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Five Lessons, the Moderns Fundamentals of Golf [Paperback]

Ben Hogan
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  • Publisher: Schuster (1957)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)

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56 of 57 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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15 of 15 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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24 of 25 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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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
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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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars COMPELLING 10 Jun 2002
This is an excellent read for all levels of golfer. The book is so detailed it even explains where the golfer should develop hard patches of skin on their hands ! Readers should be aware that Hogans thoughts on the golf swing differ form other practicioners, so those who follow it's dictates to the letter will find themselves with a distinctive swing. The swing path is much more around the body than many of the modern players more upright swings. The nearest modern player I can think of who comes close is Garcia. In order to fully appreciate the book I also recommend Jim Mcleans video of Hogan.
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Published 7 days ago by Brian
5.0 out of 5 stars Guaranteed.
It's easy to fill your head with so many techniques, this book makes is more simple to focus on one thing at a time!
Published 23 days ago by mr d mellor
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Good book, covers all the fundamentals of golf would recommend to any golfer even more if new to the game
Published 1 month ago by MG
5.0 out of 5 stars Ben Hogan`s lessons
Absolutely Brilliant book. Very clear descriptions of the essentials for learning golf properly. All the instructional books and videos I have seen are just rehashes of Ben Hogan`s... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars That's it!
That is exactly what I have been looking for. An easy to follow teaching guide on how to improve your game. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sjefke Jansen
5.0 out of 5 stars Improve your golf game steadily
This book was recommended to my husband to help improve his game. You work through it step by step and he has noticed an improvement already. Read more
Published 2 months ago by pamela crossley
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 4 months 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 4 months 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
Published 5 months ago by robert hamer
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 6 months ago by K. Simpson-purkiss
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