More on Mr. Hogan
I was thrilled to see the dialog about Mr. Hogan, as he is truly one of my personal heroes, my father being the other. It is obvious that many of you share my appreciation and respect for what he did to raise the level of his game, and that of many others.
Right across the cover of the March 11, 1957 Sports Illustrated, which introduced his "Five Lessons", it claimed that anyone can shoot in the 70s. I've always believed that, in principle, even in today's game where the green complexes are much more daunting and penalizing in too many cases. At the very least, anyone can learn to strike the ball efficiently enough to stay out of trouble off the tee, and on or close to the greens after their approach shot. And that is a huge part of the battle.
One of my favorite Ben Hogan stories is about how he started his golf company in late 1953. The first batch of irons were not to his satisfaction, so he ordered them all scrapped. One of his partners was quite upset by this but Mr. Hogan would not relent. So he went to the bank and borrowed $450,000 on his signature and bought out that partner. Pretty bold and an expression of his commitment to be the best and build the best.
I have a full week ahead with our entire team attending the annual PGA Show, where we'll be right in the middle of over a million square foot toy store. Everything you can imagine about golf will be on display, along with hundreds of things you would never imagine.
And we'll be showing the most dynamic improvement to golf club technology to come along since hybrids. What we've done to the short end of the set will send "just wedges" and set-match short irons to wherever you keep your 2-iron and persimmon driver. Iron Byron doesn't lie and we have reduced the distance dispersion of those by over 75%, so that high-face miss from a fluffy lie doesn't cost you anymore. Neither does that toe miss that comes up short and right.
Sorry for the shameless plug ... no, I'm not. What we have created here are simply the finest short range scoring tools in the game, and I personally challenge each of you readers to try them for yourself. All you have to lose is a bunch of wasted shots.
But with regard to this column, I also ask each of you to send me an email with a topic you would like to see me address this year. It can be about equipment, technique, psychology of scoring ... anything.
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I've always loved Hogan's "anyone can break 80". It was my rallying cry when I first started out. It took me a little longer than six months, but I still did it fairly quickly and I don't think I would've at all if not for Hogan's going out on a limb and making that audacious claim. Can you imagine a prominent golf instructor or player offering this kind of uncompromising, unswerving, my-way-or-the-highway instruction in 2014? I can't.
I bought "Five Lessons" several years ago, tried to read it several times but never got very far. Re-started after last week's discussion and was surprised - even though I have advanced to be at least a decent player, there was a lot in it for me. That said, I bought the book when I first started playing and I don't think I understood enough about the swing to much out of the book back then.
I have to add that the concept that almost anyone can shoot 70's is outlandish to me. I do believe, however, that almost anyone with the right practice and diligence/instruction can play bogey golf.
I still would like to know - who has won these great clubs you decided were being given away??? It is holding up my purchase.
slimpks1850 - just make the purchase. You won't regret it, you'll be amazed, and you will kick yourself for not having done it sooner. I thought the Eidolon wedges couldn't be replaced but I was wrong. After 2 days of practice, I put the 4161s in play and have wished I wasn't so stupid and/or cheap. Now, if I could just putt better...
I read "Five Lessons" a couple of years ago and I plan to read it, again, in the next couple of weeks. I spent last weekend watching YouTube videos about Mr. Hogan. I know...I have no life. It's great that I keep learning about the man and how I can improve my swing and ballstriking. I will never be Hoganesque but I appreciate his contribution to golf that makes me want to emulate him.
If what you say is true about the SCOR wedges, I'm thinking we should see them move up to Gold level this year on the 2014 Golf Digest Hot List. That would be huge. (Not that Silver wasn't a pretty big deal last year.) I don't doubt they are great wedges. Seems like now you need to work on getting a few big name guys (or gals) who have great short games to play and endorse them. Then, for sure, SCOR will be on the way to a big score. I'm sure that is already near the top of your marketing plan though. Good luck at the PGA show. Hope you can break through a few more bricks in a very solid "big name brand" wall.
I've read how the score wedges differ. I have problems flighting wedges down and know score is Supposed to fix that. Have you noticed a lower ball flight with your wedges?
jason, I have noticed a lower ball flight when I am inside 50 yards with the half pitches and chips. On full swings, I haven't noticed it that much but the ball seems to check up better or doesn't release as far. It's fun to go flag hunting on various holes and feel confident about it. Just wish I could improve my putting skills and touch. That's my 2014 goal.
Well, last spring I demoed the new SCORing irons and was pleasantly surprised. I normally play Mizuno MP60's and right away I could tell that the SCOR clubs were of high quality. The demos had regular shafts and were a little longer than my normal wedges so I was strange at first, but talk about a solid and secure relationship to the ball and the ground. Looks like I know what I'll be doing with this year's tax refund!
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