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

Best golf investment

4 people found this helpful.
 on June 22, 2015
By Stig
This is hands down the best golf book and the only golf book you may ever need. Ben Hogan is the father of the modern golf swing. And almost every professional golfer’s swing is based on the fundamentals described in this book. Realistically however, people are more likely to ruin their swing and give up the game of golf altogether if attempting to implement these lessons themselves.

The myth that overcame the legend

5 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:

A great read with excellent graphics!

3 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.

Must read for beginners and low handicappers

6 people found this helpful.
 on September 9, 2005
By Gareth J. Hooper
This is with out a doubt the best golf book I’ve read! I only wish I had read it when I first took up golf. The level of detail is extremely impressive, and it’s an easy read.

One of the best

5 people found this helpful.
 on October 22, 2005
By M. Davis
Although it is older than other golf guides, this remains one of the best. It is detailed yet concise. The advice is so solid and sensible, it should hlep any golfer despite their skill level.

Don’t read golf mags or YouTube… get this.

 on January 27, 2017
By Lori and Vince
It’s a book. I got it quickly. It has all its pages. Not sure what else to say in a review.

There is hope

 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.

Great Guide to Better Golf

One person 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.

I’m still on the fence about it

5 people found this helpful.
 on January 1, 2013
By detonator
First, the writing and illustrations are top notch in the book. The techniques taught are commonly referred to as “old school” in regard to modern golf instruction. This is not to say that one cannot establish an incredible golf swing using this book or old school priciples for that matter- I am not saying that. Vijay Singh is one golfer in particular that is described as old school and if you are better than he, you don’t need this or any other book.

THE best golf instruction book

 on January 27, 2015
By Brad Barkel
This is THE book to learn golf. Not only is it probably the best golf instruction book, it’s also very well written and explained in a way that new books don’t really have. Living in Phoenix AZ we can get on the golf course year round and this book has taught me everything I need to know to get better while both playing and practicing. Avoid all the latest and greatest fluff and buy this book. Do what it says and your golf game will improve drastically.

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