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

Excellent Book!

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 on October 16, 2017
By Hook'nBull
I’m of slight physical build and actually a couple of inches shorter than Ben Hogan but his physical characteristics seemed very similar to my own, so I took an interest in reading this book. I think it’s been the single biggest improvement to my golf game in 20+ years. I’ve never taken lessons and this book has become my golf bible for swing mechanics. The guidance and tips seem to align with my physical capabilities very well. I’m hitting my clubs sharper with more control and distance than ever before. I’ve had the book for more than a year and have gradually added a tip or two to my practice with it just recently starting to pay off. My scores have gone from the mid 90s to low 80s and I’m playing with a confidence I’ve never had before. One of the biggest struggles had always been setup and the tips for playing the ball in the same position and simply making slight adjusting to your stance (mainly your back foot) w/each club has proven invaluable for me. I read a review where someone said the swing mechanics and tips in this book are dated but I haven’t found that to be the case at all. I’ve only made one slight tweak to setup w/the driver and that’s just b/c driver and ball technology has changed significantly over the years. Instead of placing the ball inside the left heel, as suggested in the book, I place the ball more inline w/my left instep or front portion of my left heel and tee the ball up higher. It seems to better accommodate drivers of today that are designed to create less spin and hit the ball on the upswing as apposed to contacting the ball at the bottom of the swing or even slightly descending (as was common in Mr. Hogan’s time). For me at least, this does not change the swing mechanics described in the book, it simply promotes catching the ball further along in the swing plane. I think the key to this book helping is not giving up and practicing the tips regularly. If something doesn’t work at first, try one of the other tips and come back to the one that’s giving you trouble later. I wouldn’t try to completely change your swing but if you can slowly start to add some of his techniques, I think you’ll find your swing will begin to mimic what he’s explaining in the book. I think it worked for me b/c I knew I struggled with setup and being able to start with that section enabled me to easily progress into his other techniques.

I’ve been all wrong

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 on May 23, 2017
By Haolezeus
Mr. Hogan ‘s fundamentals make so much sense and it’s easy to see why I’m terrible at golf. I do believe if I can follow these lessons I’ll become better and more consistent…but it’s going to take time to undue my habits.

Timeless advice from a legend

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 on May 13, 2017
By Sean T.
It’s incredible how timeless these tips are! I’ve been golfing for about 15 years and still learned a lot about my swing. Great illustrations and excellent descriptions. Don’t waste your money on a more expensive golf-tips book, add this to your collection. You’ll be glad you did!

A classic

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 on October 28, 2017
By Charles M
Hogan is the best. He has such a scientific approach. He has tuned every aspect of the golf swing and has shared his learning with the reader. This is my first year playing golf. I have found this book to be the best resource in terms of learning the game. You want to read this book before, during, and after taking golf lessons. I review chapters before rounds and before heading to the driving range. Highly recommended.

I cannot recommend this book enough for beginner golfers

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 on March 24, 2015
By Bovineplane
I cannot recommend this book enough for beginner golfers. It explains not only the ‘how’ but the ‘why’ behind certain motions of the swing. Easy read, easy to follow. Pictures are old sketches but work perfect. Easy to use the book with a 6 iron and take practice breaks while reading. If you are new at golf or are struggling to improve your amateur game please buy and read this book.

Excellent book on fundamentals of finding the ever allusive perfect …

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 on February 2, 2016
By Nancy Kelley
Excellent book on fundamentals of finding the ever allusive perfect golf swing (a new project for 2016). Details on the “Hogan” grip, stance and posture and the swing itself with over 50 well crafted drawings and diagrams. I expected instant gratification but now realize I will need time to fully incorporate this into my game (or not). So I’ve set some goals for this year – even if I fail I will be enjoy being outdoors. It’s like learning to play the piano – takes dedication and regular practice. Hogan gives practice exercises to help adjust and get the feel for his technique. Also YouTube videos of Hogan in action is a nice supplement to see it all put together.

I can hit the ball !

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 on January 14, 2013
By BGroovy2
I decided to get into golf for exercise and maintain a better level of physical fitness. Years behind the desk have taken their toll! I have only been plying for a couple of months now but I grew very frustrated with my inability to hit a ball that wasn’t moving. So after looking through reams of swing instruction gadgets and DVDs, I decided to go old school with Ben Hogans fundamentals of golf….wow! After four buckets of range balls and one full round, my game improved dramatically. My driver still needs work but my irons were awesome. They still need better range but they were straightened out. It was so nice to actually watch my ball go down the fairway where I wanted it to go! I only had one “topper” off the tee and only hit two bunkers and had several chances at par. I dented my first green too. I now have the information I need to build a good, solid, repeatable golf swing. The only word of caution I would give is this. This book is all about professional golf. Hogan says to hit as hard as you can. I would say, learn to let the club do the work then begin to gradually work up the power. If you want to learn golf, buy this book and please do not waste your money on a bunch of gadgets that will have limited success at best. Hogan was of the generation that founded the high speed golf swing and they were the best!

Ben Hogan

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 on June 6, 2017
By Jackie Ogles
Describes everything from grip to swing plane in a way that anyone can understand. I go back periodically and re-read chapters to reinforce my practice drills. My slice is gone!… Thanks Ben.

This is How It’s Done

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 on June 21, 2014
By Lee Shuster
I’m 61 and have been fighting with this game all my life. I bought this book years ago but stopped trying to learn the swing because I didn’t think it would be possible for me. I recently started going through this book again and I’m now starting to swing and hit the ball the correct way for the first time in my life and I’m very excited. The problem all along was that the correct way to swing a golf club was so foreign to what I was doing that I just didn’t believe it. If you really practice what is in this book with complete confidence that it will eventually become second nature, you will be able to do what Ben Hogan said you will be able to do. That is, have a correct, consistent swing and the ability to enjoy golf the way it was intended. The golf industry is going through a tough time right now and I believe one of the reasons is that people spend a lot of money trying to improve without success, become frustrated and give up. In my opinion, golf pros should be teaching what is in this book and nothing else. Good luck and stick with it.

It shows the basic swing thoughts of one of the greatest player in all time

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 on April 18, 2017
By EJB
A classic golf instruction book. It shows the basic swing thoughts of one of the greatest player in all time. It should be required reading for anyone starting to play.

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