See photograph on the right comparing the swings of Compston and Bert Gadd
'Amongst the famous golfers featured in the book were Harry Vardon, Bobby Jones, Gene Sarazen, Henry Cotton, Alf Padgham, Alf Perry and. Jimmy Adams. He chose to compare a picture of my back-swing position with one of Archie Compston “---A position worth practising in front of a mirror”, he wrote. There was another aspect of the swing that Archie and I had in common, which appeared in newspaper extracts from a short book written by Archie and Henry at that time. Henry asked Archie to name the main fault that prevented handicap golfers from progressing. He said that the most important factor was control of the club by the left hand and arm, which form the radius of your swing and the arm should remain straight at and through the ball. It was this, more than anything else, that most of his pupils did not do. This corresponded with my own view and it formed the basis of my teaching.'
'Archibald Edward Wones Compston was a very tall striking man and one of the outstanding personalities of our era. He is most famous for his defeat of Walter Hagen by 18 & 17 in 1928, in a £500 72-hole challenge match at Moor Park. Two weeks later Hagen won his third Open at Sandwich by two shots from Sarazen and Archie was third a further shot adrift. Like Hagen he was fond of a wager and, when pro at Coombe Hill, was reckoned to make around a couple of thousand a year from betting on his own matches. The typical stake was £50 for which he would play anyone off handicap and giving them a two-hole start. In the winter of 1931 Henry Longhurst, then Captain of Cambridge University, took a team to play the Coombe Hill club. After the match Archie told them in his typically blunt manner that they were “just a bunch of lousy golfers”, “I could beat any three of you”, he said. Henry and two of the undergraduates thought they were on to a good thing and placed heavy bets on their better ball. Archie accepted, but insisted on playing off the very back tees. In winter conditions six holes were out of range in regulation for the amateurs, but not for the big hitting pro, who shot 68 and won on the last green. The result came under the heading of “Learning the lessons of life the hard way”, wrote Longhurst, who had to sell his car to settle his percentage of the wager. '