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Power Golf [Paperback]

Ben Hogan
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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Book Description

Nov. 2 2010
"There is no such individual as a born golfer. Some have more natural ability than others, but they’ve all been made."—Ben Hogan

Considered one of the greatest golfers in the history of the game, Ben Hogan is still noted for the phenomenal power of his swing and his unbeatable ability as a ball striker. He is also known for his dedication to practice and his belief that any golfer can, with training, determination, and a little guidance, improve his or her game significantly. With the help of his classic book, Power Golf, you too can achieve a higher level of play than you ever thought possible.

Profusely illustrated with detailed line drawings, Power Golf walks you through every step of the skills that Ben Hogan painstakingly acquired over his years as a champion player. Here, you will find:· How to master the celebrated Hogan grip that made his swing so powerful

· Why a balanced stance is important, and how to achieve it

· The details of a winning backswing and downswing

· How to achieve greater distance from your wood shots

· Why iron shots are so important and how to accomplish greater accuracy

· Minimizing your number of putts

· How to conquer bunker, uphill, and downhill shots

· Playing in rain and wind

· And featuring Ben Hogan’s "Eight Hints on How to Lower Your Score"

No matter how experienced a golfer you are—whether a beginner or more advanced—Power Golf will help you play through to your best game ever.


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Power Golf + Ben Hogan's Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf + Dave Pelz's Short Game Bible: Master the Finesse Swing and Lower Your Score
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Ben Hogan discovered golf as a fifteen-year-old caddie. He turned pro at seventeen, joined the tour full-time as a nineteen-year-old in 1931, and has won nine pro majors. A four-time PGA Player of the Year, he is one of only four golfers to win all four professional majors. At forty-one, he won five of six tournaments, including the Masters, U.S. Open and the British Open. Hogan died at eighty-four in 1997 in his home in Fort Worth.

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4.0 out of 5 stars particularly good for beginners Oct. 25 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Ben Hogan may or may not be the greatest golfer ever, but he certainly wrote the most influential golf books of all time. He more than anyone else established and propounded the fundamentals of the modern swing. Though some of the material is inevitably dated--younger folks may not even know what the heck a spoon is--most of what he says is just as helpful today as it was over fifty years ago.
This book is especially appropriate for beginners and there are three essential bits of advice that are all someone really needs to know when they pick up a club for the first time :
(1) The basis of the golf swing is a good grip. A good grip "enables the two hands to act as a single unit."
(2) "The first movement in the downswing is the turning of the left hip to the left. Forget about your arms, hands, shoulders and club at that moment and start the hips turning, led by the left hip."
(3) "My advice to the beginning golfer is to go ahead and hit the ball as hard as he can right from the start. He will be wild for a time. That's only natural. Later on he can straighten out his hooks and slices with minor alterations to his swing. But if he doesn't learn to hit the ball hard right at the start, he will never be able to get distance without a major overhauling, because his speed and timing setup will be something less than his full power."
That's it; that's really all you need to get started. It's a terrific little book, complete with quaint illustrations of a little golfer in pleated slacks and a sweater demonstrating the lessons. Of course, there is one more more thing that Hogan emphasized and no book will help you with; if you want to improve you have to practice, a lot.
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This was written in 1948 and is utterly useless as a "how to" guide for a beginning or intermediate golfer in 2001. I'm sure that even Hogan, if he were alive, would tell you not to buy it as an instructional guide. It is, however, FANTASTIC for the scores of photographs of Hogan at all stages of his swing. You'll clearly see why this man hit the ball in a way that we amateurs never will and 99% of professionals never will. As someone else pointed out, this is Hogan's swing before his near-fatal accident and before he developed a controlled fade. Some of the positions he achieves are mind-boggling and completely beyond anyone without his supreme talent. For the best quality in the photographs, I'd look for a used hard-cover copy (they are still plentiful). Buy this, but only as a piece of golf history. For instruction from Hogan, buy Five Fundamentals or one of the recent videos analyzing his swing.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hogan's Wisdom July 23 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Always interested in getting better in the field of my golf game, I read this book with the hopes of gleaning some useful information on the swing, and how to hit the ball farther. Hogan offers a breakdown of the swing, and it is easy to follow. Not only is the book illustrated, Hogan did a nice job articulating how to get better and hit it longer. One thing I found that was very helpful was in the last two pages, Hogan talks about course management, and tricks to saving shots when you are playing in all types of conditions. This was a very informative and useful section of the book.
There are many golf-instruction books out there, and this book stands the test of time, as did Hogan's golf game. I recommend it to any golfer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This gem should be on every golfer's reading list. April 29 1997
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Ben Hogan, one of the great legends of golf,
describes his own playing style in order to help
other golfers shave points off their game. Numerous illustrations show every aspect of the mechanics of the game in great detail. Golf history buffs will enjoy stories from Hogan's career. If you're looking for a comprehensive golf instruction book, look no further. Chapters include EVOLUTION OF THE HOGAN GRIP, CLUBS ... SELECTION AND USE, STANCE GIVES YOU BALANCE, THE FULL SWING, TURNING ON THE POWER, IRON SHOTS FOR ACCURACY, PUTTING, BUNKER SHOTS ARE EASY, UPHILL AND DOWNHILL SHOTS, and STORMY WEATHER GOLF. Also includes EIGHT HINTS ON HOW TO LOWER YOUR SCORE and advice on MATCH PLAY GOLF.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A hidden classic March 28 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is a classic of golf instruction but it is overshadowed by Hogan's more famous instruction book "Five Lessons." Nearly 40 years ago, when I was a kid, my father gave me his volume of "Power Golf" and though dated, I still think it gives great advice on fundamentals such as hip turn to start the downswing. Equipment has changeed drastically but certain fudamentals are timeless. Although you may tend to gravitate towards purchasing Hogan's more famous book, anyone building a golf library which includes great instructional books will do well to include this ... and, make sure to take it off the shelf as it is more than just a classic, it is still practical.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Further Insight into a Legend May 10 2001
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Although it is often overshadowed by his second book, 5 Lessons:The Modern Fundamentals of Golf, Hogan's first book, Power Golf, still deserves it's place on any golf addicts bookshelf. Power Golf offers Hogans wisdom on other facets of the game than the full swing, especially shotmaking.
The difference in the quality of writing can easily be understood because Hogan wrote his first book alone and the second with the help of one of the greatest golf writers of all time, Herbert Warren Wind.
I found this book to be a fascinating look at the way Hogan played the game and a great source for more of the clear practical thought that we found in 5 Lessons.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well written & Informative
This is a great book about learning the fundamentals of golf. It is well written and very descriptive with images to guide you along. Read more
Published on May 6 2012 by durandben
2.0 out of 5 stars Ben's second best by a long way.
Ben only wrote two books that is why this book is second best.
Hogan's second book, 'The Modern Fundamentals' is almost unrecognizable compared to this book. Read more
Published on April 21 2001 by Roger Knight
5.0 out of 5 stars first ever golf book
I first bought this book in about 1975 (yes 1975) a corgi paperback edition, I learnt to play golf from it, and still refer back to it when I have a problem. Read more
Published on April 6 2001 by rgosling
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff from Hogan
I found this book to be an exceptional "how to" for basics- grip, stance, ball position, ... Read more
Published on April 6 2000 by clrichmond@hotmail.com
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY FINE GOLF BOOK
Sorry to disagree with the other esteemed reviewers! I love this book. Not as great as his more famous "5 Fundamentals", but nonetheless still packed with valuable... Read more
Published on Dec 28 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars a fundamental classic
"Power Golf" is an excellent driving range accessory. The book will no doubt be troublesome for the average once a month hacker whose bad habits have accumulated over... Read more
Published on Sept. 4 1999
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Hogan's Best
Not Hogan's best but still some useful information. You would be better served to buy a more modern expose on the golf swing, there are plenty of good books about power out there. Read more
Published on July 10 1999
1.0 out of 5 stars The book does not meet expectations
This book is totaly unusable to learn the game. Funny that "The modern fundamentals of golf" (exellent book) and this one shares the same author (or just name ?)
Published on Feb. 2 1999
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