BEN HOGAN Quotes

BEN HOGAN Quotes

Postby twomasters » Sat Aug 29, 2009 6:51 am

"I have really enjoyed every minute I have spent in golf- above all, the many wonderful friends I have made. I have loved playing the game and practicing it. Whether my schedule for the following day called for a tournament round or merely a trip to the practice tee, the prospect that there was going to be golf in it made me feel privileged and extremely happy, and I couldn't wait for the sun to come up the next morning so that I could get out on the course again"
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Re: BEN HOGAN Quotes

Postby twomasters » Sat Aug 29, 2009 7:01 am

"Well, I think anyone can do anything he wants to do if he wants to study or work hard enough... I really believe that. And relating to golf, I think, if you study and work hard enough, you can do almost anything you want to do with a golf ball in the air"
He had a different theory about once the ball got to the ground however..
"Because you don't know what is going to happen. If all putting surfaces were identical, like a billiard table, for instance, then you could control that. And you can control a golf ball in the air but not on the ground. You are subject to too many undulations and grass changes and things like that. It's utterly impossible. It could change by the hour."
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Postby twomasters » Sat Aug 29, 2009 11:48 am

"I think you are better off trying to move the ball one way or the other, or at least try to - and making it go that way... You decrease your margin of error all the time. For instance, if you take a 30 yard fairway and work it down the left side, you've got 30 yards to work with. But if you try to aim down the middle of the fairway, you only have 15 yards to work with-- It's going one way or the other and you're going to get in the rough. And playing to the green the same way. Everybody should do something so that they can control the ball. Everybody shouldn't try to fade. They should control the ball, whether it's a hook or fade or top or sky or whatever they want to do. and when they can do the same thing every time, then you can worry about judging distance"
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Re: BEN HOGAN Quotes

Postby twomasters » Sat Aug 29, 2009 12:00 pm

Hogan thought that hitting a shot thirty feet long or thirty feet short was as bad as hitting one to the right or to the left by the same distance. He did not criticize players when they began stepping off yardages, but he also did not agree with the trend.

"I just think it's part of the game to judge the distance. I get a great bang out of being able to look up there and say' That looks like a 5 iron shot, but I want to lay off of it a little bit' or 'I want to give it a little more gas'.. Personally, I get self satisfaction out of doing that. I don't want to know the distance in the first place. If someone told me it was 167 yards, I couldn't tell you what club I'd use. I wouldn't have a clue. I think you have to visualize the shot and see the ball in the air and what's going to happen to it and where the pin is cut and where you're going to try and land it.... It would take me a year of practice and go measure my shots to find out how far I hit a four iron or a five iron. I can't tell you. The lie has a lot to do with it. Wind conditions, weather conditions, humidity- everything, you have to take into consideration.. If you tell me it's 167 yards, then you also have to tell me how strong the wind is blowing and from what direction and if there is any humidity and if it's damp or a bright shiny day with no humidity- before I can possibly come up with some kind of club for you"
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Re: BEN HOGAN Quotes

Postby twomasters » Sat Aug 29, 2009 12:18 pm

"Weight and size have little to do with golf..It is all about having a functional golf swing. The primary purpose in a tournament is to shoot the lowest score, not to have the prettiest swing"
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Re: BEN HOGAN Quotes

Postby twomasters » Sat Aug 29, 2009 8:38 pm

Two nice videos of Hogan talking in his own words about his battles growing up and becoming a caddy.



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Re: BEN HOGAN Quotes

Postby lagpressure » Sat Aug 29, 2009 9:11 pm

I certainly can relate to Ben's thoughts on yardages. I have noticed that when I am playing well, I'm feeling the yardages anyway. I find it a challenge to play a new course and just feel the shot. On a course you have played a few times, it gets better.. and on your home course.. who really needs yardages?

My home course "Mare Island' is really fun to play without yardages. There is always wind, sidehill lies, and the fairways are not always perfect, so feeling the shot seems the natural way to play the course. I enjoy developing a relationship with each hole.
Each day plays slightly different, so adjusting to the ever changing conditions is part of golf out there.

I always used yardages on tour, but thinking back, I'm not really convinced it did me all that much good. For every time I missed a green long or short hitting what felt like a perfect shot, there were times I second guessed myself enough to pull a different club and go against my caddies suggestion and knocked one in there stiff.

I suspect that by not using yardages, you will learn the art of feeling your way around the course and open yourself up to a bit more of the magic we all feel when we are really tuned in and in the zone.
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Re: BEN HOGAN Quotes

Postby twomasters » Sun Sep 20, 2009 7:43 am

" Hit the ball up to the hole....you meet a better class of person there "

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Re: BEN HOGAN Quotes

Postby Hogansquest » Fri Sep 25, 2009 9:58 am

“The ultimate judge of your swing is the flight of the ball.”
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Postby Hogansquest » Fri Sep 25, 2009 10:00 am

“Golf is not a game of good shots. It's a game of bad shots.”
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