Simple Golf Swing Instruction From Ben Hogan and Harvey Penick

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Let’s take a stroll down memory lane, just for a moment. How many of you have ever read Harvey Penick’s “The Little Red Book” or how many have ever read Ben Hogan’s “Five Lessons The Modern Fundementals of Golf”?

If there ever were golf swing instructions that struck the nail on the head , these two books did the trick. Now, don’t get me wrong here, I am not selling these books, but you can still get them if you want at almost any book store.

But for golf swing instruction these gave some insight as to what actually works.

Here is an example of how to get a visual of the proper club head path and almost automatically get on the correct plane.

In Hogan’s book he talks about swinging under the plane. The Plane is a sheet of glass with a hole cut into it so that your head can go into the hole. The glass then extends down to the target line, the bottom of the glass sits on the target line while the other end sits on your shoulders with you head through the hole.

This visual gives you the exact plane you should have based on how you are set up, that is your spine angle that will ultimately set the swing plane angle.

Now you must swing under the glass so that you don’t break it.

This simple thought and visual coupled with knowing that proper club head path leads to excellent attack angles to the and through the golf ball.

Another excellent thought is the position of the right elbow both on the backswing and on the downswing. On the backswing the right elbow should point exactly down to the ground, this puts the right forearm in a perpendicular position to the ground and at a right angle to your bicep. Your upper arm or bicep should be parallel to the ground.

While this is happening you have to make sure that you are getting a good shoulder turn. It won’t help to have the right arm in a perfect position and not have a good shoulder turn.

Now the downswing – start the downswing be literally slamming your right elbow directly into your right hip. Straight down and do this hard and fast. Push with the right hand or pull with the left hand , either will work. While you are slamming your right elbow into your right hip , you will be bumping forward with your left hip. This is a lateral move and is one of Harvey Penicks ” Magic Moves” He suggests that you actually start the swing with this bump to the left and that this move will help bring your right elbow into it’s proper position.

Try it both ways… see what kind of results you get. And use what works for you.

If you do it right your swing plane and path will improve instantly as you will hit the ball crisply and very very solid.

Source by Paul Macleod