Another Set of Eyes
Ever since the publication of Ben Hogan's second book, "Five Lessons – The Modern Fundamentals of Golf", there has been a running dialog about "Hogans' secret". Teachers and coaches and literary analysts have all weighed in with their opinions and "insight" into just what was the secret that Hogan supposedly took to his grave. If you enjoy a deep dive into the golf swing, and its pieces and parts, you can spend tons of hours reading almost 600,000 results from a Google search for "Hogan's Secret".
I've been a life-long fan of Mr. Hogan. His life, his accomplishments, his style, demeanor, his teachings on the game. And of course, the equipment that bore his name, especially that which was made before the company moved out of Fort Worth and broke the bond of having that fascinating, irascible man heavily involved in each and everything that bore his name.
But this is about Hogan's "secret", if there even was one. Here's my take, and I believe there were several keys to his success and prowess striking a golf ball.
Oh, and that secret? I think it was that he knew there were no shortcuts, no quick fixes. I like the explanation that he gave often:
"The secret is in the dirt, and every golfer has to dig it out for himself."
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