Afternoons with Mr. Hogan: A Boy, a Golf Legend, and the Lessons of a Lifetime
by Jody Vasquez
Ben Hoganas former ball shagger recounts firsthand stories of the golf legendaand reveals, for the first time, Hoganas Swing Secret, a source of ... Show synopsis Ben Hoganas former ball shagger recounts firsthand stories of the golf legendaand reveals, for the first time, Hoganas Swing Secret, a source of mystery to golfers for more than fifty years. Ben Hoganas pro-golf record is legendary. A four-time PGA Player of the Year, he celebrated sixty-three tournament wins and became known as a man of few words and fewer close friends. Most of what we know about Hogan has been based on myth and speculation. Until now. In the 1960as, though Hoganas competitive career was over, he kept the practice habits that had made him famous and remade modern competitive golf. He hired fifteen-year-old Jody Vasquez to help. Each day, after driving to a remote part of the course at the Shady Oaks Country Club, Hogan would spend hours hitting balls, and Vasquez would retrieve them. There, and over the course of their twenty-year friendship, Hogan taught Jody the mechanics of his famous swing and shared his thoughts on playing, practicing, and course managementaunknowingly revealing much about his character, values, and beliefs, and the events that shaped them. In "Afternoons with Mr. Hogan," Jody Vasquez shares dozens of stories about Hogan, from the way he practiced, selected his clubs, and interacted with other star players to his little-known humor and generosity. Combining the gentle insight of Tom Kiteas "A Fairway to Heaven" (which recalls Kiteas golf education under Harvey Penick) with the sage perspective of Penickas own "Little Red Book," Vasquezas tribute is funny, poignant, and full of advice for golfers of all levels.