I hadn’t studied this particular face-on view of Hogan with the grid in the background in some time, so when I popped it up the other night and started looking at it there were so many cool things going on that I got inspired to do a video. I spend most of the video pointing out things that people tend to get totally wrong when it comes to Hogan’s swing, focusing especially on the width and the right loading in the backswing, the swing length, and the right arm action. If more people would just spend the time watching these moving swings and not on static photos they would have a much better idea of what Hogan is actually doing. […]
Hogan won 30 tournaments in the years 1946, 47, and 48 (and won two majors in 48), before the bus hit him in early 49. It is my belief that he had his game and his swing pretty much grooved, and that had he not had the accident his record in the decade of the 50’s and into the 60’s would have made him the greatest player of all time. My bet is that Hogan would have won upwards of 25 majors and over 100 Tour events. He was always the hardest worker amongst all the great players, and he would have had no physical limitations to the amount of tournaments he played in. As it was, he barely played […]
Dufner wowed the golfing world with his majestic ball striking at the PGA, and as a Hogan aficionado I thought it would be interesting to look at Jason’s swing and then compare it to the master. It is fairly obvious that Dufner has studied Hogan videos, and he has incorporated the Hogan tempo and rhythm into all of his swings. He also demonstrates the dragging takeaway, the flared right arm, and the stoppage of the right arm in transition, as well as the “hands out” transition move. Dufner diverges from Hogan when he pinches his right arm early in the backswing and has his elbow far less deep than Hogan at left arm parallel, and when he drives the upper […]
In this video I take a look at the way the right arm functions in different players, and discuss my reasons for preferring one method over the other. We start with Tiger Woods and Henrik Stenson, both of whom have great looking lines in their swings when watching from down the line. There is a major difference, however, in the way they use their right arm in during the swing to produce those lines. Stenson flares his arm in the backswing (as I would prefer and as I teach) but then leaves it back when the body changes direction so that his upper arm lies against his side halfway through the downswing. Tiger, on the other hand, pinches his arm […]
I don’t usually watch the videos I do once I finish and send them off to be processed and eventually posted, but I watched this one over again and I have to say that the information here is new and different and very cool. In a rant against Tiger Woods and Sean Foley a couple of weeks ago Brandel Chamblee made the argument that flat swingers (such as Hogan) had to practice more (where he came up with that idea is anyone’s guess) and that he couldn’t understand why more people didn’t try to emulate Nicklaus’s swing over Hogan’s. I think the fact that Hogan was of such normal (even on the small side) stature and utilized such a powerful, […]
We have seen Justin’s swing improve by leaps and bounds over time but I thought this was an interesting lesson because you don’t usually see drill swings produce exactly the changes you are looking for. When you have spent most of your golfing life swinging poorly as Justin has there are things late in the swing that you just aren’t going to have any clue about doing correctly. Now, however, he is in such better position approaching impact that he has a chance to drive his right side through the impact area and perhaps produce better contact and some sustain past the ball. I give him the split hand punch shot drill, and after a few (predicted) fat shots he […]
Here is the first of four videos that highlight the swings that I find interesting to watch, study, and to show to students to demonstrate different swing techniques. The following swings are covered in Part 1: Adam Scott Tommy Bolt Bubba Watson Nicolas Colsaerts Jimmy Demaret Brendan DeJonge Jason Dufner Ken Duke Harris English Tommy Gainey Sergio Garcia Robert Garrigus Gary Hallberg Ben Hogan Join the forum discussion on this post
The ascent of the “One Plane Swing”, Jim Hardy’s catchy name for his teaching preferences, is a fairly recent occurrence, coming after Hardy’s success with Peter Jacobsen, Tom Pernice, Olin Browne and other Tour players. Perhaps the most successful of the “one-planers” is Matt Kuchar, who is taught not by Hardy but by Chris O’Connell, a Hardy disciple. I happen to like Kuchar’s swing, and have no problem with anyone teaching what they believe to be viable ways to hit a golf ball, especially when there is evidence that it works, at least for some (which is always the case with every method in the sense that not everyone will benefit from the technique). I happen to believe that the […]
What we see here is that while Maves has the Hogan rhythm down to a “T”, the rest of it does not really compare.
There is one thing I know about Ben Hogan’s swing: I will never stop studying it because I constantly find new things to focus on that matter a great deal in the search for a truly precise swing model.