Originally Posted by bjohnson
post an excerpt of what he wrote plz!
On practice swings and moving things along
"There is nothing in the rules of golf prohibiting a practice swing under any conditions or in any circumstances. Provided that nothing be done to cause the player to be guilty of improving his lie, touching the sand in a hazard, removing an obstruction or growing thing, or of doing some other act prohibited by the rules, he has the legal right to take as many practice swings as he chooses in whatever direction he may desire... While thus defining the player's legal rights, it is only fair to say that his moral right to make a nuisance of himself is not so clear. It is probably natural that a man playing golf is interested in nothing so much as his own game. It is also natural that he should attend to his opponent's game only enough to hope that said opponent will encounter enough trouble to cause him to lose the hole. But if he feels this way, he ought to remember that his companion probably entertains some such notions of his own play, and that he certainly has not come out to spend the greater part of the afternoon watching someone else take practice swings and fiddle around over a golf ball in making preparations to strike it..."
On slow play
"Whenever I see a much-considered shot go astray, I can't help thinking of the lawyer who had unsuccessfully defended a client charged with murder. The trial had been long drawn out, lasting nearly a month, and the lawyer had made quite a lot of noise and stormed eloquently in his argument. Meeting a brother lawyer on the street a few days later, the case came up in discussion. The lawyer, whose client had been convicted, asked his friend what he thought of his conduct of the trial. His friend replied, "Well, I think you could have reached the same result with a whole lot less effort."
The whole book is full of writing like this, and IMO is worthy of a read, and of course a purchase. The book was edited by Charles Price, who was an excellent writer as well. I do have collection of Price's stuff that has a section which discusses working with Jones, and that is also worth a read. I should probably pull both out around the Masters each year.