Ben Hogan was first introduced to golf when a friend acquainted him with caddying at the age of 11. After years of struggling to make a name for himself, Hogan won his first tournament in 1940.
Ben Hogan is living proof that nothing is impossible. After surviving a car accident, he went on to blast through the PGA Tour between 1946 and 1953. His total PGA Tour events total 64. He also won nine majors, including the 1948 U.S. Open, 1948 PGA Championship, and the 1950 U.S. Open (this last one only a year after his accident).
When he came into the spotlight in 1946, he won 13 tournaments alone and 30 within the next two years. In 1953, he became the first golfer to win all three majors, including his first time in the British Open. Since then, Tiger Woods has been the only golfer to reach that standard.
A frustrating fact about Hogan is that he would have won double-digit majors if he hadn’t lost the 1942 Masters, 1955 U.S. Open and 1954 Masters- in a playoff. But here’s some consolation: He finished his career with 40 of 58 top-tens, which is 69% compared to Woods’ 49.4% and, best of all, Nicklaus’ 44.5%.
Hogan demonstrated a legendary ability for ball-striking, as well as having a profound influence on golf swing theory. Here’s his secret: cupping the left wrist at the top of the backswing combined with a weaker left-hand grip. This is how he managed to overcome his chronic hook.