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Ben Hogan’s REAL Golf Swing Secret Accidentally Discovered

Ben Hogan’s REAL Golf Swing Secret Accidentally Discovered


I know I know…

Right now you’re thinking “yeah right Jeff. Some of the top players and instructors in the history of golf have studied Hogan’s swing for over 60 years, and you think you’ve actually discovered something new? Gimmie a break…”

I get why you’d be a touch skeptical…I really do (trust me, I was dumbfounded too). So dumbfounded in fact that I called up several of my instructor buddies and asked them if they’d ever heard anyone else talk about this “secret move” I mentioned to them.

To my shock, not one of them had ever heard, read or seen this mentioned anywhere.

As you can imagine at this point, I started getting a little excited, but realized there’s still very little chance this is something truly “revolutionary.”

So I continued to dig…

I read Hogan’s Five Lessons (his classic instruction book) cover to cover. I looked through years of Golf Digest & Golf Magazine instruction articles. I read all the books claiming to reveal his true swing secret…

Nothing. Not one mention of it. Crazy.

But before we get into this “secret,” let me tell you a little bit about how this all happened.

My name is Jeff Richmond, and I have over 100,000 golfers that subscribe to my blog. Every Sunday I send out my Consistent Golf Gazette to those 100,000+ golfers.

As part of that, I often do swing analysis of professional golfers – and in early 2015 I read a statement online that said this:

  "The Average Tour Player Only Moves His Head 1 Inch During The Swing" 

That statement intrigued me, so I wanted to see whether it was true or not. So I got together a lot of videos of great golfer's swings. That list included the following golfers:

1. Adam Scott
2. Payne Stewart
3. Phil Mickelson
4. Moe Norman
5. Ernie Els
6. Sam Snead
7. Tom Watson
8. Jim Furyk
9. Michelle Wie
10. Rory McIlroy
11. Ben Hogan
12. Jack Nicklaus
13. Tiger Woods
14. Jason Day
15. Rickie Fowler
16. Lee Trevino
17. Bubba Watson
18. Greg Norman
19. Lydia Ko
20. Arnold Palmer
21. Gary Player
22. Nick Faldo
23. Fred Couples

I was highly intrigued by this statement, so I began analyzing hundreds of professional golfer’s swings, completing my research in March of 2015.

When I did my analysis of Hogan’s swing and compared it to other professional golfers, I noticed a HUGE difference.

(If you’re thinking “head movement” is the secret, keep reading. I assure you that Hogan’s head movement is NOT his one real swing secret...more on the secret later).

Ask any golfer that watched Hogan hit balls, and you’ll hear the same thing time and time again...”He was the greatest ball striker I ever saw.”

You’ll even hear other players from his era say that as he compressed the ball against the clubface perfectly, it made a completely different sound than everyone else.

But I’ll be honest...

I never thought Ben Hogan had some “magic secret” that would work for every golfer. I figured, just like any other great player, he learned what worked well for him, and through practice and hard work learned how to repeat it.

In fact, in a 1955 Life Magazine article. Mr. Hogan said “his” secret probably wouldn’t help the average golfer and would probably actually hurt them. So anytime I have analyzed Ben Hogan's swing over the years, I never looked for a secret, because there wasn’t “supposed” to be one.

Nevertheless, I was still very interested in how he hit the golf ball perfectly time, after time, after time...and I had to find the answer.

And from my research I’ve discovered that many believed he never revealed his real swing secret in 1955 at all...

That's also somewhat confirmed, because some time after the 1955 Life Magazine article was published, Ben then entered into talks with Golf Digest to do an article in which he would reveal his true swing secret. But negotiations broke down once the price got into the six figure bracket (and golfer’s have been suffering for 60+ years as a result).

So when I saw a swing "anomaly" in his swing, it was so obvious and contrary to what is traditionally taught in the golf swing that I was absolutely floored...

Ben Hogan's Ball Striking Improved After The Accident...

"It was in 1950 that he began showing the kind of precision golf that set him apart."

Cary Middlecoff 3 Time Major Champion

As you probably already know, Ben Hogan was involved in a serious car accident in 1949 that nearly cost him his life. After spending months in the hospital, and being told by doctors he would never walk (and certainly never play golf) again, it seemed his career was over.

However in reality, because of his 1 secret move that he developed after the accident, he was just getting started…

Hogan went on to win 6 of his 9 career majors AFTER his accident, including his famous 3 major season of 1953, which many golf writers and historians call the greatest single season in the history of golf.

The interesting part? Hogan said his secret was easy to spot if you knew where to look…and indeed I can verify it is!

Once I discovered this strange move I had to try it.  When I did it felt quite odd I must admit.  But the more I did it the more sense it made.  So I practiced the secret move for a good week before I played another game of golf.  

When I did play I put the secret move into practice and hit 14 greens in regulation!  The previous game I played I only hit 10 greens in regulation which was my average, so I was very happy with the improvement.  But one game doesn’t mean much. 

So like Ben Hogan, I have kept this secret move to myself.  I have not told another golfer about this move.  I have done that because I had to make sure this one move worked long term and was not a quick fix, band aid etc.  And the results are in…

After 8 months of using this one move I was hitting the ball way better than I ever had.  My handicap dropped from 1 to a +1 handicap thanks to averaging 12 greens in regulation.  Now I’m on a +2 handicap and average 13 greens in regulation.

And that’s using this one move and playing about once every 1-2 weeks.

Since discovering this one move I have performed it thousands of times.  It’s quite an addictive move for some reason, and I still do this move every day, because I enjoy doing it.

The great thing about this secret move is you don’t need to actually swing to practice it.  You can practice it anywhere, at anytime.  At home is perfect.  Plus, it’s so simple you can learn it in 5 minutes. But I do have to warn you however, it will no doubt feel completely foreign to you, as it’s a move you would have never done before in your golf swing.  But that’s exciting, because that means this one move is going to help you for once to hit the ball properly and control where the ball goes. 

Anyway, in October 2015 after another great ball striking day I thought this move was too good to keep to myself.  So, as an experiment I wanted to see what other golfers would experience with this move.  So I put together a PDF and a few videos to explain this move and let golfers test it out.  This was on the 18th of November, 2015.  Almost immediately I received emails from enthusiastic golfers like this telling me of their results in a short period of time…