Remembering Billy Casper

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Remembering Billy Casper

Postby lagpressure » Sun Feb 08, 2015 11:51 am

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Sad week losing Casper and Sifford.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/08/sport ... .html?_r=0
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Re: Remembering Billy Casper

Postby norcalvol » Sun Feb 08, 2015 6:34 pm

Here is an example of the kind of man that was Billy Casper...

http://golfweek.com/news/2014/apr/08/masters-2014-augusta-billy-casper-clebe-mcclary/
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Re: Remembering Billy Casper

Postby norcalvol » Sun Feb 08, 2015 7:51 pm

More. A wonderfully written account of a wonderful story...

http://joeposnanski.com/joeblogs/billy-caspers-last-masters/
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Re: Remembering Billy Casper

Postby hersheyhurricane » Mon Feb 09, 2015 4:30 pm

Anyone know what kind of shot shape Billy played? Everyone knows what a great putter he was, but Bob Goalby said his real strength was getting the ball in the fairway.
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Re: Remembering Billy Casper

Postby norcalvol » Mon Feb 09, 2015 4:54 pm

hersheyhurricane wrote:Anyone know what kind of shot shape Billy played? Everyone knows what a great putter he was, but Bob Goalby said his real strength was getting the ball in the fairway.


http://www.golfdigest.com/magazine/myshot_gd0504

"My standard ball flight with the driver was a fade, but it wasn't the type of fade that hit and stopped. It was a low line drive that ran like mad."

https://books.google.com/books?id=zhdOBQAAQBAJ&pg=PA61&lpg=PA61&dq=billy+casper+shot+making+draw+or+fade&source=bl&ots=uI2mqtsTa1&sig=ujoYPuyj9B2A8-XxOSKkxQvdF-I&hl=en&sa=X&ei=1VTZVPbsCIK2yATjqICYDA&ved=0CCkQ6AEwAg#v=onepage&q=billy%20casper%20shot%20making%20draw%20or%20fade&f=false

"Casper was highly skilled at working the ball on both his drives and approach shots -- something you don't see much from tour players today. He would fade the ball with his driver and then either draw or fade his approach, whatever the shot required."

And read on (see link) after that sentence... good stuff.
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Re: Remembering Billy Casper

Postby TheCrow » Mon Feb 09, 2015 5:09 pm

norcalvol wrote:
hersheyhurricane wrote:Anyone know what kind of shot shape Billy played? Everyone knows what a great putter he was, but Bob Goalby said his real strength was getting the ball in the fairway.


http://www.golfdigest.com/magazine/myshot_gd0504

"My standard ball flight with the driver was a fade, but it wasn't the type of fade that hit and stopped. It was a low line drive that ran like mad."

https://books.google.com/books?id=zhdOBQAAQBAJ&pg=PA61&lpg=PA61&dq=billy+casper+shot+making+draw+or+fade&source=bl&ots=uI2mqtsTa1&sig=ujoYPuyj9B2A8-XxOSKkxQvdF-I&hl=en&sa=X&ei=1VTZVPbsCIK2yATjqICYDA&ved=0CCkQ6AEwAg#v=onepage&q=billy%20casper%20shot%20making%20draw%20or%20fade&f=false

"Casper was highly skilled at working the ball on both his drives and approach shots -- something you don't see much from tour players today. He would fade the ball with his driver and then either draw or fade his approach, whatever the shot required."

And read on (see link) after that sentence... good stuff.


Wow the section about "Things I've learned" was beautiful. Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Remembering Billy Casper

Postby lagpressure » Tue Feb 10, 2015 1:03 pm

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Notice the "horrific" condition of the golf course he photographed at here. This is also Sports Illustrated.
I love playing courses that look like this. It absolutely forces you to deal with a vast array of lies and conditions.
It changes the way you think about shot shape and approach shots.. and about how you chip and especially putt.

I love watching the old footage where golf was played in a much more realistic and natural way. Being able to see a hard spot or line from the tee to work the ball into. Knowing a bunker is probably not well kept gives much more reason to consider your approach shot or drive down the fairway. Knowing greens are not perfect surfaces eases the mind and allows one the freedom to not always blame themselves for a missed putt. Certainly makes it more of a ball strikers game because even the best putters are not going to go out everyday and just run the table. Casper was a wonderful striker.

Watch the match against Sanders they play at Brookline on Shells. It's shows what a fine striker Casper was.
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Re: Remembering Billy Casper

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Re: Remembering Billy Casper

Postby Wknhacker » Mon Mar 14, 2016 6:59 pm

That instructional video is one of the best I've seen from the greats. Casper was an incredibly articulate speaker and conveyed his ideas so clearly and consicely. Loved how he was able to control his draws on those approach shots to the green. A master.
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Re: Remembering Billy Casper

Postby stevemcgee99 » Mon Mar 14, 2016 11:15 pm

Love that video. Especially that fairway wood shot.
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