~20% of the direction the ball travels is determined by the path of the club
~80% of the direction the ball travels is determined by the angle of the club face
Many golfers apply 80% of their effort to 20% of the shot
They’re so bent on swinging the club to the target they literally throw much of their effort away
Too much effort is spent treating the club as the subject and the ball as the object. In Five Lessons, Hogan referenced the club only as an effect of the movements of the body.
No attention is given to the clubs path.
While working to develop Hogan’s Angle, thoughts of path will cause the club to come back to the outside.
That is because we think of path as perpendicular to our alignment. But when we align ourselves along Hogan’s Angle perpendicular is to the outside.
We do well to practice into the noon sun. Because the shadow of the club falls across our back foot.
“I recall first seeing this shadow line shortly after taking up the game. It looked so right. Unfortunately, all of the instruction I’d been given was to swing the club along the path.
“Although the shadow was giving correct information, the act of swinging down the path would result in a vicious hook.
“I am certain Hogan fought a hook because he was working with correct information, but wrongfully believing he needed to throw his efforts down the path.”
In Five Lessons, Hogan emphasized swinging on plane. To do so, keep your release hand forefinger and thumb light (so they can’t pull the club head back early) and draw the shoulder and arm assembly along the shadow over your foot.
In the photo to the right we see feedback information from the shadow. The kinetic drivers, in the downswing, are through to the shadow. The release moment occurs at the back of the ball, and the lead action is through, to the shadow. Once you’ve swung to there, that’s it, let go, enjoy the shot. Exaltation!
The 80% question, “when to square the club face?” Is answered by Hogan’s Angle
Lately, teaching professionals, such as Hank Haney and Nick Bradley, are boasting of a sequence, which will eliminate the slice in very few swings. Go to them, but ask that they call the sequence by its name. Hogan knew this sequence, and it has become more well known, since the release of Hogan’s Angle.
Nick Faldo is also promoting an instruction program, which teaches golfers how not to slice. His demonstration of getting on plane looks straight out of Hogan’s Angle. He also said, “(he wished) he’d been doing this in his playing career.” It’s so good to see Hogan’s Angle proliferating the golf community.