Address and Stance with Cleek

Cleek Stance - JH TaylorI play the cleek and driving mashie on practically the same lines in regard to stance as the driver or brassey, only of course I come slightly nearer to the ball as the club is shorter, keeping the hands well down so that the heel of the club is resting on the ground.

The club face is slightly turned outwards to counteract the tendency to pull with iron clubs, this tendency possibly creeping in on account of the tighter grip, and because the stroke is more of a hit, hence the right hand is fighting more for the mastery, and if it succeeds, a pulled ball will be the result.

Upward Stroke
Top of Stroke with Cleek

Upward Stroke, Cleek, JH Taylor

I swing the club well round the right leg, at the same time a little more upright than in the

drive. I stand firmly on both legs, but rather more weight on the right.

What I said about knee action in the drive also applies to this stroke, only the movement is not so pronounced.

The club is taken back by the wrists and forearms which are kept rather stiffer than in the wooden club strokes.

The position of the club at the top of the stroke is not past the horizontal, otherwise control would be lost.

This stroke is more of a hit, because the hips, wrists, and forearms are kept rather more rigid.

Downward Stroke
Finish with Cleek

Downward Stroke Cleek - JH Taylor

The same principles apply in bringing the club down as in the play with wooden clubs.

The grip of both hands must be tighter at the moment of impact than in the drive and this firmness should characterize the whole stroke.

At the moment of impact the hands are slightly in advance of the club-head, which has the effect of keepin

g the ball low.

Great care should be taken not to allow the body to lunge forward at the ball, as these strokes are played predominantly with the wrists and forearms only.

Finally, keep the head steady throughout the stroke.

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