BEN HOGAN Right Side Load

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Ben Hogan really loaded into his right side while trying to not move off the ball too much. But, he certainly did move off the ball!

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Daniel Castresana says:

he is John daly long with that back swing. clubhead reaches his left hip from 1940. Not very many are flexible like that

Daniel Castresana says:

there will be only one ben hogan.

Cj Lawrence says:

Christo, Your videos are excellent and your work with Greg McHatton contains some real "time bombs". When he explained to you how the swing center moves to the edge of the right hip during the pivot just brilliant……information rich content for all who really want to swing with efficient and repeatable mechanics……Thank you for your very interesting project

John says:

Christo – at 10:59 -ish when he plants the left foot look at the clubface angle change dramatically – how Hogan shallowed the club (or transitioned) has confused me for years – well here it is exceptionally plain to see – but – how the hell does he do it!!! – this is the best bit of footage to emerge showing that precise move,  keep up the great work Christo, if anyone can crack it you can!

Roger Toye says:

amazing i have/had
same left leg bend . and nearly everyone says too much leg movement ??

Team Sepagan says:

Does the right leg fully extend in the back swing or does the knee keep a bend?

A. U. says:

I should also add a caveat to the below comment: to illustrate, Hogan was 5'8", 145, whereas Sam Snead was 5'11", 185 and Byron Nelson 6'1", 175 or so.

Scott says:

Just wanted to say that due to all of your videos yesterday brought discovery that’s no doubt the final piece to my personal puzzle. Right there, in front of my eyes, I could see it, but I couldn’t feel it. I’d have glimpses but then there were flaws. The only way I could get to the impact zone was with the shaft on a more vertical plane inside the ball which forced me to make “makeup moves” to get the club to impact. I had to contort my arms and hands. Between 1974 & 1995 I probably hit 500,000 balls trying to figure out how to get that to work. My teacher, Eddie Montgomery, had moved to Palm Springs in 1978. Nobody else was really teaching Hogan type swings. I realized yesterday that the reason I had the club so much over the plane at impact it’d come as a result of Ledbetter style technique with the butt end of the club between my feet and the ball.

Now I’m rambling. Sorry.

Everyone has different sensations with the golf club. We go get a lesson & then go work towards that new sensation. My wisdom FWIW is follow Christo. If you can execute the concepts he’s teaching you’ll find your own discoveries. My other suggestion is, that if you hear a teacher or golf professional talking bio-kinetics sand he doesn’t have a PHD start looking for someone else. Seems every guy teaching can say it but I’d bet even money they cannot speak to it with much more than a rambling dissertation about something they heard some guy say that some other guy might actually know & even then, the key to ball striking has little to do with your swing. Not knocking science but your swing is your art. It’s your own art. You can choose to work on your strokes but each person has their own feel, their own unique characteristics.

But Christo is definitely an artist & given his career path professions he’s doing a great job, imho, of helping you paint your own art to make great ball striking possible. (I’m not on staff, not getting paid, but I’m definitely endorsing what he’s doing here.)

Last thing, if you’re interested, the sensation I’ve found that’s changed my golf world, is feeling like I’m pushing the shaft down while I’m pulling the club thru the zone. Good luck!

Sam Adams says:

Can you do an analysis of Cameron Champs swing?

B Johnson says:

Hogans magic is that he braced right and loaded left
when he began downswing he was already on his lead side
all he had to do was clear his left hip
his head was positioned and eyes steady
Float loaded

555Trout says:

Cool evolution of Mr. H's swing Christo. He changed so much over the years. My favorite swing of his was late in his career and in the video "Perfect Day". Not sure what year it would be, but I see that swing as reduced to the minimum, and yet he was still vital enough to make a great swing. I particularly see his footwork in "perfect day" as just so refined and subtle and beautiful. I'm sure you've see it. If you have any idea what year it would be let me know.

A. U. says:

The primitive equipment of that era, i.e. the persimmons and metal shafts, dictated the massive lower body movement in order to get PGA tour length on the shots. It appears the modern shafts and clubheads have somewhat eliminated the need for massive movement of this nature for distance.

Rich Diana says:

Christo, you can't talk Hogans swing without mentioning the plane and his view that your downswing plane should be flatter than your back swing plane. This is the result of dropping your right elbow down close to your hip and helps to retain the lag long into the hitting zone. Watch Koepka as his right elbow us in his navel in the hitting zone, the new modern swing.

Rich Diana says:

Yes, he said never played as well as in '48 and '49, nother would throw even in '53. His early swing reminded me of Che Che Rodriguez who I saw in person. A slight build he would throw his entire weight into the swing and out drive players twice his size. Amazing to watch.

Golden Gate says:

Christo … great compilation … I like how you note at 12:47 how Snead is taking note of Hogan's smashin' … One thing I notice is that even after the Hogan' accident and into his later years he still had amazing flexibility (e.g. lats and arm extension, hips) compared to his peers … and yes I am aware of his epsom salt baths and bandages .. but he still kept it movin' on another level … Thanks for sharing …

Flat Effect says:

Today's instructors would want to change his swing and say he's moving too much.

J@D W says:

I would guess that Hogan thought about this differently. Probably more concerned with the load and activation of the inside muscles of his thighs.

drufletcher says:

Hey christo. Pre accident swing, would u say that when he moves off the line in the downswing that this is what you described in an earlier vid about him shifting that pane of glass? Forecast for nyc this Thursday is 31 degrees (but 50 for Saturday)! Happy thanksgiving!

bloatedman says:

Ben Hogan was at least equal to any other player, it is true. But I also know that he was extraordinarily physically gifted. Most of us,your viewers, unfortunately are not, sad to say. I feel we might be better served with a Julius Boros or Tom Kite code, you know what I'm driving at, no pun, a version for weaker bodies and with somewhat less razor sharp reflexes than the legendary Hawk possessed. Of course your admirable endeavor to understand Mr. Hogan 'secrets' is a terrific goal which it appears to me you have accomplished, maybe you could now apply you considerable talents to another project that could aid us older less fit players. just sayin'

Thomas Veal says:

Incredible footage! I see a lot of Hogan in Cameron Champ. Hogan would have smashed it with the modern ball and equipment!

thebigleone says:

Wow, that was good! Love the old footage Christo. I have learned so much between watching Mr. Hogan and Mickey Wright that as a 62 year old curmudgeon I took 3rd place in my club championship playing against kids more than half my age. Ha, I loved it. Many thanks Christo!

rick petryk says:

Thank you for sharing this awesome info!

Zetetic Ben says:

OMG that is the sickest thing I have ever seen! Bubba and Daly have nothing on this guy

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