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In this golf video I show how Ben Hogan used his lower body to produce long drives early in his career, and how he became more compact in his later years.

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Steve King says:

Ha ha… even you Christo called his swing "Daly-esque" when we both should have said Daly is "Hogan-esque". After all … who came first?

But here's another observation. The old Hogan swing had commonalities of the earlier golfers…. Francis Ouimet, Tommy Armour, MacDonald Smith, Stewart Maiden… these legends of the game… the first great players all added something to the Hogan Swing… he had to learn from someone right?
But the one thing that made Hogan different. The one thing I can see that set him apart from the others was as he reached the top of the backswing, the right leg straightened and pushed toward the target… almost, if you will, causing a sort of early "stack and tilt" for lack of a better phrase. His weight seemed to move toward the front foot by the time he reached the top of the backswing. This has mesmerized me for many years and I'm not sure how to pull it off just right because when that weight is there you must be able to then rotate at the right time to make everything work….rotate too late and I can see you pushing everything right. I believe the timing of it is crucial….maybe with practice one can figure out the exact timing needed. But this one move set him apart from the others…. the others didn't seem to do this. And I wonder… where and when he developed this. Did someone show him or did he have an epiphany where it just came to him and it seemed logical? Did he learn it after many thousands or tens of thousands of shots at the range? I wonder how it all came about and will we ever know?

Steve King says:

This guy was super flexible…. hence the long John Daly type backswing (or you could more accurately argue Daly was more like Hogan).
Theory: The greater the distance the clubhead travels, the more chance it has to build up speed. This is a given. No argument is possible. We're only talking about clubhead speed, not accuracy of delivery.
So two players with identical swings except one takes the club back further, potentially the guy who takes it back further should, if everything else in the swings are equal, have more speed of clubhead. Period. End of discussion. No argument is possible.
Greg Norman later in his career shortened his swing….for accuracy purposes. There will always be a "speed-accuracy" trade-off as I learned about in my Masters Degree in Coaching. Norman already was pounding it past most pros. He could afford to lose a little distance to increase accuracy.

But this early Hogan swing… has all the aesthetics of what I feel a golfer should look like… it looks, in a word…. perfect! His early swing looks much better than later years and Hogan himself said his best swing was before the accident… The later swing looks less fluid and more "compartmentalized" if you will. Like hitting within a box. The older swing was…. a Swing!!!

Bongo Nutty says:

The modern backswing may be hard on the back but Hogan's follow-through is no picnic either, at least in this swing. See the reverse C position at 1:17

poe's ReLiC says:

The right leg looks as straight as it can physically be, no bend at the top

SavetheWater1 says:

so beautiful!

Ray Lawrence says:

Man, that right leg at Mr. Hogan’s transition to the downswing is at 60 degrees. It looks unstable as if Mr. Hogan couldn’t go to the top of his swing and stop. IMO it looks like a controlled fall into his left side. Just amazing. Wow, so much to learn and work out. I’m a CPA and will be busy through April. Are you going to have any intensives in May or a June? Love to attend one. Thank you Christo.

Frank McChrystal says:

Notice the left heel always gets re-planted slightly forward of original position, closer to the target, a result of the normal lateral movement. The front foot landing position ends up showing much less flare than the address position and this is one more reason the front foot flare at address is critical. And the cool part is no precision is sacrificed because the left big toe is always in the same position! Do not be afraid to try this body friendly instinctive move abandoned by the faulty instruction of the past 30 years!!! Good one Christo.

Jack Johnson says:

The correct golf swing hasn't changed much since 1948

Louis Alvarado says:

INHO, the classical swing is a lot better for your body, especially as one ages!!

irish jj says:

Christo, Is this Ben Hogan pre 1953 at the start of this video?
I don't know what Hogan said about this period of his life
Was this before the acident in 1949?
I much prefer his shorter compact swing, this seems to have more moving parts. I admire Mr Hogan because of his adversity. It seems that Snead and Nelson were winning on the tour, Nelson i think won the masters in 1939 and Ben was broke. His tragedy of his father, unable to have children with his dear wife Valarie and the car accident and then to get out of that wheelchair and not only compete but win.. What a man and what strength of mind. Hogan said golf was his life, he loved it too much to give up.
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jun kim says:

I was actually thinking moe influenced modern teaching to restrict lower body movement since it looks like moe isn't moving his lower body while from what I think, he only used necessary amount.

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