Learning to fall

March 8, 2024- by Steven E. Greer, MD

So, I think I discovered something that Ben Hogan did not even know about, even though he did it very well in his own swing. I asked a prominent golf teacher whether or not Ben Hogan had written about this topic, that I will explain, and he was unaware of it. He would know if Hogan had because any golf teacher has read Ben Hogan’s books.

What Ben Hogan did really well is this thing I have discovered called the counterfall. Counterfall is not my invention, but understanding it is.

Hogan, Snead, Nicklaus, Rory, etc. all twist their pelvises after P4, which pushes the center of gravity toward the target. They are forced to fall onto the left heel.

This twisting is what I discovered. One does not lunge laterally toward the target. That is what it looks like the greats are doing, but they are not.

All of those great golfers like Ben Hogan did this counterfall move naturally because they hit millions of golf balls, but they did not realize what they were doing, I wager (nor should they have needed to).

I had to study this because it was awkward for me. Once I understand a move, it then happens.

I have revisited this counterfall many times over the years. I think I finally figured it out.

I explain it in the video above.


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