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22 Responses to “Ben Hogan Golf Swing Analysis”

  1. Jamie Garnett says:

    (cont)… when the club face actually hits the ball. Unfortunately the
    frames per second on the older cameras are a joke compared to now, so we
    can’t see clearly. But, because of the excessive lag and actual bending of
    the club that he created, in the instant before the image we see at the
    5:14 mark, his hands would be in nearly the same position, but the club
    would be bent so much that the club face is actually making contact with
    the ball THEN, shaft snaps back to straight and we see 5:14 shot

  2. Jamie Garnett says:

    His foot position was so, so important. With the proper grip, foot
    position, upper body posture, and really more of a FEEL for how the weight
    moves through out the swing, it becomes nearly effortless. Wayne, question
    – it seems to me Hogans goal was to actually eliminate the stress on the
    club, and create the lag with his body/hands/arms etc. I feel for his
    striving for perfection, he would have found the “whip” phenomenon too
    unpredictable. Tough to tell from the old videos… thoughts?

  3. Jamie Garnett says:

    I just discovered this recently. I am actually a standard lie since I am 4
    inches taller than Hogan. My swing isn’t perfect, but these angles are
    clear and undeniable throughout my swing, the main difference of course
    being I am taller, and a little bit “looser”, or as someone afraid of
    offending me might say, “flexible”. haha. I am working on the
    video/analysis now, but hopefully the way I explain it makes sense to
    people. It justifies/reveals why Hogan did EVERYTHING he did during the set
    up.

  4. Jamie Garnett says:

    Oh, and a note to all. If you are moving the ball around in your stance
    from club to club, you’re making life very difficult. If Hogan taught us
    all one thing and one thing only, I would venture to guess it would be….
    well… other than the grip… it would be maintaining the orientation of
    the ball to your left side at address. When we fully release our bodies,
    the wrist release point remains the same. So, keep it just inside the left
    heel folks. Widen that stance as the club gets longer.

  5. Jamie Garnett says:

    From just….WAY too many hours of watching this swing, I believe he
    actually squeezes his knees at the transition point, beginning the forward
    shift. This only works if you do it in conjunction with “pushing off” of
    the inside of your right foot, toward the ball. Simple sensation when done
    properly. Sounds wordy.. But, basically, squeeze knees, but do so feeling
    the weight go more in FRONT of you, toward the ball. Your left side will
    catch the momentum and you’ll end up tall on your left side.

  6. Jamie Garnett says:

    I feel like most amateurs envision the weight transfer both during the back
    and down swing as a lateral motion, which is completely flawed. The weight
    shift happens from rotation on the way back, then shifts diagonally toward
    the ball/target, but not necessarily DOWN the target line. Sounds cheesy,
    but anyone who is reading this, pretend you’re ice skating or skiing,
    actually DO the motion, and you’ll see how you’re throwing your weight side
    to side, catching yourself. That’s how it should feel.

  7. Jamie Garnett says:

    …..last of my million posts. Hogans feet were pointed outward for this
    very reason. All these people lining up with their feet square to the
    target line… makes me cringe. Not only are they limiting their joint
    rotation in their knees, hips, and consequently shoulders.. but the weight
    is being thrown back and forth instead of the direction they want the club
    going. Thus, open club face SLIIIIICE, closed club face, big ol’ roper OB
    LEEEFFFFFT

  8. Jamie Garnett says:

    I teach – backswing in the barel… but then try to break OUT of the
    barrel jumping toward the ball, off your right foot. Since your feet are
    anchored obviously you don’t actually jump, but this is the sensation that
    seems to gett people to do it, at least when I’m teaching them. Most people
    simply don’t understand and, many times, have been misinformed about what
    the weight transfer is. If you can throw a baseball with at least SOME
    power to another person/target, you can golf… very well.

  9. Alexander Pollock says:

    I know it has nothing to do with the video, but can you explain what S&T is
    and why armchair golfers obsess over it so much?

  10. sandman4224 says:

    Look at his setup in the caddie view. Look at how the shaft matches his
    spine – almost like an extension of it. The perfect use of centrifugal
    force for the club head.

  11. sandman4224 says:

    Another observation to ponder. Notice how Hogan is attacking the ball like
    a baseball player to a pitched ball – he studied Ruth and Williams. Both of
    these power hitters used the rear arm/hand (dominant) to drive the ball
    with the front arm/hand (passive) only used as a guide into the moment of
    impact. Golf’s equivalent to baseball is that a golfer tries to hit a line
    drive up the middle every time (for most shots). Remember, Hogan wished he
    had three right hands when driving into the ball. He fixed his hooking
    problem by changing his grip and setup without changing his attack into the
    ball.

  12. 1HBPlayer says:

    Hi Wayne. What do you think of his right elbow position at 2:45? He goes
    from a positive angle between his right forearm and shaft at address to a
    negative angle (> 180degrees) at impact. All because his right elbow is
    closer to his body at impact than at address. But more important, I wonder
    if this is how he really cured his hook. Note that his right elbow stays
    with his right hip for quite some time. That would surely prevent his
    hands from flipping past his body and turning over to cause a hook.
    Thoughts?

  13. Alex Pohorily says:

    Always impressed with your work. Thank you. 

  14. Krazy Uncle says:

    Look at Hogan’s set up at address right of the screen; notice the slight
    tilt to the right of his spine angle. Ideal for an inside swing path; not
    hardly talked about in today’s golf instruction.

  15. Tommy H says:

    at 3:40 i think wayne meant to say a slight fade or slide fade not cut??

    • Tommy H says:

      never mind. i looked it up and a cut is a controlled fade. I got confused
      by the term because in baseball a cut fastball is like a draw/hook.

  16. Robert McDonough says:

    Great analysis

  17. Kevin McLoughlin says:

    Wayne, enjoy your videos and have learned much from your analyses. One
    historical perspective that may be enlightening, but probably wouldn’t
    change your main points at all…the full ‘Power Golf’ reel that contains
    the iron shot down the line you looked was paired with a sequence selecting
    clubs that showed the wind blowing the background foliage considerably. I
    expect the intentions on that particular swing were for an extra low ‘under
    the wind’ trajectory.

  18. Marvin Sangüesa Golf says:

    Thank you for your videos Wayne. Have learned so much from you over the
    years

  19. John Adams says:

    Man,that is 8 to 10 inches of head dropping! Seems like whole body lowers
    significantly from transition to impact.That is some serious athleticism!

    • Wayne Defrancesco says:

      Its a sport and to be good at it requires a high degree of athleticism.
      There is no easy way to have a great swing. Methods that claim to make the
      swing easy and less stressful are not serious.

  20. irmadupr says:

    Unrelated but I noticed Ben Hogan in his pre shot routine grips the golf
    club first then sets clubface then his stance. Most of the guys on tour
    today seem to just walk right into the ball like Dustin Johnson and Jordan
    Speith with clubface on the ground then stance then grip… Is there a
    reason for this or is it just the new way of doing it or is it better for
    alignment. I always thought Hogans pre shot routine and alignment method
    was kind of like the model way of doing it and a lot of guys did copy it
    back then but you don’t see it much now.

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