The first completely updated and refreshed edition of the timeless golf classic that has sold over a million copies—now with never-before-seen photos, original material, and memorabilia, hand-selected from the Hogan estate archive.
Over the past sixty-five years, millions of golfers have studied Ben Hogan’s Five Lessons, making it the bestselling golf book of all time. Now, Hogan’s masterpiece has received the definitive edition it deserves, complete with never-before-seen archival gems and brand-new material for today’s golfers.
Widely regarded as one of the greatest golfers in the history of the sport, Hogan is especially known for his mastery of the golf swing. At the start of his career, he played with a hook that threatened to ruin his game, until he dedicated himself to correcting it—and in doing so, he gained a rare and hard-fought understanding of the fundamentals. Curious fans itched for clues about his legendary technique, dubbed “the secret,” that allowed him to persevere and even return to the height of his powers after a car crash that shattered his body and almost took his life in 1949. His terse answer, “I dug it out of the dirt”—the dirt of the driving range—fueled the “Hogan mystique.” He went on to become one of only five players to win all four professional championships, claiming nine major championships in total.
In 1957, Hogan partnered with Herbert Warren Wind, “the dean of American golf writers” (The New York Times), and illustrator Anthony Ravielli to capture his expertise from the peak of his career in a series of lessons. He believed that any golfer with average coordination can learn to break eighty. With the groundbreaking techniques Hogan reveals in this essential 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 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.
Now expanded with a major new introduction, expert commentary on the book’s legacy, unpublished photos of the publicity-shy Hogan, and more, this definitive edition offers greater context and fresh insight into an icon of the game.