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Ben Hogan's Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf

by Ben Hogan

Other authors: Anthony Ravielli (Illustrator), Herbert Warren Wind

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A timeless classic with nearly one million copies in print, Ben Hogan's Five Lessons outlines the building blocks of winning golf from one of the all-time masters of the sport--fully illustrated with drawings and diagrams to improve your game instantly. Ben Hogan, one of the greatest golfers in the history of the sport, believed that any golfer with average coordination can learn to break eighty--if one applies oneself patiently and intelligently. With the techniques revealed in this classic book, you can learn how to make your game work from tee to green, step-by-step and stroke by stroke. In each chapter, a different experience-tested fundamental is explained and demonstrated with clear illustrations--as though Hogan were giving you a personal lesson with the same skill and precision that made him a legend. Whether you're a novice player or an experienced pro, Ben Hogan's Five Lessons is a must-have reference for anyone who knows that fundamentals are where champions begin.… (more)
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Clear instruction - I practiced the prescribed exercises and found that my swing went downhill really quickly. You really have to stick to it though - stay in the cognitive stage of skill acquiring and I'm sure I'll have a better swing than before! ( )
  bsmashers | Aug 1, 2020 |
If you only ever read one book about how to play golf make sure it is this book. It has provided me with endless lessons and constant sources of the small improvements so essential to being able to play this highly technical game better. Ben Hogan was a master golfer, he was also a master teacher. ( )
  DavidFerrers | Mar 10, 2017 |
listen to me and hear me now!

this is not just any golf book. this is THE golf book. ben hogan dedicated his life to golf and so this is as much a memoir as a mini-treaty on the swing. the artwork is masterful. the analysis of the golf swing is what the science of the full swing is based on sixty years later. it's a must have for so many reasons! it's short, concise and hogan writes the way he swings ... with absolute clarity and purpose.

and, if you think it's out of date .... google mr. jason dufner.

i love this book so much!!!! ( )
  Joseph_W_Naus | Jul 20, 2016 |
My edition ISBN-10 0-671-61297-0
Originally published 1957.

A classic of golf instruction, one however must understand the context in which Hogan wrote "Modern Fundamentals".

In his early days as a tour professional, Hogan was plagued by a vicious snap-hook (a ball which starts left and curves further left). This hook caused him to pursue the ideas that lead to "Modern Fundamentals" and develop a slight fade (left to right ball flight, which starts online).

Hogan's swing as he describes it is essentially an anti-left swing; he wanted to eliminate the left side of the golf course.

The average amateur however, generally suffers from an over the top slice (ballflight starts right, and curves further right)- the opposite of what Hogan did. Many amateurs attempting to copy Hogan, may merely exasperate existing problems.

That is not to say there is no value in this book, much of it is, as Hogan says, is essential to all good swings. It is the key parts (such as the extremely weak left hand grip) that need to be tweaked for different golfers.

Rated 3 Stars (03/03/11) ( )
  kalashnikov | Mar 2, 2011 |
You've got to be a good or great golfer (or a very technical personality) for this book to help your game. Otherwise it will give you paralysis by analysis! ( )
  bassetgreg | Aug 7, 2009 |
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A timeless classic with nearly one million copies in print, Ben Hogan's Five Lessons outlines the building blocks of winning golf from one of the all-time masters of the sport--fully illustrated with drawings and diagrams to improve your game instantly. Ben Hogan, one of the greatest golfers in the history of the sport, believed that any golfer with average coordination can learn to break eighty--if one applies oneself patiently and intelligently. With the techniques revealed in this classic book, you can learn how to make your game work from tee to green, step-by-step and stroke by stroke. In each chapter, a different experience-tested fundamental is explained and demonstrated with clear illustrations--as though Hogan were giving you a personal lesson with the same skill and precision that made him a legend. Whether you're a novice player or an experienced pro, Ben Hogan's Five Lessons is a must-have reference for anyone who knows that fundamentals are where champions begin.

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