Hogan’s Pivot + Correct Swing Angle = 335 Yard Drive

CIMG7107The math is very simple, my friends.  Ben Hogan’s “Floating Pivot” plus the Correct Swing Angle = Very Long Drives.

I wrote yesterday that I’d never actually swing exactly like Ben Hogan did, even if I managed to replicate his swing (as much as anyone would be able to), because the anti-hook compensations are power leaks.

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A Better Hogan Swing Model (He Had the Slide!)

hogan slideA status update.  For the Ben Hogan Project I’ve been enjoying the past month, I have found a better “Hogan Swing” model to use.

I’ve been using a frontal swing model of Hogan that is pretty good, but is an older Hogan and not one from his actual winning years.

The one I’ve found is definitely a 50′s era swing, both from the video and audio quality.

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For All The “Swing Left” School of Thought

hogan bookThere’s been a trend of late by many golfers (most famously, Tiger Woods) to try to imitate Ben Hogan’s “swing left” action through impact and the follow-through.

I’m wondering why anyone would want to “swing left” to begin with, but that’s beside the point.

What I’d like to know is: To what specs do you have your equipment set, as you try to “swing left” as Hogan did?

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Ben Hogan Was More Than A Flat Plane

mattkuchartop2One thing I keep reading and hearing with regards to Ben Hogan’s swing is that a super-flat swing plane and/or position at the top seems to be all anyone needs to “swing like Hogan.”

It’s not only inaccurate, it’s flat out wrong.  You can swing with a very flat plane or top position and swing nothing like Hogan did, really.

Conversely, if you want to swing with Hogan’s accuracy and consistency, you want certain elements of his stance and pivot action, which is barely discussed when people talk about Hogan’s swing.

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Sergio Garcia’s Gravity Drop

Sergio-GarciaOriginally posted on the DJ Watts Golf blog March 16, 2013

I figured I’d re-post this as you’ll all get a good look at Sergio today.  He might have been the one to win this… except Rory McIlroy showed up to play this week…


Sergio Garcia is held up as a guy who generates a lot of clubhead speed through the ball for someone his height and stature.  He’s not the biggest guy in the world.

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Open Championship 4th Round Open Thread

mcilroy-woodsShould I call this post “A Tale Of Two Swings?”

Talking about Tiger Woods vs Rory McIlroy, of course.

I’m a little under the weather this weekend, so I’ll leave this Open Thread up for anyone to share their thoughts on the Open Championship, Rory McIlroy or whatever else strikes your fancy.

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