Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf

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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.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone (September 20, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671612972
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671612979
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces

Customer Reviews

If you read one book about playing golf, make it this

One person found this helpful.
 on August 23, 2017
By Jerri L. Morello
Ive spent hours watching youtube videos and reading books on how to play better golf. Some sources are overly analytic and tend to describe a golf swing as a robotic checklist that is impossible to perform. (Oops, bad shot, i guess i forget to do x).Others are overly simplistic and are geared toward stressing one or two aspects of the golf swing. Ben hogan has given us a book that explains how it FEELS to make the perfect swing right from the grip, the posture, and the poorly understood waggle that tunes the mind to the muscles before you execute. The actual swing is just the natural outcome of the preparation. And boy does it feel great to hit the ball.

Hogan’s Classic Swing: Still Modern!

One person found this helpful.
 on May 12, 2016
By Tim Krenzke
This is the classic book of Hogan’s philosophy. I originally read these ideas when they appeared in a book titled “Power Golf” and a series in Sports Illustrated. Don’t think that because this book is old it is not relevant. Hogan’s swing was and still is classic. Despite the fact that there are pictures, It helps to have a club in your hand to get the feel of his grip, stance, and swing. I especially like the chapter on grip and the chapter on the first parts of the swing (the take-a-way and back swing). However, Hogan’s thoughts on the “swing plane” have always been confusing to me. Nevertheless, the book provides basic instruction for a sound swing and can be used for cleaning up bad habits that have crept in to any golfer’s swing.

The myth that overcame the legend

12 people found this helpful.
 on January 10, 2012
By Alejandro Cabrera
I won’t go into a summary of the 5 Lessons because, well, it hardly needs one. What I will say is that the notion that the average golfer would suffer by paying attention to what Mr. Hogan describes in this masterpiece is utterly ridiculous. The facts are the following:

Hogan was more than just a golfer

5 people found this helpful.
 on February 23, 2014
By Ed Harris
It can be said that those who excel in a sport do so because they fully understand the nuances of the game. No sport offers more challenges to the individual than golf. So, why was Hogan able to master golf. The answer is found in this book. The five lessons in simple language with illustrations take the reader down what is assumed to be the only path to success. The grip on the club, the stance, the upper and lower body actions, the back and forward movements of the swing are all covered in detail, Hogan tells you what to do and what to avoid. He gives the reader insight into how to succeed in striking the ball in a meaningful way using, as Winston Churchill noted “instruments ill-suited for the purpose”. He knew the muscles that had to function and those that had to be kept silent. Hogan was a master of the game because he knew the mechanics of the golf swing like no one else and although some may say his lessons were more suited for the game played in his time, there are nonetheless tidbits of information that have stood the test of time and will give anyone regardless of skill level a blueprint for mastering this most confounding sport.

Wish I read this 20 years ago……..

 on December 12, 2017
By Seth P.
Wish I read this 20 years ago when I first started playing the game. Over the years I learned things that made my game decently work. After reading this, it became apparent that my fundamentals were wayyyyyy off. This brought new perspective to my game. my arms would tire out by the end of a round due to over utilization of my arm muscles. Now, My swing is more efficient, repeatable and effective. Thanks to all the reviewers who highly recommended this!

I had the pleasure of watching Ben Hogan practice at …

2 people found this helpful.
 on December 19, 2017
By Bruce McKenzie
I had the pleasure of watching Ben Hogan practice at Lost Tree Country Cllub in North Palm Beach, Florida for 48 minutes in 1969….. I sat on my golf bag with three Caddies and we witnessed Mr. Hogan have the purest ball striking session everseen to this day….. this book is golfs Bible to learn the exact way to get the most efficiant golf swing that will last through your golf career…..This is a must have in your golf library that you will cherish for many years…

Five lessons for dad.

One person found this helpful.
 on November 8, 2015
By Monica
My father had me get him this book from the library approximately 3 months ago. Since that time he has shaved several points of of his game and he says his swing has improved a good deal. I ordered a new copy from Amazon for his birthday. There were notes in the margins of the library copy (an ignorant thing to do to a book not belonging to you) so I got him a brand new edition so that he may make his own notes. He loves it.

The master speaks

 on October 14, 2017
By Robert C. Remington
This is the only thing a golfer needs to read…i am sure there are things in here that do not apply to all golfers..but in general, this is the golf swing. You can spend thousands of dollars on lessons, aids, etc…( I know because i did!) and then come back to realize this is every bit of all that..condensed into a short book. I also learned the hard way that my parents knew what they were talking about! (Of course that cost me quite a bit more than golf did…but I’ll,write that book review if my Dad can come back from beside the good lord and write it!)


 on May 18, 2013
By Stephen
I am new to golf. I have been playing for about a month now, and I have been in the 120 strokes range.

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