Friday, April 16, 2010

Interview regarding the production story for The Ben Hogan Collection dvd set

This was just posted from an interview I had with David Wogan on David is well known in the golf industry for his directory.

The picture above is not David but a full size statue of Samuel Clemmons.  It looks like an interview so I thought it is appropriate.  The other fellow is me, just chatting and practicing my interview style.  The statue is located in a riverside park in Fort Worth Texas, just a stone's throw from Colonial Country Club, the site of this years Colonial Invitation PGA Tour event.  I do wish I was going to be there as in prior years.  It is a wonderful tournament, a great venue, and a tradition on tour that truly stands out. 

Here is the link. The history of the production process for 'The Ben Hogan Collection' is provided in the interview as well as some tips to others who want to produce media content.

Ben Hogan Life Magazine Photo Gallery from 1955 'Secret' Photo Shoot

Life Magazine has a great archive of photos from all aspects of life on this planet including some great shots of Ben Hogan. There are some out takes from the shoot they did for their August 8 article on Ben Hogan's secret that did not make it in the magazine. Browse their archives and see some really rare photos. I am sure they will be glad to sell copies to you if you are interested.

If you browse their archive you will find photos of Walter Hagen, Gene Sarazen, Jack Nicklaus, and other champions.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

New Ben Hogan golf swing on YouTube posted - Circa 1968

I was reading some discussions about the one plane and two plane swing recently and the discussion referenced Ben Hogan. Even though Hogan described the backswing plane and the downswing plane as slightly different in his book, 'Five Lessons, The Modern Fundamentals of Golf' the discussion was still looking for some clarification. It brought to mind this clip from my personal collection that shows the path of the club head and club shaft for Hogan's swing while he practice on the driving range. It is one of about 10 separate swing clips that show pretty much the same thing, some with irons and some with driver. Enjoy

Friday, April 2, 2010

New Ben Hogan golf swing on YouTube posted

I just posted a video clip from the 'Ben Hogan Collection' archives to YouTube. Mr. Hogan is practicing in front a group of admirers prior to a tournament. The view is from behind Mr. Hogan and he is using his driver. A great viewpoint for golf professionsl on the PGA Tour (e.g., Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, etc.) and amateur golfers to learn from. Mr. Hogan almost always hit the fairways and greens even in the demanding course setups of the US Open he won.

Here is the YouTube link:

'The Ben Hogan Collection'; The Five Lessons, The Modern Fundamentals of Golf'; Ben Hogan: Jackie Burke, Jr. talks about Ben Hogan

'The Ben Hogan Collection'; The Five Lessons, The Modern Fundamentals of Golf'; Ben Hogan: Jackie Burke, Jr. talks about Ben Hogan

Jackie Burke, Jr. talks about Ben Hogan

In our production of the 'Ben Hogan Collection' DVD set we had the opportunity to interview Jackie Burke, Jr. in early 2006 when he was down in Miami teaching with Jim McLean at Jim's golf school at Doral Golf Resort.

We did our filming in one of the conference rooms in the Doral main building. Mr. Burke told a lot of stories about Mr. Hogan and responded to a film we showed him taken at the 1967 Masters during a practice round. Mr. Burke, Gardner Dickinson, and Mr. Hogan were playing together and the film depicted their shots on several holes. It certainly brought back memories for Mr. Burke and quite a few interesting stories about Ben Hogan. These are included in the 'Legacy' dvd documentary that is part of the 'Collection'.

Mr. Burke is shown in the photos conducting instruction on putting for several of McLean's instructors at the Great White Course at Doral. It was a real treat for all of us and especially the instructors. I hope they all could appreciate the opportunity they had to hear what a great champion had to say about putting and the short game. He does not mince words that's for sure. Mr. Burke was one of the best putters on tour in the 1950's. He currently resides in Houston and continues to operate the Champions Golf Club there.

Also, during that week Mr. Burke went out on the course and demonstrated his remarkable golf skills even at the young age of 80+. He can still outdrive most amateurs as he striped drives over 250 yards on the course and practice area!