Circa 1953

Thank you Pepe Cano!
  • This footage was shot while Hogan was playing in Mexico during 1953. Another great You Tube contribution from Pepe Cano.
  • Watch Hogan’s swing plane. The left arm may be one-plane-ish (where the left arm is matched to his right shoulder at the top of his swing), but the shaft plane is steeper, and steep enough to be parallel to the original shaft plane at address. So did Hogan really have a flat swing? Not if the backswing plane is defined by the shaft!
  • Watch Hogan’s right foot at his finish. Most of the time it comes up to 45* and stops. Only on full swing with long clubs does it merely get to 90* perpendicular to the ground. It never flops over beyond 90*! This is an important key to Hogan sustaining his rotational torque and tremendous balance in the finish.
  • The last nuance to pick up in Hogan’s swing is the movement of his left thigh and knee. It is active. It moves down and to the right in the backswing. This allows him to store additional potential energy, and with it’s reversal into the downswing, create an upward re-posting of the left leg through the impact area. See Kelvin Miyahira’s three article series on “What’s a hip turn?” to appreciate Hogan’s left thigh abduction into the downswing.