CHAN­NELLING BEN HO­GAN

Why I’m look­ing back 50 years for good ad­vice

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Contents - By Kevin Streel­man

Why I’m look­ing back 50 years for good ad­vice.

I PLANNED MY FIRST FULL YEAR on the PGA Tour in 2008, and by 2012 I felt like I needed to make some im­prove­ments in my swing to take the next step and win some tour­na­ments.

I’ve al­ways been fas­ci­nated with golf his­tory, and I see Ben Ho­gan’s swing as the ul­ti­mate model of ath­leti­cism and e ciency. It’s im­pos­si­ble to look at Ho­gan’s ac­tion and not think there are things you could use in your swing.The equip­ment might have been dif­fer­ent then, but what Mr. Ho­gan did with those clubs is time­less.

I’ve worked with teacher Wayne DeFrancesco in kind of a new-school way to merge some of Ho­gan’s clas­sic tech­nique into my game. Wayne and I trade video back and forth of my swing and Ho­gan’s, and it’s made me more ath­letic and con­sis­tent. I won in 2013 and 2014, and I’m ready to keep it go­ing.

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