Ben Hogan

The Bus DRIVER/Whose Driving What Bus?

I’ve referred to professional golfer, Phil Michelson as “bus driver”. On the PGA Tour, Phil Michelson’s presence is both “hit” and “swing”. Likewise, a driver of a bus knows how to drive what is to be driven. In the game of golf and driving a vehicle one pays attention to the ter- rain. In golf, grass texture - in driving, road surface, golf: lie angle, landing area, trajectory, slope, speed, contour, windage, shadow and light: likewise it’s the same for the bus driver. In a word, the field is an ally, and paying attention is the connection.

Rich Burton, a student of the golf game, formerly from Waukegan, Illinois, presently Indiana, said, “There are swingers and hitters”.

Jack said, “This may be a true statement. It has had frequent use. , Could it be that the word “throw”, (a new definitive term) that will tie the two together? What displacement denied the two entities, “swinger” and “hitter” interdependence? In golf, could it be that there are other displacements in likeness to “swinger” and “hitter”, such as “lateral” and “rotational” hip movement that create their own boundaries?”

“ Could it be that the separation or a barrier between the lateral and rotational movement of the left and right hip is simply because of not defining the golf club being used?”, asked Richard. “ Why do some perceive movement of the hips being both lateral and rotational varia- tions, yet coming from one source - the hips?”, he continued.

“ When does one get off the green-line bus and transfer to the red-line, orange-line, or blue-line? Why did you get onto a particular bus to begin with, ie, what golf club are you using? What lie angle are you experiencing? How steep or shallow does the game of golf clubs travel in the thirteen golf club variations? How fortunate is one to have thirteen clubs and various degree of lie angles?, asked Jack.

“ What selection of the new teaching device: The Squircle tm , 360 degrees of all lie angles, in golf called “Crooked Lies” is most appre- ciated?, asked Rich. “ Is it the uphill lie?”

“ Some would say it is so because of gravity.”, said Bill

“ Others say angle “, said Rich. “This is like taking a bus downtown.” But, do some go there by means of transferring buses ie., the green-line, the red-line, the blue-line, orange-line, by manipulation; longer distance. to get downtown ( to the ball ) and slower speed’s lack of firmness? How much lateral movement is there? How much rotational movement is there?

“ Do we not occupy the same space as bus driver (our body) skinny, tall, short, wide, frail, powerful, etc., but the bus, (the club) may be a pitching wedge, a five iron, or the longest club - the number #1, the “driver”? What of the driver of the bus, and the bus?”, asked Jack.

What if the movement of you - (the driver of the bus) is influenced by variety, ie., the 13 buses driven? Is it the wedge bus, or the “driver” bus? Ones hips and anything else is caused to do what is to be done, by the driver of the bus and the bus. Therefore, when the hips are commonly described as doing separate and distinct motion, ie., rotational and lateral movement, could the motion become entangled in various conflicting movements because the game of golf, having 13 “buses”, have different paths to travel?”, stated Rich.

The angle of the tools in the art form (golf), cause the movement to be what it is - steep or shallow and therefore the distinct and separate lateral or rotational movement, is such, and is united simply by the “throw”. “Throw” from whose spine angle? “Throw” from which club angle? “Throw” from what lie angle? The club chosen for the shot will accentuate one bus all the way downtown! You’re the driver and you’ve made your choice of golf clubs to “strike” the ball.

The source of movement of the hips or anything else, for that matter, is “bused” by the club, and if one’s correctly fit for the excursion, the throw will direct the club to the ball. It’s direction is what it is, and need not be divided into many working parts. Just let the parts work!

“Throw” is golf’s midsection, defining the process of the golf shot from waggle (the beginning of the shot) and the point immediately following the back swing to the target, the ball, and its destination. Trusting “throw” means “swing” & “ hit” can look out the window and enjoy the ride as you, master of the bus, drive all the way down town!

“Swing” or “hit” does not define direction, path or travel the bus will take, the “throw” does. The “throw” stations itself between and within the framework of the “swing” and the “hit”. This is why it’s necessary to interject the word “throw” as a technical term as the “throw” ac- quaints itself with the terrain ie., hills and valleys with the golf club chosen, and so does the bus that travels its path while on its journey. The “swing” and “hit” are busy looking out the window enjoying the ride. The “throw” defines the process ie., starting with the hand place- ment and “waggle” of the club, then the back swing’s transition to the forward swing, to the “target”, the ball, and the ball’s destination. The “throw” is the transition point of back-swing/forward-swing, inclusive of the contact point of golf ball (A to B), the hit - and beyond, shaping the shot; just like Ray Berres, former major league catcher,and White Sox pitching coach did with Tommy John, major league pitcher as reconstruction of John’s pitching arm evolved after injury (1959).

To witness excessive lateral hip motion, those doing so, enjoy “striking” the number one metal club. Why? Because lateral motion is closely connected to lengthy clubs by design; rotational to the short clubs. The putter is not included in this equation. So, when picking up a pitching wedge after experiencing the #1 metal, and thinking the process of all golf clubs is a carbon copy of its neighbor will not be a beneficial experience .

As I collected practice balls from the golf range one evening, a player was enjoying his performance with his “driver”. However, when his friend challenged him to a wedge shot show down, and he accepted, he found the rotational movement of the wedge had been denied by kept lateral energy of the driver.

The challenger’s unimpeded wedge practice turned the tables for the lateral guy as he chunked or bladed his shots! It was to be expected. He quickly returned to the driver and safe company! Why had he de- cided to stay on the lateral “bus”, whether or not the club selection had changed? He had not accepted the alternatives inherent in the golf clubs design. He accepted surgery, not alternative medicine!

The term, “Don’t fix it if it ain’t broke”, is convenient and deceptively hidden in the formula of 13 clubs. The equation of “broke” appears to be - not broke, if one club is working while others are frailing. This evening Jack said to Richard, “You had not observed the young lady you had helped was moving the golf club linearly with the club face. Does she think the club face stays square to the line or to the circle?

Richard said, “ I don’t know. I didn’t see that flaw.”

Jack said, “ When you go out again, explain the analogy of the door that opens and closes. It returns to the door jamb. Hence, all clubs are connected and they’re square to the circle. Avoid detachment.”


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