Golf Video Series: Ben Hogan’s Top 7 Golf Swings

by Jon Birdsong on February 16, 2012

I’m convinced Ben Hogan knew more about the golf swing than anyone else who ever played the game. In posts prior, we’ve touched on how he was the quintessential true golfer and his amazing comeback at Merion Golf Club, but in this post we’re taking a look at the best digital footprint Ben Hogan left golfers through his golf videos to learn from.

Ben Hogan Teaches the World

This video of Ben on an evening talk show conveys many sides of him that is rarely displayed. When Ben Hogan smiled and laughed it was because he was happy and something was funny. Many stories have confirmed time and time again, Ben wasn’t someone who placated to folks. Another reason this video is fantastic; Ben simplified the swing for the world in this one short clip. He understood his audience and suggested the tip anyone could do.

Ben Hogan’s Swing at Augusta National Golf Club

This video is amazing because it shows his weight shift very well. Observe how he begins his downswing: the timing, balance, and rhythm are perfect.

The Best of Ben Hogan

This might be some of the best video of Hogan’s swing ever. This video was taken in 1953, the same year he won The Masters, The U.S. Open and the British Open. Enjoy because it really doesn’t get better than this.

Ben Hogan in “Slow Motion”

Ben Hogan’s concentration was one of his greatest assets. He practiced a drill where he would swing the club as smoothly, slowly, and rhythmically as possible. This feat required significant amounts of concentration. See below and be amazed that none of the video was slowed down.

Ben Hogan Actually in Slow Motion

This is an actual slow motion video of Ben Hogan hitting his driver. The quality of this video is superior. Ben’s classic attire — white cap and white shirt — shows the viewer what you could expect any day on the course from him: sharp dress and a gorgeous swing.

Ben Around The Course

Prepare to be mesmerized. Ben’s trajectory, ball flight, and course mannerisms are all displayed in this video…oh yeah and he’s striking it pure on 13 at Augusta National Golf Club.

Ben Hogan and Rock’n'roll

I’m not sure if Ben Hogan was a rock’n'roll fan, but the soundtrack to this video juices up this Shell Wonderful World of golf clips…like videos of Hogan needed any more juicing. The coolest item about this video is the perspective. It’s in color and the camera frames and shots are close to how we view golf today.

 


 

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Three Guys Golf Blog February 17, 2012 at 11:23 pm

Great compilation. I could watch hogan swing the club all day!

Jon Birdsong February 18, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Thanks for the kind words guys. That makes two…erm, I mean four of us that could watch him swing all day.

Baker February 20, 2012 at 7:32 pm

I never thought, as a teenager reading Curt Sampson’s “Hogan” and the “5 Fundamentals” by day, and listening to Alternative rock (Rage Against The Machine included) at night, that the two would ever be combined in any fashion. But I have to admit, I sort of like it.

Great post, JB. Really nice accumulation of footage and commentary.

Fernando Cano April 20, 2013 at 9:41 am

Thank you for showing the Ben Hogan footage donne by my dad in 1953. We really think it is one of the best online.

Jay Kavanagh August 23, 2013 at 9:28 am

Fernando, your Dad’s 1953 footage of Mr. Hogan is the best. Thank you.

Ralph Pisani September 17, 2013 at 3:56 pm

I once sent to Ben Hogan a copy of BETA tape I had to copy on a VCR tape of 8mm film of him hitting golf balls. He sent me two letters thanking me for the rear footage. Last year I got a DVD of his life, and swing tips. On that tape I saw the 8mm footage that I had sent to him in September of 1991. I wrote a letter to the producers of the DVD only wanting thanks for what I gave Ben. I never got an answer. I’ve saved the letters he had sent me. . Sincerely, Ralph Pisani at the Avalon in Wappingers Falls, NY

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