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Ben Hogan's Secret Fundamental: What He Never Told The World Download Pdf


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Ben Hogan's Secret Fundamental: What He Never Told The World Download Pdf


The book remains relevant and a classic over 52 years later. The book was not without controversy, though, as the secret revealed in 1955 was nowhere to be found within the book. There was little to no discussion about "pronation", save for a brief mention of the ruinous effects of early pronation on the downswing. There was quite a bit of information on "supination", however. With its focus on the basic golf fundamentals, Hogan's philosophy held that proper application and practice of the basic elements of the swing was all that was needed. The basic elements consisted of about 8 total movements that were linked together in a chain action to produce a repeating golf swing. He felt that a golfer of average athletic ability could break 80. Golfers became skeptical when the book did not quickly lead to the promised results. There were around 18 pages on the grip alone. After all that coverage, the relatively weak grip advocated in Five Lessons was held up by many instructors as an example of a bad technique for beginners, as it exacerbated the bane of most golfers, the dreaded slice. For golfers already prone to draw the ball, the focus on a strong adhesion of the right arm and elbow to the side, coupled with the inside swing, often produced the worst kind of confidence destroying shot, the snap or duck hook. The recommendation to move the hips as fast as one could, as if they were attached to the wall by an elastic band, wreaked havoc on the swings of golfers whose arms could not keep pace with the body and often ended up swinging wildly or by tossing their arms through impact like a rag doll. Finally, a key tenet of the swing presented in the book as a breakthrough of sorts, the plane, proved too complex , a bit esoteric and an issue that few understood. A Book Before or After its Time Out of fairness to his book, a new breed of "franchise" golfer was emerging in the form of Arnold Palmer, Gary Player to a lesser degree and amateur star Jack Nicklaus. The "swashbuckling" era of golf was in full force and the go for broke style of Palmer, with a unique swing style that only an athlete could produce, seemingly bore little resemblance to the style advocated by Hogan. Then there was Nicklaus, with flying right elbow, reverse "C" and prodigious length that was described by Hogan's hero Bobby Jones as "A style of golf with which I am not familiar". The reverse "C" gained prominence on the tour and the style was quite unlike that advocated in Five Lessons. Despite Hogan's reputation as a great ball striker and having achieved the admiration of his fellow golfers, Hogan's style paled in comparison with Palmer. Palmer's golf was compelling, emotional, and it created a ground swell of fan support that became known as "Arnie's Army". Golfers wanted to play like and be like Arnie. There was no love lost between Palmer and Hogan, whose insistence on referring to Palmer as "Fella" irked Palmer throughout his career. The relatively conservative style of golf played by Hogan fell somewhat into disfavor during the period where Palmer peaked, Player began to be a force to reckon with and Nicklaus came to the fore. What of the Secret There was the hint of unfinished business over the years as Hogan closed out his career. From time to time for the next several decades, there were insinuations that there was more to his golf swing and his knowledge than had been revealed in his golf books or the Life Magazine articles. He often introduced himself as "Henny Bogan" when meeting people or when talking on the phone, which was an apparent joking reference to himself. He did an interview with Nick Seitz in December 1984 that was added as a foreword for a reprinting of Five Lessons as it closed in on 30 years in print. Hogan revealed the importance of pronation and the trials and tribulations that led him to the discovery. He also insisted that he "would not change a thi




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