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!

18 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.

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

8 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.

The myth that overcame the legend

11 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:

Great Guide to Better Golf

7 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 was more than just a golfer

4 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.

Senior golfer finally gets help

2 people found this helpful.
 on May 12, 2017
By Joe Rogalski
I am a terrible golfer all though I have only been playing for only 50 years. Read this book and noticed immediate improvements. Better than the 5000 videos I watched on Utube .

These fundamental put these high tech theorists to shame.

One person found this helpful.
 on January 9, 2014
By D. L. Ward
I had a chance to read this book at the end of the season after injuring my knee. Since the first two sections concentrate on grip and stance, I really had time to dive into it. No swinging, just building my swing from the point where I grab the club to where I finish the follow through. The guys at Golftec don’t want you to read this because it makes them obsolete. The man was a genius. My current instructor had me read it. All other instructors never mentioned it. I shoot 90, but I expect to be shooting 80 after my first few rounds this spring. This book didn’t add any distance, other than that which will result from a repeatable swing.

Best Instruction book ever

One person found this helpful.
 on June 16, 2017
By Marc
There are plenty of golf instruction books out there, but this one is the best. It’s short and simple. Ben builds the swing from setup to follow through and there are plenty of illustrations to clarify the text. If you are new to this game, this would be an excellent start in the process.

Can’t believe the results

3 people found this helpful.
 on August 10, 2013
By Jhiggs
When I opened up the box I was surprised the book was not thicker, it’s just over 100 pages. I’m a golfer that shoots 95 or so I have all my life. Bogey golf was fine with me. Low round ever was 86. Lately I could break 90 if I took a few Mulligans. My goal was to make more pars than double bogeys. Then I bought this book. Mr. Hogan says if you follow these fundamentals are simple and following them will create a swing that repeats consistantly and that if you adopt and practice these, there’s no reason why a golfer wouldn’t break 80 on a regular basis. I’m happy to say he’s right. I shot 83 on Saturday, and I had 3 – 3 putts, 78 is now my low round WITH NO MULLIGANS! Before I bought this book I had been hitting the ball 235 off the tee, I hit a drive 290 two weeks ago. I count my greens in regulation now, usually it’s 10 to 12, no greens hit wasn’t that unusual for me before. Now when I stand in the fairway inside 180 yards, I’m confident that the next shot I’ll be putting for birdie. I’ve been reading and working on these fundamentals for only three weeks but they’ve made a tremendous difference in my expectations and enjoyment of my golf game. By the way I’ll be 60 years old in two weeks. I bought this book hoping to get some of the double and triple bogeys off my card.

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