This is an instructional manual covering the fundamentals of the golf swing, the short game, putting, and routine development. The mental game; right brain versus left brain thinking, creating a feeling storehouse, concentration in its purest form, temperament and a historical look at the greats and not so greats of the game—circa 1920 to the Tiger Woods era. Included are the individuals who influenced my development as a golfer, a caddie’s view from inside the ropes, and a look at the world of golf from the inside out.
Any player—no matter the skill level—hitting a golf ball does so in three steps:
* sets up to the ball
* swings at the ball
* creates an impact
This sets up this framework . . .
Within those roman numerals are eight fundamentals, obtained from Ben Hogan’s book,
Ben Hogan’s Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf. The book, which began as a series of five articles that first appeared in the magazine Sports Illustrated on March 11, 1957, evolved into a book that was published in the latter part of 1957. You are encouraged to read or reread Five Lessons as Hogan’s swing theory will become that much clearer. Each of the aforementioned eight fundamental is supported by quotes from some of the masters—Bobby Jones (who held degrees in English literature, engineering, and law), Gene Sarazen, Walter Hagen, Bryon Nelson, Sam Snead, Ben Hogan (Snead, Hogan, and Nelson were all born within seven months of one another in 1912. Collectively, they won almost 200 PGA tour events!). Countless players were inspired by these greats—Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Billy Casper, Lee Trevino, Tom Watson; Northern California products: Tony Lema, Ken Venturi, Bob Rosburg, John Brodie, George Archer, Dick Lotz, John Lotz, Ron Cerrudo, Bob Boldt, Jim Wichers, Johnie Miller, Ray Leach, Ross Randle, Roger Maltbie, Forrest Fezler, Eric Batten, transplanted golf professional Shivas Irons, and many, many other great players. Let’s not forget one who competed with Jones, Hagen, et Al.: Olin Dutra. From the Inside Out also includes quotes from one of golf’s finest instructor, Percy Boomer.
For those that learn visually, the pictures and diagrams alone will give you a greater understanding of the golf swing.
The best part of purchasing this book? Eighty-eight percent of the proceeds from the sale of this book will be evenly distributed to the Ben Hogan Foundation, the Jim Langley Scholarship Fund, the Francis Ouimet Scholarship fund and the First Tee Program.
The other 12 percent will go to the publisher, lawyers (of course) and what’s left will go to green fees and gratuities.
On a personal note, this book is worth the price of admission as it will give you a real glimpse at the crown prince of Golf, Walter Hagen.
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