One Move to Better Golf
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Over a fifty year career of successful professional competition and teaching, Carl Lohren has become best known for his innovative methods of golf instruction. Carl played college golf at the University of Maryland, finishing 2nd individually in the 1958 NCAA National Championship and leading the team to a 3rd place finish.
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One Move to Better Golf's rerelease brings relief
By Adam Schupak
Saturday, June 27, 2015
One of the most special books in my collection of golf books is back in print after many years. That’s a big deal because somewhere in my last move my dog-eared copy of “One Move to Better Golf” by Carl Lohren and Larry Dennis went missing.
Growing up, this book and the video that followed it were my golf instructional bibles. The PGA pro who taught me the game, Gene Borek, was one of Lohren’s disciples, and he once shot a U.S. Open record 65 at Oakmont in 1973 only to have Johnny Miller break it in the final round.
Borek gave me the book and video and promised me it would provide a framework for my game for years to come. I know exactly where the VHS tape is stored away, but I have no VCR to watch it (Borek, a PGA master pro, performed most of the shots and demonstrations in it). So you can imagine how delighted I was to learn that this cult classic first printed in 1975, with illustrations by Anthony Ravielli (who did the same for Hogan’s "5 Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf") was being rereleased in February (Echo Point Books and Media, $24.95).
Lohren discovered his “one move to better golf” by studying the swing of Hogan. Lohren still remembers to this day watching an 8-iron that Hogan hit from 150 yards at the 1964 Carling Open at Oakland Hills.
“I noticed that he started the upper body before his lower body on the takeaway, which restricted his hips on the backswing. I noticed that the golf club started back parallel to the shoulder line on the takeaway,” he wrote. “If his shoulders were parallel to the target line, Hogan’s club would swing straight back on the line, the club would swing back outside the target line…It amazed me that his lower body moved forward so early, but I could readily see that Hogan couldn’t ‘hit from the top’ with that action. There was no way the right side could be brought into play too early with that swing.”
Those observations set him on the right path to developing his swing philosophy to start your swing with the left shoulder. This forward move immediately starts the shoulders swinging around the spine, which acts like a fixed axis for your backswing, and makes the downswing happen naturally and correctly.
Lohren was the head golf professional at North Shore Country Club in Glen Head, N.Y., for 30 years. He continues to teach at Belfair Plantation in Bluffton, S.C. Lohren has taught PGA Tour players such as Deane Beman, Babe Hiskey and Marty Fleckman.
“Carl knows more about the golf swing than anybody I know,” Beman wrote. “(His teaching philosophy) will appeal to an intelligent, organized mind because it provides something you can believe in.”
What an endorsement.
For more information or to order a copy, visit Lohren’s web site: onemovetobettergolf.com