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Walter Hagen
_ PGA




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  click on player's name to view swings



Watching Video Swings:

  • Don’t look for a “position”, look at in a general Sybervision ** way. Look for similarities and/or differences of areas that may be of interest to you like:
    swing shapes, set-up/address looks, impact areas, swing motions, swing finishes ,etc.
    If your Pro/PGA instructor/me talks about how your arms should swing, look at how a certain player does it and how another may do it. The Tour Pros have wonderful hand-eye-coordination AND they are expert Manipulators of Impact. Your general visualization is more important than some magic position.

  • Understand that different camera angles can make certain positions “appear” a certain way, but are not what you might think you see because of the different angles the video could have been shot at.
    As an example, a camera set for a down-the-target- line will give a position one look, a camera angle down-body-line will give a different look, higher or lower will show another look.
    Video is a great teaching/communication tool, but only within the context of learning a feel that is individual, which is to say …yours.

  • We usually don’t know what kind of shot the players were trying to hit, which can affect its “look”. If the shot the player was trying to produce had a left- to- right shape, or right- to- left shape, that factor could easily affect the player’s different set-ups, hand/arm swing shapes.

    Some swings are taken on a driving range while others are on a golf course during play. The better players, (which all Tour Professionals have to be), always try to hit shots to targets and with some sort of shape to the ball’s flight. That requires “feel” adjustments, which could easily change a look of a swing at that time.

    The Loading Period:

    • The swings “Loading” may take a few seconds to load.

    • Give the page a full load time. Some swings may appear earlier than others, let them load completely. (they will run through a complete swing speed cycle, then stop in "ready still mode" for you to activate with the buttons)

    • If you just can't wait, no big deal, the swing may jump and stall a little at first, but will eventually run smoothly when fully loaded. You will find the next time you view this page, whether going back and forth today or the next day, month, etc. the swings will appear and load MUCH quicker.

      ** SyberVision or CyberVision has been referred to as Muscle Memory Programming, or as often referred to as“Repititous Sensory Stimulation”. Some would say SyberVision could be used as a “dramatic improvement in the quality and consistency of a player”. Basically, a theory based on viewing enough times and you will do it.



  Walter Hagen


Walter Hagen
height- 5', 10.5"
weight-185 lbs
birthday 12/21/1892
birthplace-New York





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Walter Hagen won 2 U.S. Opens (1914, 19), 4 British Opens (1922,24,28-29), 5 PGA Championships (1921,24-27) and 5 Western Opens; retired with 40 PGA wins; 6-time Ryder Cup captain.


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"I've never played a perfect 18 holes. There is no such thing. I expect to make at least seven mistakes a round. Therefore, when I make a bad shot, I don't worry about it. It's just one of the seven."

--Walter Hagen


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The “Haig” was referred to as colorful and flamboyant, his style of living made professionals aware of what was possible in their profession. In those early years, Golf Pros were not considered in high status around many golf clubs. Weren’t allowed to step foot inside many clubhouses!

In 1923, after finishing second in the British Open at Royal Troon, Walter declined to enter the clubhouse for the tournament ending presentations. After thanking the officials for the tournament, he invited all the spectators over to the Pub where he was staying.

................. Can’t do that today!!!!


Once at a tournament in England, he rented a Pierce-Arrow limousine, parked it in front of the clubhouse and used it as a changing room after the club refused him entry to its locker room.




From Ben Hogan and his Power Golf book:

"In using the word rhythm I am not speaking of the swing. The rhythm I have reference to here could also be described as the order of procedure. Walter Hagen was probably the greatest exponent of the kind of rhythm I have in mind to play golf."




Walter Hagan's reaction when he realize the Prince of Wales was watching him as he won the 1928 British open:

"When I saw who was watching me I made up my mind that the shot would be my best in the tournament.
So I addressed the ball very carefully with my Brassie and topped it all along the ground.
I never felt so silly in my life."


”So...Walter Hagen had a playing situation that made him feel silly afterwards."
..While winning the British Open.
Lesson learned for all of us.

--B.Silver




Hagen was a dashing and assertive character who raised the status of professional golfers and improved their earnings as well. He once stated that he "never wanted to be a millionaire, just to live like one".

Hagen once expressed his creed in these words: "Don't hurry don't worry you're only here for a short visit so be sure to smell the flowers along the way."

On the notion of golf as a financial endeavor, Hagen wrote in his autobiography, "My game was my business and as a business it demanded constant playing in the championship bracket, for a current title was my selling commodity."



Hagen's presence at a tournament guaranteed great crowds, and he commanded huge appearance fees for exhibition matches. He was among the first golfers to capitalize on product endorsements, and he is believed to be the first athlete to earn $1 million in a career.

Hagen was born in Rochester, New York. He was also very skilled at baseball. He cancelled a tryout for the Philadelphia Phillies in order to play in a golf tournament. Later that week, Hagen was the U.S. Open Champion, and his career was changed forever.

He was a close friend to baseball's Babe Ruth and both lived similiar life styles.







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