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

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Product Details

  • 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 144 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.


Frank Sadler Professional, Bellingham Country Club, Bellingham, Washington It's the first time words and illustrations have made golfing technique absolutely clear. I'm applying the lessons to my teaching program here and highly recommending them to my pupils. I'd say it's the greatest instruction series of all time. Women are particularly keen on it. It'll make a lot of new golfers -- good golfers.

Jim Fogerty Professional, Sunset Country Club, St. Louis Most articles on golf deal only in theory, but Ben is to be congratulated on probably the most practical series on golf instruction ever written.

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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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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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
A fantastic lesson. As a fairly novice golfer, this was a great starting point for me on what I should be doing, and looking for, in my swing. The thing I really liked about this book is that it is quite short. So, I can get back to practicing my swing without spending too much time with my nose in a book.

I do wish it had was a few more illustrations, since a picture is worth much more than words, especially when trying to explain physical positioning and motion.
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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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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
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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Format: Paperback
The only two golfers to own their golf swings were Ben Hogan and Moe Norman. What more should I say about the instruction in this book? My book The Golf Swing: It's all in the Hands takes the illustration found on page 68 of Ben Hogan's book and delivers detailed instruction on the hand action of the golf swing using the waggle as a means to learn the hand action of the golf swing. In my opinion, it supplements Ben Hogan's instruction on the waggle extremely well.

The other point I would like to make about Ben Hogan's book is the instruction he gives on the position of the right foot. Hogan is adamant about positioning the right foot perpendicular to the target line. When I first read this as a teenager, I thought he was taking the right foot position rather seriously. Some years later when my golf swing was fully developed, my doubts about Hogan's thoughts on the right foot position came back to humiliate me. He had good reason for being adamant. I thought to myself, how could I have been so foolish to doubt the great Ben Hogan!
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