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!

10 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

5 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.

Best Book Ever On Golf

8 people found this helpful.
 on December 20, 2013
By Jeffrey W. Smith
Before I write this, let me say that my son, my daughter, and myself are all mid-single digit handicappers and the kids had been through 2 1/2 years of private lessons as well as a lot of tournament golf.

Probably the best golf book ever written

 on May 8, 2017
By drmarvk
I started my golfing career with this book, and have developed a very good swing because of it. Hogan was said to have the best mechanics by far of anyone in golfing history, and supposedly hit more good golf shots and fewer bad ones than anyone else, and I believe it. The one thing I definitely disagree with is his toe up and toe down positions at waist high and at the top of the backswing, as this represents an open club face, and requires a manipulation of the club face to square the club up at impact.

Good Value

One person found this helpful.
 on April 30, 2017
By Joshua
I’m only in to the second chapter, it’s very instructional. The illustrations are all black and white sketches so those are difficult to ascertain what Ben is talking about. The other thing and the only reason it didn’t get 5 stars is that it is a little annoying to read because he uses 7-10 words to say something that only requires 5-7. Lots of commas used and for someone that likes to get to the point it makes it difficult to read.

The myth that overcame the legend

7 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

6 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.

Love the book

 on April 28, 2017
By Amazon Customer
So far the book has been very helpful… I am changing my swing according to what Hogan advises. However… You need to read one chapter at a time and then practice it until your really comfortable with it… before moving onto the next chapter. There were things I knew I was doing wrong that was affecting my game. I shoot in the 90’s but could never break through to 80’s. For me it is consistensy… I have seen a difference in how I hit by changing grip and stance. The book is not magic… You really need to spend time on the instructions he gives you… If you do you will see a difference in your game.

Must read for any golfer

 on April 21, 2017
By Kenneth
If you are just starting out, this is a great book. If you have been playing for a few years, and are struggling to figure out what you’re doing wrong, this is a great book. If your a scratch golfer, you’ve probably read it at some point. When I went to a lesson the other day, my pro commented on how much more on plane my swing was. My grip is also improved. I will refer back to this book regularly.

Hogan was more than just a golfer

One person 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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