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Matt Scott

"For Thinking He Could be A World Class Basketball
      Player With No Legs And Then Doing It Anyway!"



'Matt Scott' (born March 27, 1985) was born and
raised in Detroit, Michigan. He was the second
child of parents David and Audrey and was born
with spina bifida (read more link). Matt was first
introduced to the game of wheelchair
basketball at the age of 14 and it didn't take long
for him to excel at the sport. He quickly found
success in the National Wheelchair Basketball
Association's (NWBA) junior division, where he
led his team to one undefeated season and
two national championships. Matt was selected
as the MVP of the 2003 national tournament.
During his junior year of high school, Scott
began playing with the NWBA Division I
Michigan Thunderbirds, with whom he
played in two national championship games.

He has since become a powerful presence
on the U.S. Men's Wheelchair Basketball
National Team, making the U.S. Paralympic
Team in 2004, at the age of 18. It wasn't long
before he became a leader on the squad. Despite
a rough road in Beijing, Scott will surely be
on the team in 2012, as it looks to get on the
medal stand. Scott attended the University of
Wisconsin-Whitewater and played on the
Warhawks' wheelchair basketball team. He
helped the team to three national championships
(2004, 2005, 2007). On New Year's Eve
2007 and New Year's Day 2008, Scott received
national attention in a way no U.S. Paralympic
athlete had done previously, starring in his
own nationwide broadcast ad for Nike.
Scott currently plays wheelchair basketball with
a professional club team in Istanbul, Turkey.










No More Excuses!

Figure out who you are or what you
are or what you want to be or where
you want to be and then -
Don't 'Just Do It' . . .
       . . . 'Do It On Purpose!'™

If you know what you're worth, then you
have to Go Out and Get What You're Worth!
But, don't sit around saying that you're not
what you want to be, or who you want
to be, or where you want to be because
of him or her or anybody or anything.
You are solely responsible and . . .
" If you really want something
- Nothing is Impossible!"













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"Figure out who you are, and then do it on purpose."

~ Dolly Parton







Linus Torvalds

"For Giving Linux Away Free - Over The Internet!"


'Linus Benedict Torvalds' (Born December 28, 1969
in Helsinki, Finland) is a Finnish software engineer
and hacker, best known for having initiated the development
of the Linux kernel. He later became the chief architect of
the Linux kernel, and now acts as the project's coordinator.
He also created the revision control system Git.

Initially Torvalds wanted to call the kernel he
developed Freax (a combination of "free", "freak",
and the letter X to indicate that it is a Unix-like
system), but his friend Ari Lemmke, who administered
the FTP server where the kernel was first hosted for
downloading, named Torvalds' directory linux.

As of 2006, approximately two percent of the Linux kernel
was written by Torvalds himself. Considering the fact
that thousands have contributed code to the Linux kernel,
such a percentage represents one of the largest personal contributions to the overall amount of code. Torvalds
remains the ultimate authority on what new code is
Incorporated into the standard Linux Kernel
Torvalds owns the "Linux" trademark, and monitors
use of it chiefly through the Linux Mark Institute.




































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"It always seems impossible - until it is done."
~ Nelson Mandela




Breyten Breytenbach

"For Being a Poet, Writer, Painter & Anti-Apartheid Activist!"


Breytenbach was an opponent of the apartheid regime, whose work represented a milestone in the development of Afrikaans poetry, formally and politically. His literary reputation is international, with work having been translated into Dutch, English, French and German.

Born on 16 September 1939 in Bonnievale, near Robertson
in the Cape, Breyten Breytenbach completed his schooling
at Hoërskool Hugenoot in Wellington, Cape. He began his tertiary studies at the University of Cape Town in 1958. His opposition to apartheid saw him leave South Africa for Paris
in 1960. In 1962 he married Yolande Ngo Thi Hoang Lien,
a Viëtnamese national. His first published work, in 1964,
Die Ysterkoei Moet Sweet
 (The Iron Cow Must Sweat),
broke new ground in Afrikaans poetry as “powerful and
startling ideas are presented without the use of traditional rhythmic metres and attractive images” (Joyce).

When Breytenbach returned clandestinely to South Africa in 1975, he was swiftly arrested. He pleaded guilty to entering South Africa to start an organization, Atlas or Okhela, intended to be the white wing of the ANC. Charged with treason under the draconian Terrorism Act, he was sentenced in the Pretoria Supreme Court to nine years in prison. Even while in prison Breytenbach was prolific, writing five volumes of poetry and English prose. An example is his prison memoir Confessions of an Albino Terrorist (1980). After his release in 1982 he left South Africa for France and became a French citizen.

He won the Rapport's major literature prize of R15 000 in April 1986 for his volume of poetry. His 1989 novel Memoire de Pousiere et de Neige (Memory of Dust and Snow) is a brilliant political analysis of the various anti-apartheid movements in South Africa, a truculent, thinly veiled autobiographical account which has been described as having a ‘dense style'. The moving prose of his autobiographical Return to Paradise brought a new focus on this extraordinarily gifted Afrikaner's conflict of love and hate for his roots.

In December 1993 Breytenbach — still living in self-imposed exile in Paris — paid a visit to the ‘new South Africa'. This
visit contrasted sharply with the fiasco of his furtive return
in 1975, the catastrophe of his arrest, excruciating
‘show trial', and the two years spent alone in a cell
directly adjoining Pretoria Central's death row.

Resident in Paris, he currently divides his time between Europe, South Africa and the USA, mostly writing and lecturing. In January 2000 he began a three year period in the Graduate School of Humanities of at the University of Cape Town as a visiting professor in the departments of English and Drama. He has taught creative writing there as well as at the Gorée Institute in Dakar, Senegal and the University of New York.

Breytenbach is also known for his paintings, many of which portray surreal animal and human figures, often in captivity.
He has exhibited in many countries.






















 

 







Paintings by Breyten Breytenbach




 

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'THIS AMERICAN LIFE'
WITH BREYTEN BREYTENBACH

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If you've never listened to THIS AMERICAN LIFE you are missing some of the best radio of all time. An American weekly hour-long radio program produced by WBEZ and hosted by Ira Glass is distributed by Public Radio International on PRI affiliate stations and is also available as a free weekly podcast. Primarily a journalistic non-fiction program, it has also featured essays, memoirs, field recordings, short fiction, and found footage. The first episode aired on November 17, 1995.
Take it for a listen - you will NOT be disappointed.




Books by
Breyten Breytenbach





"Designers are crazy and yet sane enough to know where to draw the line."
~ Benjamin Valbert



Nary Manivong

"For Being Crazy Enough To Think That He
      Can Make It With No Formal Training!"
       - Like Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, & Tommy Hilfiger Did.


"Nary Manivong" was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio.
His parents, Laotian immigrants, abandoned him and his three siblings when Nary was just 14 years old. He found himself homeless, on the streets of Columbus and fending for himself.
"The first place I slept was at a donut place," he said.
Moving through some tumultuous years, he would eventually establish his identity as a gang member. However, one day,
quite by chance, he came across a copy of Vogue magazine.
He had never seen cloths like those before but knew
instantly that this was what he wanted to do.

He began making pieces out of scraps and cobbled together his first show at 17. But Ohio was as far as it gets from the world of high fashion and design. He also knew that if he was going to have any shot of all at making his dreams come true, in the brutal world of clothing design, he had to make his way to New York City. After several trips to New York, he secured a backer and debuted at New York Fashion Week in 2005 - to much praise. He seemed well on his way to success until his investors pulled the plug, and he was once again left homeless and destitute. As the designer to his self-named label, which began in 2005, Nary Manivong debuted his fall 2007 collection, after taking a hiatus for spring 2007 season. Nary has resurfaced with a new vision.

As a self-taught designer, Nary learned the fundamentals of fashion design through real world experience and determination. Such attributes are why Women’s Wear Daily named him as one of twelve designers to watch for in fall 2005. This acclaim was soon followed in short by media coverage, industry reviews, helping to create a promising horizon for Manivong’s future enterprise. The Documentary, “DRESSED” is a compelling story of the young clothing designer, who defied the odds of a broken childhood and homelessness to reach his ultimate dream, a show of his collection at New York Fashion Week. A truly inspiring story that unfolds against the backdrop of the fashion industry in New York. Woven within his story are accounts and commentary from leading fashion industry experts, students and designers who relate their own perspectives about what it takes to make it in the highly competitive world of fashion.

 



















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"Accept me for what I am and I'll accept you for what you're accepted as."
~ Christopher Nolan







'Coach' Jim Johnson

"For Epitomizing All That Is Right In The Human Spirit!"


'Jim Johnson' had coached high school basketball for
25 years, always with the mantra, “dreams really do come
true.” But is was during his 2006 tenure at Greece Athena
High School where he got his chance to prove that
his mantra was more than just mere words.

Jason McElwain (A.K.A. J-Mac, a tag Coach Johnson had
hung on him two years earlier) was a Special Ed student
at Greece Athena High School and Jason had a burning
passion for basketball. But, try as he may, he was never
able to make the team, in part due to 5'7" frame but also in
part due to his disability — autism. After failing to make
the junior varsity team Jason assumed the role of junior
basketball team manager, eventually moving on to varsity
manger. For years he managed with the enthusiasm of a
star varsity player. So as the home finale of his senior
year approach, Coach Johnson made a decision that
only a real 'Coach' could make. 'Dressing for the final
home game, he thought, would be a fitting show of
gratitude for J-Mac's amazing dedication.' A simple but
fitting reward for such extraordinary devotion. With that
in mind, Johnson added J-Mac to the roster, issued him
jersey #52 and then dressed him for the game. Realizing
all along that his plan could backfire if something went
wrong or parents complained or any other unforeseen
outcome occurred, he nonetheless did the only thing he
was capable of doing - he did the right thing. Initially,
the plan was simply to let Jason suit up, to finally be part
of the team he loved, even if it was for just one game.
It was Friday night on February 15, 2006, and the
bleachers at Greece Athena High School near Rochester,
New York, were packed with students and parents,
most notably Jason's. Greece Athena was playing
Spencerport High School, a long standing rival, for a
division title. As time ticked by as Jason continued to
rally his team as he had done so many times before.
Then with just 4:19 left in the game, and a double digit lead,
Coach Johnson stood up, pointed to #52, and he sent him into
the game. J-Mac taking the court with the fanfare of a
rock-and-roll star! His first shot, a 20 footer from the
right baseline was a complete air ball.
His second shot missed too.

Coach Johnson hung his head in his hands,"Dear God,
please, lets just get him a basket." You know it's funny
he mentioned that, because right then, God showed up.
Jason's third try was a charm, a 3-point no-doubter and
pandemonium broke loose. "But Jason wasn't done yet,
no,not by a long shot." He would follow his first 3 pointer
with 5 more, one right after another, each one more
convincing than the one before. His last shot would be
a 3-pointer, at the buzzer, and by then the team and the
fans had reached complete state of frenzy. They carried
Jason on their shoulders as though they had just won
the biggest game of their lives. And perhaps, in some
small way, that's exactly what every single person in
that gym did that night. Witnessing a moment in time
that will likely never be equaled again in their lifetimes.

All tolled J-Mac scored 20 points in just 3:11,
a 200 point/game pace. He was high scorer of the
game and tied the school record for 3-point field goals.

In just a few minutes time this diminutive 17-year-old,
his coach and his teammates, managed turned the tables
on a lifetime filled largely with autistic social isolation.

Hollywood, Cinderella, Miracle - call it what you want,
but on February 15, 2006, Coach Jim Johnson
brought 'true meaning' to the word 'Coach' &
his team true meaning to the word "Teammates".

ALL HONOR TO
Coach Johnson, Jason McElwain
and the rest of the Team !
































































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"There must be a reason why some people can afford to live well . . .
They must have worked for it!
~ Mother Teresa






Christopher Nolan

"For Making Something Out Of Nothing!"


'Christopher Nolan' (September 6, 1965 – February 20, 2009)
was an Irish poet and author and was the son of Joseph and Bernadette Nolan. He grew up in Mullingar, Ireland, but later
moved to Dublin to attend college. He was educated
at the Central Remedial Clinic School, Mount Temple
Comprehensive School and at Trinity College, Dublin.

Physically disabled from birth, with quadriplegia cerebral palsy,
he could not speak, or move, or eat or do anything for himself.
His disabilities were so severe that moving his eyes was his
sole means of communication. Unable to attend mainstream school his mother still believed that Christopher could understand what was going on around him and so she
taught him at home herself. The efforts put forth
by the Nolan family would eventually foster Christopher
talents. When he was young, his father told him stories
and read passages from James Joyce, Samuel Beckett
and D.H. Lawrence to keep his mind stimulated. His
mother strung up letters of the alphabet in the kitchen,
where she kept up a stream of conversation. His sister, Yvonne, sang songs and acted out skits.

At the age of 10, he was started on a new medication,
a "Miracle Drug". It was a medication that would finally
relax his muscles, at least to the extent that he would gain
this much control over his head and neck - with a unicorn
stick strapped to his forehead and his head cradled in his
mothers hands, he could finally communicate using a
keyboard, typing out one letter out at a time. The effort
involved was herculean and heroic for both Nolan and
his mother Bernadette. Typing a single word took minutes,
yet Nolan pressed on. By the age of 15, he published his
first collection of poems titled, "Dam-Burst of Dreams."

His next work,"Under the Eye of the Clock", was an account
of his childhood, he was now 21 years old. This literary effort
would end up winning him England's "Whitbread Book of the
Year Award"
in 1987 - one of the United Kingdom's most
prestigious literary awards. He would then spend more than
a decade writing what would turn out to be his final work,
"The Banyan Tree". In addition his literary awards, he was
also awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters in the UK,
the medal of excellence from the United Nations Society
of Writers, and a Person of the Year award in Ireland.

"Crazy you must be in joining the academically brilliant he
scolded, fool to kiss goodbye to dear old isolation. Imagine
going looking for thrills. You'll get your bellyful my lad - hell
hath no fury like scorn for spastics and you go looking
for it, asking for it, offering yourself as a human sacrifice.
But then again, why not go, why not chance it?"

                           ~ Christopher Nolan ~





































  
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"Accept me for what I am and
I'll accept you for what
you're accepted as."

 ~ Christopher Nolan ~
              Under The Eye Of
                        The Clock



















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How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb. It was written about
the late Irish writer Christopher Nolan, with whom the band
attended Mount Temple Comprehensive School.



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"Boldness be my friend."

~ William Shakespeare






Charles H. Ferguson

"For Telling The Truth!"


If you lost your job, or house, or your 401k, or savings, or your
family, or anything at all in the global financial collapse of 2008,
it was not an accident nor was it due to normal market forces -
it was an "Inside Job" and . . . This is how it happened.

Inside Job
(2010) is a documentary film about the 2008 financial crisis, directed by Charles H. Ferguson. The film
was screened at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival in May and
won the 2010 Academy Award for Best Documentary
Feature. Ferguson has described the film as being
about "the systemic corruption of the United States
by the financial services industry and the
consequences of that systemic corruption."

JUST THE FACTS (Jack):

~ From 1940 to 1980, the United States experienced 40 years
of economic growth without a single financial crisis because
the financial industry was tightly regulated.

~ A 30 year period of deregulation (1981-2011) helped lead to
the savings and loan (S&L) crisis costing tax payers $124 billion.
Thousands of S&L executives went to jail.

~ The Internet Stock Bubble, fueled by the investment banks,
burst in 2001, resulting in $5 trillion in investor losses.

~ The housing boom (2001-2007) was the biggest financial
bubble in history. Is was fueled by subprime lending which shot
from $30 billion to $600 billion in just 10 years.

~ Henry Paulson saved himself $50 million in taxes when he sold
his $485 million of Goldman stock to become Treasury Secretary,
thanks to a law passed during the Bush tenure.


~ For the first time in history, the average American have less
education and is less prosperous than their parents!


















Best Documentary

"If you're not enraged by the end of the movie,
you haven't been paying attention."

              ~ Mary & Richard Corliss - Time ~


















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"There is no similarity between golf and putting; they are two different games, one played in the air, and the other on the ground."
~ Ben Hogan





Ben Hogan - "The Hawk"

"For The Greatest Swing (Ball-Striker) of All Time!"


"Ben Hogan" William Ben Hogan (August 13, 1912 – July 25, 1997) was an American professional golfer, generally considered one of the greatest players in the history of the game. Born within six months of two other acknowledged golf greats of the twentieth century, Sam Snead and Byron Nelson, Hogan is notable for his profound influence on the golf swing theory and his legendary ball-striking ability, for which he remains renowned among players and fans. In 292 career PGA Tour events, Ben Hogan finished in the Top 3 in 47.6-percent of them. He finished in the Top 10 in 241 of those 292 events.

His nine career professional major championships tie him (with Gary Player) for fourth all-time, trailing only Jack Nicklaus (18), Tiger Woods (14) and Walter Hagen (11). Furthermore, he is one of only five golfers to have won all four major championships currently open to professionals (the Masters Tournament, the British Open, the U.S. Open, and the PGA Championship), the other four being Gene Sarazen, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.


Hogan dropped out of Central High School (R.L. Paschal High School) during the final semester of his senior year, and became a professional golfer at the Texas Open in San
Antonio in late January 1930, more than six months shy of his eighteenth birthday. Hogan met Valerie Fox in Sunday
school in Fort Worth in the mid-1920s, and they
reacquainted in 1932 when he landed a low-paying club
pro job in Cleburne, where her family had moved.
They married in April 1935 at her parents' home.

His early years as a pro were very difficult, and Hogan went broke more than once. He did not win his first pro tournament as an individual until March 1940, when he won three consecutive tournaments in North Carolina. Although it took a decade to secure his first victory, Hogan's wife Valerie believed in him, and this helped see him through the tough years, when he battled a hook, which he later cured.

Between the years of 1938 through 1959, Hogan won 63 professional golf tournaments despite his career being interrupted in its prime by World War II and a near-fatal car accident. Hogan served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1945, leaving with the rank of sergeant.

Hogan and his wife, Valerie, survived a head-on collision with a Greyhound bus on a fog-shrouded bridge, early in the morning, east of Van Horn, Texas on February 2, 1949. Hogan threw himself across Valerie in order to protect her, and would have been killed had he not done so, as the steering column punctured the driver's seat.



This accident left Hogan, age 36, with a double-fracture of
the pelvis, a fractured collar bone, a left ankle fracture, a chipped rib, and near-fatal blood clots: he would suffer
lifelong circulation problems and other physical limitations.
His doctors said he might never walk again, let alone play
golf competitively. While in hospital, Hogan's life was endangered by a blood clot problem, leading doctors
to tie off the vena cave. Hogan left the hospital on
April 1, 59 days after the accident.

After regaining his strength by extensive walking, he resumed golf activities in November 1949. He returned to the PGA Tour to start the 1950 season, at the Los Angeles Open, where he tied with Sam Snead over 72 holes, but lost the 18-hole playoff.

The win at Carnoustie was but a part of Hogan's watershed 1953 season, in which he won five of the six tournaments he entered and including three major championships
(a feat known as the "Hogan Slam").

It still stands among the greatest single seasons in the history of professional golf. Hogan, 40, was unable to enter — and possibly win — the 1953 PGA Championship (to complete the Grand Slam) because its play (July 1–7) overlapped the play of the British Open at Carnoustie (July 6–10), which he won. It was the only time that a golfer had won three major professional championships in a year until Tiger Woods won the final three majors in 2000 (and the first in 2001).

Hogan often declined to play in the PGA Championship, skipping it more and more often as his career wore on. There were two reasons for this: firstly, the PGA Championship was, until 1958, a match play event, and Hogan's particular skill was "shooting a number" — meticulously planning and executing a strategy to achieve a score for a round on a particular course (even to the point of leaving out the 7-iron in the U.S. Open at Merion, saying "there are no 7-iron shots at Merion"). The second reason was that the PGA required several days of 36 holes per day competition, and after his 1949 auto accident, Hogan struggled to manage more than 18 holes a day.


 




















Photographer - Hy Peskin

This is probably one of the most famous of all golf photographs.
Ben Hogan is hitting his "1-iron" to the 18th green during
the final round of the 1950 U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club.
Arguably the most difficult club in the bag, to the degree
that most golfers did not carry a 1-iron or even a 2-iron
because it was simply to difficult to hit accurately.
Hogan had to make par on this hole to tie and force
a playoff. Two putts later, Hogan was in a playoff,
which he would win on the next day.


What most people don't not know, however, is that
that 1-iron was not in Hogan’s bag for the playoff.
The night before, several items were stolen from
Hogan's locker, including the club that
helped him reach Merion’s final green.

Years later the club would resurface.

Full name William Ben Hogan
Nickname The Hawk, Bantam Ben, The Wee Iceman
Born August 13, 1912
Stephenville, Texas
Died July 25, 1997 (aged 84)
Fort Worth, Texas
Height 5 ft 8.5 in (1.74 m)
Weight 145 lb (66 kg)
Nationality  United States
Spouse Valerie Fox (1911-1999)
(m. 1935)
Career
Turned professional 1930
Retired 1971
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 68

Number of Wins by Tour
PGA Tour 64 (4th all time)

Best Results in Major Championships
(Wins: 9)
Masters Tournament Won: 1951, 1953
U.S. Open Won: 1948, 1950, 1951, 1953
The Open Championship Won: 1953
PGA Championship Won: 1946, 1948

Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame 1974 (member page)
PGA Tour
leading money winner
1940, 1941, 1942, 1946, 1948
PGA Player of the Year 1948, 1950, 1951, 1953
Vardon Trophy 1940, 1941, 1948
Associated Press
Male Athlete of the Year
1953




The Greatest Self-Taught Golfer
the Game Has Ever Seen and
The Best Ball-Sticker Ever


Hogan always taught that the a perfect
swing was "It"s in the Dirt"
Which simply means
Practice,
Practice,
Practice!
Hogan is credited with
inventing Practice in golf!



















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Ben Hogan is widely acknowledged to have been
among the best, if not the best, ball-strikers to have
ever played the game. Although he had a formidable
record as a tournament winner, it is this aspect of
Hogan which mostly underpins his modern reputation.

Hogan was known to practice more than any other golfer
of his contemporaries and is said to have "invented practice".
On this matter, Hogan himself said, "You hear stories about
me beating my brains out practicing, but... I was enjoying
myself. I couldn't wait to get up in the morning, so I could hit
balls. When I'm hitting the ball where I want, hard and crisply,
it's a joy that very few people experience." He was also
one of the first players to match particular clubs to
yardages, or references points around the course
such as bunkers or trees, in order to improve
his distance control.

Hogan taught that an individual's golf swing was "In The Dirt"
and that mastering it required plenty of practice and repetition.
He is also known to have spent years contemplating the golf
swing, trying a range of theories and methods before arriving
at the finished method which brought him his greatest
period of success.

The young Hogan was badly afflicted by hooking the golf ball.
Although slight of build at 5'8½" and 145 pounds – attributes
that earned him the nickname "Bantam", which he thoroughly
dislike -- he was very long off the tee early in his career,
and even competed in long drive contests.

It has been alleged that Hogan used a "strong" grip, with
hands more the right of the club grip in tournament play
prior to his accident in 1949, despite often practicing
with a "weak" grip, with the back of the left wrist facing
the target, and that this limited his success, or, at least,
his reliability, up to that date (source: John Jacobs
in his book Fifty Greatest Golf Lessons of the Century).

Hogan's late swing produced the famed "Hogan Fade"
ball flight, lower than usual for a great player and
from left to right. This ball flight was the result of
his using a "draw" type swing in conjunction with
a "weak" grip, a combination which all but
negated the chance of hitting a hook.

Hogan played and practiced golf with only bare-hands
i.e. he played or practiced without wearing any gloves.
Moe Norman did the same, playing and practicing without
gloves. The two were arguably the greatest ball strikers
golf has ever known; even Tiger Woods quoted them as
the only players ever to have "owned their swings", in
that they had total control of it and, as a result,
the ball's flight.






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