Do My Students Know Ben Hogan?

I will be teaching two golf classes this semester — Beginning and intermediate golf. Have my students heard of the great Ben Hogan, I wonder? Considering that Ben would have been 107 this year, I have my doubts despite of Mr. Hogan’s extraordinary accomplishments in the sport. One thing is for sure. Students in one of the classes will be reading the book, “Ben Hogan’s Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf.” The reason why they are going read Hogan’s classic is due to the value that this book brings to novice golfers. And of course… they will read the book to get to know who Ben Hogan was, if they have never heard of him.

Let me start with this. I was trained in “Ben Hogan Golf” since the age of 11. My dad was a Ben Hogan fan as well as my golf teacher. Although his teachings are now “old school” to some and “modern” to others… I argue that his teachings are timeless. The Grip, stance and posture, and the parts of the swing (1 and 2) are simply brilliant. If my daughter was interested in competitive golf, she would receive training in “Ben Hogan Golf,” I must tell you. You can’t go wrong by listening to Ben Hogan, I say.

Kids these days think that golf is Tiger Woods, Brooks Koepka or Justin Rose. Well, it is, of course… but let’s not forget that most (if not all) of competitive golfers today were trained in “Ben Hogan Golf,” or his principles. I must admit that it will be a good feeling to talk about Hogan to a kid who asks the question, “Why are we using this book for our golf class?”

I’m a big traditional kind of guy… Old school golfer. After hitting more than 2 million golf balls in the driving range alone and a number of open tournaments won under my belt, I think I’ve earned the right to talk Ben Hogan the way I want [Laughs].

Kids, be ready. You will learn golf this semester. The old way… Or shall we say, modern golf.