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Why Such a Hogan Fan?


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Was talking with my teen-aged boy the other day - he was wondering why I was reading Curt Sampson's Hogan biography for about the 5th time, and why I was such a Hogan fan. 

 

Had him turn to page 261 and read the following:

 

 

"About halfway through his funeral oration, Dr. Charles Sanders looked up from his text and asked, 'How is it that this shy, determined man around the admiration of so many? I think the key lies in a passage of Scripture found in the 5th Chapter of the Book of Romans - Suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint. 
 
'That is why we have been so drawn to Ben Hogan. In him we see hope for ourselves. He never stopped battling against overwhelming odds, and his magnificent achievements signal the possibility that we can be victorious in the struggles we face."
 
Hope he got the message....
 
For you Hogan fans out there -- the question is "why?"  Is it the equipment? Is it the 'mystique?'  Is it 5 Lessons?  
 
And where does he sit on the pantheon of the game's greats?
 

What's in the bag:
 
Driver:  Sub 70 639D - 9.5; :cleveland-small: Launcher HB Turbo; :mizuno-small: ST 190 
FW Wood: :tour-edge: Tour Edge EXS 220 - 15*; :mizuno-small: ST 180 14*
Hybrids:  PXG 0311 22
Utility Irons: :wilson_staff_small: Staff Model Utilities 18, 21, 24*;  Lynx VT Stinger - 16*
Irons::wilson_staff_small: D7 Forged; :benhogan-small:PTx Pro, :macgregor-small: VIP 1025 V-Foil MB/CB; :wilson_staff_small: Progressives (circa 1993)

Wedges:  :cleveland-small: CBX -2, :benhogan-small:Riviera 52-56-60; :wilson_staff_small: Staff Model
Putter:   :edel-golf-1:  Willamette,  :bettinardi-small: BB8,  :benhogan-small:Baby Ben

Ball: :bridgestone-small: Tour B X (2020); :srixon-small: Z-STAR XV

Stat Tracker/GPS Watch: :ShotScope:


 
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I think that passage probably says it all, particularly after his accident, it's likely no one has struggled harder to play at the level he did.  

What's In The Bag

Driver :titelist-small:

Titleist 913 D2 10.5* (set to 9.75* / Neutral) 46" Paderson KINETIXX Kevlar Green - R

Fairway Wood

Tom Wishon 949 MC 16.5* Fujikura Speeder 569-A

Hybrid  :cleveland-small: Hibore 22* Aldila VS Proto Blue

Irons  :ping-small: G series 5-P

Wedges :ping-small:Glide 54* SS / 60* TS - SCOR 53*

Putter     :nike-small: Nike Method 001 / P2 Reflex grip 35"

Ball

Master Grip Tour C4

Bag

Datrek DG Lite  

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I'm going to hang that passage in my tool cabinet at work so I can read it every day. I'm still dealing with "issues" from the last two years, and this will help when I start the pity party for myself every other month or so. Thanks for posting that.

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I'm going to hang that passage in my tool cabinet at work so I can read it every day. I'm still dealing with "issues" from the last two years, and this will help when I start the pity party for myself every other month or so. Thanks for posting that.

 

Kinda gives new meaning to "digging it out of the dirt," doesn't it?  

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What's in the bag:
 
Driver:  Sub 70 639D - 9.5; :cleveland-small: Launcher HB Turbo; :mizuno-small: ST 190 
FW Wood: :tour-edge: Tour Edge EXS 220 - 15*; :mizuno-small: ST 180 14*
Hybrids:  PXG 0311 22
Utility Irons: :wilson_staff_small: Staff Model Utilities 18, 21, 24*;  Lynx VT Stinger - 16*
Irons::wilson_staff_small: D7 Forged; :benhogan-small:PTx Pro, :macgregor-small: VIP 1025 V-Foil MB/CB; :wilson_staff_small: Progressives (circa 1993)

Wedges:  :cleveland-small: CBX -2, :benhogan-small:Riviera 52-56-60; :wilson_staff_small: Staff Model
Putter:   :edel-golf-1:  Willamette,  :bettinardi-small: BB8,  :benhogan-small:Baby Ben

Ball: :bridgestone-small: Tour B X (2020); :srixon-small: Z-STAR XV

Stat Tracker/GPS Watch: :ShotScope:


 
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I always admired Mr Hogan for his shear guts or intestional fortitude as we used to call it. He never gave up and as far as his club designs and club building he was a perfectionist. He basically was self taught on his swing according to everything I have read about him and IMHO he perfected that swing

Driver ---- TM M-6 Evenflow 65 G R flex---- 3 wood TM V-Steel Aldila 65G R Flex--- 7 Wood TM V-Steel UST Pro Force 65 R flex---  Irons 5 thru PW 2016 TM TP CBs Steelfiber 95 R--- GW Callaway Mack Daddy2 52* Stock regular shaft--- SW Callaway Mack Daddy PM grind modified to 10* bounce KBS wedge shaft R---- Putter Scotty Sante Fe fluted Bulls Eye shaft you seriously think it was going anywhere? Bag Old School Burton Mini Staff non demontional no advertising

 

 

 

 

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I've read Five Lessons as well as a few other books about him. I've always admired the work ethic and determination that he had and it's what I use to motivate myself to try to keep getting better. I've always been fond of his quote "You simply beat balls until your hands bleed and your back aches, and then you beat more balls".

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Driver -  :taylormade-small: M1 9.5* w/ Aldila Rogue Silver 70X

Fairway -   :taylormade-small: M1 5W 19* w/ Aldila Rogue Silver 70X

Hybrids -   :ping-small: G25 4H 23*

Irons -  :mizuno-small: JPX 850 Forged 4-PW w/ Nippon N.S. Pro 1150S

Wedges - :mizuno-small: S5 50*07, 54*12, 58*12 w/ Nippon N.S. Pro 1150S

Putter - Oddyssey Metal-X #7 w/ SuperStroke Pistol GT 2.0

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