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    Default Hogan and Snead . Were they self taught?

    I have got the Hogan Vs Snead Shell's wonderful world of golf tape and have been looking at their swings. On Brady's Golf tips analysis of Goosen's swing he says Snead played a pull shot . Did Hogan and Snead have golf teachers or were they self taught? Thanks.

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    Im not sure about Snead but I seem to remember that Hogan in his early years before he joined the tour had a teacher... but for the mass part was self-taught....

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    Hue and Mathew- Both Mr. Hogan and Mr. Snead would be under the classification of "self taught". Mr. Snead had a brother, Pete, who was an excellent player, PGA Professional and known as a fine teacher. Mr. Hogan was given advice on course management by Henry Picard (as well as the assurance of $$$, if and when he ever needed some). These two things, course management knowledge and the assurance that he could have money if he needed it, turned Mr. Hogan 'loose' to become the champion we all know. All the players of that era seemed to help each other out on the practice tee, since none of them were getting rich playing the game back then. Also, please keep in mind that "practice" as we know it today, really didn't exist until Mr. Hogan came along. Those boys used to warm up with a few shots before going to the 1st tee, and then having a few drinks and some card playing in the locker room after the round.

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    dss: Was Henry Picard the guy that owned the Department Store?

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    Henry Picard was a fellow player, Marvin Leonard owned the department stores and helped fund Hogan at various times.

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    quote:Originally posted by Pro

    Henry Picard was a fellow player, Marvin Leonard owned the department stores and helped fund Hogan at various times.

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    Picard also recomended Hogan for the playing professonal position at Hershey CC in Hershey, PA. Hogan dedicated his first book "Power Golf" to Picard.

    Picard was a deciple of Alex Morrison (New Way to Better Golf, and Better Golf Without Practice). He also won the 1938 Masters and was fairly successful in the late 30's early 40's era.

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    Is there any truth in the legend that Hogan worked a lot of things out about swinging the club from his hospital bed when recovering from his near fatal car crash? Thanks

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    Its been said he called Austin for swing help and learning the fade.

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    No and No.

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    No, Hogan had already worked out the bad hook before the accident. Marvin Leonard was also the man who built Colonial Country Club. Picard was probably the biggest influence on Hogan, but Hogan pretty much worked his swing on his own. Snead said his older brother was a great player but had a bad temper. Said he almost cried one time because his brother got mad and brok the shafts on the golf clubs that they shared. Most of the guys like Hogan and Snead were too poor to afford a teacher anyway.

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