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

A great read with excellent graphics!

21 people found this helpful.
 on July 16, 2016
By John Stewart
Hogan’s book is a short, but comprehensive analysis of the golf swing. His stated purpose of giving the average weekend golfer the tools to develop a repeatable golf swing has, in my opinion, been met. The fundamentals he espouses are few, and simple enough to implement without causing one to overthink. I found his views about grip and stance, and their importance in setting up the rest of the swing, particularly helpful. If you’re a student of the game, this book is a prerequisite before reading the multitude of expert analyses of Hogan’s swing that are available elsewhere. The advanced golfer interested in developing his/her knowledge of shaping shots and ball flight won’t find information here. But if you’re like me and want to develop better consistency of contact with all your clubs and eliminate anxiety as you stand over the ball, then this book is for you.

Excellent Book!

2 people found this helpful.
 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 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. It’s 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.

Read this book and this book only and save yourself time and money

9 people found this helpful.
 on December 12, 2016
By Travis
Just the stuff on the grip alone will help your game dramatically. Word of caution a lot of so called golf gurus will tell you stuff that directly goes against perhaps the greatest manual for golfing ever made. Who are you going to trust, I would build my game around this book before I would any guy on youtube.

Timeless, accurate instruction – but this particular copy was over 60 years old

 on March 1, 2018
By Ted Ichino
The book was listed as Like New, and it was – only no one told me that this book had been printed in 1957 so it was in Like New condition for a 60-year-old book. Needless to say, the pages had browned a bit in 60+ years…

There is hope

One person found this helpful.
 on February 2, 2017
By Tim Rafferty
I read this book 25 years ago but but didn’t fully appreciate the hope Ben Hogan gives to anyone that they can shoot 80 or better if they apply his fundamentals to their game. I’m back to playing after a 20 year layoff and now 2 years into it I’m still very inconsistent. My plan was to try one more year and if I couldn’t play solid low to mid 80’s golf I’m done. I can tell you I will be using this book and teachings going into the new season knowing I can play great golf if all I do is use his fundamentals. I give the book 5 stars for hope and will report back the results.


One person found this helpful.
 on December 2, 2015
By Ronnie
I never play golf before, until last month I give it a try and find myself even can not touch the ball. Asking someone to teach is always very expensive, so I find this book on Amazon. The only word I can think of is unparalleled, after reading this book and some practice in the local course, I can hit the ball very far almost every shot, since then I played for about 10 times or so, last week I talk with one of my friends, she learned from a coach, and I find I played much better then her! Only this book, nothing else…I am very confident that after about half a year I can reach 100 or so. I recommend every beginners like me to buy this book and practice follow it, you will find yourself a total different golf player!

Great Guide to Better Golf

8 people found this helpful.
 on December 9, 2016
By Russ Jones
As a long-time, infrequent and high-handicap golfer, I’ve found this book to be invaluable in helping me develop consistency and length in all my shots.

Hogan’s the man!

One person found this helpful.
 on November 7, 2014
By Louis V. Catalfo Jr.
For any average golfer, if you want to learn how to ball strike the correct way, this is the only book you need. Forget everything else, except watching YouTube videos of Stacy Lewis’s swing which will fine tune what Ben Hogan says here. This is not just the correct way to approach swinging at a golf ball, it’s the only way to build a consistently good golf swing. Read this short little exposee on the golf swing and watch all the tour players out there, with the exception of Bubba Watson (and even Bubba does many things that Hogan recommends in the correct way). So, if you want to learn how to hit a golf ball properly, read this little inexpensive journal, watch Stacy Lewis (and Ben Hogan) hit a golf balls and then practice your butt off. If you grove your swing to this method, I guarantee that you will cut out all those fairway misses (and those from the tee as well). Oh, don’t miss the subtleties. Everything Hogan writes here is important. And, have patience! It takes time to put it into practice on the course, particularly if you are having a bad case of the hooks. Are you listening Tiger Woods?

The industry and the pros refer to this as the Bible!

 on April 17, 2018
By kellie
Do not listen to anyone else ever when it comes to golf instructions! Everyone except for Mr. Ben Hogan will purposely lead you in the wrong direction. The golf industry is a very corrupt organization. There’s no secret why the pros on your TV stay pros and you stay average. It is because the information is hidden from us. All we’re given is disinformation. Mr. Ben Hogan tried very hard to help the entire population when he wrote his five lessons for Sports Illustrated. He knew he could teach the masses, if they would just listen. The golf industry did everything in their power to silence his word. The black balled him. Drug his name through the mud. Only finally after his death did they finally start to say his teachings helped many pros. Get this book now and throw everything else away. There is a reason why all the pros and the golf industry refers to this book as the Bible. We love you Mr. Ben Hogan. Your work will never be forgotten. ps Hank Haney there is a special place in hell for you, you sell out scum bag.

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.

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