Sam Snead's swing was among the best in the game.
Step into Dr. Mike’s laboratory and observe a science project much more fun than anything you did in your 10th grade science class. This assignment: put together the perfect golfer, piece-by-piece.
We’re going to take every important aspect that the perfect golfer would have from the greatest players in the game.
Where to start? Part Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson?
Well, follow along.
Tiger Woods brought athleticism to golf. Where will Rory McIlroy take it?
To put an end to the discussion on this subject, golfers are athletes and there’s been no better athlete in the history of the game than Tiger Woods.
The 14-time major champion revolutionized the game in a number of ways, including reintroducing golf professionals to the gymnasium and regular workouts.
He set the bar high for generations to come.
Seve Ballesteros had all the shots.
The first impression here was type in the name of Phil Mickelson. The big lefthander is the modern-era miracle worker around the greens, executing those high flop shots like no one else.
But history says that the late Seve Ballesteros was unparalleled when it came to the short game.
Come on, the man could hit absolutely marvelous sand shots from a greenside bunker with a 3-iron.
Two great short game artists at work: Seve Ballesteros (left) and Nick Price.
When Nick Price was at his best, he was an elite player.
When he didn’t drive it or hit his irons as well as he would like, he could always count on his scrambling ability.
There were very few places from which Price couldn’t make par.
Nobody could hit long irons like Jack Nicklaus.
When Jack Nicklaus came onto the PGA tour in the early 1960s, he was the antithesis of the game’s most popular player at the time, Arnold Palmer.
"The King" played the game with a low, boring trajectory while Nicklaus’ game was based on altitude.
Nobody then or since has hit long irons as high and as straight as Nicklaus.
Greg Norman's driving put him in a position to dominate.
Tiger Woods introduced the world of golf to ridiculous length off the tee, but the man who used to be No. 1 wasn’t always the most accurate off the tee.
Greg Norman gets the nod on the tee.
"The Great White Shark" took a chunk out of the opposition every week with drives that were long, straight and hit very hard.
When at his best, Tiger was deadly with the flat stick.
As good as the rest of his game was when Tiger was at its best, his putting during that stretch may have been the best the game has ever seen.
He was automatic from 10 feet and in, and you could count on one from nowhere going in sometime during the round.
No one has ever approached Ben Hogan in terms of ball-striking
More players have tried to reproduce the sweet swing of Ben Hogan than any other in the game.
He rarely mishit a shot and will always be regarded as one of the greats of the game.
Imagine what his status might be if he had not been in for two years of military service in World War II and that near-fatal automobile accident that required nine months of rehabilitation?
Gary Player sparkled throughout his career with his bunker play.
Gary Player was by far the most the most remarkable bunker player of his era, and that was saying something.
His greatness has not been diminished over the years and there’s a great story that goes with his sand prowess.
“I was practicing in a bunker down in Texas and this good old boy with a big hat stopped to watch. The first shot he saw me hit went in the hole. He said, ‘You got 50 bucks if you knock the next one in.’ I holed the next one."
"Then he says, ‘You got $100 if you hole the next one.’ In it went for three in a row. As he peeled off the bills he said, ‘Boy, I've never seen anyone so lucky in my life.’ And I shot back, 'Well, the harder I practice, the luckier I get.'"