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Ben Hogan's Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf Paperback – September 20, 1985
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Ben Hogan's premise in this 1957 classic is driven home in bold letters: "THE AVERAGE GOLFER IS ENTIRELY CAPABLE OF BUILDING A REPEATING SWING AND BREAKING 80." Religions are founded on less, and Hogan's detailed analyses and illustrated demonstrations of grip, stance, posture, and the two basic components of the swing make up a sacred book. Though its very simplicity seems dated, this is the tome of technique that should serve as the foundation of every golf library.
Jim Fogerty Professional, Sunset Country Club, St. Louis Most articles on golf deal only in theory, but Ben is to be congratulated on probably the most practical series on golf instruction ever written.
Timothy E. Sick Calgary After reading the first two articles, I had a 73 for the first time in my life, and hadn't played for six months before that.
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.
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- This man's swing was/is envied by legions of golfers, prob for all time.
- Everything he says about the swing, is not only true - it's the holy grail to great striking
- This is not a complete picture of Ben Hogan's swing, it's a breakdown of how to implement/apply the fundamentals, not his exact swing. There are variations that come along with each fundamental - they are tweaks that work only in conjunction with other modifications - such is the golf swing; Mr Hogan took most of those to his grave, at least the explanations, that is. There are clues to *what* (not necessarily how) he did in the golf swing, they are out there - everywhere...
- Claims that Ben Hogan had more physical ability than most people and that being the reason for his swing being nearly flawless are preposterous. He was an athletic man, but he was *just* a man, after all. No, what Hogan had was not physical, it was mental strength, heart, dedication, and most importantly, motivation - something Ben Hogan had droves of (if that's not a secret I don't know what is).
- Anyone can develop a swing based on these fundamentals. Key word, CAN - not will*. Just like ANYONE can become a rocket scientist given the right motivation/circumstance/effort etc, the same holds true for any version of the golf swing, including variations of these techniques, and believe it or not - Ben Hogan's own variation(s). Also, theories about body types limiting these fundamentals are nonsensical, and over-stated.
- An open club face, with the RIGHT path - will always produce a reliable shot, it's call a fade. You can even hit a hook with an open club face, given the correct alterations in the setup/path. The idea that this will just make you slice more is just silly, it's the chicken or the egg - if you're already a slicer, you likely swing out to in, which means you are destined to hit slices for life anyway - and a hook, much less a draw - is something you will never experience. Don't believe me? close the clubface and swing away, if you're a slicer, it'll still be a slice. Some argue that it is better to learn how to hook a ball first, and then adjust your grip - but in my mind (and more importantly Hogan's) - if you learn how to hit from the inside correctly, the difference between a weak grip and a strong one is obviously a fade and a draw.
Well, a power fade is far more consistent than a draw and if you manage to do what Hogan did, which was hit a push fade - the loss of distance is negligible. After all, this is what Hogan battled for his whole career, a repeating fade that didn't lose distance as compared to a draw; he accomplished this.
- The biggest thing to draw/learn from this book has nothing to do with "the secret" - at least not how people have historically described outside of this book (aka weak grip, cupped wrist). The real secret is to take everything Hogan says in his book as bible and follow it until you figure out what he's saying about swing path, ball positions, grip* etc. That's why they are called the 5 fundamentals...Hogan never said follow this book and have HIS swing - the amount of dedication required to develop a swing like Hogan's is something only experience will reveal.
- Forget all this stuff about this book being too advanced for the avg golfer - this is the best Golf book of all time, and if you think there is a single Pro out there that hasn't figured out the majority of what Hogan is saying here, you're fooling yourself. Denying that fact is to deny yourself the chance of discovering your golf swing - you have zero chance, if you never try at all. Gotta be in it to win it.