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Springfield, VA

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Ben Hogan
PGA Golf Instructor

* 10 years teaching experience
* High-speed video analysis software
* Instructed players competing on all levels including PGA Tour, USGA Amateurs, NCAA DIV I.
* 20 years playing experience

As the late Ben Hogan once said: golf is not a game of good shots. Its a game of bad shots. What does that mean?

The game of golf was not meant to be played hitting perfect shots every time, but rather minimizing and managing our miss-hits. I believe in and teach this very theory.

Most golfers dont have the time to build a great swing, but with guidance and instruction, everyone has a chance to produce their own solid repeating swing.

I believe that the golf swing starts with a solid foundation, which every golfer can accomplish no matter what level they are on. A solid foundation consists of posture, grip, stance and aim, and ball position. Once the foundation is established, a golfer has the ability to produce a consistent repeating swing. Without it, a golfer is doomed before the club goes back.

To help reinforce my instruction, I like giving my students simple drills to perform. I believe swing drills help simplify more complex movements that occur in the golf swing. Drills help to ingrain the proper movement of the swing and make the swing feel more natural.

My main goal as an instructor is not to build robots who all swing the same, but rather to help the student learn about their own swing. I want my students to know why and how I am changing their swing so that they can learn from it and help themselves later down the road.


8301 Old Keene Mill Road
Springfield, VA 22152

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  • 5/5 stars December 26, 2013

    Professional, patient and understanding. Ben corrected my problem within the hour we spent together. Highly recommend.

    Ben H. from Golf Ben Hogan replied to this review on June 13, 2014:

    Thanks Jim, keep up the good work. Hope you're playing better golf this year

Question and answer

Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.

A. Ben Hogan once said “Golf is not a game of good shots, its a game of bad shots”. What Mr. Hogan meant by this is simple. The game of golf is best played by minimizing the amount of bad shots hit during a round & minimizing the distance they are hit off target. This principle is the core of my teaching philosophies.

A typical full swing/short game lesson:
*A quick discussion of what the student would like to improve on and their physical limitations.
*An equipment check as the student warms up.
*Watch the student hit balls at given targets as if they were playing on the course.
*Explain their swing type and how to improve what they have.
*Give demonstrations/drills and insure the student fully understands what to work on.
*Observe the student as they practice and reinforce the proper movements.
*Allow the student to give & receive feedback on what they will practice.
*Answer any questions and schedule the following lesson.

For most of my students, improving their bad shots does not include a swing overhaul. The majority of golfers do not have the time it takes to grove a “textbook” swing, but with proper instruction and quality practice, realistic goals can be reached.

Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

A. When searching for a golf Instructor, look for the following:
-PGA Member
-Has multiple ways to improve a students game.
-A strong playing resume
-Utilizes High Speed Video (no, not iPads)
-Has a website with instruction material

AVOID the following "Instructors":

-STAY AWAY FROM instructors that push the same swing on everyone. (Example- Stack 'n Tilt or 'The Plane Truth')
-Highly Discounted lessons (you get what you pay for)
-Head Professionals and their assistants (they do not have the time to stay on top of your game)
-Instructors who "do as I say not as I do". If they cant hit a ball like a pro then they are not.
-These are generalizations and there are always a few exceptions.

Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?

A. What are your service charges? Give me examples of your success stories. How do I know you aren't giving the same advice to everyone? How much experience do you have and for how long? Do you offer bulk or discounted rates? What separates you from the others? Can you give me an example of some of your work?

Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?

A. I dont teach the same swing for everyone (Stack & Tilt, Plane truth etc.) The best teachers have a in depth understand of how a golf swing functions from person to person. Too often golfers get suckered into buying swing fads and then mixing different swing styles with others. The end result is confusion and frustration. They may help for a while but ask yourself this...If any swing style/fad was truly the best way to swing, then why do all the Pros on T.V. have different looking swings?

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