Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf

Ben Hogan’s Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf

  • In each chapter, a different tested fundamental is explained and demonstrated with clear illustrations, as though Hogan were giving you a personal lesson with the same skill and precision that made him a legend
  • Covers grip, stance, posture, first & second part of the swing and a short summary and review
  • Paperback size: 8″ x 5A1/4″
  • 109 pages Herbert Warren Wind: has been called “the best golf writer in captivity.” His works include Thirty Years of Championship Golf (with Gene Sarazen), The Story of American Golf, and The Complete Golfer. Anthony Ravielli, an artist and avid golfer, used his vast knowledge of anatomy and the mechanics of human movement to show the reader the precise positions and related muscles that must be utilized to achieve success with Ben Hogan’s techniques.

A timeless classic with nearly one million copies in print, Ben Hogan’s Five Lessons outlines the building blocks of winning golf from one of the all-time masters of the sport—fully illustrated with drawings and diagrams to improve your game instantly.

Ben Hogan, one of the greatest golfers in the history of the sport, believed that any golfer with average coordination can learn to break eighty—if one applies oneself patiently and intelligently. With the techniques revealed in this classic book, you can learn how to make your game work from tee to green, step-by-step and stroke by stroke.

In each chapter, a different experience-tested fundamental is explained and demonstrated with clear illustrations—as though Hogan were giving you a personal lesson with the same skill and precision that made him a legend. Whether you’re a novice player or an experienced pro, Ben Hogan’s Five Lessons is a must-have reference for anyone who knows that fundamentals are where champions begin.Ben Hogan’s premise in this 1957 classic is driven home in bold letters: “THE AVERAGE GOLFER IS ENTIRELY CAPABLE OF BUILDING A REPEATING SWING AND BREAKING 80.” Religions are founded on less, and Hogan’s detailed analyses and illustrated demonstrations of grip, stance, posture, and the two basic components of the swing make up a sacred book. Though its very simplicity seems dated, this is the tome of technique that should serve as the foundation of every golf library.

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6 Comments/Reviews

  • John IV says:
    141 of 148 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Timeless Instruction from a Master, July 14, 2000
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    John IV (Snohomish, WA United States) –

    This review is from: Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf (Paperback)
    This excellent teaching device found me at the right time, having mysteriously started struggling with my takeaway and back swing [right elbow flying out at the top!]. I poured through it in a night to search for the secret cure and I found it. I can’t believe it took me 18 years of golf to discover this book. This really should be in every beginner’s bag, to get his or her mechanics and fundamentals together, as well as any long time golfer who occasionally ‘loses’ it. It’s quite a testament to its staying power to note that there are no reviews of less than five stars for this wonderful manual [my rating will be no different]. Hogan boils down the game to one important aspect, striking the ball. Grip, stance, setup, back swing, downswing are all meticulously verbally described, and then highlighted by amazingly detailed and accurate drawings. Written as a series of SI articles in the 50’s, the teaching voice has lost none of its punch over the ensuing years. The gods are in the details, and I noted immediately in the setup section things I was doing to hinder the chain-reaction of his preferred swing. Left foot out a quarter turn, hmm, that’s new but makes sense, elbows at hipbone at address, and arms very close to chest to allow the right elbow to fold properly. That’s what I needed. His description and the images of the glass / back swing / downswing plane will provide appropriate visual clues during practice. I found his discussion of the waggle and supination of left hand on follow through also quite interesting. I’ve purchased copies of this for my long-time golfer mother and my girlfriend who’s just taking up the game, hopefully they’ll enjoy it as much as I did, and we can discuss Hogan’s straightforward instruction with a common background understanding.

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  • Rod Allison says:
    52 of 55 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    You Won’t Have to Buy Anything Else to Improve Your Golf, September 8, 2000
    By A Customer
    This review is from: Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf (Paperback)
    Forget all the other gimmicks you see on television infomercials; the super drivers, wedges, trouble clubs, fairway woods, videos, swing trainers, etc. Also, don’t pay any attention to the lessons presented monthly in the two leading golf magazines. They’re often in conflict with each other and give you too many things to think about during the swing. If you really want to improve your golf, buy this book.
    Written by one of golf’s greatest players and clearest thinkers on the mechanics of the golf swing, this book will, in simple and concise language and wonderfully detailed drawings, improve your game. My belief is, someone who has trouble breaking 100 will be able to get to 90 in short order. Anyone who shoots bogey golf (90) will be able to work him or herself into the low 80’s. And if you’re like me, in the 7 to 10 handicap range, the book presents a number checks on the grip, stance, and swing plane so that if your game does occasionally go awry, you’ll soon be back in the groove. Mr. Hogan was correct. Anyone who is reasonably coordinated and applies the principles detailed in this book, should be able to build a repeating swing and break 80 on a consistant basis.
    I had to smile as I read some of the other reviews of this book. Like many of the other reviewers, I too have had to repurchase this book a number of times because of the difficulty in getting the book back from those I’ve loaned it to. Other than getting a lesson from a top flight teaching pro, this book will do more to improve your game than anything else that’s on the market.

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  • Anonymous says:
    58 of 65 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The authoritave book on the basics, February 6, 2001
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    Rod Allison (Detroit) –

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    This review is from: Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf (Paperback)
    As a kid I took a few lessons from a top notch instructor, and I always found it helpful to think back and swing the way he taught me. Now in my early 40’s, after years of infrequent play and bad advice, I lost my game. I read Hogan’s book, and realized that it was the Hogan method – grip, stance, everything – that I was taught as a kid. This book was a godsend.
    Hogan doesn’t just tell you what to do, he explains why. He shows how to make the basic REPEATING swing that can be used with ALL clubs, driver through PW. This makes the game so simple. You can use this book to quickly learn the correct swing, and confidently hit a good shot every time because you know you are doing it the right way. This lets you think less and less about swinging mechanics and more and more about strategy, and the game becomes immensely more pleasurable.
    Put this book and a 9 iron by your bedstand, practice as you read it, and you will find youurself hitting with more confidence and consistency after the first chapter.

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