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Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf [Paperback]

Ben Hogan
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1 Jan 1986
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.

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  • Paperback: 127 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprinted edition edition (1 Jan 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671612972
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671612979
  • Product Dimensions: 20.5 x 13.6 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 323,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.


Timothy E. Sick Calgary After reading the first two articles, I had a 73 for the first time in my life, and hadn't played for six months before that. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage instruction that works today 23 Sep 2001
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I had been trying to get hold of this book for some time (not since 1957 I should hasten to add) and I wasn't disappointed when it finally arrived. Unlike many modern golf books which have gone overboard on theory and drills the book is clear, concise, easy to follow and SHORT. The diagrams are beautifully drawn and Hogan's instruction is both practical and effective. Throw away all of your golf books apart from this and Dave Pelz's Short Game Bible and your game will improve dramatically. Hogan's philosophy is that golf (for the amateur) is essentially a simple game, and I for one would now agree with him.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless genius 4 May 2006
Hogan quite modestly suggests in his book that his knowledge will be the starting point for future generations of golf swing theory. However, no-one since has been able to offer any more than the concepts laid out in this book.

He was widely regarded as a genius and it doesn't matter how much modern teachers repackage these ideas, Hogan will always be the grandfather of the modern, athletic golf swing. Do not fall it the trap of listening to criticisms regarding Hogan's swing, Hogan himself never suggested his swing was perfect. Read and understand the theories in the book, do not just try to copy Hogan's swing.

This book is beautifully written and illustrated. Buy it, read it again and again, and practice 'til your good!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Having seem this book during my childhood, and not fully understanding or appreciating its contents, I deciced to purchase this book, it must be one of the best golf books I have ever read. Ben Hogan was without doubt the greatest ball striker the world has ever seen, he address all the foundations of the golf swing and suggests what he has found sucessful and works! In the last decade probably one golfer has came close to emulate the consistency of Hogan, Mr Nick Faldo along with his "old" teacher Leadbetter. Having watched there many videos I came to the conclusion these guys are just saying what Ben Hogan was preaching in this book.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This stands the test of time 1 Feb 2005
I have a first edition of this book which was bought by my father and contains his handwritten notes and thoughts, and I also have a new version that has mine. If you are serious about golf and love the attention to detail, then this book provides many thought provoking insights which you can try, adapt and think about.
Forget many of the training aids and new sets of clubs - save your money. Buy this book, practice with your existing clubs and spend the money working with a pro that understands. As Hogan himself said, you have to find your own golf swing in the dirt and this book provides you with the stepping stone to do just that. A timeless classic book that you can keep and read for life.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For those who truely want to improve. 22 Sep 2003
The first point to make about this book is it's age. You have to appreciate when this was written and then apply the thoeries into todays game. This book was years ahead of it's time and will genuinley help you improve - if you digest and implement what is being said. I first read this book in 1986 and decided to buy it again recently as I new my game needed an overhaul. Having read through and spending a few weeks patiently practising the drills and movements I started to play some of the best golf in years.
This is not a 'quick fix' manual, nor is it plush with lavish photo's of pro's and courses. It's is a an absolute gem in it's simple presentation which allows you to 100% concentrate on improving your technique.
Ben Hogan was one of the greatest golfers of all time - and this book show's you exactly why.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Changed my game for the better 21 Jun 2006
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Having read this book, now I fully understand the principles of the golf swing and why it has to be how it should to hit further and straighter. This book has really changed my swing. I am 'supposed' to play off 27 and often struggle even to play to my handicap. Now my golf is really improving, pars and bogeys are now common place now rather than double or even triple bogeys. I used to hit my 6 iron 120+ yards. Now I am hitting straighter and reaching 150+ yards. Excellent book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST for every golfer ! 22 April 2004
This book is a must-read for every golfer out there. Hogan is consideredon of the finest ball strikers of all time, if not THE finest. A totalperfectionist who spent his entire golfing career pursuing excellence andrefining his golf swing. This well-written book distills that knowledgeand experience and presents it with almost unparalleled clarity. Within afew days of reading this book, I was able to identify a couple of realflaws in my golf swing, which, interestingly and rather worryingly, hadnot been pointed out to me by a PGA teaching pro. I immediately set towork on rectifying them and within a week started to experience what itreally feels like to strike a golf ball correctly. Granted, I have a wayto go yet, the journey to a perfect golf swing never ends; however, I doreally feel that playing much better golf is a serious possibility ratherthan a distant, unattainable desire. To get the most out of this book youneed to get real. Stop kidding yourself that you've got a great swing,look long, hard and critically at your golf swing and be prepared to dosome serious work on it. When you've done that, keep doing it. I agreewith another reviewer that Jim McClean's DVD of Hogan's swing greatlycompletements this little gem.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best golf book ever
The one and only book you need.all other books are taking from Ben hogans book the five lesson. Enuff said
Published 26 days ago by Damien
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting.
A really good instruction book. Golf is such a simple game and - I THINK THAT MOST OF US TRY TOO HARD. Read more
Published 1 month ago by speedy
5.0 out of 5 stars Best instructional book on golf ever!!
It may be over 40 years old ,but no one has topped it . He was the dedicated to golf and it shows
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I borrowed this from a friend and it was that good I bought my own. Only three chapters in and I have seen an improvement with my golf. Read more
Published 3 months ago by K. Simpson-purkiss
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Thought I would never comes to terms with this game. This book has helped me so much and is always there as a constant reference. Read more
Published 3 months ago by BillyBob
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This is a must have golf training guide,for the golfer,This book is used by my personal PGA golf instrutor.I can now work on my studies after my lessons. Read more
Published 4 months ago by 1ledward2
5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody awesome!
Just got this, can't put it down!
It's great...really great.
I would recommend for all levels of golfer. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sooper8
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good guide for the golfer who practices on his own.
Seems to be working for me, and if you do practice the method described it seems to build confidence as well because it makes sense of where the small errors and how to avoid them. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr. B. Bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple & Clear
I bought this book after reading "Dream on" & having read & taken on board Bens opinions on the golf swing. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Norbert
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The only book you'll ever need for golf setup and swing. Timeless advice and explanation of technique for the developing golfer
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