A point to which I wish to direct especial attention is the matter of keeping the eyes, club shaft, and club face at dead right angles to the desired line of flight of the ball. I think it is a great mistake to attempt this, as it gives an awkward bend to the left wrist, which
has to be accommodated at the top of the swing, and you will find great difficulty in keeping the left arm properly extended if you use that stance.
Besides this you will experience great difficulty in turning the right hand over the left the instant your club head meets the ball. It also brings a shock upon the wrist which doesn’t belong there. The worst objection of all is its effect on the eyes, as they see so many things moving in a line with the ball that they unconsciously have a tendency to follow. The fewer things you have directly in your line of view the better. This is another reason for keeping the hands low.
The majority of elderly men I have observed have a tendency to raise their shoulders too high, apparently as though they were trying to get a sight on the ball, as if their club shaft was a rifle barrel. This only distracts the attention and makes it more difficult to keep the balance, as the more the arms are reaching out and the shoulders raised the more the weight is thrown forward on the toes or ball of the foot, and the greater the tendency to fall forward the moment they start their back swing, it is very difficult to make allowances and corrections after the swing has begun.
I have noticed also that the vast majority of the older men stand too far away from their ball. It is much easier to get speed in the club in a short than in a long circle, and yet I have seen players take still longer shafts in the hope of making up in leverage what they lack in speed. I am pretty strong, and yet I have found that swinging long-shafted clubs tires me and I am sure it must tire them. I have observed that with few exceptions the professionals have all discarded the long clubs.
There is a certain amount of speed necessary to get distance of any extent, and I should advise the older men to use lighter instead of longer clubs to accomplish the purpose. They, could then get up speed in a shorter swing than when using clubs of normal weight, and could rely more upon maintaining a steady pressure at a good speed rather than greater leverage at a much slower rate. The effort would be far less tiring.