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Ben Hogan's Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf Paperback – Illustrated, September 20, 1985
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Frank Sadler Professional, Bellingham Country Club, Bellingham, Washington It's the first time words and illustrations have made golfing technique absolutely clear. I'm applying the lessons to my teaching program here and highly recommending them to my pupils. I'd say it's the greatest instruction series of all time. Women are particularly keen on it. It'll make a lot of new golfers -- good golfers.
- Item Weight : 3.84 ounces
- Paperback : 128 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780671612979
- ISBN-13 : 978-0671612979
- Dimensions : 5.25 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- ASIN : 0671612972
- Publisher : Touchstone (September 20, 1985)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I believe Ben Hogan's secret was mostly in his hip-turn. When I feel that I've executed it correctly, the hips seem to naturally release first, get out of the way and I feel the lag in my wrists at impact. I get more yardage with seemingly less effort from the upper portion of my body. Mr. Hogan must have practiced it so much that it became instinctive and when I've watched videos of his swing, his transition from the top to the downswing is so fluid. Great book!
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As a bit of background I am a novice golfer. I played 3 or 4 rounds a few years ago, and bought a beginners club set (ben sayers m7 fire) and went round a few times with some of the lads at work. I was enjoying myself but hitting very inconsistently. Hooks and slices were very very common and the best I did was hit par once, and that was with a really good putt. Probably a fluke back then.
I started playing again a few months ago with a change of job that is giving me a lot of free time. I picked up a few golf magazines and looked through the tips and guide sections but they were all over the place with diagrams and captions I wasn't taking much in from them. I decided to do a search on golf books on amazon and the most recommended was ben hogan's five lessons, so I took a small chance and ordered it. I suggest everyone who has had a similar experience to myself so far do the same and buy this book.
The book arrived and I read it over 2 nights. There are a handful of sections, starting with grip and finishing with your downswing. It is written in a very good order, bringing the information through in a solid structure. The writing style is not modern, but not old fashioned either. It feels more like what ben would say if he was standing in front of you giving you a real life instruction. The diagrams are hand drawn and very clear, and everything has lots of diagrams to show you in every possible way what you need to do.
There is also a section at the back but a quick round up of what he has taught you. I particularly like the fact that he explains the swing plane in a nice simple way.
What the book doesn't include: anything on club choice or hitting of different surfaces e.g. rough or sand. This is just the basic fundamentals of a good golf swings.
So where am I after a month of following the instruction in this book? well I have hit around 500 balls on the range, with various clubs, and played one round yesterday. I scored about 20 shots better than I would have previously, and only lost on match play by 2 holes, where I would have lost every hole. I scored my first ever birdie on a par 3. My shots are much more consistent and I would say that 80% of the time go where I want. Although I do miss hit or just miss the other 20% I can feel in my swing where I went wrong and what not to do next time. I can now play a round without feeling embarrassed slicing tee shots into woods and I am not losing balls anymore. Water hazards do not make my wallet cringe. I am getting good height rather than hitting the ball low across the floor.
I cannot recommend this book any more. It is number 1 and in my opinion will never be replaced. The fundamentals here will give me a lifetime of enjoyable golf.
As I read, I became somewhat fascinated by the guy as he seemed borderline eccentric, if not borderline lunatic. I may seek out his biography or autobiography. Sportsmen can be boring because they do little else than play their sport, but maybe it's because of that that Hogan might be interesting. When he states that he literally can't stand watching most golfers hacking away at the driving range because it drives him into a mental rage at their inadequacy, it comes across as quite amusing, although Hogan isn't trying to be funny.
As for the tuition offered in this small book, I really believe if you can commit to every sentence written (there are not many words wasted) your golf will improve beyond measure (i.e. for me, that would be breaking ninety). Hogan would still hate me for not committing my life to his every word, but I'll just have to live with that. What he has told me and taught me in this book is good enough for me.
An exact outline of the process from grip to finish.