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I agreed to the suggestion that I should write these reminiscences, mainly because it seems to me that circumstances have thrown my life along such lines that I really have been more than any other man at the centre of the growth of golf?­a growth out of nothingness in England, and of relative littleness in Scotland, fifty years ago, to its present condition of a fact of real national importance. I saw all the beginnings, at Westward Ho! of the new life of English golf. I followed its movement at Hoylake and later at Sandwich. I was on the Committee initiating the Amateur Championship, the International Match, the Rules of Golf Committee and so on. I have been Captain in succession of the Royal North Devon, Royal Liverpool, Royal St. George's and Royal and Ancient Clubs, as well as many others, and in these offices have been not only able but even obliged to follow closely every step in the popular advancement of the game. I do not mention these honours vaingloriously, but only by . . .

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Horace Hutchinson has been called "the father of golf instruction", penning the first book ever written about how to play the game.

Hutchinson’s finest golf efforts occurred in the British Amateur, which he won in 1886 and 1887. He became the first player to successfully defend the championship when he beat the great John Ball on Ball’s home course. An ardent student of the golf swing, he decided to put forth in writing his suggestions on how to play because, in his words, he often, “saw men ‘playing golf’ as they are pleased to call it, in a style which is physically, anatomically, mathematically, from every conceivable point of view, impossible for a human being, made on any known plan, to strike the ball correctly.­” So what has changed?

Please note: There is a free edition of this book available on Amazon without illustrations. But since there are about three dozen pictures with the original book, this $1.­99 "upgrade" is at least warranted. Take a "Look Inside" and see. . . .

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Horace Hutchinson has been called "the father of golf instruction", penning the first book ever written about how to play the game.

Hutchinson’s finest golf efforts occurred in the British Amateur, which he won in 1886 and 1887. He became the first player to successfully defend the championship when he beat the great John Ball on Ball’s home course. An ardent student of the golf swing, he decided to put forth in writing his suggestions on how to play because, in his words, he often, “saw men ‘playing golf’ as they are pleased to call it, in a style which is physically, anatomically, mathematically, from every conceivable point of view, impossible for a human being, made on any known plan, to strike the ball correctly.­” So what has changed?

Please note: There is a free edition of this book available on Amazon without illustrations. But since there are about three dozen pictures with the original book, this $1.­99 "upgrade" is at least warranted. Take a "Look Inside" and see. . . .

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CONTENTS

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I The Beginning of All Things 11
II How Golf in England Grew 17
III Of Young Tommy Morris and other Great Men 23
IV The Spread of Golfing in England 29
V The Weapons of Golf in the Seventies 35
VI How Men of Westward Ho! went Adventuring in the North 41
VII Golf at Oxford 47
VIII The Start of the Oxford and Cambridge Golf Matches 53
IX Golfing Pilgrimages 59
X Westward Ho! Hoylake and St. Andrews in the Early Eighties 65
XI First Days at St. Andrews 71
XII The Beginnings of the Amateur Championship 77
XIII On Golf Books and Golf Balls 84
XIV The First Amateur Championship 90
XV Mr. Arthur Balfour and his Influence in Golf 96
XVI The Second Amateur Championship 102
XVII The First Golf in America 108
XVIII How I Lost the Championship and Played the Most Wonderful Shot in the World 114
XIX Johnny Ball and Johnny Laidlay 120
XX A Chapter of Odds and Ends 126
XXI A More Liberal Policy at St. Andrews 132
XXII The First Amateur Win of the Open Championship 138
XXIII . . .

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