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    Posted: 14 August 2005 at 3:16am
I don't read much about what kind of putter Hogan was. There is so much more literature on his full swing and not enough on his short game and putting.
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Originally posted by arbano1 arbano1 wrote:

I don't read much about what kind of putter Hogan was. There is so much more literature on his full swing and not enough on his short game and putting.


Hogan was a terrible putter.  He hated putting.  In fact he was once heard to say that putting isn't golf.  I think he had an attitude problem, but he got around it by hitting the ball close enough to the hole to stumble a few putts in now and then. 

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You can see Hogan play and putt.  Check out the DVD from "Shell's Wonderful World of Golf - Hogan vs. Snead."   It a great video and has a slow motion of Hogan's swing at the end.  I agree with the above reply, by any standards Hogan was terrible.  If he putted like tour pros today, the other fellows could have gone home and mailed in their scores - Hogan would have easily won 20 or more majors.  I had the priviledge of watching him play many times.  I have also been asked how was his bunker play and chipping.  I'd have to say I don't know - never saw him miss a green - never saw him in a bunker.

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I think that is really interesting about Hogan. I also read that both Moe Norman and George Knudson, two others who were considered as some of the top ball-strikers of all time absolutely HATED putting.

I wonder what it is about great ball-strikers and their lack of skill with the flat stick???

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Great big muscle control, terrible small muscle control?
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I agree with hogan  I hate putting too! Mainly because I not very good at it So thats why i spend 4 hours a day on the range striking balls HAHA!

But at least my pitching and chipping is my best part of my game!

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Originally posted by RickyHarris RickyHarris wrote:

I agree with hogan  I hate putting too! Mainly because I not very good at it So thats why i spend 4 hours a day on the range striking balls HAHA!

But at least my pitching and chipping is my best part of my game!

Tell me about it Ricky, I played this morning....I three putted on 7 greens. Without putting, I'd be ready for the tour =P

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This past 2 weeks I have been working hard on my putting! I HAVE to! Otherwise when im older I wont be able to compete on Pro Tours!

Ive been doing 2 hours everyday on the putting green! ITS SO BORING THOUGH! But I have to do it!

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Originally posted by RickyHarris RickyHarris wrote:

This past 2 weeks I have been working hard on my putting! I HAVE to! Otherwise when im older I wont be able to compete on Pro Tours!

Ive been doing 2 hours everyday on the putting green! ITS SO BORING THOUGH! But I have to do it!



 Be careful Ricky. Putting is the most fickle of any stroke. Sometimes you can work on it so much that it becomes too mechanical and you lose all sense of feel. Look no further than Veejay or Sergio for examples.
  Personally i practice my putting about 3 times a week in my basement, on a shitty putting green. It helps me keep my stroke, but doesnt' let me get too precise. I'm a pretty good putter.
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Yeah thanks for the advice but after my last competition I think 2 hours a day on the putting green will come in handy! Obviously I not going to do that for the rest of my career but for the next 2 weeks ill keep on doing it! Because I have my county schools championships in 2 weeks YEEEEES! Which im going to win So im practicing very hard to get my ball striking consistent and get my feel back with my putter and wedges after the winter!

I dont think mechanical at all its mainly just to get my feel back! I do put two clubs down either side of the putter head to encourage a straight back straight through stroke! But I not thinking of it, if you get what I mean its those clubs are just there just so i can repeat the same stroke!

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