As this has been of such great assistance to me I wish that it could be shown by a diagram. It is purely by the sense of “touch” or feeling that I am conscious of this “balance,” as it might be called, but it is the main thing I watch in my preliminary, “waggle.” I think it is more of a poise of the club, as the guiding of the club is shifted from the left hand be-fore you reach the ball to the right hand after you get to the ball.
It is a very hard point to bring out without being able to swing a club to show the idea. I note from a careful analysis of the effort that one of the points I became conscious of by close observation is that the pivot is not made in the hands so much, but it is a sort of trial to see how my head acts when my arms, shoulders, and body are in motion; if there is the slightest difficulty in keeping my balance I keep shifting my, position very slightly until I feel absolutely comfortable and am certain that there will be no stiffness at any point in the swing.
In other words, I endeavor to get everything “free” in order that I may not become conscious of a disturbing element in the swing. My deliberate purpose, as I explained previously, is to keep my head absolutely still in order that I can see clearly.
I do not approve of “seesawing” from one leg to another in the address, because I cannot see the ball clearly. Do all the “waggling” with the arms, shoulders, and hands; if you do that well in the preliminary and do not disturb your view of the ball, you will have a much greater chance of doing it correctly when you make your actual swing. Keep the feet still as well, and do not sway the body.
Seesawing and wiggling the feet are bad habits because they disturb you in your effort to concentrate upon your ball.
I made the experiment recently with a friend who was badly off his game, and who had been off for months, of making him concentrate his entire attention in looking at his ball and eliminating every effort and purpose except to see that ball clearly every instant on his back swing and downward swing. In other words, I insisted that he actually “see” his ball clearly the whole time occupied in his swing. It cured him of his troubles at once, and he said, “well, I never have actually seen that ball right since I took up the game.”