Ben Hogan And The Classic Swing Pivot

I’ve been watching the action in the final round of the Open Championship, and it seems that, while he’s hit a couple of shaky shots to end his front 9, Tiger Woods incredibly seems on course to bagging his 15th major tropy.

It’s a little disappointing to watch the leaders folding like lawn chairs as he began his run – I could expect the non-major winners in the front to wilt under the pressure, but to see 3-time major winner Jordan Spieth bottling it as well is a surprise.

I had actually expected Spieth to win with a share of the lead and Woods 4 back, but he spit the bit nonetheless.

So, right now as I write, TW is alone in the lead and I don’t expect him to back up.  And I’ll be forced to take back what I had said earlier about his never winning another major after all of those back surgeries.

Of course, it won’t be over ’til the 18 holes have been played, but TW is making scrambling recoveries on every missed shot, so it looks more like he’ll do it than won’t.

The Open is being contested at Carnoustie this year, the site of Ben Hogan’s only Open victory (and he only played in it once), in 1953, the year he won all 3 majors in which he played (the PGA Championship conflicted with the Open back then, so you played one or the other).

A good time to remind every one that ideally, you want to get as deep into that “floating pivot” move of his with your MCS Golf Swing mechanics, as he did himself:

One thing I would add is that the picture on the right is misleading if not completely incorrect when it shows Hogan’s leading heel planted at the top.

That is one of the most harmful things about his book “Five Lessons,” in that he neither described the swing nor did the pictures show his swing the way he actually executed it.

As you can see plainly below:

Hogan always had a Classic Swing action with free hips and a lifting heel on the leading foot.  Don’t ever let anyone tell you that Hogan swung in the Modern style, because he clearly didn’t, if you watch the videos and clips of his swing.

So, you really want to swing like Hogan, or to master your MCS Golf Swing, you want to get into that right hip with the pivot move I’ve described, and make sure those hips are free and loose!

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7 thoughts on “Ben Hogan And The Classic Swing Pivot

  1. D Watts Post author

    I should stop making predictions. As soon as I wrote this:

    So, right now as I write, TW is alone in the lead and I don’t expect him to back up.

    TW makes a double and bogey on the next 2 holes to drop 3 and is now 2 back of the leaders, meanwhile Rory Freaking McIlroy has eagled 14 and is tied for the lead!

    I guess this will be the barn-burner finish everyone wanted, with or without Tiger Woods!

  2. humbray

    Just like the weather over there the leaderboard is changing fast. Thanks for great commentary DJ hope all is well up north. Been playing some good golf . Enjoy the BEST major of year at least my favorite. Humbray

    1. D Watts Post author

      Greetings, humbray! Things are OK up here, hope all is well with you in the Buckeye State 🙂

      We have something in common – the Open Championship is my fav to watch as well, and this one is turning out to be possible historic – TW’s 15th? Rory’s 5th? Jordan’s 4th?

      Stay tuned! A great Sunday to you and family.


      1. Mark

        Commentators described Molinari’s swing as “old fashioned,” and “you don’t see it that much out here,” he has won 3 of the 6 tournaments he has played in, lol.

        1. D Watts Post author

          You also don’t see many players winning 3 of 6 events either, Mark – so I don’t know what point they’re trying to make. My point would be, “Give it a try, since it’s the proper way to pivot!” 😉

    1. D Watts Post author

      It’s coming back, Jason – just a matter of time before the awful Modern swing goes the way of the dinosaur.

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