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The guys over at Secret in the Dirt managed to get a hold of some film from the personal collection of Jimmy Demaret. Taken at the 1953 Ryder Cup in Wentworth, the video is remarkable in in quality (exceptionally good for the time and technology) as well as for the content. The three part series [...]

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If Ben Hogan was the most enigmatic golfer of all time, then his disciple John Schlee wasn’t far behind.  By all accounts a loner more interested in  astrology than women and booze, Schlee wrapped himself in a golfing bubble that never burst until he passed away from Alzheimer’s disease on his 61st birthday.  A Hoganite [...]

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When it comes to respecting the methods, ideals, and intentions of the architects of the Golden Age, you’d be hard pressed to find two greater champions than Geoff Shackelford and Gil Hanse.  In 2007, the Los Angeles Country Club retained Hanse to renovate and restore the course based on the 1920′s era redesign by “The [...]

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Hand Strength Challenge!

Proper use of the hands is no doubt one of the most misunderstood aspects of modern golf instruction.  I have come to believe that sufficient hand strength is one of the more vital components of a stable and powerful golf swing and becomes a prerequisite for more sophisticated techniques involving plane shifting and forearm rotation [...]

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One great thing about the week of a major championships is sometimes the vault gets opened up and we have access to vintage footage of classic tournaments.  The Open was no exception this week and offered a chance to look back through history at every Open Championship to date.  Unfortunately, the two minute clips have [...]

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The history of golf is intertwined with the history of the MacGregor Golf Company. Since its inception in the late 19th century, MacGregor maintained a reputation of excellence in club-building that lasted until the end of the persimmon era. Led by the ingenuity of their player-advisors and engineers, the team at MacGregor was responsible for [...]

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A History of Hogan Irons

There are a few nice composites of Hogan offerings drifting around the web.  I’ve shown one above that covers 1953 – 1999.  A few models are not shown.  I think the clubs are better appreciated with some context so I’ve copied an excerpt from the Maltby Golf Club Identification and Price Guide IV.  At the [...]

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PGT member and writer Nils Nelson was kind enough to compose this response piece after reading Ken Venturi’s lesson on how to hit “The Riser”.  In it, Nelson recalls watching the former US Open champion on a cold California day in 1974.  Before on-demand internet video, shotlink technology, and swingvision cameras, our impressions of athletes [...]

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It’s not hard to observe the differences in footwork from the persimmon age to the modern age.  Heavier gear goes hand in hand with metal spikes and the savage pivots of guys like Snead, Hogan, and Divicenzo required solid anchoring to perform as intended.   One of Hogan’s alleged secrets was an extra spike under the [...]

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One of the great writers of our time was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame this week and I thought the occasion was worthy of a front page post.  The man and his body of work speak for themselves, and the acceptance speech doesn’t disappoint.  There are some great historical tidbits contained herein [...]

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