Here Ted Hunt offers the chance for golfers to improving their game by focusing his attention on the elements of golf legend Ben Hogan’s picture-perfect swing specific to shots attempted within one hundred yards of the flagstick.
Beginning with an overview of Hogan’s magical device for the uninitiated, Hunt then segues into a detailed, step-by-step breakdown of Hogan’s swing from the takeaway to the follow-through, with each step garnering its own dedicated chapter complete with illustrations, photos, and drills. Subsequent chapters deal specifically with chip shots; flop shots; bunker shots; putts; spinning, drawing, and fading the ball; Hogan’s fundamentals; additional drills/exercises; and a special chapter on Hogan stories. Chapters include:
- PUTTING WITH HOGAN’S SYSTEM
- CHIPPING WITH HOGAN’S MAGICAL DEVICE
- THE PITCH SHOT
- THREE-QUARTER SHOT FOR ACCURACY
- TURNING THROUGH THE BALL
- SPECIALTY SHOTS
- GREENSIDE SHOTS
- PROBLEM SHOTS
- GOLF EXERCISES AT HOME
- AND MUCH MORE!
“Please remember, the following revelations are not my golf techniques. They are Ben Hogan’s techniques—as described to me, piece by piece, by fascinated professional golfers who studied Hogan, or who had at least observed him with an analytical eye. As Kafka said, ‘The writer has nothing to say. He just presents evidence.’ On the Hogan topic, I had the privilege of interviewing Arnold Palmer, Sam Snead, Jack Nicklaus, Alvie Thompson, George Knudson, and Mike Souchak. I caddied for Moe Norman, Ted Kroll, Jay Hebert, Bing Crosby, and Babe Didrickson Zaharias. Then I was lucky enough to play with Stan Leonard, Moe Norman, Davis Love III, Dick Zokol, Jim Thorpe, Paul Azinger, Corey Pavin, Tom Kite, Ernie Brown, Brad Faxon, Jim Furyk, Joey Sindelar, and Bob Hope—all of whom had observations and stories about Ben Hogan. These experiences were fortuitous and pleasurable. From these informed sources I gathered snippets of detailed information. Their insights were always in their own language, which was mostly slang terminology with perhaps a demonstration thrown if they had the time: ‘wringing the towel,’ ‘changing the chuck on the lever,’ ‘buckling the wrist,’ ‘rolling the wrist,’ ‘arch and twist,’ ‘keep a flat wrist’ ‘square to square.’ It was my job to sift through the verbiage, and to put it into understandable, and universal, anatomical terms for reliable transmission. In the hopes of persuading you to give Hogan’s short game system an honest try, I will get into the good stuff as quickly as possible
About the Author
Ted Hunt is a lifelong golfer with more than fifty years of experience on the course. He holds two degrees in Physical Education and a Doctorate in History. The author of Ben Hogan’s Magical Device, he lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.