Golf Lessons with Ben Hogan, PGA

Springfield, VA

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

My name is Ben Hogan and golf has been part of my life since I have been able to walk. I have been playing competitive golf since the age of nine and have played in professional tournaments for the last seven years. I played NCAA Division I golf for George Mason University and was a team captain. As a highly accomplished amateur, I was fortunate enough to have worked personally with Kirk Lucas, an instructor to PGA and LPGA tour players, for over ten years. As a student of the game myself, I teach what I have learned from other great instructors and players such as Ben Hogan, Hank Haney, Butch Harmon, Jim Flick, Jonathan Byrd, Steve Marino, Quin and Jim Sullivan, and other fellow PGA members). Through their knowledge and wisdom I have been able to develop my own teaching methodologies. Through ten years of teaching, I have extensive knowledge in techniques and drills to help achieve you achieve your goals. I receive great satisfaction in helping students improve and enjoy the great game of golf.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

Honestly, getting a thank you or success story from a student a week after a lesson. If a student hasn't improved after a lesson, I want to them to tell me just the same.
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Location

Springfield, VA 22152

Years in business

11

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

5

Reviews

8 Reviews
  • Brad E. Jul 6, 2016
    Golf Lessons
    Verified Review
    While I have not been able to implement all of Ben's suggestions, he is clearly very knowledgeable about the fundamentals of the golf swing. I have shown some improvement in my ball striking since our first lesson. I am looking forward to future lessons.
    Replied to Brad E. - Jul 6, 2016

    Brad, keep up the work and remember that I want you hyper focused on one drill at a time. Then switch it up with another drill, then another (etc.). Don't try to combine all the drills at once, you'll hurt yourself! Keep me in the loop with your progress.

  • Chris M. Jun 10, 2016
    Ben was great. Tailored his guidance and advice to my level and gave me great pointers to focus on. I was amazed in the information he was able to convey in 1 hour.
    Replied to Chris M. - Jun 10, 2016

    Keep a notebook in your bag to write down notes after a lesson or practice. It helps a lot of golfer of all levels improve.

  • Matt S. Jun 7, 2016
    Ben was professional and committed to maximizing the full lesson time to help me see some immediate results. However, he still kept the lesson fun and no too overwhelming for a beginner golfer. He noticed early on that my stance and approach to the ball was inconsistent, so he worked with me to improve this fundamental error and set me up with some drills to practice the newly learned good habits.
    Replied to Matt S. - Jun 7, 2016

    Keep up the good work Matt and send me a progress report this summer

  • James W. Jun 7, 2016
    I have taken lessons from Ben for a few years now, and my handicap has continued to improve (get lower) with time. He has helped my understand what I need to work on to improve, given me drills, and helped me to be able to make adjustments on the golf course when I am not swinging well.
    Replied to James W. - Jun 7, 2016

    Jim, you're proof that hard work can pay off in the end. I just help make the work a little easier ! Congrats on your tournament finish last weekend.

  • Dan D. Jun 7, 2016
    Ben provided simplistic pointers with my swing, ball placement, and putting technique. He didn't overwhelm me with "information overload", and always made sure he was able to get his point across to ensure I understood what he was trying to teach. I look forward to incorporating the teaching points Ben taught me, through the rest of the summer and beyond! Great person, great teacher!
    Replied to Dan D. - Jun 7, 2016

    glad I could help Dan. I just sent you some videos from our lessons

  • Matt C. Jun 7, 2016
    Ben does a great job of teaching you the basics as well as intricate details of the game. After working with Ben I have a correct swing path and am more confident in my game. Great teacher! A+
    Replied to Matt C. - Jun 7, 2016

    Thanks Matt- Now that you have the "how-to" knowledge, keep refining your skills. Next time I see you I wanna see you hitting draws and fades on command!

  • Jim W. Mar 18, 2016
    I was the MOST IMPROVED player on the SGCC retirees this year, based on my handicap improvement (18% improvement). Thanks for your help in this achievement
    Replied to Jim W. - May 13, 2016

    NICE! Keep up the good work Jim. Send me a video of your swing at your next practice session.

  • Jim D. Dec 26, 2013
    Golf Lessons
    Verified Review
    Professional, patient and understanding. Ben corrected my problem within the hour we spent together. Highly recommend.
    Replied to Jim D. - Jun 14, 2014

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

Q&A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I don't rely on the typical cookie cutter lesson strategy. If I used the same scripted dialogue with every student then I'd be wasting their money and my time.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I'm a sponge for new data and research. I enjoy spending the time to study new facets of the game and incorporating them into my Instruction. I love playing the role of the nerdy guy in class who has the answers to the tests who everyone cheats off of. That's all golf instruction really is, an instructor that is essentially just saving you the time from having to spend endless hours studying. I believe the best golf instructors throughout history take the more challenging road and do their own homework. I don't see the point in sitting in a class to stay on top of some trendy method. Let alone PAY someone thousands of dollars for the right to slap another worthless "Level I" or "Level IV" next to my name.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
My fee is based of time spent with students. With nearly 30 years of knowledge, my job is to save you an enormous amount of time and give you immediate answers. Think of my service as your own personal "Google" of golf instruction - and you only get the top results.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
Being named after a legend, you could say I had my path laid out for me early on. My Father told me as a youngster "to succeed in your career, be the best at what you do". Since I was pretty good at the whole playing golf thing and I always had a passion to learn more about the game - Its the perfect line of work for me.
What types of customers have you worked with?
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.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
Took a student who suffered years of chronic "shanking" and changed the way he thought about striking a golf ball. 1 hour later he went from "sir shanks a lot" to "sir solid a lot"
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
When searching for a golf Instructor, look for the following: -PGA Member -Can provide multiple solutions to fix a swing fault. -A strong playing resume -Utilizes High Speed Video Or launch monitor (no, not just iPads) -Has a website with instruction material AVOID the following "Instructors": -Anyone who claims to know Mr. Hogan's secret and exploits it to sell golf instruction. Opinions are one thing, but selling Hogan's secret to sell books, lessons, (etc.) shows a major lack of class (ex. the "ONE PLACE GOLF SWING" ) -STAY AWAY FROM instructors that push the same swing method on everyone. (Example- Natural Golf or the One Plane Swing) -Those who market their instruction with sucker terms such as "Magic move", "weird trick", "guaranteed", -Highly Discounted lessons (you get what you pay for) -Head Professionals and their assistants (they work too many long hours to have the time to stay on top of your game and their teaching skills) -Instructors who "do as I say not as I do, I'm a Pro". If they have never hit a ball like a pro then they are not. -These are generalizations and there are always a few exceptions.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
I don't work a typical 50 hour work week. I spend many long hours a day teaching and learning, but I love what I do and I'm pretty darn good at it. Although I would love to, I actually don't play and practice everyday. Most of my students play more rounds of golf than I do.