Swing Analysis: Jack Nicklaus and Ben Hogan- Surprisingly Similar

By Wayne | Videos: Swing Analysis

You wouldn’t really expect to find a great amount of similarity between the “upright” swing of Jack Nicklaus and the “flat” swing of Ben Hogan, but in this video I show that they are actually eerily similar when viewed from a skewed face on angle. I thought of making this comparison after responding to a comment on my video “The Lost Art of the Lifted Left Heel” which chastised me for instructing people to push off their right foot to initiate the downswing, saying that was a horrible thing, and that it was actually the left knee that initiated the forward swing.

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David W November 20, 2015

Yes, interesting and so good. Right, never would have thought so similar without the slow motion video you provided. Thank you.
On the push off the right foot. It is a push and pivot. You have it right Wayne. David W

Tony November 25, 2015

fascinating comparison Wayne.

What about their posture at address? They are both doing the Mac OGrady thing of being minimally bent over. Very little knee flex, basically as upright as they can be and still reach the ball. The main bending seems to occur in the neck and shoulders area. Apparently OGrady loves that. Certainly a very different look to the Adam Scott like head pulled back.

Cary January 27, 2018

I don’t think the right hip is moving forward, because since Jack turns his hips so much the right hip is just following the spine and turning behind him.

You really have to see if the left hip is moving forward towards the target when the right hip is turning is moving towards the left but is onlly following the spine.

Player that don’t turn their hips as much will not have the look of the right hip appearing to move to the left. As. Because Itook many medical physiologyand anatomy classes (Medical Liscense) I look at thru that perspective, so unless the left hip is getting closer to the target because of unwinding or because of a lateral move, the right hip is just turning around spine at not moving left.

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