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  •  Once, late at night (1+ / 0-)
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    I saw a program on public broadcasting that was film of either Hogan or Jones giving golf lessons.  I was never able to find those films again.  It was fascinating.

    Everyone! Arms akimbo!

    by tobendaro on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 07:47:20 PM PST

    •  Public Broadcasting shows the Jones (3+ / 0-)
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      films from time to time. Hogan was filmed a few times, but he did not make a series of video lessons as some others have done.

      In fact, near the end of his career he was on the practice tee at the Masters. A fan asked Hogan if he could film him while he hit his shots. Hogan told him to go ahead as long as he promised to send him a copy. That film can be purchased on the Internet. I have a copy here. It is not very long, but it is very interesting.

      So, Hogan never really studied himself on film. All of his understanding of the game came from his ability to stand outside of himself and watch himself as he hit the ball. In his great book on fundamentals there are hand-drawn illustrations. Hogan worked with the artist to make sure that the depictions were accurate. Some still photos were made at the time and they are interesting as well.

      Hogan discovered, among other things, the plane of the golf swing and how it shifts during the swing. He had to visualize the whole thing because he had little chance to study films of himself.

      Might and Right are always fighting, in our youth it seems exciting. Right is always nearly winning, Might can hardly keep from grinning. -- Clarence Day

      by hestal on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 07:54:33 PM PST

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      •  A Book Recommendation ... (2+ / 0-)
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        One of the best books about the game & golf history in US is by Mark Frost called "The Match" .  

        It is a true story set in 1956 when a couple of amateurs named Ken Venturi & Harvie Ward played against Ben Hogan & Byron Nelson at Cypress Point.

      •  My sense is that it was Jones. (0+ / 0-)

        but I am mixing them up in my mind because we have the Hogan book too.  My kids golfed from the time they were 6 and my Ben studied and honored Hogan's book like the Bible.

        Everyone! Arms akimbo!

        by tobendaro on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 03:17:43 AM PST

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