TargetTom had never seen the Ben Hogan swing shown below in the gif., so I told him I’m write a post about it.
People don’t realize that Ben Hogan was actually a very athletic man before his near-fatal car wreck.
The Ben Hogan swing most people know came from the post-wreck era, when he was severely limited in his lower body mobility – though he had enough of it to continue playing golf with his “perfect pivot” move.
So, how many people have seen what Hogan’s swing looked like in his younger days?
Well, it looked a lot more like my personal MCS swing motion than any so-called “Ben Hogan” swinger of today:
Of course, I wasn’t nearly killed in a car wreck, so I still have as long a swing at 46 that Hogan had in his pre-wreck days.
And if you think Hogan got better simply because he couldn’t swing as long as before the wreck, then you need to do a little more research, because the pre-wreck Ben Hogan had already won 30 Tour events, including 2 majors, in the three seasons before the wreck:
In other words, Hogan was Hogan before the wreck, and the mystique that built up around him was because was just as good when he came back, though nearly crippled and unable to play more than 5-6 events per year.
So, the video evidence is as clear as day that the only reason Hogan played with the shortened swing post-wreck was because he had to.
The real Ben Hogan was the Hogan who was tearing up the PGA Tour in the late 40’s, winning an average of 10 events per season for 3 seasons before the wreck!
There is no Tour player who swings anywhere near the way Hogan swung, either pre or post-wreck.
Ben Hogan Pre-Wreck