Monday, April 27, 2009

A Look Into the Poll Question: Byron Nelson

The next participant in the poll question 'If You Could Hit It Like One Historic Golfer In Their Prime With Modern Equipment, Who Would It Be?' is Byron Nelson.

Byron Nelson had tremendous success early on in his pro career with 52 PGA Tour wins and 5 Major Championship Victories. His greatest season was in 1945 where he won a record 18 victories which included 11 victories in a row. He also had the lowest stroke average ever that year (68.33) which held up for 55 years. He also held the record for 113 cuts in a row made, before that was broken by Tiger Woods as well.

Strangely, not a lot is known about his ballstriking abilities, in large part because he pretty much retired pretty quickly from the game to pursue other opportunities. He seemed to have pretty good length off the tee and I've heard stories of his amazing accuracy. In fact, the USGA made the golf ball hitting machine 'Iron Byron' which was named after him.

Nelson appeared to use a 'double shift' plane, using a float loading technique with a CF release.


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