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The Great Lessons From The Best Golf Swings In History

The Best Golf Swings In History

ByMohd laeeq

Some of my life’s most cherished times were spent in the same room with Byron Nelson listening to him tell stories about his life and the game we both truly loved. One of these wonderful stories involved a reporter who came to him in the locker room one day and told him what Ben Hogan had said about Byron’s practice habits: “If Nelson practiced harder he would become a better player” was the gist of his needle. Bryon needled back: “Go tell Hogan that I have already learned how to swing the golf club!” Indeed, Byron didn’t practice as much as Ben did. Nobody did, as Hogan was legendary for his extensive practice sessions in which he “dug it [his secret] out of the dirt.” The point of this is the difference in their two different psyches. Byron of knowing his golf swing and trusting that he knew it and of Hogan’s who was rarely satisfied with his swing and who was always searching for the secret, possibly reaching as close to the Holy Grail of the perfect swing (for him) as anyone ever. Both players were arguably among the greatest ever in our sport but each had markedly different golf swings. They approached practicing differently but shared a similar trust in the mechanics of their own swings. In fact, Byron told me that for his entire career he made only one major change to his swing that really mattered. It was in the early 1930s when steel-shafted clubs were introduced, greatly reducing the clubhead torque, or twisting, of the shaft/clubhead at impact compared to the hickory shafts in use up to that time. Instead of having to more forcefully rotate, or release, the hands through impact to help square the clubface as you had to do with the flimsier hickory-shafted clubs, the stiffer steel-shafted clubs allowed him to keep the clubface square to the aiming line a lot longer in the impact zone. Byron accentuated this by driving both legs toward the target on the downswing more than any other top pro at that time. He called this his “rocking chair” motion, which resulted in a pronounced dip of his head on the downswing and through impact. It’s a fact that high-speed motion camera studies of his swing confirmed that Byron kept his clubface square to his aiming line longer than any of the top pros of his era, and this is why Bryon hit the ball so consistently straight.


Publication Date
Jun 12, 2022
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By (author): Mohd laeeq



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