That’s because of more than one reason – the first, being my 2nd and last swing instructor was a Hogan/Moe fan, and had build his own swing model that he taught, based on Hogan and Moe.
Second, all I ever heard in the 90’s (when I began to play golf) was about Hogan’s perfect swing, and Moe’s perfect swing. Neither was perfect, mind you, but their ball-striking and accuracy were unparalleled.
The problem I discovered was that Moe Norman’s swing was little more than a half-swing, as you’ll see in the below clip, so you could be deadly accurate, but you can’t play golf on modern courses with a swing that short.
Second, there was the “feel vs real” problem, where I chased many of Moe’s statements and found most of them to be untrue.
For example, watch what Moe says here at this point in the video, and watch what he’s actually doing:
1:10 – “I don’t believe in hip turn – shoulder turn not hip – my hips hardly turn at all…”
Um, no – what you’ll see is that is a pretty big hip turn for even that pretty short back swing:
And, even with that, you see his left foot rolling inwards – not a floating heel per se, but still a big enough hip motion that it causes his left foot to move on the back swing:
That’s a pretty nice “swinging gate” there, wouldn’t you say?
It wasn’t that Moe was trying to mislead people – for one, feel is almost never real, which is why I use concepts and visuals to try to convey how I swing or how I feel the swing should be performed.
Second, if you know anything about Moe Norman, he let many people put words into his mouth, whether it was to flog their own particular product (the whole “Natural Golf” fiasco comes to mind) or to advance their own agenda on swing mechanics (don’t move the hips).
Third, both of the swings that made Moe Norman and Ben Hogan well know – weren’t the swings that made them famous.
Ben Hogan won 30 Tour events in 3 seasons before his car wreck, and the reason his comeback to win the U.S. Open following that near-death experience is so legendary is because he was already a house-hold name in golf… so the swing with which he won the triple slam in ’53 was the swing he was left with after his wreck.
Before then, it looked like this:
Same with Moe Norman – the swing he shows above, is not the swing that made him “Moe.”
He won two consecutive Canadian Amateur titles and played twice in the Masters Tournament when they still invited the Canadian Amateur champ, and when he played briefly on the PGA Tour, his swing looked like this:
One thing I love in this clip however – listen to the very first things he talks about in this clip, the “master move” which is how he drops that right side into the down swing.
Kind of like the “drop and pop” move I’ve talked about in the MCS swing videos, right up to where I describe Mike Dunaway’s down swing in the “MCS – Dropping The Hammer” video!
So, I have a great deal of affection for Moe (I once drove to Kitchener, Ontario, where he was born and grew up, and I have pictures of his childhood home, the golf course where he first shot 59, and the park across the street from his home, where he’d hit golf balls to from his front yard), all I’m saying here is “beware the golfer explaining his swing.”