- File Size: 9776 KB
- Print Length: 35 pages
- Publisher: MSPeaBooks (January 3, 2012)
- Publication Date: January 3, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00EQBYKRS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #286,521 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Ben Hogan's Five Lessons For The Rest of Us Kindle Edition
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Consequently, many of his instructions were hints or clues, intended to give the reader food for thought and a starting point for the reader's own trial-and-error experimentation on the practice tee. That is why the book contains various instructions that don't seem to apply to the average golfer (e.g. the "weak" grip), or the roles of which during the swing were inexplicable or unclear (e.g. the position of the arms at address), or that seemed too relatively insignificant to warrant the amount of attention he devoted to them (e.g. the waggle).
However, all of those swing elements were very important to Hogan (otherwise, he wouldn't have included them) and he intended that his nebulous instructions would move his readers in a certain direction, specifically, toward the swing concepts that he wanted them to learn. Unfortunately, many (maybe most) readers, unaware of the Hogan thought process, believed that the whole story was within the four corners of the book. They failed to realize that Hogan, who had hit literally millions of balls to develop his brilliant swing concepts, neither would deprive them of the joy of digging their own swings from the dirt, as he had, nor unveil all his hard-earned secrets to them for the mere price of a book.
Dr. Cary Middlecoff, who shared frequent martinis and hours of golf theory conversation with Ben Hogan, noted Hogan's disappointment in the utter lack of understanding of the book's essential elements, reflected in letters he received from many readers who, in his opinion, just didn't get it and apparently weren't willing to work hard enough to get it.
This author apparently took Hogan's ideas to the practice tee; once there, however, he seemed to make wrong turns at nearly every fork in the instructional road. His misinterpretation of Hogan's instructions and his apparent lack of understanding of Hogan's swing principles are stunning, considering that he claims this book is about Hogan. If Ben Hogan were alive today, I doubt that he would allow his name to be associated with a book that offers the reader golf swing concepts that are so contrary to those he employed and advocated.
I am not suggesting that the author hasn't offered something of value to the average golfer. The techniques delineated in this book apparently work well for the author (in the final analysis, that's where we're all trying to go) and they may work well for others. My only point is that few of them bear any resemblance to what Ben Hogan wanted us to take away from his Five Lessons.
While the author might be a Hogan fan and has read the book many times, he clearly doesn't understand the golf swing in general and is not a teacher. In explaining Hogans grip he calls it "quite complicated". It is in fact very simple and easy to understand and implement.
Most of the summaries are very general and the illustrations are average. Clearly this writers knowledge of why Hogan advocated the swing he used and how it can (or can't) be applied to the average golfers game is sorely lacking.