Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Most Famous Golf Pictures of All Time

Golf pictures are among the most popular and sought-after types of golf memorabilia. While there are a lot of generic golf pictures floating around, there are also a number of pieces that have acquired an almost cult status. If you’re looking for golf autographs, golf art or golf collectibles, these golfer photos and golf art pieces are among the best known and most popular.
Ben Hogan Golf Swing
Golfer Ben Hogan is generally acknowledged to be one of the greatest golfers in history. He was best known for his legendary golf swing and contributed greatly to the very notion of practicing your golf swing to perfect it. In 1957, “Sports Illustrated” published a five-part series on perfecting the Ben Hogan golf swing. That series was later compiled and published as a book, “Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf.” The book was illustrated by golf artist Anthony Ravielli. The illustrations of Ben Hogan’s golf swing are widely available, and photographs that show the Ben Hogan golf swing at each position are among the most popular golf pictures on the market.
Linda Hartough Augusta #12
Golf artist Linda Hartough has built her reputation on paintings of golf courses around the country, but her most famous golf paintings are those of Augusta National Golf Club, home of the Masters Tournament. Of particular note are her two paintings of Augusta #12, nicknamed “Golden Bell” for the forsythia bushes in the landscaping. For a complete retrospective of Augusta #12 – the central hole of the Amen Corner at Augusta – see also the painting of the Golden Bell by Marci Rule, another renowned golf artist.
The Lost Bet
Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus are two of the best known legends of golf, and their rivalry was the stuff of which legends are made. While there are hundreds of photos of each of them – as well as many golfer photos of the two of them together – none has the story and history shown in one of the most famous golf photos of all time. The famous photo captures a moment of golf history – Arnold Palmer, the acknowledged King and legend of golf, paying off on a bet he lost to Jack Nicklaus. The photo was shot by well-known golf photographer William F. Thompson in 1967, but wasn’t released until after Thompson’s death and after both Palmer and Nicklaus had retired from the game.
In addition to these famous golf pictures, there are other “genre” pictures that are very collectible, among them photographs of golfers bidding farewell to St. Andrews from the bridge overlooking the Clubhouse. If you’re looking for something more than just a “picture of a golf course,” consider one of the iconic golf pics that represent famous moments in golf history.

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