A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from March 15, 2013
“The golf swing starts from the ground up” (golf adage)

"The golf swing starts from the ground up” is an old golf saying. “Swing Production: The golf swing begins as of the earth. It starts from the ground, and is from the ground up” was cited in print in 1934. “Remember, a good, strong golf swing starts from the ground up — with good footwork” was cited in 1974.

“The golf swing starts from the ground upwards” is often credited to American golfer Ben Hogan (1912-1997), but it’s not known when he said this. The website Perfect Golf Swing Review explained:

“Ben Hogan stated that one should think of starting the golf downswing from the ground up. In other words, the downswing should start with the lower body moving first, and the upper body moving second.”


1 May 1934, Hartford (CT) Courant, “Bob McDonald’s Class in Golf” by Tommy Armour, pg. 18:
Swing Production: The golf swing begins as of the earth. It starts from the ground, and is from the ground up.

Google Books
The Golf Journal
Volumes 27-28
1974
Pg. 9:
Remember, a good, strong golf swing starts from the ground up — with good footwork.

Golf Tips magazine
Sunday, May 9, 2004
Fancy Footwork
A good golf swing begins from the ground up

By Jim Suttie, Ph.D.; Photography by Terry Renna
Just how important are the feet, legs and hips? Well, some argue that they are the heart and soul of the golf swing. In fact, it was Byron Nelson who brought us the idea of “flexing the shaft with the lower body.” Jack Nicklaus also has repeatedly said that the swing begins from the ground up. Then why, despite advice from two of the best golfers who ever played, does the average golfer try to “muscle” the ball with his or her upper body?

Google Books
Essential Golf Instruction;
Everything You Need to Play Like a Pro

By Rob Blumer and Rex Chaney
Avon, MA: Adams Media
2006
Pg. 87:
The golf swing begins from the ground up.

Google Books
Golf: Your Turn for Success
Second Edition
By Garth Fisher and John W. Geertsen, Jr.
Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers
2009
Pg. 37:
Basically, the golf swing is a rotating motion coming from the ground up, working through the legs, hips, and shoulders, and out through the arms and hands to apply centrifugal force to the clubhead.

YouTube
Golf Lesson | Hit From The Ground Up | Exeter Golf Lessons
Uploaded on Aug 20, 2010
http://www.4golfonline.com/galvin-gre… Exeter golf lessons from Mark Crossfield, hit from the ground upwards for stronger better ball striking. Play better golf today with great golf lessons on YouTube

Perfect Golf Swing Review
Downswing
(revised November 2012—ed.)
(...)
Ben Hogan stated that one should think of starting the golf downswing from the ground up. In other words, the downswing should start with the lower body moving first, and the upper body moving second.

Twitter
ChiPowerGOLF
‏@JayneStorey1
“The golf swing starts from the ground upwards”. Ben Hogan
4:20 AM - 15 Dec 12

PGA Tour
Haas captures first TOUR victory with a little flare
March 16, 2013
By Travis Fulton, TOUR Academies Director of Instruction PGATOUR.COM
We have all heard the old saying, “the golf swing starts from the ground up” and this week it certainly held true. After missing the cut at the Sony Open in Hawaii last week, Bill Haas got a head start to the West Coast Swing as he came in early to Southern California to work on his game. Searching for answers to get his ball striking back on track, golf instructor Bill Harmon suggested that he should flare out his right foot a bit.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CitySports/Games • Friday, March 15, 2013 • Permalink