there's something to be said about not saying much, people think your know something they don't. certainly helped the iconic nature of his status. can you imagine if tiger woods never talked to anyone? no one knew what he worked with his swing, while blitzing fields by double digit win margins?
Hogan said a LOT about the swing, he wrote Power Golf himself, and worked with Herbert Warren Wind and Ravielli on 5L, and did interviews with Life and other publications. He let people video his swing on occasion if they approached it in a respectful way.
I think after reading all of the biographies, what really comes across is someone who EARNED IT HIMSELF. He learned from others, but he assimilated it himself. He did not have a coach, did not use his caddy for anything related to performance, etc.
He was a private person, but he said a lot in his way. He valued other people who were similarly willing to do the hard work and he valued loyalty. He put what he knew out there with Power Golf, 5 Lessons and the golf equipment company he built and was personally involved in. He was generous to up and comers, and to the public by giving autographs and pioneered some technology advancements in irons and shafts. He gave swing advice on the Ed Sullivan show and for Shell's WWoG.
Hogan may have played up the "I have a secret" business while he was still competing, but any mental advantage over your peers can be a significant one.
He did things in his swing that he did not discuss in public (getting onto his pivot early on the backswing) and how he used his internal core movements through the ball.
Anyway, Hogan would not have suggested that anyone model their swing EXACTLY after his, and in fact insisted that John Schlee NOT model his swing as a copy of his when he took him as a student.
Edited by drewspin, 22 March 2011 - 11:46 AM.