The Hogan Way: How to Apply Ben Hogan's Exceptional Swing and Shotmaking Genius to Your Own Game

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9780062702364: The Hogan Way: How to Apply Ben Hogan's Exceptional Swing and Shotmaking Genius to Your Own Game

In the same way that magicians are intrigued by Houdini, golfers look to Ben Hogan as the Ultimate golfing genius; the most skillful swinger and shotmaker of all time and the master of the power-fade shot."
-- John Andrisani

Hogan was a player whose ball-striking ability was so precise that he literally wore down the grooves in the sweet spot of the clubface. He would concentrate so intensely during play that he could look straight through other competitors, spectators, and even his wife. He was a highly disciplined professional who practiced so diligently before and after competitive rounds that he made his palms bleed and turned the skin to leather. He was Mr. Ben Hogan, the man who, of all golf professionals past and present, had the most influence on the game's techniques since Bobby Jones.

In The Hogan Way, acclaimed author and former golf teacher and senior instruction editor of GOLF Magazine John Andrisani analyzes every aspect of Hogan's techniques to help you improve your game faster than ever before. Tapping into the talent of a shotmaking genius-the purest striker of a golf ball that ever lived--Andrisani shows how to apply the secrets of Hogan's setup and swing to your own game using today's technologically advanced clubs.

As he traces the history of Hogan's commanding swing, Andrisani makes clear which aspects of Hogan's style are worth imitating and which ones are not. Most importantly, this invaluable guide reveals secrets about the Hogan techniques that have never been shared before, including how he shaved strokes off his score and hit his trademark power-fade shot. Here, too, are insights into the master's golfing mind, his practice approach, and his unique course-management skills.

Filled with rare photographs and illustrations that demonstrate the extra-special qualities of Hogan's shotmaking methods, The Hogan Way is your essential handbook for playing good golf.

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Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf, Ben Hogan's ground-breaking instructional of the '50s, remains one of the game's most revered--and read--texts. In it, he handed down his take on the essentials of a sound golf swing; in golf circles, it was as if God had deigned to speak. Still, a sound golf swing and the perfection of Hogan's compact, powerful, practiced swing are not exactly synonymous, and it's Hogan's swing that golfers covet. Now, as then, Bantam Ben's is a giant shadow.

In The Hogan Way, John Andrisani, one of the most prolific and respected golf writers around, analyzes Hogan's approach and mechanics. With the kind of care usually reserved for examining relics like the Shroud of Turin, he breaks the swing down into what he sees as its 12 component movements, looks at each from every angle, and accompanies each with an illustration of Hogan swinging at the appropriate point in the sequence. Andrisani's intent is to identify the aspects of Hogan's swing that work for the average golfer and the parts of it that don't. Andrisani is very clear in his reminder that Hogan methodically built his oft-copied swing to make up for his lack of size and the numerous problems--like a pronounced hook--that plagued him early in his career.

Still, even with his swing, what separated Hogan from the pack was something internal--his grit, dedication, and focus--and Andrisani addresses that too. His parsings of Hogan's pre-round, post-round, and off-the-course practice techniques are inspirational, revelatory, and quite human in the way they are anecdotally handed down. They paint a portrait of a man who played golf, lived golf, and defined himself through golf, challenging himself to find his own corner of perfection, which, when all the cheering stopped, was as elusive for him as it is for the rest of us. --Jeff Silverman

About the Author:

John Andrisani has coauthored major instruction books with the game's top tour pros, including Learning Golf: The Lyle Way with Sandy Lyle; Natural Golf with Seve Ballesteros; 101 Supershots with Chi Chi Rodriguez; Grip It and Rip It! with John Daly; Total Shotmaking with Fred Couples; and many ohers. A former senior editor of instruction and consulting editor for GOLF Magazine, his work has appeared in many golfing and non-golfing publications worldwide, and he currently writes a weekly column for Golf Digest in Japan. A winner of the American Golf Writer's Championship, Andisani plays off a seven-handicap. He lives in Orlando, Florida.

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