I have had this book for a long time. Trevino really has me fascinated about exactly what he knew about the swing, so I am starting to flick through it…Didn’t get far before these eye popping observations:
The book is dedicated to…To Ben Hogan… a great golfer who unknowingly influenced me to consistently fade the ball… Lee Trevino
[i]"One day I had a chance to watch Ben Hogan practice at The Shady Oaks Country Club in Fort Worth. I didn’t have the guts to ask him any questions, so I just sat and watched him maneuver the ball- high shots, low shots, draw shots, fades. he hit shots of every shape you could imagine, and they all finished so close together out there that his caddie could have been a blind man on crutches.
The thing I really watched as Hogan hit these shots was how he used his hips and legs. I remember getting a clear impression that he controlled his shots with his lower body. the more he led with his hips and legs, the more he’d fade the shot from left to right.
Well, I went back to Hardy Greenwood’s driving range in Dallas, where I was selling buckets of balls, answering the phone, and giving lessons and I worked and worked to find a way to control the ball with my body instead of my hands and wrists. It wasn’t easy, but I loved every minute of it. I’d get up every morning about 6am and play 18 holes at Tenison Park. then I would go home, take a shower, have a sandwich and head for the range.
I’d get there about noon so I could hit a couple of hundred balls before I went on duty at 2pm. Then for the rest of the afternoon and evening I’d hit balls off the grass in front of the mats, which were only about 30 feet from the pro shop. I could hop over to answer the phone or sell balls between shots. On a good day I’d hit a thousand balls, and I couldn’t wait to get up the next morning and do it all over again.
This routine eventually led to divorce,[/i]but it sure taught me how to control a golf ball
I developed a swing that isn’t the prettiest thing you’ll ever see, and it certainly isn’t orthodox, but I think it’s the most functional golf swing around
I will continue to add any insights I find interesting as I go through his words