Homer Kelley's Golfing Machine: The Curious Quest That Solved Golf [Pdf READ]
Tucked up close and his putt found the bottom of the cup for a birdie fourHow can that be Kelley mumbled to himself as they moved to the next tee At the par four second hole Kelley again hit the fairway then the green and
two putted for a par He bogeyed third the number one handicap hole then strung together a series of pars at the fourth fifth sixth seventh and eighth holes Kelley was looking at making the turn in even par before a bogey at the par five ninthHeading to the back nine Kelley learned a new Golfing term sandbagger He endured no shortage of good natured ribbing from his friends who had every reason to be leery of Kelleys woe is me tale from his ghastly first time out on the golf course He gave them noreason to believe him on the inward nine carding par bogey par double par bogey par par through seventeen holes Like Meadow Park Highland closed with a ard par five that was rated as the third hardest hole on the course Unlike at Meadow Park Kelley finished with a putt for a birdie four The ball took a look at the bottom of the cup but stayed out and Kelley wound up with a Kelley asked to keep the scorecard which he summarily presented to his teaching pro Al DunnHow did I shoot a asked a dumbfounded KelleyYou must have beenrelaxed was Dunns only explanationNo Kelley countered sharply I wasnt relaxed I was such a nervous wreck the night before I hardly slept at allWhat was differentKelley pondered the uestion Maybe his defenses had been down Or perhaps he had felt a subconscious relief about not playing with his boss and the pro It might have been that he feltat ease with the blue collar crowd at Highlands or the fact that almost everything is easier the second time around The only tangible thing that stuck in Kelleys mind however was the slow sweeping swing he had usedThen stick with that said the pro It obviously works for Representation Cultural Representations and Signifying Practices Culture Media and Identities Series youMore befuddling to Homer Kelley than how he shot a his second time playing golf was how he wound up flipping burgers in a Tacoma billiard hall in the first placeKelley was born August in Clayton Kansas the capital of the middle of nowhere His father John Kelley is listed on Homers birth certificate as a retail merchant twenty nineears old originally from Saline County Kansas Kelleys mother Ida was a twenty six ear old
then two putted for a par he bogeyed
housewife from Ottawa County The family left Kansas when Homer was five and settled in suburban from Ottawa County The family left Kansas when Homer was five and settled in suburban Along with his brothers and sisters Lawrence Ward Emma and Elsie Homer "attended public schools and did all the things that average kids do He played the clariHomer Kelley for ears "public schools and did all the things that average kids do He played the clariHomer Kelley for ears as one of the games last great mysteries an obscure but important man who reshaped our perceptions of the modern swing In this substantive and stylish book Gummer unravels Kelley s elusive personal history and sheds light on his considerable influence It s a story that will enlighten teachers enthrall serious players and entertain golfers at all levels Guy Yocom Golf Digest Scott Gummer has done a masterful job at a daunting task solving the riddle of the man who solved he thought the riddle of the golf swing Homer Kelley s Golfing Machine is a sad and funny story beautifully told Curt Sampson Author of Hoga. Jane of Gowlands you canLuckily the stand of fir trees lining the fairway deflected Kelleys hosel rocket otherwise he might well have taken out one of the golfers on the adjoining hole and been hauled off for manslaughter before ever getting to hit a second shotHow can it be that hard Kelley grumbled under his breath as he trudged after his tee shot Meadow Park Golf Course in Tacoma Washington was a perfectly pleasant municipal track Opened in the spring of it was less than aear old A par measuring just under ards it was intentionally designed to be friendly to even the rankest of amateurs which Homer Kelley most assuredly wasThe first three holes at Meadow Park carried the three highest handicaps on the course Unfortunately Kelley failed to capitalize on even that slight advantage He made a hash of number one carding a nine on the par five however he did not shoot himself out of the match as his pro his boss and the friend fared only slightly better posting six eight and nine respectively Kelley got things moving in the right direction he followed his uadruplebogey at the first with a triple at the second At the par three third he sniffed par but settled for bogeyWhatever hopes Kelley might have harbored "for a decent score were dashed when he put up a ten spot at the "a decent score were dashed when he put up a ten spot at the five sixth hole And et when they made the turn Kelleys while twenty our strokes over par placed him just two strokes behind the boss and his friend When they finally put the flag back in the hole at eighteenth the pro had run away from the others with matching s while the friend limped in at and the boss at Kelley and the boss came to the eighteenth hole tied but Kelley finished the day as disastrously as hed started with a uadruple bogey nine finishing with a score of Kelley had no delusions that he would shoot lights out his first time out but neither did he envision playing like a one armed blind man in a straitjacket He was embarrassed butthan that he was vexed Shuffling to the parking lot Kelley carped I hit the ball so well at the driving rangewhy couldnt I do it on the course The boss chuckled at Kelley with a wry knowing grinKelley did not play golf again for six months Then one summer Sunday in July two friends coaxed him into batting it around Tacomas Highland Golf Course Highland was not a brute of a course by any stretch at The Proposal yards and par it was slightly tougher than Meadow Park Like Meadow Park Highland started out with a relatively easy par five measuringards Kelley took his stance and addressed the ball but instead of telling himself to swing as hard as he could Kelley cleared his mind and smoothed his tee shot into the fairway His approach came up short of the green but his pitch. How Hard Can It BeThe
Ball Sat Motionless On A sat motionless on a in the grass Behind it rested a polished "block of persimmon wood significantly larger in size and harder in composition than the ball "of persimmon wood significantly larger in size and harder in composition than the ball from the wood was a long shiny silver shaft of steel Wrapped tightly around the grip at the top of the shaft were the strong hands of a thirty one Prey year old man He took a practice swing Then another Weapon at the ready target open wide the ball was his for the crushingIt would have been a different story had the ball been moving It was not hurtling toward him at blinding speed It was not camouflaged made no evasive movements or attempts to elude It was not curving or sinking or knuckling about It just sat there ready for takeoffHe had no reason to fear repercussion What he was about to do was not illegal in fact it was encouraged Give it a ride said one of the three men waiting and watching behind him The ball was not fragile and would not shatter or explode It bore no seams or stitches or other impediments to its trajectory It was neither slippery nor spindly nor oblong nor heavy It was in fact uite light and perfectly round It did not teeter or totter It just sat there on its perch completely obediently What areou waiting for cracked another of the menHe was not being timed The others were not referees or umpires nor were they there to judge him His style would not be critiued his livelihood could not be jeopardized They had no motivation or mandate to thwart him He had nothing that they wanted and they had nothing to defend Dont mind us needled the man who had invited himHomer Kelley waggled the club back and forth to loosen up Taking a deep
Breath He Raised His he raised his like Paul Bunyan lifting his axe and took a violent lash at the defenseless objectIf I pay for the lessons will ou take them Golfing buddies were hard to come by as America climbed out of the Depression but the boss also aimed to shut Kelley up Silly game Kelley would grouse It was not that he disliked golf so much as he enjoyed pushing the bosss buttons How hard can it be to hit a ball in a hole with a stick Kelleys cocksure derisiondespite never once having so much as picked up a golf clubspurred the boss to put his money where Kelleys mouth was Offered free lessons Kelley conceded he had nothing to loseThat settles it said the boss with a wry knowing grin You will get just as bad as anybodyA teaching pro had opened up a little indoor driving range just down the street from the billiard hall where Kelley worked as a cook A couple of times a week over the course of a couple of weeks Kelley met with the man before working his shift behind the grill The pro showed Kelley how to hold the club with an interlocking grip how to take a stance with the ball between his feet how to take the club away and turn his back to the target how to swing through and turn his belly button toward the target and how to finish with his hands high in the sky Athletic if not an athlete Kelley picked it up in short order and after five lessons the boss arranged a weekend game with Kelley the pro and a friendThe round got off to an inauspicious start Kelley had never set foot on a golf course and upon arriving on the first .
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