed in. Water proved accuracy was just as efficient as length when playing golf.
I was born in a small town in the north of Scotland where one young man I know was a very short hitter of the ball, but still managed to play to a scratch handicap. He won his local club championship several times and won many competitions in the surrounding regions.
He like the great Walter Travis proved accuracy of striking was one way of mastering golf.