As my long-time readers know, I looked at Hogan’s pivot action back in 2014 and discovered to my amazement that no one on TV or in the magazines actually knew or could describe what he was doing!
So came the “Ben Hogan Project” video from September of that year, and I’d say that my swing yesterday is as good a “Perfect Pivot” action as I’ve yet to perform. You can judge for yourselves.
As for everyone who still claims that Ben Hogan was the main influence for the so-called “Modern Golf Swing,” please not that, even after his near-fatal car wreck that left his lower body far less mobile than before, he still made a full hip turn and had a left heel separation.
Hogan said he didn’t want his right hip moving to the right – he did not say he didn’t want his hips to turn, and that’s the mistake people have made interpreting his “Five Lessons” book, along with the fact that he didn’t swing the way the book illustrated:
The first picture of his pre-wreck action is spot-on, but notice the flat heel in the post-wreck illustration. Simply and plainly wrong.
So, how do you make a full hip turn without the right hip moving to the right?
Well, if the guys on TV and in the magazines can’t tell you how, I have no idea what they’re getting paid to do, to be honest.
MCS “Floating Pivot” Action
If you’re trying to make this pivot and you’re having issues, just remember that you must do everything laid out in the videos:
- Setup, which includes
- Being “Measured To Your Ball,” With The Arms
- The “Leaning A” stance,
- Hip & Leg set,
- Ball Position
- “Floating Pivot” Action With Hips & Legs
If you’re neglecting any one of the above, you’re going to have issues for sure, because it’s not something you can do while saying, “Ah, I’ll do some of this and I prefer to do that a different way…”
So, I’m still looking at the video and not ready to post live clips – they’re my best swings yet but I’m thinking my next session will yield an even better action.
More to come!
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