Ben Hogan's Magical Device: The Real Secret to Hogan's Swing Finally Revealed

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In 1954, Ben Hogan stated in the serialized lessons he wrote for Life magazine that he had “a secret.” He challenged the world to find it by stating "It is easy to see if I tell you where to look." He then wrote his legendary instructional book, Five Lessons, and created a remarkable golf swing puzzle, but somehow one important piece of information was missing. Golf expert after golf expert have attempted to define this secret over the years, serving to compile a rather lengthy list of what they think the secret ...

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Overview

In 1954, Ben Hogan stated in the serialized lessons he wrote for Life magazine that he had “a secret.” He challenged the world to find it by stating "It is easy to see if I tell you where to look." He then wrote his legendary instructional book, Five Lessons, and created a remarkable golf swing puzzle, but somehow one important piece of information was missing. Golf expert after golf expert have attempted to define this secret over the years, serving to compile a rather lengthy list of what they think the secret is but never quite explaining how it's done. Enter Ben Hogan's Magical Device, a revealing book which intends to finally explain, in universally understandable terms, that long-lost secret to Hogan's swing.

As a lifelong golfer with 50+ years of experience, two degrees in Physical Education and a Doctorate in History, author Ted Hunt became determined to track down Hogan’s secret himself. He reviewed most of the literature concerning Hogan and interviewed many professionals (including Jack Nicklaus) and the result of his research produced a clearer understanding of the source of the confusion concerning Hogan’s secret. An hypothesis was conceived and tested, and Hunt was pleased to discover that his analysis stood up to critical examination. But perhaps more importantly, his golf responded with more accuracy and lower scores, which included shooting his age (79) several times within weeks of embracing the secret.

Complete with 100 photos, Ben Hogan's Magical Device gives an easy-to-follow explanation of Hogan’s secret, where it comes from, and the foundations which support its successful execution. Interspersed throughout the text are stories from professional acquaintances who spoke with Hunt about their times with Mr. Hogan.

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It's been said that two people can keep a secret, but only if one of them is dead. Golfer Ben Hogan found another way: claim a secret, but tell many. Hunt has attempted to eke out Hogan's secret, seeking people who knew Hogan. He is not the first person to write about Hogan's secret. Indeed, within little over a decade the list includes several titles, such as Tom Bertrand and Printer Bowler's recent The Secret of Hogan's Swing. Then, too, there are the books by the man himself: Power Golf and Ben Hogan's Five Lessons. Hunt now makes several contributions: first he provides more technical language to describe the physical phenomenon of Hogan's swing. Dorsi-flexion and palmar-flexion are combined with pronation and supination. These are combined with "the dimple of the elbow." While Hunt acknowledges that many professional golfers have succeeded without utilizing Hogan's methods, he maintains Hogan is at center stage. The question that one has to ask is if this is the definitive unveiling of the secret. The answer is that we'll never know. Libraries with strong sections on golf instruction may find this of interest, but it's optional for most general collections.
—Steven Silkunas

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781620875681
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/25/2013
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,383,203
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 5.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Ted Hunt is a lifelong golfer with more than fifty years of experience on the course.
He holds two degrees in Physical Education and a Doctorate in History; he is the author of
Ben Hogan’s Magical Device and Ben Hogan's Short Game Simplified.
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  • Posted December 11, 2011

    A nice read !

    Briefly, this was a nice read. Ted Hunt does a fairly good job of describing and explaining Hogan's overall swing (with a few misinformed/misleading techniques), the various positions, along with some nice stories. However, bear in mind, there is nothing 'magical' about Hogan's Magical Device - it's inherent in all good golf swings. As for a preferred impact position, there is an ideal position for all applicable body parts to be in for the five to eight ten thousanths of a second that the golf ball comes into contact with the clubface. There is/are no magic hand(s) move(s) during the downswing before, during, or after impact. As such, the author's suggestive 'secret move' is not Hogan's real secret. I would highly recommend reading Hogan's Five Fundamentals first and then read author Hunt's book to hopefully better review, digest, and grasp Hogan's fundamentals of (his) the golf swing. Most appropriately, seek out a qualified PGA professional to help coach you with your swing. Enjoy ! Remember, fairways and greens and sink some putts too ! .... o ___

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  • Posted July 11, 2009

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    A+ Book

    This has some great helpful info that really explains the in and outs of Hogan's swing. It will really help the average golfer.

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