Was Hogan a swinger or a hitter?

The Gotham Golf Blog has a very interesting post about Ben Hogan.

…Despite what most believe were early struggles in Ben Hogan’s career, here are some interesting stats:
In 292 career PGA Tour events, Ben Hogan finished in the Top 3 in 47.6-percent of them. He finished in the Top 10 in 241 of those 292 events.

In this post we are going to try to put to rest the notion that Ben Hogan was a hitter. It seems that the proponents of “Handsy” golf swings would like to use Mr. Hogan as the model for their agenda. Unfortunately, they are wrong and are misinterpreting the statement he made in 5 lessons “wishing he had 3 right hands”…

1 thought on “Was Hogan a swinger or a hitter?”

  1. Ben was definitely a “hitter.” If you look at how his right forearm is dramatically flexed and shoots through the hitting zone, you can tell he is executing a hitting, right-hand/arm dominant move. As he got older (see youtubes of his 60s swings), his swing got even more hitter-oriented as he finished with a very flat follow-though. Because they have different body types it doesn’t look like it, but Ben Hogan and Lee Trevino used very similar hitter’s moves through the golf ball. Last week, I experimented with a Trevino/Hogan hitter’s move combined with an Allen Doyle short backswing and the results were dramatic. I was able to hit the ball much farther and straighter because I could hit the ball “flush” more regularly. Try it.

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