Arnie’s army

Mr Palmer and Palmer Cup players

Mr Palmer and Palmer Cup players

If inspiration is in any way important in the development of talent then I would say that the 16 players of the European and US Palmer Cup teams would have a pretty good chance after yesterday. Arnold Palmer is in town for the matches that he has given his name to, the Ryder Cup equivalent for students, this time played at the beautiful Cherry Hills GC in Denver, Colorado.

A very relaxed and incredibly generous Mr Palmer spent the best part of the morning answering questions and signing everything from shirts to his own biography and Palmer Cup golf bags before the players took off for the so called College/Am. Among other things that Palmer shared he spoke highly about his father and how he had taught Arnold the two most important lessons in his golfing life:

  1. When Arnold began playing his father had given him a cut down club where he had used a simple leather strap as the grip. This made the grip quite thin and meant that Arnold gripped the club in a pretty strong way. His father looked him in the eye and said “don’t you EVER change that”. Arnold said he didn’t…
  2. Another rule of Arnold’s father was to ‘always keep your attention on what you are doing’. Arnold said that concentration is the most natural thing and as long as you stick to this simple rule you won’t loose it. When you let other things come in to disturb, that is when you are in trouble!

Follow the action from the Palmer Cup where one English player, Chris Paisley, is in the team by clicking here.

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