Can you swing like Ben Hogan - This guy tried and succeeded!

Can you swing like Ben Hogan – This guy tried and succeeded!

Can you swing like Ben Hogan – This guy tried and succeeded!
 
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Usually, when a golfer approaches me and says ” I would like to swing like……….” and names his favorite PGA pro, my response is “You don’t want to try and swing like someone else.  Each of us has his or her unique swing, and although most good golfers possess the same basic fundamentals, we all have different body types and levels of both flexibility and athletic ability. However, Christo Garcia had decided that he would like to swing like Ben Hogan, had come across Ben Hogan’s second book Five Lessons, and decided to give it a try.  Garcia shares 3 things with Hogan that surely helped.  He was built similar to Hogan, was extremely flexible due to martial arts and ballet earlier in his career, and because of that had a very good athletic ability.  Below is a very admirable story of his journey towards that goal.  Thanks to Golfwrx and Christo Garcia for sharing this fascinating story!

My journey to swing like Ben Hogan

When I think about what Mr. Hogan left behind, I’m reminded of the Greek myth about Theseus who entered the labyrinth to slay the Minotaur. Theseus faced a second challenge that was just as daunting: How would he find his way out of the maze if he succeeded in slaying the Minotaur? Well, it turns out all he needed was a spool of thread. He tied the thread to the entrance of the maze and unspooled it as he ventured into the darkness. Thus, he was able to accomplish his goal, and eventually find his way out of the labyrinth. Like Theseus in the labyrinth, Ben Hogan left us these books to help us on our way. All we have to do is follow the thread of the hero path.

As I look back over the past few years, I have to laugh because I’ve never been as good at golf as I wanted to be.

I’m sure many people could say the same thing. I started playing when I was 8 years old, and today I’m 47. I was willing to work on my game and I spent a lot of money on clubs and lessons, but I did not get better. My average score was in the high 80s. I often shot in the 90s, and I sometimes shot in the 100s. The worst score I can recall was 126.

Then one fine day, I was in the checkout line at a golf store and saw Ben Hogan’s Five Lessons on a rack by the cash register. I bought that book, and it changed my life. Around the same time, I got a Flip video camera and I saw my swing for the first time in decades. Well, suffice to say, I didn’t look like Ben Hogan. I realized I needed to improve my swing, and Mr. Hogan’s books gave me a path to follow. Over the course of the next five years, I would undertake the challenge of trying learn how to swing like Ben Hogan. Along the way I started a YouTube channel, and began rebuilding my swing and sharing my work with the world. Today, I have more than 9 million views on my channel and I can even shoot under par.

To read the rest of Christo Gacia’s amazing journey to swing like Ben Hogan, go here!

Source: Christo Garcia Golfwrx

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