The Secret of Henny Bogan is a non-fiction book about the Secret of Ben Hogan.  Hogan was a legend in his own time.  He turned pro at age 17 and joined the pro tour at 19 in 1932.  He struggled to make a living, going broke twice and returning home to Fort Worth, Texas, where he did odd jobs to save money for another try.  During his third attempt, now married, he and his wife Valerie had been eating oranges for several weeks and were down to their last $86 when they pulled into Oakland.  They found a reasonable hotel and Hogan was poised to finish in the money.  When he went out to drive to the course on the day of the final round, he discovered his tires had been stolen off his car.  He found a ride to the course and managed to shoot a good round, winning $286.  He would later describe it as the biggest check he would ever win.  Hogan never looked back.  He reached the top of the money list over the course of the next several years, breaking through to win a tournament and setting a record for the number of events in a row finishing in the money.  He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II and took up where he left off upon his release in 1945.

During the latter part of 1945 and into the spring of 1946, Hogan suffered anew from a problem that had plagued him through the thirties, namely, a tendency to hook the ball at the worst imaginable time.  He took time off to work through this problem and spent several days coming up with a solution.  Whatever he discovered worked like a champ, as he went on a tear over the next several years.  He won 33 tournaments and 3 Major Championships between the spring of 1946 and 1949.  On 2 February he and wife Valerie were hit head on by a Greyhound bus.  Hogan threw himself in front of Valerie to protect her, likely saving his life in the process.  His injuries were so extensive that it took him almost 3 months in the hospital to get well enough to be released.  It was thought that he might not walk again, never mind play golf.  But walk he did, astoundingly reaching a playoff for the championship in his first tournament back 11 months after the accident.  He won the US Open Championship at Merion later that summer, 17 months after his accident.  He had to curtail his playing over the next decade, rarely playing more than 7 events a year.  But the results when he played were phenomenal, highlighted by his 1953 campaign where he won 5 of 6 tournaments entered, including the Masters, U.S. Open and Open (British) Championships.  A scheduling conflict made it impossible for him to play in the PGA.  His 1953 golf season is likely the second best of all time, behind only Byron Nelson’s 1945 season where he won 11 tournaments in a row.  

Hogan gave a pretty straightforward answer to questions about his success after 1946; he had a secret.  Mellowing somewhat after his accident on 2 February 1949, he participated in a Life Magazine article in April 1954 in which top pro golfers, including Claude Harmon, Byron Nelson, Sam Snead and Gene Sarazen guessed his secret.  In August 19955, Life Magazine had a follow-up article in which Hogan revealed his secret.  He said his secret was a weakened grip coupled with pronation or a twist of his wrist in the backswing that made his swing hook proof and allowed him to hit the ball higher with no loss of distance.  Several years later he released a series of Sports Illustrated articles that were later published in a book called Five Lessons, The Modern Fundamentals of Golf.  The secret was not mentioned in the book.  It took until 1985 for information about his secret to be added in the form of a revise foreword containing his interview with Nick Seitz from December 1984.  Hogan did not specifically talk about his secret, but he did discuss the rolling of his hands in the backswing and its influence on curing his hook.

The secret was never revealed in his lifetime.  Several books have come out since that purport to reveal his secret.  These are either fiction or works that tout fundamentals he included in Five Lessons.