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Swing Analysis: Jack Nicklaus and Ben Hogan- Surprisingly Similar

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. I tried to talk him through it (you can’t shift weight from right to left by moving your left knee. Try it. You just spin around. All you have to do is push the right foot into the ground and bend the right ankle inward and you’re on your way to shifting your weight. Anyway, just to make sure I was right I pulled up some Nicklaus vids, and watching his leg movement closely from a different angle it occurred to me that it looked a lot like Hogan’s, at which point I pulled up these two swings from both guys’ primes. I think you’ll agree with me that it’s a cool comparison.

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3 Responses to Swing Analysis: Jack Nicklaus and Ben Hogan- Surprisingly Similar

  1. David W November 20, 2015 at 8:48 pm #

    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

  2. Tony November 25, 2015 at 6:47 pm #

    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.

  3. Cary January 27, 2018 at 9:04 pm #

    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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