Posts Tagged ‘Ben Hogan’

Ben Hogan refuses to give up the ghost

Aug 18th

As company reinvents itself as direct to consumer business (Shared from GolfPunk)

The Ben Hogan brand is refusing to give up the ghost, and is now coming back as a direct–to­–the consumer brand.

The company laid off most of its staff last year, but is now in the course of reinventing itself once again.

According to Scott White, CEO of Ben Hogan Golf, it has not been an easy process:

“There was a lot of discussion, a lot of gnashing of teeth, pulling of hair and even conversations about ‘Do we just close this thing down?’” he said. “None of us wanted to do that because we all believe there is a place for the Ben Hogan brand in the golf industry.  But wait, there’s more…

Golfamily Album #120

Jun 24th
Jimmy Demaret (left) and Ben Hogan, after their victory at the 1946 Miami Four-Ball Tournament, in the locker room at the Miami Springs Country Club.

Jimmy Demaret (left) and Ben Hogan, after their victory at the 1946 Miami Four-Ball Tournament, in the locker room at the Miami Springs Country Club.

Golf Books #201 (One Move to Better Golf)

Sep 15th

71GYCrhY54LIn 1966, Carl Lohren made a breakthrough, and One Move to Better Golf explains it all. Highly regarded as an instructor and player in the New York Metropolitan PGA Section, Lohren formed his ideal golf swing after years of studying master golfer Ben Hogan.

His eyes were opened at the 1964 Carling Open when he watched Hogan select an 8-iron and take a short swing on a 150 yard shot. To Lohren’s surprise, Hogan’s ball exploded off the clubface and wound up ten feet from the pin!

This inspired Lohren to start his swing by turning his left shoulder as Hogan had. Immediately upon doing so, Carl’s ball flight took on a different look: it had a piercing trajectory, with plenty of carry and roll. Carl continued to refine his method, so that in 1968, he won the NY State PGA Championship in a playoff over former Ryder Cup player Bill Collins.

In One Move to Better Golf, Lohren explains a simple method of starting the golf swing with one move that incorporates the fundamentals. In doing so, he gives you a framework of confidence for your swing. He also provides students with a complete methodology of the physical and mental preparation necessary for effective shotmaking.

But wait, there’s more…

Golfamily Album #24

Oct 25th

Byron Nelson and Ben Hogan at the 1942 Masters.

Golfamily Album #15

Aug 23rd

Sarazen, Hogan, Nicklaus & Player

Golf Books #132 (Ben Hogan: An American Life)

Mar 11th

Authorized, intimate, and definitive, Ben Hogan: A Life is the long-awaited biography of one of golf’s greatest, most enigmatic legends, narrated with the unique eloquence that has made author James Dodson a critically acclaimed national bestseller.

One man is often credited with shaping the landscape of modern golf. Ben Hogan was a short, trim, impeccably dressed Texan whose fierce work ethic, legendary steel nerves, and astonishing triumph over personal disaster earned him not only an army of adoring fans, but one of the finest careers in the history of the sport. Hogan captured a record-tying four U.S. Opens, won five of six major tournaments in a single season, and inspired future generations of professional golfers from Palmer to Norman to Woods.

Yet for all his brilliance, Ben Hogan was an enigma. He was an American hero whose personal life, inner motivation, and famed “secret” were the source of great public mystery. As Hogan grew into a giant on the pro tour, the combination of his cool outward demeanor and invincible, laser-guided accuracy on the golf course froze formidable opponents in their tracks. In 1949, at the peak of his career, Hogan’s mystique was reinforced by a catastrophic automobile accident in which he and his wife, Valerie, were nearly killed after being hit head-on by a Greyhound bus. Doctors predicted Hogan might never walk again – let alone set foot on another golf course. But his miraculous three-year recovery and comeback led to one of the greatest performances in golf history when in 1953 he won the Masters, the U.S. Open, and the British Open (something that’s never been repeated). But wait, there’s more…

Golf Books #129 (The Brothers Hogan: A Fort Worth History)

Feb 18th

The Brothers Hogan: A Fort Worth History is a unique family portrait of one of golf’s greatest legends. Lavishly illustrated with never-before-seen family photos, The Brothers Hogan follows the lives of Ben Hogan, winner of sixty-eight tournaments and nine major championships, and his brother Royal, who climbed the ranks of top amateur golfers even as his brother Ben became one of golf’s most successful pros.

Narrated by Royal’s daughter Jacque, Ben’s niece, this revealing biography not only tells the story of Ben’s and Royal’s remarkable careers but also sets the record straight on the shocking suicide of the boys’ father, on Ben’s strained relationship with his wife Valerie, on the car crash that nearly ended Ben’s career, and on scores of details that have been misconstrued in earlier accounts. But wait, there’s more…

Golf Books #119 (Ben Hogan's Short Game Simplified: The Secret to Hogan's Game from 100 Yards and In)

Nov 26th

In Ben Hogan’s Short Game Simplified, the follow-up to the successful Ben Hogan’s Magical Device (2009), author Ted Hunt takes things a step further, focusing his attention on the elements of Hogan’s picture-perfect swing specific to shots attempted within one hundred yards of the flagstick.

Beginning with an overview of Hogan’s magical device for the uninitiated, Hunt then segues into a detailed, step-by-step breakdown of Hogan’s swing from the takeaway to the follow-through, with each step garnering its own dedicated chapter complete with illustrations, photos, and drills. Subsequent chapters deal specifically with chip shots; flop shots; bunker shots; putts; spinning, drawing, and fading the ball; Hogan’s fundamentals; additional drills/exercises; and a special chapter on Hogan stories.

Complete with more than one hundred photos and illustrations and informed by the author’s fifty-plus years of experience on the golf course, Ben Hogan’s Short Game Simplified provides the necessary information golfers need to master Hogan’s short game fundamentals and execute them on the course with consistency.

April 1, 2014 (source)

About the Author

Ted Hunt is a lifelong golfer with more than fifty years of experience on the course. He holds two degrees in Physical Education and a Doctorate in History. The author of Ben Hogan’s Magical Device, he lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Golf Books #99 (Great Moments of the U.S. Open)

Mar 26th

The most exciting stories in the Championship’s history.

Great Moments of the U.S. Open celebrates the accomplishments of individual champions, shares their inspirational stories and chronicles the extraordinary circumstances each faced — all of which have helped to make the U.S. Open one of the world’s premier sporting events. This book, developed by the United States Golf Association, draws together heroes from different eras who shared common experiences and emotions.

The stories are brought to life with stunning archival images and artefacts from the USGA’s collection, connecting the present to a more distant past.

From American Francis Ouimet’s shocking victory over top British professionals in 1913, to Jack Nicklaus’s narrow defeat of Arnold Palmer in 1962 for his first professional win, to Tiger Woods’ breathtaking comeback on a broken leg to capture the 2008 U.S. Open — the gutsiest, classiest and most improbable victories are recounted here. But wait, there’s more

Golf Books #94 (Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf)

Feb 12th

The building blocks of winning golf — from one of the masters of the game.Ben Hogan, one of the greatest golfers in the history of the sport, believed that any golfer with average coordination can learn to break 80 — if one applies oneself patiently and intelligently. With the techniques revealed in this classic book, you can learn how to make your game work from tee to green, step-by-step and stroke by stroke.

In each chapter, a different tested fundamental is explained and demonstrated with clear illustrations — as though Hogan were giving you a personal lesson with the same skill and precision that made him a legend. Whether you’re a novice player or an experienced pro, Ben Hogan’s Five Lessons is a must-have reference for anyone who knows that fundamentals are where champions begin.

Ben Hogan’s premise in this 1957 classic is driven home in bold letters: “THE AVERAGE GOLFER IS ENTIRELY CAPABLE OF BUILDING A REPEATING SWING AND BREAKING 80.” Religions are founded on less, and Hogan’s detailed analyses and illustrated demonstrations of grip, stance, posture, and the two basic components of the swing make up a sacred book. Though its very simplicity seems dated, this is the tome of technique that should serve as the foundation of every golf library. (source)

About the authors

Ben Hogan won 63 PGA Tour tournaments and 71 overall as a professional golfer in his storied career. These include 4 U.S. Opens, 2 Masters, 2 PGA Championships and a British Open victory in the only one he ever entered. He was also Player of the year 4 times and never lost a Ryder Cup match.

Herbert Warren Wind (August 11, 1916 – May 30, 2005) was an American golfer and golf writer, who also wrote on other subjects.

Anthony (Tony) Ravielli (1 Jul 1916–9 Jan 1997) was born in Italian Harlem. He wrote and/or illustrated books and articles on anatomy, evolution, earth science, general relativity, mathematical puzzles and science experiments. But what he would be best remembered for were his books and articles on sports instruction. He had a unique ability to deconstruct the technique, whether it be fly casting or the golf stroke, and illustrate it in a way that the average reader could clearly understand.