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    Ben Hogan: I like to work, that was the greatest pleasure.

    Robert Stennet: His name was Ben Hogan, and he was golf's original challenger.

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    Ben Hogan: Very few times in my life, I've laid off maybe two to three days, it seemed like it took me a month to three months to get back those three days where I took a rest. It's a tough situation. I had to practice and play all the time. My swing wasn't the best in the world I knew it wasn't. And then I thought, well, the only way I can win is just to outwork these fellas. So they might work two hours a day and I'd work eight.

    Robert Stennet: My name is Robert Stennett and I'm the chief executive officer of the Ben Hogan Foundation. People say that Hogan invented practice, but practice wasn't a burden to Ben Hogan. Practice was something that he cherished and loved. That was true throughout his life.

    You know, we talk a lot these days about a purposeful life or having purpose in life. Ben Hogan was probably one of the great examples of that. You know, everything that Hogan did, including his practice and the extra spike in his shoe, was done with purpose.

    And that was what Ben Hogan did, perhaps better than any golfer of his day and perhaps any golfer to this day. Hogan was always asking himself, “have I done everything I can do to win.”

    Spoken on screen text: Have I done everything I can do to be my best?

    Ben Hogan: I used to play 36 holes a day when I was playing in tournaments.

    Spoken on screen text: I play first 18 on the practice tee.

    Ben Hogan: And remember, every shot I play, I get the shot until I could really hit it, right? Then I’d get called on the tee and play my other 18. I did it every day.

    Robert Stennet: Mr. Hogan didn't just change the game of golf with his play and his practice, he was truly an innovator in club design.

    Chip Graham: My name is Chip Graham. I'm the executive director for the Ben Hogan Foundation.

    Mr. Hogan was innovating these golf clubs purely for himself to get better at his game. For instance, the hybrid. Mr. Hogan developed and built this golf club in 1960. It's clearly a hybrid. He practiced with it. He hit it to improve on it on his own game. The hybrid came out in 1970.

    Robert Stennet: We have a metal wood that was done when everything was a persimmon wood. Mr. Holmes experimenting with putting weight in the grip of the putter. We have bore-through shafts that Mr. Hogan was doing in the 1960s, way before you ever heard of a bore-through shaft in a golf club.

    Ben Hogan: When I started this company, I was back there making clubs myself. And Right along with all the workmen. They know now how to make a perfect golf club, and that's exactly what we make. We don't put out anything else except a perfect golf club.

    Chip Graham: Everything had to be done the right way, and there were a number of times where we would have Hogan irons in the pro shop at Shady Oaks and he would walk through the pro shop and pull one or two off the rack. And he would take the golf club and pull it up and take a look at it. And the eyesight would go down to the leading edge of the club.

    And then he would say, “you know, a lot of these golf clubs are not to my liking, we’ll have a brand-new set sent out to you tomorrow morning.” It had to be perfect.

    Robert Stennet: You know, a lot has been talked about Ben Hogan's pursuit of perfection. He was a driven young boy from early in life and golf became the conduit for him to pursue perfection.

    On screen text: Ben Hogan had 64 wins including 9 Majors.

    Ben Hogan is the only player to win the Masters, US Open, and Open Championship in the same year.

    He Won at Colonial a record of 5 times.

    Chip Graham: Mr. Hogan played in 292 PGA Tour events and he finished in the top ten 241 times.

    Robert Stennet: Only two golfers have ever received a ticker tape parade in New York, one of them being Bobby Jones. And the second one being Ben Hogan.

    Late in Mr. Hogan's life, the director of golf here at Shady Oaks, Mike Wright, asked Mr. Hogan how he wants to be remembered. And Mr. Hogan thought about that for a minute. One would have thought he would have said: Perhaps the greatest golfer. perhaps the greatest ball striker.

    When asked by Mike Wright how he wanted to be remembered. He said, “he wanted to be remembered as a gentleman.”

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    Ben Hogan: I had to be on the straight and narrow all my life, and I loved it. I couldn't veer off because I had nothing and I had to eat and I didn't want to go to jail. They don't feed you very well in jail.

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