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SCIENCE AT THE STAKE

by Roy W. Smith published in 1946
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but such is not a technical fact. A careful analysis discloses that the follow-through is not confined to the swing of the arm alone. It applies to the body as well, therefore it actually starts with the stance. The stance and the step, which is coordinated with the swing of the body and arm, governs the follow-through. A poor stance and step will cause a poor swing and follow-through.

   When delivering, the swing of the arm - if completed - would describe a perfect circle. The follow-through is merely the continuation of the swing toward completing this circle. In other words, the hand, after the release, continues to move toward the stake. This short distance which the hand travels, before it begins to rise above the head, is the follow-through!

Now, it may seem rather futile to concentrate on a part of the swing which occurs after the release, for then the shoe is in flight and the player can do nothing to alter its course. Nevertheless, if one will always endeavor to make his hand follow the shoe on a line to the stake, it will exert a good influence on his actions in preparing his delivery and enable him to secure a more accurate alignment.

TURNING THE SHOE

   Guy Zimmerman, one of the world’s greatest masters of the shoe, really knows his fundamentals. Here are his instructions on how to secure the proper turn: ”All the instructions I have ever read advocate “wrist-flip” in making a shoe turn. There are but two ways in which the shoe can be made to turn- the correct way and the wrong way. It is my opinion that little or no wrist-snap is necessary. Neither is the turn secured and controlled by certain fingers of the hand.”

   The Correct Way - Hold the shoe at full-arm length, at about a 45 degree angle to the ground, so it cuts a line between the eyes and the top of the objective stake. As the shoe passes the leg, during the back and front swings, keep it in this position. After it has passed the leg in the front-swing, gradually flatten or level it out with a natural roll of he arm. When the shoe swings into a direct line with the peg and again comes on a level with the eyes, relax the fingers and release it. Keep the wrist stiff and in its natural position. The shoe should be well levelled out when released or it will land on edge and roll. When released in the flat position, it will land flat and dead.

   Notice that Mr. Zimmerman makes his aim and release points correspond. If one is a close observer, he can feel a slight pull

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