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Ben Hogan's Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf Hardcover – Jan 1 1990

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; 1 edition (Jan. 1 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780671723019
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671723019
  • ASIN: 0671723014
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 1.5 x 23.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
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Ben Hogan's premise in this 1957 classic is driven home in bold letters: "THE AVERAGE GOLFER IS ENTIRELY CAPABLE OF BUILDING A REPEATING SWING AND BREAKING 80." Religions are founded on less, and Hogan's detailed analyses and illustrated demonstrations of grip, stance, posture, and the two basic components of the swing make up a sacred book. Though its very simplicity seems dated, this is the tome of technique that should serve as the foundation of every golf library. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


Timothy E. Sick Calgary After reading the first two articles, I had a 73 for the first time in my life, and hadn't played for six months before that.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Duncan on April 10 2001
Format: Paperback
i know it's sacreligious to give any golf instruction piece from ben hogan anything less than perfect grades, but here goes.

the book is written too much in auto-biographical format with ben providing too much of the background and his personal experience for why he came to the conclusions he reached on golf fundamentals. so although there are something like half a dozen important insights on the fundamentals is it really necessary to read through 127 pages to get them? contrast this to jack nicklaus's "golf my way" where he gets right to the point and the instruction is not buried in text.

also, hogan's recommendations leave little room for individuality -- you either do it his way or there is no alternative. this applies to all of the fundamentals he asserts in the book which means that it's a real program you must commit yourself to. regardless of skill level, i would estimate it would take fully 2 years of intense practise to incorporate the totality of h!ogan's program into your own game.

that said, it's still worth getting if only for the legend who wrote it and the exposure you'll get to his thought processes. but don't get it thinking it's a targeted instructional manual.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Boots on April 21 2015
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Just ... wow. Like a lot of my buddies, I've been playing golf for years without any real instruction. The odd lesson here, the odd golfing magazine there. Tips from those better than me. As I approach 40, I realise that I do not have a ton of time left to get better at golf. I shoot anywhere from a 95 to a 110.

This year, I decided to start with reading some of what are considered "the" books about golf. I started with this one. Easy to read, easy to understand (okay, had to try and figure out some things). I practice holding the club nightly and feeling this "weird" grip. I've been shown the grip a lot over the years and thought I knew what I was doing. Wrong was I. I've been doing the drills and hitting the range to practice full strokes. My first time out wasn't great, but I could tell I was starting to build a simple, powerful and repeatable swing. A few more times and it's a world of difference. I was giddy out at the range today with the majority of my shots.

I don't buy into the criticism; these are fundamental to build from. Find what works for you. I was/am a slicer and my game has gotten dramatically better from reading this book. I have recommended it to my wife. I recommend it to you.

Now onto the short game and putting ...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Wilkinson on June 16 2011
Format: Paperback
When I was 14 years old I bought this book and devoured it. To this day I believe it is the best golf book ever written for anyone who has never played golf before. It helped me to become a scratch golfer. With all the books, gadgets, lessons, videos, gear etc. on the market today it is easy to overlook the most basic of fundamentals on golf. This is the best book available to get you back to those crucial fundamentals.

Do yourself a favour a BUY THIS BOOK, whether you are just starting out or are a scratch golfer. I lost my original copy over the years and was extremely happy to see Amazon carry it. I bought it again for my wife who is just starting to play golf and hope someday she will become a good player due to the help this book provides.

You will not go wrong by reading from the man who many believe has the best golf swing ever. Ben Hogan.

Enjoy it and if you follow the fundamentals Ben teaches, not only will you lower your golf score, but have a lot more fun and less frustration on the course.

Thanks Amazon for stocking this, and especially at such a good price.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 28 2004
Format: Paperback
This classic is an exceptional, readable, and all-encompassing study of the golf swing. I learned much about my swing studying this book. The only problem I encountered was none of the information was very relavant to me or the vast majority of golfers who suffer from a slice.
Ben Hogan had a strong hook and much of this book includes his corrections to overcome this deficit and straighten out his swing. However, for the slicer, these corrections do the opposite - my slice was worse than ever after following Hogan's advice and I couldn't correct it.
An excellent book, for starters or as a follow-on to Hogan's "Five Lessons", is Leadbetter's "The Fundamentals of Hogan". Leadbetter reviews the Hogan swing, then tells why it doesn't work for most (Hogan was double-jointed, Hogan was correcting his hook, etc.) and what you should really do. After Leadbetter, I did straighten out my swing.
Both books break the swing down into 5 parts: Grip, Stance, Backswing, Downswing, Summary.
While Hogan's book was groundbreaking and certainly deserves a read, if you want to learn a basic swing, Leadbetter's is far more encompassing and just as readable.
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This is a small, thin book (total of 127 pages) that centers on the very fundamentals of golf (as described by one of the old masters of the game). As a somewhat new golfer (taking up the game again as a senior after a 40-year lapse), I have to wonder if there are modifications to Hogan's approaches after fifty-five years of improvements in golf equipment, computerized measuring technology, and kinesthetic investigation. Perhaps not. Just be aware that this book is "dated"-- 1957 to be exact! There are no photographs in this book, there are drawings. Very good drawings, to be sure, but detailed sketches of grip, stance, swings, etc. Even the paper is somewhat brown and soft, making the book look like it came from the original printing batch.

Useful, yes. No doubt a lot of the fundamentals stay the same, and will continue to do so. But I suspect there are more modern methods of communicating those fundamentals that might bring more success than studying drawings, such as the golf instruction DVD that I recently purchased. It seems to cover these fundamentals and a lot more, and I can watch the instructions in action.

I assume the title is the original one: "Five Lessons - The MODERN Fundamentals of Golf". Just be aware that "modern" is a relative term, in this case indicating 1957.
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