Hogan’s Mystique

Thank you Jango 1000!
  • Nearly a quarter of a million views on You Tube and it’s no wonder why: great footage of Hogan combined with a great soundtrack (the theme from Blood Diamond).
  • 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 much 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 shaft is used to define the backswing plane!
  • Watch Hogan’s right foot at his finish. Most of the time it comes up to 45* and stops. Only on longer clubs using a full swing does it come up to 90* perpendicular to the ground. It never flops over beyond 90*! At the end of his swing, Hogan connects his “upper left” (scapula and left glute) with his “lower right” (heel of the right foot) to complete his rotational torque and sustain 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 inward and to the right in the backswing. The left ankle, left knee and left thigh all internally rotate to help load the body into the right side. Reversing this local rotation of the left thigh promotes a powerful global rotation of the torso and hips into the downswing, and sets up the posting of the left leg into impact. See Kelvin Miyahira’s three article series on “What’s a hip turn?” to appreciate Hogan’s left thigh abduction into the downswing.