In Focus – Homer Kelley’s The Golf Machine

Posted by DaVinci Sports Golf on Aug 2nd 2017

In Focus – Homer Kelley’s The Golf Machine

Homer Kelley’s first love was tennis growing up in Minnesota near the Minnehaha Falls State Park. He became very proficient at tennis and at the age of 22 (in 1929), Kelley left Minnesota and drove to Seattle with a friend in search of work overseas in Australia or New Zealand. Their plans were derailed in October of 1929 with the stock market crash and the onset of the Great Depression.

To make ends meet, Kelley took a job as a short order cook and learned the game of golf from the owner of the restaurant who was an avid golfer and gave Homer lessons. As Homer learned the game, he began to ask questions the area pros couldn’t answer. This inspired Kelley to commence work writing The Golf Machine. Kelley held a position as an engineer at Boeing in the 1940s and 1950s, where he pulled together scientific concepts and principles that formed the book.

The Golfing Machine was finally published in 1969 to skeptics and followers. The book was the basis for many professional golf instructors who would explain the scientific concepts of the golf swing to their students. Kelley passed prematurely in 1983. Today it recognized as one of the foremost and comprehensive descriptions of proper golf technique.

The Golf Machine has influenced DaVinci Golf to incorporate components and variables of these concepts into our line of outstanding training devices. In 2005, Sports Illustrated named Homer Kelley as #6 on the all-time list of professional golf instructors.

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