Swing Analysis: Ben Hogan Rehearsing Proper Sequence

By Wayne | Videos: Swing Analysis

I ran across this little snippet of Ben Hogan taking a practice swing during the Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf Ben Hogan vs. Sam Snead match in 1965 and didn’t pay much attention to it until recently, when I noticed an oddity in his leg and foot movements as he casually makes a full back and forth movement in preparation for a drive.

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Jake October 24, 2015

Interesting observation Wayne. Followed Kevin today here at Shriners Tournament. He seems to be swinging/playing well if he could only get a few more putts to drop

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David W October 24, 2015

Love this video and analysis. Feels like to me that with the little step, picking up the left foot from the narrow stance this helps promote a slight forward slide and turn when putting it back down. I wonder if he was trying to feel more of something while he was doing this. Needless to say if it was good for Mr. Hogan I will be on the range trying it to. This sequence has been lacking in my swing for years and now I am on to it and working on convincing by body also. Another great job Wayne! This is priceless and please keep looking for this stuff. David W

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Chuck October 25, 2015

Yes, absolutely love this. I’ve watched this Shells match at least a hundred times! It seems there is always something new to take away from Mr. Hogan’s swings and I’m glad Wayne keeps looking for these things to share. I’d love to hear Wayne’s thoughts on the end of the video where Mr. Hogan and Mr. Snead describe “the most important thing in the swing”. Snead talks about “playing the flute” and “ducking hooks” haha. Mr. Hogan talks about the movement of the lower body starting the downswing. He talks about the KNEES AND THE HIPS specifically. Very cool stuff here. Love this one.

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Jack October 29, 2015

Physically, I am unable to do this. How in the world was he able to do this at that age, so many years post-auto accident? The only way I can even get close to this body action is with an extremely wide stance. From any stance that would be normal or narrow in width I am prevented from doing this due to pain in my right hip/right lower back – no matter how many physical therapy exercises I do to prepare for my day. From a normal or narrow stance – which one would expect to use with the short irons – my right hip physically cannot move laterally forward for that distance or length of time. The jammed sensation along with pain forces the right hip and leg to move out toward the ball. Guess I’m going to have to resign myself to using an overly wide stance if I really want get the action right, and without re-injury. I had the Tiger surgery on my disc at L3/L4 in late 2012. Now I’m 52 years old. If any of you out there have been successful in rehabilitating the right lower back with any particular type of training, I’d like to hear about it.

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Tom November 3, 2015

Wayne,
Charlie MacMillen is a very special person and helped me in so many ways. MAT experts are the very best in understanding how muscles work properly. The sequence of the left heel twisting and then grounded as an initial move is essential to guarantee being on the left side PRIOR TO ANYTHING HAPPENING STARTING DOWN (in my opinion)——————Your attention to that detail is brilliant.————tom hurst

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Chuck December 4, 2015

As I watch this shells match over again I see that Hogan did variations of this step drill several times during the match. I guess he really liked this drill. I wish there were more matches like this filmed of Hogan. I’d like to see him out on the golf course more the same way we watch tour players in events today. If anybody has any recommendations I’d love to hear.

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