Pro Tip of the Week: Hogan’s Home Plate

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Leigh August 12, 2014

Emphasis here on the “squeezing together” of the arms on the downswing is very helpful. I think I am going to think of transitioning from “home plate” at the takeaway to “the squeeze” coming down.

David August 15, 2014

Hogan won his first major championship when he was thirty-four, the 1946 PGA. Rory McIlroy will be thirty-four in about nine years. By then, how many major victories does one fancy this upstart will have accumulated? Phil Mickelson, who’s never — not even for a single week — been number one in the O.W.G.R., won his first major at thirty-three, the 2004 Masters. I mention this to ward off those who would compare the current occupant of that position to Mickelson, perennially smiling mediocrity that he is.

DeFrancesco, giving voice to his view that the image of Hogan as having the right arms straight at address is erroneous, as indeed it is, says, at 1:34, “The problem with that is I see a lot of pinching in the backswing. The right arm stays in, stays tucked in, and limits the backswing quite a bit. Now, if Hogan actually did this, I would change my opinion of it.”

But why would he change his opinion, considering the problems he associates with it in the preceding sentence? His conclusion is an inadvertent admission that performance dictates, at least to some degree, what observers surmise to be essential aspects of a paradigmatic golf swing. By all means, Hogan’s mechanics may be more conducive to good play apropos of the Everyman, but one cannot take that postulate as supportive of the assertion that all and sundry should ipso facto adopt those mechanics, whether in toto or in part.

Other factors come into play: in the case of McIlroy, for example, rotational velocity and clubhead stability, buttressed by a perfect grip and the best set-up in the game. Whatever the word “talent” signifies, Rory has more of it than Hogan, and, no, I don’t think it would facilitate a maximization of that talent to undergo wholesale reconstruction. In fact, I think the opposite. However, when Father Time catches up with this Belfastian, as eventually He will, perhaps the current arrangement of moving parts will not be as propitious to the production of a functional whole as it now is. But if the lad wins 10 or 15 majors by that hypothetical point, so what? Let us eat, drink, make merry, and so forth; in the meantime, focus on changing your underwear regularly and less on changing McIlroy’s motion.

Wayne is a great teacher, even if he was wrong about Rory. (Note: Perhaps he’s still wrong, though he’s avoided — to this point — producing a new analysis so that I, the know-it-all of know-it-alls, can properly adjudicate this matter.) And with that expatiation, I bid you all adieu.

    Jeremy August 15, 2014

    David coming in hot with the vocabulary

    Mark August 15, 2014

    That’s the point “David”. Hogan went on record as saying he wasn’t the most talented. Therefore, something/things he did, made it possible for him – not the most talented, like the rest of us – to become the greatest ball striker ever.

    It’d be a mistake for most people to swing it exactly like Rory, who, as you say, is extremely gifted. If an instructor taught his pupils to kick their knees towards the ball and approach with the right arm behind the hip, do you think he’d last too long? They’d have to wear shin guards to work. Before being sacked.

    I thought I knew you at first but even he’s not this pompous. What’s with the Rory worship anyway? It’s like a scene from The Life of Brian, “he’s the Messiah… no he is… oh wait, no, he is”. Have you conveniently forgotten he reached World No.1, then missed 6 cuts (including a walk-off) the following season?

    I think we should hold-fire on the hero worship for now. “He’s not the Messiah, he’s a very naughty boy!”

Mark August 17, 2014

Thought you may be interested in this article “David”. O.K. it’s written by the most right-wing paper on the planet but they’re not banging on about the blight of immigrants here. No, this guy seems to know his stuff and, apparently, isn’t having his ear bent by the illuminate. Amnesia is a terrible affliction. Enjoy.

John Neeson August 17, 2014

‘Adieu’ is something one never says to a Frenchman unless you are certain you will never meet again. It literally means, ‘Until God’. We can only but hope.

    Mark August 18, 2014


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