Ben Hogan did have a Golf Secret...
How do you explain... Hogan's accuracy on the golf course, when he often hit as few as only 40 balls during practice?
Yes... Ben Hogan did have a secret, but it wasn't in his golf swing...at least not the swing itself...And the golf tips in the magazines that take credit for being his secret?...Not even close.
The reason Ben Hogan's real secret has not come out in the magazines is that it cannot be explained as a golf tip. Like it or not, in many instances, it is the golf swing tips that sell magazines, and don't be fooled, the first job of a magazine is to sell magazines.
If you check magazine archives, you'll find a variety of different golf swing tips over the years that have been credited as Hogan's Secret. How could they all be Hogan's secret?.. Or were they just selling magazines?
Every tip in those articles was a RESULT of Hogan's hidden secret, but just trying the tip without knowing the Secret really does a golfer little good.
Hogan's secret is easy to understand, but hard to explain...
It's not possible to gain Hogan's accuracy from just a single golf tip because Hogan's secret was in the process he used to control his golf swing to become one of the most accurate golfers of all time.
Let me demonstrate with a story about Mr. Hogan...
Ben Hogan was once playing in a pro-am where one of his partners asked him all day what club he was using. Finally, on the eighteenth hole, a long par 3, after hitting his regulation shot, Hogan proceeded to put a ball on the green with every club in his bag. He looked at his astonished amateur partner and told him that it didn't matter what club he used, but rather what the shot had to be in order to make club selection.
Part of Ben Hogan's secret was his extraordinary ability to focus. This was not a gift from heaven. No, Hogan spent long hours perfecting his focus technique. But what his focus did for him is his real secret. Hogan found a process by which he could monitor his own golf swing to know if it was correct, and adjust it if needed before he hit the ball.
What's even more amazing is that using this secret, it is possible to adjust your golf swing between the backswing and the downswing to make up for any small swing errors and maintain near perfect contact at impact.
And, Hogan performed this process visually in his mind, so he could still focus on his game plan and win, beating all of the odds.
Robert DeLeon, my mentor and a golf biomechanics instructor, grew up in Texas. Besides taking golf lessons from Harvey Penick, he would secretly watch Hogan practice. Hogan would take hours to hit just forty balls. He would hit a ball and spend a few minutes to to think about the shot. Before he hit the next ball he knew everything he did right and wrong with that shot and was ready to hit the next one even better.
Hogan fine tuned every swing until it was perfect. He didn't want any bad swings to creep into his memory and create any bad habits. His swing is not one to emulate unless you are built like him, but his methods will make any golfer strike the ball well.
If you read very carefully, you can see in Hogan's books just what he did. The problem is that you must understand the swing and his process before you can properly interpret what he wrote. It was only after discovering Hogan's secret that I re-read his books for probably the tenth time, and realized that he did share his secret, but that he was looking at it from a stand point of someone who already understood.
What I have done is to interpret what made Hogan so laser consistent in such a way that it is easy to understand and even easier to use to perfect your own golf swing. These same principles are how Tiger can score well on bad days.
Hogan said that the game is played keeping the weight on the inside halves of the feet, but that is as far as he went. It's too bad because this statement is the starting point for understanding Hogan's secret of control.
I have taken pros and blindfolded them, leaving them to monitor their swing completely by the feel in their feet and been able to get them to not only to strike the ball purely, but to shape their shots accurately using Hogan's control process .
Most of the pros on tour use his methods to a lesser degree, except they use them subconsciously. Hogan took the process to a level where he could monitor and correct his swing in motion using both the conscious and subconscious mind together... A very powerful combination.
Today's pros have been convinced that they shouldn't think about anything during the swing, but it has been proven that the mind will not think about "nothing". Like it or not, your mind works all of the time, as shown in your dreams. The answer to this ageless dilemma is to focus in such a way so that those thoughts are completely visual, so your thoughts assist your golf swing rather than distract you from it..
It took Hogan four years to perfect this process... But I have discovered some shortcuts and methods that reduce that time to just a few weeks for any level golfer. And I have taught these secrets to over 6500 golfers around the world. These golfers often tell me amazing stories of how fast they improve.
How fast does it work? I have shown high handicap golfers the very first routine right on the golf course and watched as most of them immediately started hitting their shots more accurately...no golf lessons, just one routine... That routine is on the home page so you can start improving your golf swing today with this routine.
If you look through golf history, you'll see that usually, one golfer was head and shoulders better than the rest. If you study those golfers like I did, you will find what I found, but do you have 10 years to spare in order to find it? Wouldn't it make sense to take advantage of my research and save the time?
Article written by Tracy Reed
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