There is so much misconception about the stroke in golf that it is expedient to dispose of as much of it as possible before dealing with the strokes in the usual course.

It will be noticed that I say "the stroke in golf." We shall be told that there are many strokes in golf. Well, so there are, but it will trouble any one to get one that is not an exaggerated put or some part of a drive. Indeed there are not wanting those who assert that a drive is merely a highly developed put. We need not follow this argument too far, although it may be said, right at the beginning, that for many people, particularly those who take up golf late in life, the nearer they can keep their drive to the put the better for them; and this has been proved to be very sound golf.

It is of the utmost importance for any one who intends to learn golf, or for any one who has learned, or is learning it, and is not satisfied with the result, to understand that above everything, if one wishes to play a fairly good game, it is necessary to give nature a chance. This is precisely what a vast number of people will not do at golf. Why they persist in this foolishness is the one great mystery of golf.

If one were to take the ordinary man up to a daisy drooping its head in a field, hand him a walking stick and say "Let me see you cut its head off" the chances are that he would unconsciously play a perfectly good right handed golf stroke. With many it would no doubt be a trifle short as the suggested operation would not need much strength, but it would be a natural hit, and that is what the golf stroke, to be successful, must be.

We must now try to disencumber our minds of quite a number of strange ideas which are very prevalent amongst golfers and golf writers. It is amazing what a great number of things it is expedient to forget when once one gets opposite the ball. As a matter of fact there is just one thing to keep firmly in mind and one only and that is to hit it. If the result is unsatisfactory one may then hold the post-mortem.