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Ben Hogan's Five Lessons

One of the great fascinations of golf is the instinctive feeling a player gets soon after he has taken the game up that there is an explanation for everything that takes place, that the seeming mystery of how to hit the ball well and hit it well regularly is not mysterious at all, that it is possible to arrive at answers that will be as clear-cut and irrefutable as the solution the master detective unfolds in the last chapter of a mystery novel. All of us, quite like detectives, set off on our own separate paths. We develop a clue here, put it to the test to see if it holds up, develop another lead there, test this lead in turn to see if it will hold up, and so on and on. It is not an easy job. Today’s brilliant deduction all too often folds under deeper examination and becomes tomorrow’s dead end. And more than that, with no trouble at all you can get off on the wrong track, increase your error by studiously taking the wrong turn at another crucial fork in the road, and before you know it you are lost in a labyrinth of your own making. Perhaps the only true mystery to golf is the essential magnetism the game possesses which makes so many of us, regardless of discouragement, never quite turn in our trench coats and magnifying glasses and stop our search for the answers.

This game is DEEP. Hope it brings as much joy and personal edification to you as it does to me.

Louisiana Tech Fan
NE Louisiana
Member since Dec 2019
2648 posts

re: Ben Hogan's Five Lessons
I've been playing for 20+ years on and off and never broke 90. I've made up my mind I'm about to start getting serious about it. Started by getting fit last week. Now trying to decide on an instructor. The best thing about golf is you can start fresh every day.
This post was edited on 6/11 at 2:59 pm

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New Orleans Saints Fan
Lafayette, LA
Member since Aug 2005
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re: Ben Hogan's Five Lessons
That book was so ahead of its time. Just an awesome piece of work. It still holds up today

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Hill Valley, California
Member since Jul 2009
565 posts

re: Ben Hogan's Five Lessons
The fundamentals are still what I use today, 25+ years of teaching and still the best way to teach new golfers. If you don't understand the basics, you will struggle.

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New Orleans Pelicans Fan
Member since Jul 2013
440 posts

re: Ben Hogan's Five Lessons
This is awesome. Amazing how the game never changes.
This post was edited on 6/12 at 12:03 am

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Philadelphia, Mississippi
Member since Jan 2019
219 posts

re: Ben Hogan's Five Lessons
Best book on golf ever

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