I started playing golf at
Lakewood Country Club in 1961 when I was 7 years old. Since you had to be 9 to
get on the course, I would play the 100-yard practice hole nine times and then
go get a Dr Pepper. My dad started me playing. We got group lessons from Ross
Collins, Lakewood's head pro. He was great! He could hit a ball left- or right-handed.
The hardest thing I remembered doing was when they changed my baseball grip to
a “Vardon” grip and moved my right hand to make sure the “V” was aimed at my
back shoulder. Sounds simple, but it was not.