LEE TREVINO- Swing My Way

LEE TREVINO- Swing My Way

Postby twomasters » Sun Aug 23, 2009 8:32 pm

I have had this book for a long time. Trevino really has me fascinated about exactly what he knew about the swing, so I am starting to flick through it....Didn't get far before these eye popping observations:

The book is dedicated to...................To Ben Hogan.... a great golfer who unknowingly influenced me to consistently fade the ball....... Lee Trevino

Page 4:
"One day I had a chance to watch Ben Hogan practice at The Shady Oaks Country Club in Fort Worth. I didn't have the guts to ask him any questions, so I just sat and watched him maneuver the ball- high shots, low shots, draw shots, fades. he hit shots of every shape you could imagine, and they all finished so close together out there that his caddie could have been a blind man on crutches.

The thing I really watched as Hogan hit these shots was how he used his hips and legs. I remember getting a clear impression that he controlled his shots with his lower body. the more he led with his hips and legs, the more he'd fade the shot from left to right.

Well, I went back to Hardy Greenwood's driving range in Dallas, where I was selling buckets of balls, answering the phone, and giving lessons and I worked and worked to find a way to control the ball with my body instead of my hands and wrists. It wasn't easy, but I loved every minute of it. I'd get up every morning about 6am and play 18 holes at Tenison Park. then I would go home, take a shower, have a sandwich and head for the range.

I'd get there about noon so I could hit a couple of hundred balls before I went on duty at 2pm. Then for the rest of the afternoon and evening I'd hit balls off the grass in front of the mats, which were only about 30 feet from the pro shop. I could hop over to answer the phone or sell balls between shots. On a good day I'd hit a thousand balls, and I couldn't wait to get up the next morning and do it all over again.

This routine eventually led to divorce,
but it sure taught me how to control a golf ball
I developed a swing that isn't the prettiest thing you'll ever see, and it certainly isn't orthodox, but I think it's the most functional golf swing around


I will continue to add any insights I find interesting as I go through his words
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Re: LEE TREVINO- Swing My Way

Postby macs » Mon Jan 18, 2010 9:46 am

TM/Others
I read somewhere on these forums as Trevinon saying "Oh! I OVER_RELEASED that one" Does anyone know the link as Aiguille is intrested in seeing/hearing that.
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Re: LEE TREVINO- Swing My Way

Postby papi » Mon Jan 18, 2010 10:11 am

twomasters, thanks for this post. i love trevino as well. i think this has been the biggest revelation for me beginning ABS. When I played baseball turning my hips was something I had to work at. My big swing flaw was lunging at the ball, and when I have trouble with my golf swing, it's the same problem, i stop turning, and I'm trying to hit the ball from a stalled pivot with my hands.
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Re: LEE TREVINO- Swing My Way

Postby Styles » Mon Jan 18, 2010 12:30 pm

Thats some dirt digging for you!

18 holes in the morning and then 1000 balls during the rest of the day.

Awesome.
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Re: LEE TREVINO- Swing My Way

Postby Range Rat » Mon Jan 18, 2010 12:41 pm

Love Trevino too. Must have been a slow day at the range for a guy to hit a ball every 32.4 seconds given a nine hour window. ;)
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Re: LEE TREVINO- Swing My Way

Postby BomGolf222 » Mon Jan 18, 2010 1:01 pm

Range Rat wrote:Love Trevino too. Must have been a slow day at the range for a guy to hit a ball every 32.4 seconds given a nine hour window. ;)



9 hours?! Where's your commitment? I'm sure old Lee didn't let the lack of a little sunlight get in his way....
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Re: LEE TREVINO- Swing My Way

Postby twomasters » Wed Jan 20, 2010 6:28 pm

A quick view of a little of what Trevino talks about-- Lag will give more explanation of Trevino's philosophy and the logic behind it all-- great looking move
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Re: LEE TREVINO- Swing My Way

Postby Addington Arnie » Thu Jan 21, 2010 6:22 am

My copy of Swing My Way turned up in the post today - looking forward to reading through and getting Lags review as well.

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Re: LEE TREVINO- Swing My Way

Postby papi » Thu Feb 11, 2010 11:58 am

question for the twomasters,

do you think this video applies to trevino's swing and what we are trying to do in ABS?

http://www.5min.com/Video/How-To-Play-Baseball-Fence-Drill-5150079
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Re: LEE TREVINO- Swing My Way

Postby twomasters » Wed Mar 16, 2011 8:02 pm

I am only getting to your question 13 months late!!!!

Missed it somehow...anyway...I see the logic of that video...but it looks like the fence should be where the strike zone (or ball will be pitched??) so I can't see him making contact with that swing. i get the logic and it is informative and decent enough ideals for the golf swing on the way through....but it looks like a clear out and throw from the top action to miss the fence and misses the mark for the approach to the ball.
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