I have given all the main features of the drive in sections, and in a way not hitherto done. It must be learned thoroughly in sections unless one is lucky enough to be able to get it thoroughly from some first-class player by imitating him. Golf however is such a scientific game that if one trusts to blind copying there is a great chance that the path to improvement will be long and arduous. One should try to get all the details of the various movements and instructions herein set out stored away in one's mind so that there is no conscious effort to produce them when one is face to face with the ball. This is much easier than it might seem for there is herein nothing that is unnatural. That is the great point. The New Golf means following nature and the simple truth, and not running after mystery and unnatural methods.
Let us sum up the work in the drive now as shortly as possible. From the address the club is picked up, after the press forward. At the same instant the left heel begins to rise. The club is taken back on the upward swing, the left heel continuing to rise and the left knee bending in toward the ball on account of the bending of the ankle and the twist of the instep, but the front part of the left foot remains firmly planted on the earth so that the weight is spread across it.
As the left hip follows the left knee forward the right hip is drawn back, the spine remaining in practically the same position all the time. The right foot remains solidly and firmly planted on the ground from heel to toe until at the top of the swing the torsional strain caused by the half twist of the body at the hips can be very distinctly felt, in fact so distinctly that the leg becomes quite rigid and the knee joint is absolutely stiff. It is not bent in the slightest degree, as were both knees at the moment of address. At the top of the swing the wrists must be well under the shaft of the club. The downward swing is started by the body and the hands and arms follow, reversing the motion of the upward swing. Soon after the beginning of the downward swing the right heel begins to leave the ground the hips are pushed slightly forward towards the hole and the left heel begins to return to the earth until at the moment of impact it has settled firmly into its place again, whereas the right heel is up a little and the right knee bent as the body goes forward for the finish of the stroke which is generally a little across the left foot. If it is not so it is usually an indication that the player's stance was at first too open or that he has twisted on his left foot during the downward swing, which is to be avoided.
I have possibly omitted some slight detail in connection with the drive which seemed to me so obvious as not to need any special mention. If there is anything of this nature that is not found in the letter press a careful study of the photographs will no doubt repair the deficiency.