Three-time winner of the Open Sir Henry Cotton was one of the most successful and outspoken players in the history of British golf while Howard Clark was one of the best English players of the nineteen seventies and eighties.
Henry Cotton in the nineteen-thirties Howard Clarke-Born 1955 in Leeds
It might seem irrelevant to talk about players' movements of the past when they belong to a different age of swing evolution. Howard Clarke is not going to be thankful or interested in being told what he could have avoided or improved 40 years ago.
But because the swing film of Howard Clark reveals one of the biggest flaws in European teaching from the second world war until the 1970s, when the 1.62 " size ball was finally banned in all professional golf tournaments, I decided to use it as an example. The inferior teaching method resulting from caused the top players of the period to struggle against their American counterparts, while the normal club golfer had difficulty understanding the mechanics that traditional teachers of the time were passing on.
Howard Clarke was an extremely good ball striker who possessed a wonderful rhythm. I always enjoyed watching him practicing on the range, but it was when I saw the film below I realized why he had some serious ups and downs in his career. Of course, we have to put this into perspective, he won 11 tour events and represented Europe three times in the Ryder Cup.
Although a teacher will be naturally drawn to the reverse "C" form at the finish it still takes second place to the early loss of power caused by the conscious application of the hands.