The best signature in golf? I’ll go with Bobby Jones, a smooth, free-flowing, effortless autograph, much like his own golf swing.

Five Hall of Famers follow--Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Lee Trevino--elegant signatures written with flair and
flourish.

There’s a link between how we write our signatures and how we play golf, legendary teacher and PGA Tour winner Bob Toski contends.

In his 1971 classic book, “The Touch System for Better Golf,” Toski says “the person who writes fast and smooth with big loops like I do usually makes a full, free, rhythmical swing.”

Those of us who write with herky-jerky pen strokes tend to own herky-jerky swings.

Try writing your name holding your pen as tight as possible, Toski writes. “…your writing suddenly becomes slower, and less legible than normal. Why? Because you over-control the pen.”

If you over-control a golf club in the same manner, you’ll lose clubhead speed and rhythm and won’t hit the ball as far. This sound advice comes from one of the greatest all-time teachers.

My problem? The Dennis Keenon signature resembles an Etch-A-Sketch scrawl. Maybe I need to spend less time on the practice tee and devote more effort adding pizazz to my signature.