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Ernest C Jones
Chislehurst/NYC
Ernest C Jones Ernest Jones was born in Manchester in 1887 and began his professional career in 1908 at the North Wales club of Prestatyn. The next year he moved to Chislehurst. He enlisted during the First World War and lost his right leg as the result of an exploding grenade in Loos 1916. He continued to play golf well, going round the Clacton course the same year, balanced on one leg, in 72. He remained pro at Chislehurst until 1924 when he emigrated to the USA and became well-known as a golf teacher..

He began at the Women's National Golf and Tennis Club on Long Island and developed the then radical idea that it was not the body parts which mattered but, rather, that the brain would devise its own pathway to carry out the task. He simplified and simplified the idea of how the club should move, and shared his theories with the USPGA, until Horton Smith, the incumbent president, complained that Jones’s system was too simple, ‘we won’t sell enough lessons’. At the time a PGA pro gave around 600 lessons a year, Jones gave 3000! This club-focussed, rather than body-focussed, concept has been carried on today by Manuel de la Torre whose father. Angel, was a follower of Ernest Jones.

With Harvey Penick, Tommy Armour, and Percy Boomer, he was inducted into the World Golf Teachers Hall of Fame in 1977

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