July 31, 2014

Following The Old School Approach

Pro female golfer Taylor Collins has modeled her athletic philosophy after golfing legends such as Bobby Jones and Ben Hogan. It is important to stay focused and learn from those who are highly dedicated at their profession to improve your abilities.

Ben Hogan who passed away in 1997 at the age of 87, was one of the greatest golfers in history, being only one of five to have won all four major championships. Taylor Collins has been inspired by the old school approach ever since she started her career and we have some of Hogan's timeless tips. Any golfer should keep these in mind the next time they hit the big green.

Ben Hogan's Timeless Tips

Source: Golf Digest

Known for his meticulous practice habits, Hogan constantly worked on trying to perfect his swing and these books were his outlet to share the knowledge he'd gained with the general public. Along the way, Hogan's lessons were sporadically published in Golf Digest as well. Here, we look back at some of these gems that are just as applicable today as when he doled them out.

    • Accelerate Through Impact

In an article on how to hit the ball farther, Hogan emphasized acceleration on the downswing, but more through following a certain sequence of movements than by merely trying to swing hard. Hogan believed following the proper chain of events (hips, then shoulders, then arms and hands) built up more energy. Once you start from the top in that particular order, he said to "execute the remainder of the downswing with gradually increasing tempo" so that the club is traveling its fastest just after impact.

    • Think Low Around The Greens

When possible, Hogan preferred to play low chip/pitch shots with spin, since he felt they were easier to control. To do this, he instructed golfers to keep their hands in front of the ball and low through impact. He said to keep actual hand movement to a minimum in order to avoid trying to scoop the ball.

    • Make A Proper Weight Shift For Crisper Contact

Hogan thought one of the amateur golfer's most-common flaws is that they hit the ground before hitting the ball when using their irons. To hit down on the ball properly, he suggested golfers focus on shifting their weight to their front side on the downswing. That move will keep a person from feeling like they are falling back at impact, and it help ensures a golfer will "take turf" after making contact with the ball.

    • Store Up Your Power

Hogan's accuracy was his biggest trademark, especially off the tee. But while he rarely missed fairways, he was also one of the longest hitters of his era. To accomplish both, he keyed on delaying his wrist action during the downswing. The result was his famous lag in which he allowed the clubhead to fall well behind the hands -- a move that is probably most closely replicated today by Sergio Garcia.

    • Pronate The Fade

After years of struggling with hooking the ball, Hogan discovered a way to cut that dreaded shot out of his game completely by hitting, well, a cut. He did this by pronating his left wrist (turning the palm down) as he took the club back and then cupping it (both part of his famous "secret" he revealed in a Life Magazine article in 1955) at the top. The move got the clubface so open, that no matter how hard he swung coming down, he avoided shutting it too much. The result was a consistent, high, left-to-right ball flight that he relied on to win nine major championships.

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