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Bobby Locke film search

November 30 2001 at 8:02 AM
Carrie at Dandy Golf  (Login puttmagic)
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Hello Geoff,

I must say that your site is quite impressive.

I was wondering if you knew of where I might obtain some video footage of
Bobby Locke and his putting stroke. I have just begun my research on the

matter and have come across only dead ends. Any leads would be appreciated.

Thank you,
Carrie
Dandy Professional Putters


 
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Geoff Mangum
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Leads for Bobby Locke putting stroke footage

November 30 2001, 8:08 AM 

Dear carrie,

Thanks for the kind words.

I know that Locke was filmed when he was a child prodigy, but really don't know exactly when or by what organization.

The Shell Wonderful World of Golf series, unfortunately didn't crank up until the 1960s after Locke's career had peaked (1957) and after his train accident. The new series is produced for ESPN. Maybe, just maybe, they have something archived.

The World Golf Village inducted Locke into the Hall of Fame, and perhaps they have some sort of historical archive that includes footage.

Since Locke won four British Opens (1949, 1950, 1952, and 1957), and since the BBC, has a keen interest in this event, perhaps the BBC has some footage, or perhaps the event's sponsor the Royal & Ancient, has some. Peter Allis is a BBC commentator who played matches with Locke in the 1950s.

British Open history and event footage is another possible source, but the standard event coverage only starts in 1967. The one with Peter Allis looks promising. However, there are a few "historical" videos that say they have rare vintage footage included. I haven't seen these, but here's a list from British sources. (I think the British videos have a technical standard that is different and perhaps incompatible with US video players.) Quadrant Videos, and Amazon.com (UK), sell these videos, and maybe Amazon.com (US) also:

Open Championship;

Century of Golf;

Golden Greats of Golf with Peter Allis,

Legend of the Open.

Another possible source is the Golf Hall of Fame in Foxborough, Massachussets, if it is still there. Locke was inducted in 1972. Perhaps the Foxborough CC knows something.

In South Africa, these sources come to mind as possibilities:

South African Broadcasting Corp.;

Gary Player;

Ernie Els, ;

the South African PGA & Tour;

and the South African Open (won by Locke nine times, second only to Player - who won it 13 times).

Vodaco, the SA phone giant, has a longtime interest in SA golf, and maybe they have something.

Locke was from the Johannesburg area, so maybe a library or newspaper there can help.

There is a SA Sports Illustrated,

and a SA Golf Digest, which has not yet gotten going. Perhaps the US Golf Digest can help.

Another lead is Dunlop Sports. Dunlop Golf Balls signed Locke to an endorsement contract, and perhaps they have something. Thay also produced a small book on Locke in the 1950s.

One possibility is the Farnham Golf Club, England, where Locke hung out. He played some exhibition matches there, one with Peter Allis and one with Gary Player.

Finally, perhaps the Golf Channel, has something in their video archive.

(And of course there is my modest animation from Locke's book on my website, the PuttingZone.com.)

Cheers!

Geoff Mangum
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Geoff Mangum
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Another possible source

March 31 2002, 5:49 AM 

Dear Carrie,

I ran across this today and pass it along re Locke and Horton Smith film:

COMPLETE HISTORY OF GOLF
This remarkable program spans the entire history of golf. Set amidst the breath-taking landscapes of the world's most combative courses, this monumental series uses exclusive interviews and rare archival footage to reveal the full dimension of a rich and wondrous sport. Hosted by Pat Summerall.
Boom Between the Wars (1917-1944) 30-9002 30 min. $ 24.95 ©1992
Into the Television Age (1945-1962) 30-9003 30 min. $ 24.95 ©1992
Let the Game Begin (1100-1916) 30-9001 30 min. $ 24.95 ©1992
Past Meets the Future (1963-1991) 30-9004 30 min. $ 24.95 ©1992
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The link is http://www.videolearning.com/s3907.html

Cheers!

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Geoff Mangum
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Locke film at the Memorial Honoree Ceremony

July 2 2002, 7:57 AM 

Dear Carrie,

During the Memorial Tournament week, the Golf Channel aired an Honoree program on Wednesday that week, honoring Bobby Locke. The Golf Channel program showed a film of Locke putting, so I assume you can get it from the Golf Channel. I would have written earlier but I have been in Florida teaching.

Cheers!

Geoff Mangum
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Geoff Mangum
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British Pathe - Locke Films from 1930s - 1950s

March 11 2004, 5:40 AM 

This is a Jackpot! of Bobby Locke archival films from the 1930s thru the 1950s. The website British Pathe Limited - Bobby Locke Film Archive, includes over 20 film clips of Locke in some form of action on the course. Free low-resolution samples are available and high-resolution copies can be purchased. I've posted the low-resolution films on my website in the Gallery section under Videos.

Cheers!

Geoff Mangum
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Alfred Pratt
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Re: Bobby Locke film search

August 19 2011, 3:35 PM 

Saw your Message. There is a Video Tape " Golden Greats of Golf" - Great Putter but I do not advise you to imitate his technique.


ALFRED PRATT

 
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Mark Heerink
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Bobby's putter

April 21 2016, 10:17 AM 

Dear Mr. Pratt,

Did you already find Bobby's original rusty putter? Or do you know where it is?

I would love to hear more about your research, about which I read here:http://armchairgolfblog.blogspot.nl/2015/06/looking-for-bobby-lockes-famous-hickory_26.html

All best,
Mark Heerink

 
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