It should be remembered that in the address I keep my arms straight down, close to the body, and when I start my club back from the ball I keep it on the line of flight upon which the ball is resting and against that line as long as I can comfortably. As my body is tilted it seems that I am making my sweep along the ground until my club head is past the base line upon which I am standing.
When it is realized that the circle described with the arms extended is equal to the radius in a twelve-foot circle it will be apparent how gradual is the rise of the club from the ground or near the ground. I also find that by keeping the club on the ground or near the ground until I pass the base line upon which I am standing, I hardly notice when I turn my wrist, as the turn is so gradual.
Another thing I observe is that it seems as though the left hand parallels the line of flight upon which the ball rests. Keeping my club close to the ground until I have passed the base line upon which I stand also keeps my left shoulder from coming up, which would result in my straightening up and thus changing the whole plane of the swing, and this is exactly what the majority of players do.
To get to the position shown in the illustration it is necessary to bend the least bit at the waist on the left side of the body. Otherwise the left shoulder will be forced around so that it strikes the chin at the top of the swing. The bend at the waist should only be in the very slightest degree, or it will be overdone. It should be perfectly comfortable and hardly noticeable to an observer. Most players overdo everything.
When you bend the left knee have it come in a very little bit toward the base line upon which you are standing. Bend only the least bit, however, or you will overdo it. Keep your left heel on the ground if you can comfortably. Anything which causes your attention to be attracted to it is being overdone. Now if the player in practicing the turn to bring his club to the top of the swing will keep his head still, he will find that he can comfortably do each of the steps only a little. He will also find it to be wise not to put his strength into the stroke faster than his wrists will get his club into position to take it.
One of the main things I look for in my preliminary swing or “waggle” over the ball is to “feel” that the natural arc I am using in my swing is sure to be flat and “down” to the ball; in other words, to be sure that my stance is taken in such a manner that it is almost impossible to go over the ball.