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Swing Analysis: Wayne D. Channeling Hogan

Whenever I want inspiration to make my swing better I turn to the Hogan videos I’ve watched a million times. It’s amazing to me that I seem to get something new from them even after studying them for so long, but now that I feel good enough to look at my swing and actually try to practice enough to change it I can see more clearly how he was doing things and how I am not doing those things. In this video I focus on Hogan swings from 1956 in addition to the 1947 swings I usually key on, and I find that when Hogan was older he stopped his upper right arm sooner so that the shaft pointed even more left at the top. Also, I can now see that my sense that Hogan was way out on the balls of his feet was correct, and that if I exaggerate having my weight way forward at address so that my heels are almost off the ground I can then move my hips inward so that my right hip gets deeper and my left hip doesn’t move forward and get then ultimately get in the way of my forward swing rotation. This, combined with trying to stop my right arm and lay the club off in the backswing instead of lifting and crossing the line like I always do gives me a new pattern and makes it possible for me to exit my hands more to the left in the follow through. I need to keep my head out over the ball more in the takeaway and I would like to get my hands more forward past impact but I like the progress in evidence here.


6 Responses to Swing Analysis: Wayne D. Channeling Hogan

  1. Michael July 25, 2015 at 12:52 am #

    Hi Wayne,

    Regarding your comment about wanting to take the hands further behind you rather than straight up from left arm parallel in the back swing – this may be a shoulder mobility issue.

    It is apparent from the comparison with Hogan that Hogan can get his left arm pretty flat across his upper chest at the top of the back swing whereas your left arm is further away from your body.

    I would love to have the shoulder flexibility to get my arm flat against the upper chest at the top of the back swing but I’m not sure what exercises might achieve that, if its even possible.



    • John July 25, 2015 at 2:37 pm #

      Your set up on the left looks very Hoganesque . Does a change in posture inevitably have to be on all shots through the green? How does it feel hitting shots around the green from a straighter legged address? Does a more flexed knees address provide more stability off slopes and in winds etc? It’s hard to take the club away with confidence when your weight feels like it’s about to move to your heels.

  2. Steve July 25, 2015 at 9:57 pm #

    I’m excited too and hope to see you on a section leaderboard not too far in the future. I think of the move you describe on the backswing as bowing to the queen or pushing my butt back while keeping my head out. Same idea as pushing your belt back?

  3. Michael July 26, 2015 at 3:13 pm #

    Do the wrists continue to rotate after contact on the follow thru so the left Palm is facing up and your follow thru is on plane?

  4. Christian July 26, 2015 at 9:18 pm #

    I have a DVD named In Pursuit of Perfection. I watched all 23 minutes of this home movie converted to DVD from the 1967 Masters practice tee. I was struck by the depth of his hips on the backswing from the back view (looking at his back) and his ability to drive his lower body while keeping his head in the same position (not going forward or away from the ball). That takes alot of flexibility and commitment to a shot.

  5. Larry Rogan July 28, 2015 at 9:25 pm #

    Hi Wayne,
    Back again disecting the great Hogan. Love it.
    Recently to I have been trying to find the proper posture in pursuit of a Hoganesque type motion. In thinking of Bobby Jones and Nicklaus where the left heel came off the ground and they crossed the line due to excess shoulder turn 100-110 degrees, we are now in a more rotary motion rolling feet through the swing. I think your on the right track with finding more weight to the balls of the feet at address. But the biggest thing in that thought is when starting down in the follow through is to work the weight diagonal from right instep to ball of left foot and as you continue the release of body and arms, then feel the weight travel through the left foot around to the heel while arms swing under and around to the left and the finish. Wow that’s my 2 cents. Tbe nickels worth takes up to many volumes. Love your analysis and love this site.

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