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Golf Book Review – Ben Hogan’s Five Lessons – The Modern Fundamentals of Golf!

Friday, October 30th, 2009

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Even with Tiger winning so many majors and Jack Nicklaus having accomplished so much, there’s still only one “best striker” of the golf ball in my mind, Ben Hogan.

What’s amazing about Ben Hogan is not that his swing is perfect (which it is and most modern golf instruction have derived from Ben Hogan’s concepts, this very book), his car got hit by a big rig on a foggy day and he was paralyzed from the waist down!  Well, he came back somehow and was able to walk again AND he won more majors after that.

If you get into such a serious injury and still be able to win major golf championships, that certainly is a miracle.

Not all Ben Hogan’s concepts are valid as golf equipment has changed over the years but most of the core concepts are very valuable and if you haven’t read this book, you are not a real golfer.

Really, what do Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods have in common?  I bet they got Ben Hogan’s Five Lessons of Golf somewhere in their house.

Look at all the shots Tiger is hitting, all those knockdown shots?  Well, they are Ben Hogan’s shots, really.

I bought my copy when I was 9 years old, that’s 20 years ago.  The pages are sorta ripped but I still read it at least once a month, it’s very entertaining to me to read it over and over again.

Get your copy on Amazon, this is a book every golfer should have if they consider themselves real golfers.

P.S. This is like the “bible” of golf, seriously.  No one else in the world has written a book detailing the mechanics of swing the correct way decades before slow-motion digital cameras were available.

Ben Hogan’s Secrets in his Swing Video!

Friday, July 4th, 2008

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Today, I was watching Ben Hogan’s swing on YouTube and found a secret, that is of Ben Hogan’s swing.

What is it?

The secret is when Ben Hogan finishes his swing.  Watch very carefully and you will notice that Ben Hogan never swings full out on his irons, woods, and etc…etc…

He seems to slow down shortly after impact and the finish looks more graceful while not wasting extra energy.

So how do I do it?

You gotta really think of a “balanced” finish, a swing that slows down near the very end.

You need to think feel that you are swinging a momentum ball.  If you go too fast, you will lose control of the momentum ball at your finish.  If you can control a heavy ball, that’d be how you want to finish in golf.

Ben Hogan explains his Change to a Fade

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

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In case you don’t know about Ben Hogan’s golfing career, Ben didn’t start winning a lot of tournaments until he started to “fade” the ball from left to right.

Why?

Ben Hogan was one of the worst “hookers” of the golf ball.  In this video, Ben explains his change to a “fade”.

Ben Hogan Front View Swing Analysis

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

I’d have to say the best golf striker in history of golf was Ben Hogan.

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Golf Video – Ben Hogan’s Swings

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

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Here’s a great series of Ben Hogan’s golf swing on youtube.

Golf Video – Ben Hogan’s Swing – Does Ben do Stack & Tilt?

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007

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Here’s Ben Hogan’s swing video I found on Youtube. Although you can’t hear anything, if you scroll to the end, you will be able to see Ben Hogan’s Driver swing in action.

It seems that Ben’s weight transfer starts way before his downswing. (which he did mention in his book, Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf)

Golf Video – Ben Hogan’s Swing – on plane

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007

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Although there’s a concept that a golfer must stay on-plane during the downswing. That plane is always a mystery to me but Ben Hogan shows you how to do it right in this video.

Annika Sorenstam’s Swing – The Stand Up Swing

Saturday, September 22nd, 2007

Annika Sorenstam’s Swing

Apart from the Men’s Golf, Annika Sorenstam probably has the best swing in golf. The above animated gif is a favorite among mine that’s floating on the internet.

Click below for the full swing analysis of Annika Sorenstam and a HOWTO drill for copying her “stand-up-head-up” downswing.

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Steve Elkington’s Stack and Tilt

Monday, September 10th, 2007

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Wow, check out Steve Elkington’s stack and tilt swing. It seems like this is what some of the pros have been doing after all along… This helps you to actually transfer your weight before starting your downswing, something Ben Hogan used to do…