Power Golf Paperback – Nov 2 2010
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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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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.
GRADE : B+
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.
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.
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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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 morePublished on May 6 2012 by durandben
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
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 morePublished on April 6 2001 by rgosling
I found this book to be an exceptional "how to" for basics- grip, stance, ball position, ... Read morePublished on April 6 2000 by firstname.lastname@example.org