Ben Hogan – The Legend of Golf Swing

Ben Hogan was one of the most influenced players in the history of golf. His life and career are quite interesting, and in this article, we provide you with some knowledge about him.

Early life

Ben Hogan was born as a third child on August 13, 1912, in Stephenville, Texas, US. His father, Chester Hogan, was a blacksmith. When Ben was nine, his father committed suicide at home.

After his father’s death, his family incurred financial difficulties, which made the children taking some jobs to help their mother. His older brother delivered office supplies, and Ben went selling newspaper after school. Later, Ben did the caddying at Glen Garden Country Club. He was somewhat trained here and given membership in spring 1928.

Becoming a professional

Ben left Central High School during his final year. In 1930, He officially turned into a professional at Texas Open in San Antonio. Later, in 1935, he married Valerie Fox.

His pro career at an early stage was difficult. His wife always stood by him in every moment, as she believed in him. He did not have any winning until his winning three consecutive tournaments in 1940.

In 1948, Ben Hogan won ten tournaments, including US Open in which he set a record with his 8-under-par score.

In 1949 A car accident happened, made a threat on Hogan’s career. Though Hogan and his wife survived, his body was badly injured, and he could suffer from some physical limitations. Fortunately, he soon recovered and regained his strength by hard training and returned to golf in November 1949.

In his pro career, Hogan had 69 professional winnings and set several records. He is one of only five to achieve all four major championships: The Master, the Open, the US Open, and PGA Championship.

The Legend of Golf Swing

Though have a successful pro career, it’s his golf-striking ability that made Ben’s modern reputation. His ball strikes were always ones of the best.

In comparison with other golfers during his period, he practiced more than anyone, and people would say that he “invented practice.” Explaining to this, Ben said that it was a joy to him, and he loved doing that.

Ben thought that golf swing skill needs practice and repetition in many years. He had tried many methods and theories as well as observed in many years, and finally came up with his way to achieve success.

He once owned a golf company named after him in 1953, but he sold it in 1960.

Ben Hogan died at the age of 84 on July 25, 1997. He rested in peace at Greenwood Memorial Park in Fort Worth, Texas.

Conclusion

Ben Hogan might have unfortunate childhood as well as hindrances during his career, but those couldn’t defeat him. Everything he achieved is worth his efforts. We will never forget him, Ben Hogan, the hawk, the legend of ball striking.

References:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Hogan

http://www.golflegends.org/ben-hogan.php

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