Dow Finsterwald`s swing is a beautiful combination of classic and new mechanics. He possessed a superstar contact which holds up with anybody playing on the PGA Tour today. This film sequence reveals a timeless movement.
The two films were taken by Irv Schloss.
Winner of 12 PGA Tour events (including one major) in one career is an impressive statistic that very few Tour Professionals will achieve. Playing successfully on four Ryder Cup teams is also a strong indication of a special player.
Yet what is most imposing in Dow Finsterwald's career is that he finished on the top five of 50 leaderboards. Along with that Dow managed to win money 72 times in succession, a record at the time only outdone by Byron Nelson.
The records that Dow achieved are consistent with the quality of his swing, although his swing suggests he could have been even greater. If he is underrated, playing second fiddle to Hogan, Snead, Byron Nelson, and later Arnold Palmer, then this film should confirm his superb motion and what a great player he was.
Dow and my father Warren Smith played together many times. From 100 yards in i cant think of anyone better. A class gentleman also. Warren Smith Jr.