Part of that reason is obvious – the floating pivot that Ben Hogan and the classic era swingers used and which we’re building into his motion is more suited to playing golf than the shift-and-post pivot he was pursuing when his search for Mike Austin’s secrets brought him to my blog years ago.
So, having completed the Wax Golf “Ben Hogan Project,” here is a swing clip of my personal MCS swing with a 5 iron, face-on and down the line.
If you look closely at the face-on clip, you’ll see that familiar Hogan “falling off” action that I’ve described in the video, where it looks like the swinger is “falling off” his right hip into the down swing, and that’s classic floating pivot stuff.
Note: It is amazing that stuff like this is not widely discussed in golf, because no other sport advocates the motions being taught in modern golf, and for a reason. A year and a half later, this is still a relevant issue!
You may wonder (not having done it) why researching something so relatively simple as a golf swing motion would take so long, and the reason is that I wasn’t just trying to develop a competent golf swing and leave it at that. I could have done that after a year or two of research. I had a pretty good swing model by then.
It has been a very interesting past few months to be sure, especially considering I had no idea I would even produce the Hogan Project until it was already essentially half-completed.
Just a brief post thanking everyone who has supported the site with their purchase of the Wax Golf “Ben Hogan Project,“ and a thought or two on the process.
There are times when you look back at an occurrence or event and wonder what made the stars align to for them to come about, and the Hogan Project is one of them.
I decided back in June to take another look at Ben Hogan’s swing because I was doing or writing something that had to do with leading side leverage. I remembered a video clip of Hogan making his down swing move, that I’d seen on Youtube, and I wanted to find it again.
In one instance, you’re just repeating a series of actions without the true understanding behind them, and in the other, you’re on your way to owning your own swing.
I’ve experienced this working on the swing with the PGA of America instructor and tournament player Jerry “Big Toilet” Crowell.