Ben Hogan gave us the clues and laid down the foundation in five fundamentals to his secret.he told us that pronation sorted out his faulty backswing and the two adjustments transformed his game.he said it was like learning to play all over again.this breakthrough came after his disappointing finish in the masters of 1946. it worked right away and he practiced it all day for a week then tried it under tournament conditions where he won.that win could have been at the tam o'shanter but that was played in august.more likely it was at marvin leonards inaugural colonial invitational played in may where he blitzed the field with a final round course record 65 beating fort worths other favorite son byron nelson by six shots.
hogan said he was at his best in 47/48 before his 1949 accident and his record confirms that even though he won the bulk of his majors on a limited schedule after the accident.
Ben said there are five fundamentals to learn -grip stance posture pivot plane and considered three fundamental movements necessary in any good golf swing. they are the proper waggle correct hip turn and swing plane. these are needed to produce chain action.hogans action timed the strike and gave him a edge.it wasnt reliant on rhythm and timing like modern golf swings.he said all you needed to groove were the fundamental movements and there weren't many of them.moreover they were movements that were basically controllable and could be executed fairly well whether you happened to be sharp or not that day.He said "even when i was not at my best my ball striking took on a new more stable consistency".
the experts have argued for forty years or more what his secret was without actually hitting on it, finally asking the question "did he tell us everything?". (see golf digest march 1994) the mystique has continued to grow.
hogans chain action swing had been stripped down to the bare essentials (his five fundamentals plus the two adjustments ) this gave him tremendous power and accuracy and an edge over his competitors. Ben had spent fourteen years on and off the tour trying to work it out.he had found "the secret" and he certainly wasn't going to tell anyone or give it to them on a silver platter.
You can learn these movements quicker than you think to build a solid foundation but it takes practice and intelligent application.
every individual is different but the objective is to build a sound swing by executing the proper fundamentals.
the average golfer fails to realize that an incorrect stance and faulty posture effects the success of the entire swing. this will affect the pivot making it inconsistent.the chain action golf swing is a sequence and is controlled by the proper grip and waggle.assuming that your stance and posture is correct this will help automate your swing and carry you through to a full balanced finish. more on the two adjustments next post .steveR