Tommy Armour´s ABC´s of Golf.
England: Hodder & Stoughton, 1967. 187p, cloth. Greatest teacher of many leading players. More
Click to view autograph galleryErnest Jones (1887–1965) was an English professional golfer. He is renowned for his accomplishments in teaching many famous professional golfers as well as amateurs. He tutored Virginia Van Wie for many years, including during her stretch of three consecutive U.S. Women's Amateurs from 1932–34. He also worked with Glenna Collett Vare, Lawson Little, Betty Hicks, Phil Farley, George Schniter, Horton Smith and other top players of the era.
ones was born near Manchester, England. He began playing golf as a young boy and by the age of 18 secured employment at Chislehurst Golf Club as an assistant professional. In 1913 at the age of 25 he was made head professional at that club. As a soldier in the First World War, he was in France. There in March 1915 he was serving in the Sportsman's Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers, near Loos. As the result of an exploding grenade, he suffered the loss of his right leg just below the knee. While a severe injury on its own merit, Jones was afraid it would be a handicap and perhaps be the end to his career as a professional golfer. He was sent back to England where he recuperated for four months. Able to walk using crutches, he proceeded to attempt his first round of golf at Royal Norwich in 1916 where he carded an 83 (38/45) on that first outing. He followed shortly thereafter with a 72 on a long and challenging course. While a relief regarding his prospects for continuing the golf profession, these rounds would prove to bring a surprising and revolutionary change to his concept of golf and its instruction. Later, he was fitted with a prosthetic.
In 1923, at the invitation of Marion Hollins, Jones accepted the position of Head Golf Professional at the Women's National Golf and Tennis Club in Long Island, New York. This was the beginning of a lifelong career of teaching in the U.S. Subsequent to this position, Jones began teaching in New York city. He had an indoor teaching facility on the 7th floor of the A.G. Spalding and Bros. store at 518 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.
Jones began to ask himself how it could be that he could yet score so effectively, with such a radical change needing to be made to how his body swung the club having only one leg. Jones himself as well as countless others proved to be able to play well with missing body parts or body parts that were limited in their function. Despite the prevalence of golf instruction that described these missing or misfunctioning parts as being essential, Jones and others demonstrated that a golfer's brain would devise compensating strategies to yet produce fine golf shots. This success, in conjunction with his reading of Sir Walter Simpson's book, "The Art of Golf", brought him to the fundamental fact that the key to a successful golf shot was not the correct movement of certain body parts, but the correct movement of the club. Instead of the movement of body parts, the real key was the successful movement of the golf club. Jones had happened upon the then-little-understood fact that the human brain need only experience a person's desire to perform a task. On its own the brain devises a means to create the muscular action to achieve the task. The individual is only aware of "what" they want to do. The brain's action in deciding "how" it will accomplish the task is completely unconscious. This explains how very proficient golfers often report that they have little understanding of "how" they swing and only understand that they can do so when they choose.
Thus it was the case that Jones began his now-famous quest to discover, document, and disseminate a description of "how" the club swung and how to most easily teach the club's movements to others. The result was the writing of many articles on this subject and the publishing of two books. Further, Jones took every opportunity to share his insights with fellow professionals. Jones' simple concept is summarized in the classic "Swing The Clubhead" instruction. Ironically, it is the drastic simplicity of his approach to golf instruction that met with rancor and objection when he was invited by the PGA (Professional Golfers' Association of America) to present his work. Horton Smith, then the incoming president of the association, told Jones his system was "too simple. We wouldn't sell enough lessons." Perhaps much to the PGA's chagrin, whereas an average pro would have given about 600 lessons a year, Jones would give 3,000. One of Jones' devotees was Angel de la Torre who in turn taught this approach to his son Manuel de la Torre. These two professionals alone would add thousands to the list golfers who benefited from a "club-focused" approach to golf. Jones often said, "The trouble with the teaching of golf, is that one is taught what a swing produces [body movement], instead of how to produce a swing [club movement]." Today, Manuel de la Torre is the preeminent authority on the Ernest Jones approach and has further developed it in his teaching.
Jones died in 1965. His career included playing competitively on the European tour, winning a number of tournaments, head golf professional at several of America's most esteemed golf clubs, and a career of teaching both tour professional and amateur golfers. In the years after World War II, he conducted his instruction indoors at the Spaulding Building in New York City. He found that he could achieve better success with his students indoors because they would not be distracted by ball flight and instead focused on performing the swing correctly. Along with Harvey Penick, Tommy Armour, and Percy Boomer, he was inducted into the World Golf Teachers Hall of Fame in 1977 .
England: Hodder & Stoughton, 1967. 187p, cloth. Greatest teacher of many leading players. More
ca. 1925. Fine example of John Burton's autograph. John Burton (6 December 1903 – 19 October 1973) was an English professional golfer. He was the older brother of Dick Burton, the winner of the 1939 Open Championship. Burton won the 1933 Penfold-Porthcawl Tournament by two strokes from Reg Whitcombe, winning..... More
Carnoustie: Privately published, 2017. 159p. oblong decorative cloth. First Edition. Signed by Author. 175th Anniversary History, beautifully designed book, comprehensive history of the first Carnoustie club. Carnoustie golfers are world wide famed, Stewart Maiden, legendary teacher of Bobby Jones was a Carnoustie pro. More
London: Chatto and Windus, 1920. 159p cloth. second impression July 1920, first impression April 1920. illustrated Part of the Percy Boomer golf library. D&J H4930. More
London: Ivor Nicholson Watson Limited, 1948. 150p cloth. later printing. Jones was an English born professional who lost his leg in World War 1, he never let this be an excuse to play and teach the game, his pen knife and handkerchief teaching method is world renowned, he was one..... More
New York: NYT Special Services, 1990. 285p. Cloth. Foreword by Bob Toski. Kite a pupil of famed teacher Harvey Penick. Long inscription from Kite. More
New York; United States of America, A. Stein. 1946. 16p, offprint ed. illus. wrapps. Small instruction pamphlet on the methods of Ernest Jones. Unusual. D&J M16390. More
New York: Laurence Gomme, 1929. 12p. boards. Very scarce instructional breaking down one of the leading instructor's theory of the time, Ernest Jones. D&J T8080. More
New York: Laurence Gomme, 1929. 12p. boards. Preferred revised edition. Very scarce instructional breaking down one of the leading instructor's theory of the time, Ernest Jones. D&J T8080. More
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1901. 225p dec.orative cloth. Australian born, Travis was the most successful amateur golfer in the United States during the early 1900s, only taking up the game at 34 years of age, went on to win three US Amateurs and the British Amateur (becoming the first..... More
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1901. 225p decorative cloth. Australian born, Travis was the most successful amateur golfer in the United States during the early 1900s, only taking up the game at 34 years of age, went on to win three US Amateurs and the British Amateur (becoming the first..... More
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1909. 266p decorative cloth. Australian born, Travis was the most successful amateur golfer in the United States during the early 1900s, only taking up the game at 34 years of age, went on to win three US Amateurs and the British Amateur (becoming the first..... More
ca. 1925. Fine example of all three Whitcombe brother's Reg, Ernest and Charles autograph's. Reg who won The Open. Reginald Arthur Whitcombe (10 April 1898 – 11 January 1957) was an English professional golfer. Whitcombe began his career at Came Down Golf Club in Dorset and served in the British..... More
Augusta: Augusta National Golf Club, 1995. 80p, dec. leatherette. 19th ed. Edited by George Peper. Ben Crenshaw won his second Masters. The 1995 Masters will go down in history not only for Crenshaw's second win days after his long time teacher and friend Harvey Peninik had passed away, but for..... More
New York: Brentano's, 1920. 159p cloth. illustrated. D&J H4930. More
London: Chatto and Windus, 1920. 159p cloth. second impression July 1920, first impression April 1920. illustrated. Some pencil under lining by Percy Boomer. D&J H4930. More
New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc, 1937. 150p cloth. Jones was an English born professional who lost his leg in World War 1, he never let this be an excuse to play and teach the game, his pen knife and handkerchief teaching method is world renowned, he was one of..... More
London: Stanley Paul, 1987. 220p. cloth. Biography, Jacob's a one in a million talent, genius teacher, driving force in creating the European tour, Ryder cup stalwart, outstanding player and a Gentleman. Well worth the read. D&J L18280. More