The Hogan Pivot Drill

Learn Ben Hogans Secret

A look at the best pivot in golf, Ben Hogan and how you can practice your pivot to eliminate a loss of posture and early release.

24 Responses to “The Hogan Pivot Drill”

  1. Augusta Golf Instruction says:

    thanks for watching +chet732003

    • Augusta Golf Instruction says:

      +Lee Wilson Notice Mr. Hogan at impact, shoulders are slightly open. I
      exaggerated a little because most golfers are too closed at impact leading
      to a pivot stall and a flip. The real key is training the body to deliver
      the club in this drill.

    • desertsun100 says:

      Does that mean that at address Hogan was square to target or open ?

  2. fradaja says:

    pure effortless power when i get this right, shot my lowest round with
    this, including driving a 340 par 4, didn’t even try hard, i’m 5.7 145 ibs

  3. HOOA says:

    Awesome! Thanks for the info.

  4. dtee06 says:

    Thank You for the great drill. After watching your video several times this
    past Sunday I decided to do the drills while watching the Hyundai
    Classic. I did several throughout the day. On going to the range Monday I
    did the drills again while hitting balls. During my round instead of just
    waiting to tee off I would do the drills in slow motion as you do. I had
    the best round yet since playing the game. I followed the same procedure
    in the Men’s Club Tournament Wednesday & once again had a great round.
    My drives were mostly down the middle, my fairways down the middle and
    long, my wedge shots great. I will continue practicing with the drills.
    Thanks so much, the “best” drill I have used for improvement.

    • Augusta Golf Instruction says:

      +dtee06 Thank you for your comments. That is just excellent and we are so
      glad to hear about your success with this drill. Thanks for watching!

  5. D Slatts says:

    I researched Hogan’s right arm flying wedge: ” I recommend that a right arm
    swinger start the right arm swinging action by simultaneously i) throwing
    the right upper arm and ii) thrusting the right shoulder downplane, so that
    they move at roughly the same speed. The right upper arm throw action is
    actually an active adduction movement of the right upper arm towards the
    right side of the torso, so that the right elbow is actively driven towards
    its pitch position in front of the right hip. During this right upper arm
    throw action, it is important to maintain the same degree of right elbow
    bend and the same degree of right wrist dorsiflexion (like Ben Hogan
    demonstrates in the above composite photo), so that the right forearm
    flying wedge maintains an unchanged relationship to the left arm flying
    wedge. If the right elbow bend is maintained during this active right upper
    arm throw action, then the right palm will be exerting a constant
    push-pressure against the left hand at PP#1 in a direction that is
    down-and-out towards the ball – see yellow arrow in image 5. In other
    words, the active right upper arm throw action, combined with an active
    downplane thrust movement of the right shoulder (that is simultaneously
    happening at the same speed), is responsible for releasing PA#4 – instead
    of the pivot-drive action (as occurs in a left arm swinger’s action).

    The amount of right upper arm/right shoulder active thrust energy required
    during this early downswing phase of activating, and then releasing, PA#4
    is the amount necessary to supply the inert left arm with enough energy to
    easily freewheel towards impact in the mid-late downswing. A right arm
    swinger must not continue to actively thrust his right palm against the
    left thumb at PP#1 after he reaches the delivery position (image 5 above)
    because it is at this stage of the downswing that the left wrist will
    naturally start uncocking due to a centrifugal action (PA#2 release phase).
    If a right arm swinger continues to actively thrust during the mid-late
    downswing, then he will end up drive-loading the shaft (like a hitter),
    because the right palm will start to apply a push-pressure against the aft
    side of the grip as the club releases. A right arm swinger must allow PA#2
    to release passively via a centrifugal action (as occurs in a left arm
    swinger’ action), and the right palm must not be pushing against PP#1, or
    against the grip, with excessive force in the mid-late downswing. In the
    mid-late downswing, the right elbow must start straightening (due to an
    active isotonic contraction of the right triceps muscle) and that active
    action will cause the right forearm to paddlewheel towards impact. During
    this “right arm straightening” action, the right palm will exert a
    push-force against PP#1/grip. However, the degree of push-force, that is
    operant during the “right arm straightening” action, should only allow the
    right palm to keep up with the left hand (as the left arm/hand freewheels
    towards impact due to the previously activated release of PA#4) while
    maintaining the appropriate amount of extensor action. In other words, a
    right arm swinger must closely mimic the power accumulator release sequence
    of a left arm swinger (4:2:3), and also ensure that the release of PA#2 and
    PA#3 is passive. If a right arm swinger attempts to actively release
    PA#2/3, then he will likely become a hitter, who drive-loads the shaft. ”
    (Jeffrey Mann)

  6. Jon D'Alessandro says:

    Thank You! Best explanation, and practical drill I’ve seen. Big
    breakthrough for me after watching this!

  7. Jack Mundo says:

    I’ve been a teaching pro for 40 years and trust me, this is extremely good

  8. Matt Mills says:

    excellent drill. Simple yet super effective. I must say, my lower back
    muscles were sore, felt like a really good workout after only a few
    minutes. I had to stop to give my lower back muscles a breather. I do
    suffer with lower back issues but this drill targets the muscles and
    reveals how I actually haven’t been using the rotation correctly. i.e. I
    stand up slightly. thanks for this. Any drills you recommend to strengthen
    the lower back?

  9. golfer348 says:

    took me 30 years to learn to shift my weight…the real secret of golf is
    not all the nonsense of this that or the other…simply moving from your
    left side to your right side and loading up, not half heartedly, real
    weight shift otherwise you can;t get the power and ball striking, just
    hitting with your arms…I like to say…think of a baseball batter..they
    do it everytime much more exaggerated lifting their leg off the
    golf we pivot and dip the left knee but don’t just go through the motions
    you have to really go from one side of your body to the other and load
    up..really move from left to right..the rest all becomes secondary! good
    luck…good video…weight shift is the pro’s secret that’s not shared with
    amature golfer…when you figure it out…it will be like nirvana!

  10. mizuno291 says:

    First truly fundamental drill I have seen for this. I have been fighting
    this for a couple of years. It leads to a deflective strike on the ball,
    and a lot of toe impacts. Thank you for a great drill. I will give you an

  11. Bob Marchetti says:

    Great drill, have been practicing this along with your “solid contact”
    drill, I am really starting to see improvement. Keep up the good work

  12. Andrew Linch says:

    A very good drill, I always tell my students that the body is the Dictator
    and the hands are the followers, this drill shows that principal perfectly.

  13. Ni Man says:

    god bless Ben Hogan!

  14. amfohr says:

    So you need to bent the right arm and open the right elbow pocket and keep
    it open and bent

  15. Happy Golfer says:

    can you hit a draw with this swing? much better than rolling the hands!

  16. Thomas Fraser says:

    I respectively disagree with you when you state that Hogan’s hands were
    quiet. Perhaps the left hand but certainly not the right hand. In fact he
    often said he wished he hand three right hands to strike at the ball on his
    downswing. In his book he speaks of the grip and noted specifically the
    pressure point at the knuckle of index finger of his right hand. To
    initiate the downswing he initiated it with his right hip while guided the
    the club head with the aforementioned pressure point of the knuckle of the
    right hand. He was a complete right sided swinger of the club. The left arm
    was inert and passive and enjoyed the ride. Using this theory I have
    improve my swing better today at age 69 then in the 30 years I played golf.
    Thank you for reading.

  17. Ken Grieve says:

    ..this my friends is the absolute best instruction video i have seen on you
    tube…look, listen and learn,

  18. Shawn Carpenter says:

    Great. What software are you using?

  19. Acharya Vedshrami says:

    Excellent video – can you please make videos with remaining 4 lesson based
    on Mr. Hogan’s book. I am struggling a lot with ball position as well. I
    would really appreciate your help

  20. desertsun100 says:

    Plain and simple.. Great vid!

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