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IN THE midst of the recent Good- all round-robin struggle for mas- tery among 15 of the world's best golfers we began thinking again of the part that the mental side or mental attitude plays in this baffling game of golf. The 15 contestants In thls tourney were all fine golfers on the physical side. Most of them can hit the ball a long, long way &rid keep it straight, most of them are fine iron players, keen pitchers, and at least a few are consistent putters. The main answer is one's mental atti- tude for the day or for the tourna- ment--.his ability toconcentrate along the right lines. This, of course, is an old story. But how does one locate this phan- tom will-o'-the-wisp? I had been watching Jimmy Dem- aret, winner of seven big tourna- ments, one of the main favorites at Fresh Meadow. I had seen him smile and laugh and appear care. free coming up to the ball--then sud- denly focus perfectly on the next stroke. So I* talked to Demaret, the Texas Tarantula of the ancient green. Demaret' s Angle "I drew a fine break in the art of concentration when I was a young kid," Demaret said. "There were nine in our family. There was al- ways a turmoil around. I had to learn how to study and concentrate with a football game or some other game going on all around me. There was always a din and a racket. I had to force myseLf to think of what I was reading or working over in spite of these outside distractions. "So ! had to develop the habit of quick concentration from an early age, when aH lasting habMs are usu- ally formed--I mean the ones that usually stick with you. "Here's a funny angle. I am sup- posed to be free from any nervous trouble. Yet I am one of the rues! nervous men you ever knew. I mean until a tournament starts. I'm even nervous in practice. But when the tournament gets under way I turn back to my kid days, forget every. thing else, all the outside distrac- tions. I think of only one shot at a time and I think of a round after the fashion of one shot at a time." What to Think About "Bobby Jones once told me," I said to Demaret, "that he thought of at least three things before playing any shot." "What were they?" Jimmy asked. "First, the pace of his backswing to be sure it wasn't hurried. Next, the full body or the needed body turn, and, last, cocking his left wrist at the top of the swing." "I also think of about three things before playing a shot," the Texan said. "First, I want to be sure I have a firm, comfortable and cor- rect grip. Next, I want to feel that I have an easy, comfortable stance. Last, I also want to be sure I don't hurry my baekswlng and that I also take the needed amount of" body turn, "Golf," Demaret said. "is a ga~ne you play largely with your har~ds wrists and forearms. They swing the clubhead. The body should work together with the hands, but in most cases the body works against the hands. The average golfer lets the shoulders and body, or maybe the Ik*et and legs, tie up the hands. "Now, the average golfer has & hard time concentrating because he tries to think of too many things. It can't be done. He merely gets blurred picture of what he is trying to accomplish. I believe in making golf as simple as possible." "What should the average goiter try to think about?" I asked. Comfort and Ease "He or she should try to think first in terms of being comfortabh and easy, and not to get all tight- ened up. After this, he should think about letting the hands and fore- arms swing the clubhead. He shouldn't start locking his feet and legs, or stiffening his body. He should have a picture of hands, of live hands, taking that clubhead back as smoothly as possible, letting his body turn naturally, and from the top of the swing he should be in no hurry to start any down-swing speed. That's where so much trou- ble comes from--hustling or hurry- ing the downswing, which will usu- ally take care of itself if you just learn to leave it alone. "Golf isn't a left-handed game nor a right-handed game. It is a game in which both hands swing the club- head. It isn't nearly as difficult as most players make it, if they would only think of the few ,necessary things one must /$o. Let Yourself Go "Watch any of these 15 players in this field. They all give you the impression they are using their hands more than anything else. And they are. They are not thinking about half as many things to do as the average golfer does. Never mind too many details. They just tie you up. Keep as relaxed as you can. When you begin to tighten up, step away, and take your stance again. And don't think of anything but the swing itself, of using the hands in *~e proper manner. GENERAL HUGH S. JOHNSON INDIAN VALLEY RECORD Thursday, June 13, 1940 gtim I SeasonofJoy U~ Fmttmm V~U Washington, D. C. GESTURE WITH GOOD SELECTIONS The Knudsen- Stettinius- etcetera board is not a council of national defense. It is an advisory commis- sion to the statutory council which is composed of Secretaries Wood- ring, Edison, Ickes, Wallace, Hop- kins, and Perkins. Only these New Dealers have authority. They, added to the New Dealers on the commission--Leon Henderson, Sidney Hillman, Chester Davis, William McReynolds and perhaps Harriet Elliott--make a total of 10 or 11 New Dealers. There are only three non-New Dealers, Knudsen, Stettinius and Budd, and only the New Dealers have any power. Yet the setup is being widely represented as "non- political" -- several commentators insisting that Knudsen was "nom- inated" by Republiuans. I don't know about that but I do know that this column--which is not Republican--began before anybody plugging to have him brought in months ago, and has frequently urged it since. I fear the thing is just a gesture which won't work and perhaps wasn't intended to work. It starts just where we started in 1916 before we knew how and began two years blundering before we learned how. It includes not one single veteran of that effort. It studiously avoids every lesson of the past and stupidly repeats every blunder. Yet it must in fairness be said that the selections are excellent. If World war experience is any in- Biggest Hat in the Ring --Carmack in Christian Science Monitor. THE hardest tumble a man And Zest for Wild Creatures ,o eve, own bluff. FRENCH DESPERATE FOR PLANES WASHINGTON.--The French have been too proud to let the public know it, but they have been almost down on their knees before U. S. officials to beg,borrow, or buy more airplanes. The French aviation situation is watch the most delightful games desperate. How many planes haveamong the puppies of the fields. Badger, fox and otter cubs are been smashed is not definitely known very playful little --perhaps not even by the French creatures. The themselves. But most of their air oiler and bad~er appear to have force on the western front has been i a certain amount of method in put out of business. It is estimated i their games but fox cubs simply that at least an equal number of!romp among themselves in a wild Nazi planes have also crashed, but 'abandon. Germany started with about 18,000 On a sloping sand cliff near my planes, the French with about 2,000. ]home sex;en fox cubs came out of One big handicap to the French a large hole; on the ledge just is.that they, were counting upon Brit-iot~tside tlmy played with a round ish air support. The original tactics Istone, pushing it with their feet, were for the French to do the bulk ;tossing it in the air and allowing of the land fighting, with the British iit to run down the slope. reinforcing in the air. But this was i When tired of this they played before anyone realized that Hitler]a game which resembled "Follow was going to break through the French lines and head straight for the channel. Now Britain needs every plane Consistem.y is a jt,wel which pawn. brokers refuse to recognize. With Nature in Her "t.ayest Animals we should be kind to poor old worn-out horses. There Enjoy Their Own Games and Frolics. are some men who put their shirts on them. Intelligence test (for girl): f~PRINGTIME in the wilds is looking little creatures, and rath- Can she refuse a kiss without ~ playtime. The majority of our er clumsy, but there is no doubt mammals have their young in thethat they thoroughly enjoy life, and being deprived of it? early months of the year. and in their play is exuberant and stren- No, a grass widow is not a April and May it is possible touous. woman whose husband died of 'tragic slowness. Here are the in- ! side figures, illustrating how long it i may take the United States to turn i out 50,000 planes for ItseLf: Ordered by Allies ~rough DeliveredUnde- ay 22~ to Alliesltvered Airplanes . 7.588 1,888 5,700 Motors . . 20,820 4,022 16,798 # @ @ BRAZIL, U, S. CONFER I Some of the most important state department conversations in Monroe Doctrine history are now progress- ing secretly with the Brazilian gov-r ernment. They are aimed at protecting South America from Nazi invasion, particularly at preventing surprise air attacks against the Panama I canal. The discussions contemplate an air base in northern Brazil, and also probably a naval base. Actually these will not be called American air and naval bases. They will be called "co-operation" between the U. S. army air corps and the Brazil- ian army, also between the navies of the two countries. Although not publicly announced, the air corps already is arranging to send a group of army airmen to I Brazil to help train Brazilian avia- tors. In addition, they will also help leo improve Brazilian airports, es- pecially in north Brazil, and make them available to U. S. army planes --when and if. All this goes back to the Presi- dent's defense message to congress in which he pointed to the nearness of the African coast to Brazil--with- in hopping distance for big bomb- ers. A glance at the map shows how close Brazil is to the Canary islands, owned by Fascist Spain, and report- ed to have been used as bases by German warships. Should the Nazis take over French and British pos- sessions in.Africa, Brazil would be extremely close to them. As a mat- ter of fact, Germany does not have to take the allied colonies to be near Brazil; already she has titular right to the Belgian Congo. Northern Brazil is sparsely popu- lated and extremely wealthy. In it are vast rubber forests, iron ore de- posits, cotton fields. It contains Just what Germany needs. Should Hitler shatter the United Kingdom, U. S. strategists believe northern Brazil would be his first objective in the Western hemi- sphere. Hence the hurried negotia. tions between the state department and the Brazilian embassy. WAR SECRETARY WOODRING If the President wants to get rid of War Secretary Harry Woodring, it looks as if he would have to blast. The nobby little Kansan is refusing any ordinary sops to vacate. "Harry," Roosevelt propositioned recently, "how'd you like to be rain. tater to Canada? That's a very imo I portent post and will become morei so as things develop." I "No, thank you, Mr. President," i was the quiet but firm reply. "The I only diplomatic post I would consid- er is St. James'." S S S POLITICAL CIIAFF The Republican National commit- tee is making vigorous efforts to line up the Scandinavian vote, im- portant in a dozen states. The John Ericsson Republican league, found- ed 30 years ago in honor of the in- ventor of the Monitor, first Union ironclad warship, is being rejuvenat- ed. Principal speaker at the recent Ericsson league convention in Chi- cago was Senator Bob Taft. The A. F. of L. is boiling with resentment because of Thurman Ar. nold's anti-trust prosecutions. First they poke their noses in hay fever. the ground, searching for hidden Some girls are called gold grubs; then, without any warning, diggers, but they are faithful all stiffen their fur, making it to the last fiver. stand upright, and now they look twice their size. With their short legs also stiffened they bounce ripple as it swept along. Suddenly round one another like footballs, the ball seemed to burst open with tben leap in, grip a mouthful of a loud splash, and four excited or- fur, and roll over and over. They lers with their bright, eager eyes break apart, and again play the well above the water, started bouncing game, and just as sud- swimming round one another. One denly as they started to play they leaped right out of the stream and cease, and the next moment all over its companions to dive on the are diligently searching for more other side, and as they floated food. along this acrobat made circles Fun in the Water. around them, those below trying to Many young otters are born at grip it as it passed over. Then an awkward time, that is at the they all joined up again, and beginning of winter, but they are seemed to be having a struggle as hardy little creatures and appear to which could pull the others un- to be able to stand any amount of der the surface, a sort of spirited cold. Otters, more than any other ducking game. 1most amusing cubs to watch at play. With their bold black and white markings they are quaint- wild creatures, show us that they They continue to play until all thoroughly enjoy life; a plentiful supply of food makes them con- tented, and both parents and young ~play the most delightful games. What appeared to be a large brown ball was floating gently down stream, hardly making a are tired. Then the parents lead their young off to a weU-hidden lair, where they all sleep until hunger and hiRh spirits call agat~ --Oliver G. Pike in London Tit- Bits. FLASHING down the straight. aways at speeds as high as 160 miles an hour, Wilbur Shaw streaked to victory in this great race. Here's proof of Safety --- Proof of Blowout Protection -- Proof of Tire Superiority--backed, not by claims, but by performance. Patented construction features in the Firestone Tires used by these great drivers on the speedway are incorporated in the Firestone Champion Tires you buy for the highway. For greater safety, economy and dependability, equip Four car with a set today. LIFETIME GUARANTEE Every Firestone Tire carries a written lifetime guarantee -- not limited to 12, 18 or 24 months, but for the full life of the tire without time or mileage limit. Value Sensation ol 1940 6.00-16 And Your Old Tire PICK YOUR SIZE dication and these men should be given any authority, the metal people may howl at having their in- dustries headed by the head of U. S. Steel and the other automobile com- panies may not care to be rounded up by the head of General Motors. The New Dealers who like to scream: "Wall Street! Du Pontl Morgan!" at every patriotic effort by a business man, will find materi. al for all three cries of anguish. In view of the splendid personalities here none of theseobjections is valid. Subject to these qualifications these selections are so good that it will be a pleasure to find at least something to support in the defense effort which has been so fumbling and inefficient to date. Sometimes men can be so good that they can make even a bad plan and organi- zation work. A war psychology is growing in which much can be done by the three industrialists by mere sugges- tions and agreements among busi- ness men. Stettinius, Knudsen and Budd can do that as well as any three Americans alive--if Thurman Arnold will let them do it, This is a point of real importance. Since the Supreme court decision in the hot-oil case it is dangerous to do anything by agreements in in- dustry at the suggestion of the gov- ernment. We need a statute vali- dating such agreements for national defense when made at the demand of the President. Because of the rift in the ranks of labor, there was no other possible choice but Sidney Hillman. He is brilliant, patriotic, co-operative and has the confidence of labor and of every industry with which he has dealt. I brought Leon Henderson into this government from obscurity to an important post. I believe that he is too biased and pinkly partisan for his job in SEC and with the monopoly committee, but he will be, I think, ideal for this job. Of course, Henry Wallace isn't go- ing to let Chester Davis do anything in agriculture, any more than Mud- dora Sac will permit Sidney Hillman any initiative in labor, but Mr. Davis is, by all odds, the very best selec- tion that could have been made. I don't know the lady who is going to protect the consumers. It is a tough and almost impossible job. I do know all the rest of these selec- tions, most of them intimately and well. From my experience from working with them under high pres. sure they are the cream of the cur- rent crop. Whether we think this curious and illogical organizational contraption, which failed so dangerously in 1917, will work or not, it is at least a faltering step in the right direc. tlon Everybody will wish it well. has more than 1,500 out of date planes. However, the secretary of war issued an order no later than March 14 prohibiting the sale of sur- plus army material even to third )arties whc might conceivably re- sell them to France and England Latest Plane Purchases. Meanwhile the delivery of air- )lanes already ordered by the French and British proceeds with she has for the home defense, tracks; then all would roll togeth- So desperate was the French ':er in a rough and tumble, in which