A lot of people have misinterpreted what Ben Hogan said about the left thumb in the grip. In this video Dan talks about a common problem he sees with the left thumb in his students and what you should be doing to get the most solid and connected grip for your golf swing.

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16 thoughts on “BEN HOGAN’S LEFT THUMB

  1. Came across this video when trouble-shooting pain issues in my left thumb… this makes so much sense! I'd been using the "long thumb". Heading to the driving range to practice the connected grip. Thank you for taking the time to post this video.

  2. Hi Dan, I cannot keep the thumb pad connected to the handle without using a long thumb. Any 'shorter' thumb grip I use just feels uncomfortable and creates gaps in the grip.

    Whenever I hinge at the top of the backswing, the thumb pad comes off and there is a gap in the grip. This also happens if I try to keep the thumb connected to the side of the hand. What is the correct way?

  3. Coming soon Ben Hogans left testicle, and how he used it to shift weight in the golf swing and bend steel framing for his house. I guess the whole Ben Hogan thing is worth milking with the 'mystique' of Hogan and his 'secrets' so prevalent on youtube… Put the name Hogan in the name of the vid and ppl will click. 🙂

  4. For me, the left thumb just gets in the way and causes lots of tension in my backswing.  I have been doing a baseball grip with my left hand.  It gets the thumb out of the way and I am able to get lag much easier.

  5. Hogan's short left thumb worked for him for a couple of reasons besides controlling an over swing. Right hand rides high on left for a more unified grip, allowed more hand pressure for a firmer grip, and probably worked better with his swing path.

  6. Great explanation of this topic, Dan. Though, I feel like you're having three intros in one video, and here comes some constructive critiques; It's like you're introducing the video and the importance of the left thumb three times.
    1. "We are going to take a look at the importance of the thumb placement on the grip" Intro-tune.
    2. "So guys, today we are taking a look at the left thumb on the grip, and gonna have a look…" Fades to black
    3. "So, today we're gonna be talking about the importance of the thumb placement on my hand. What Ben Hogan did in his book, and we're gonna be looking at the difference between a long and a short thumb…"
    Maybe shorten these, are stick to a maximum of two of them, and after the number two go straight to visualizing what you're about to teach. Not saying this is the way to do it, but it might feel tidier and sharper. Just my one cent 🙂

  7. for me the long left thumb increases my club head control, creates more lag on downswing and increases my distance. i strongly feel golfers should try both. i play terrible golf with a short thumb. i am pretty sure hogan switched from short to long.

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