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There have been hundreds of golf instruction books written over the years. That begs the question, is this the book that will change your game? Before answering that question, it is helpful to know a little about Ben Hogan the golfer. It took him a long time to become the legend he is today.
Hogan refers to are the evolution of golf club construction from wooden hickory shafts which young Hogan grew up hitting and required exquisite timing to steel shafts, which emphasized power.
Hogan wrote his classic instruction book in and declared in a interview that he would write it exactly the same way. He did not win on the PGA tour until he was 28 years old. Everything he preached about how to hit a golf ball was intended to eliminate the hook from the game. If you are a player whose main fault is a slice — like the vast majority of players — you may not find the elusive answers to golf you are seeking in this book.
Hogan started his fundamentals with the grip, stressing that a proper grip is a foundation for everything that follows. A grip must be firm and enable both hands to work as a single unit. Few teachers would quibble with this advice today, but the grip demonstrated in the book is one to eliminate any chance of hitting the ball right to left.
Hogan believed above all else that a specific series of fundamentals were necessary to perform in order to produce a sound swing. That consistency begins with the way the golfer stands up to the golf ball. That set up should be the same every time, perfectly balanced and poised. A waggle is a series of miniature swings executed before hitting a shot. A waggle is a chance to release tension and assist in visualizing the shot you are attempting to play. A waggle is part of a pre-shot routine that should accompany every shot and is individual to every golfer — modern or not.
Hogan tried to explain that a golf swing should be visualized as having two distinct parts, or planes. The second plane is created in the downswing and should always be below that first plane.
In the last lesson, Mr. Hogan shares his philosophies on golf and the golf swings. November 7, November 30, February 24, Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Email Address. Golf 0. Ben Hogan, image: golfdigest. Two Planes on Backswing, image: golfergeeks. Share this:. Like this: Like Loading Leave a Reply Cancel reply. Subscribe to our blog!
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Ben Hogan's Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf
The Five Lessons is a classic in the golfing community and is considered a must-read for anyone looking to improve their game. Timeless lessons imparted in simple terms, this book has fans throughout the golfing world including professionals and champions. Ben Hogan always believed that any golfer following the guidelines in this book and by practicing with patience and diligence could easily break eighty, and with over one million copies in print, his lessons have become a staple in the golfing world. Easily digestible and with each chapter containing clear illustrations for you to follow, you will have no trouble in understanding the lessons and explanations given. So clear and simple are the ideas in this book that it is almost like getting a personal lesson from Hogan himself. Written in Bens typical no-nonsense style, the book lists everything from common golfing mistakes to hints and tips that even any champion golfer should be interested in.
Ben Hogan's Five Rules for Golf
He condensed five concepts into individual lessons that addressed grip, stance, backswing, downswing, and finally the entire swing process. Many modern instructors believe that the book was a groundbreaking work that is relevant today, but only if taken in the proper context. Hogan detailed every aspect of the grip, even explaining the significance of individual fingers. His rationale was that the grip is the one point of contact that the player has with the club, and that any deficiencies in the grip will likely manifest themselves in swing flaws.
Ben Hogan’s Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf
Very good instructive book. I have read the book and my score has already started improving. If you want to learn the correct way to hold a club how to line up for a shot and swing a club then this is the book for you. Golf god Hogan released this primer in The five "lessons" covered are the grip, stance and posture, the first part of the swing, the second part of the swing, and a summary and review. Ben Hogan , Herbert Warren Wind. You can shoot in the 70's!