Ben Hogans’ Slow Motion Practice Routine

Not so long ago, a video of Ben Hogan appeared on the Internet, where he is seen showing his friends how he practiced. It is obvious that this footage was not meant for the broader public, however, after so much time, we can be thankful for its appearance. The movie was taken at Seminole Golf Club, in a backyard of one of his friends. Take a look at the excerpt of this recently published video (introductory sequence of Tiger Woods added):

Here is an additional great piece of evidence related to Hogan’s training methods. The following video is much older, however. At first glance, it seems that it is just a swing at normal speed in slow motion. However, notice the audience in the background:

It is amazing how smoothly and with such a flow he is able to conduct his swing in slow motion. At first glance, I was sure that this was just a slow motion video. His slow motion swing is a perfect copy of the full speed swing. It is obvious that he practiced golf innumerable hours in this way.

Just recently I discovered another one:


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    Philip Talbot
    December 28, 2013 - 3:05 pm | Permalink

    I found this slow motion practice routine of Hogan interesting as we happen to employ the same idea on a daily basis whilst coaching our students at Knightsbridge Golf School in London. Everybody, regardless of ability will be asked to go through the relevant segment of their swing which requires change, with slo mo training methods.

    Mr. Lesle King who founded the school in 1951 was a fan also of this type of training way back then, and we feel it is a most efficient way of imparting the correct feel into the movement. It is sadly the natural speed of a players action that reverts them to type. By killing the speed entirely we see our students build sound, repeatable golf swings. Only when we are happy with their new shape do we then encourage them to apply a little more pressure to the golf ball.

    We have seen numerous tour players practice this way, quite rightly in our opinion, the concept is nothing new to most coaches but few students have the patience to apply themselves in this way.

    Philip Talbot

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      December 28, 2013 - 4:32 pm | Permalink

      Yes, in todays rush these valuable teaching methods are neglected. It is invaluable to go through certain period of time and properly learn the basics. Many people do not have the patience or just do not understend the benefits of precise slo-mo practice. Thank you for the comment.