In attacking the idea that the left arm is the dominant factor in the stroke at golf one is assailing a tradition as old, almost, and as carefully nourished as golf itself. The bare idea of such heresy set the golfing world of England in a blaze, but by the time the flames had died away, the insolent little idol was badly damaged.

I do not think that this fetich ever had quite the hold in America that it had in England and Scotland. This probably is explained by the fact that the American is not so prone to "go blind" on what some celebrity says. He has a way of asking for reason. To use his expressive phrase he is "from Missouri," and he wants to be shown. The disciples of the left hand and arm have a hard time when it is put squarely up to them like this, for as a matter of fact and practical golf, it is almost impossible to produce any satisfactory evidence in favor of this ancient claim.

Notwithstanding this, nearly all the great golfers, including Braid, Taylor and Vardon, either expressly or by implication, support the idea. The player, particularly the beginner, must forget this notion and allow himself to play his stroke naturally and without any idea of either hand dominating the other. One of them almost certainly will, but which one that is may quite well be left to Mother Nature.