The Moe Norman you see when someone mentions his name – that swing was a later-years swing when Moe began to exaggerate things in his swing to get more and more attention.
But the swing that won the Canadian Amateur twice and played in the Masters twice in the ’50’s…
Moe Norman didn’t swing like this back then:
This was the Moe Norman swing from back then:
Moe Norman’s Floating Pivot & Heel
And just as people look at the wrong Moe Norman when trying to figure out what made him so good back then, people are looking at the wrong Ben Hogan all the time.
Part of that is the mystique Hogan acquired in winning the 3 majors in 1953 after his near-fatal car wreck, but let me show you something that people don’t look at.
Hogan didn’t “rebuild” his golf swing from a hooker to a fader after his wreck. He’d done that years before.
People should know their history when they make claims. One ridiculous fable has Hogan in his hospital bed thinking about some British golfer who played a fade and won everything…
Most people don’t know that Ben Hogan won 30 Tour events in the three full seasons before his wreck, and he’d already won 2 events by the time of his wreck in February in ’49.
But he’d won 10 events in ’48, 7 in ’47 and 13 Tour events in 1946, the first year of Byron Nelson’s retirement.
30 wins in 3 seasons.
And he’d already won 3 of his eventual 9 majors when he had the wreck.
So, the myth of Hogan building a swing from his hospital bed is just that, a sad myth.
Hogan was no hacker before his wreck, he was the best player on the planet already and his surviving the wreck was that big a deal because of who it was. He was no journeyman trying to make cuts, he was the.best.player.in.the.world.
And his swing looked like this:
Ben Hogan’s High Heel Lift
Ben Hogan didn’t stop lifting his leading heel high like Nicklaus/Jones because he wanted to – he could barely walk after the wreck shattered his pelvis and vascular issues made his legs swell when he did play.
So he lost the high heel because he couldn’t pivot that way anymore with his reduced mobility.
So if you’re going to look at a Ben Hogan swinging with healthy legs and hips and when he was the best player in the world – this is what you’ll see.
And that position, my friends, is no different from these three when you’re talking lower body action:
You can believe the no-nothing experts on the forums who don’t even know what they’re talking about (like saying Hogan didn’t float his heel… OK… whatever…) or you can simply look at the pictures yourself and see what I see.
Mechanically-correct swings from the old masters, and garbage technique from today’s guru instructors.
So Hogan not only floated his heel with his swing following his wreck, he did so in a big way while winning tournaments and majors in the years before that wreck.
And that, Jack, is the fact…