All these things
I read and hear that people say about me bore me just a little bit," Ben
Hogan said. "If they were right, it wouldn't bother me.
years they've been saying that I'm through. They used to say I was too small.
Then I came along and made the first tour. There was a very prominent golfer on
the tour. One day I overheard him say I would never make it. Then a fellow
who's written several books on golf said my swing was no good. After the first
tournament I ever won, they said that would be my last, that it was just
"It seems to
me that every time somebody said I couldn't do something, I just got more
determined. Not to disprove them, but to prove to myself I could do it.
"It's been a
good thing," he added, "a sort of motivating force in my life."
standing on the practice tee at the Augusta National Golf Course. It was a week
before the Masters Tournament.
practice when the wind comes from the right," he said. "If it comes
from the left, I'll just hit a few balls and quit, otherwise I find myself
fighting the wind. It ruins my swing and I start to hook. I hate a hook. It
nauseates me. I could vomit when I see one. It's like a rattlesnake in your
A young pro
stopped by to ask Hogan a question.
"How can you
practice so much?" he asked. "I get tired of practicing."
it," Hogan said, following through with an added zest.
"Why do you
hold your four-wood so short?"