Ummmmm, Peter, if we were in court, and you stood in front of the jury and said:that has been demonstrated here many times is that people often see what they want to see.
Hogan rolls his lead foot onto the inside edge but his heel never leaves the ground. When you look at the video frame by frame you can see that his heel never moves up and only the outside edge clears the ground. It is the same in the full swing video of Hogan in front of the grid and in home video of Hogan taken by some friends when he vacationed with them. His lead foot rolls to the inside edge in the back swing and to the outside edge in the through swing.
"Hogan rolls his lead foot onto the inside edge but his heel never leaves the ground. When you look at the video frame by frame you can see that his heel never moves up and only the outside edge clears the ground."
I would then quiclky rise and say:
"Your Honor, based on the statement from the defense, he specifically said that "the outside edge clears the ground."
This "clearing the ground" is exactly what I see. In most swings, the complete heel clears, and in some swings, only the outside edge clears, but there always appears to be clearance.
Hogan may have said he "didn't pay any attention to what his left heel did during the swing" because it's something that was ""normal"" to him. If we were to walk up to random people at different driving ranges today and ask them why they don't raise their left heel they would most likely respond with " I don't pay any attention to what my left heel does during the swing. I haven't payed any attention to it." But not because they don't pay attention to it, but because they never saw anyone else doing this and never made it a part of the swing.
I can imaging that today, if the top 5 money leaders on tour all of a sudden started to lift their left heel, the same swing mechanic would roll downhill to local driving ranges.
My main reason for being curious about the left heel is:
Why did old-schoolers do it?
(my guess is cause they saw the guy next to them doing it, and when he did do it, his ball went further)
Did it make a difference in distance/accuracy?
(my guess would be increased distance/decreased accuracy)
At what point in golf history did it become more popular to not raise it?
(I have no guess, but I would think it would have something to do with whoever the hottest player was at the time that didn't do it, and consistently won more than the guys that did it)
My other reason for wanting to experiment/add this to my swing is cause Hogan did it. Has nothing to do with distance or accuracy in my case.
Also, my initial thought was related to flexibility issues. But when I look at old-schoolers, the majority of swings I see guys lifting it. Then the question comes to mind: were all the old-schoolers not flexible? How about Hogan, Arnie, and Jack in their youth. There are swings of them in their teens and early 20's lifting the left heel. Maybe everybody was just stiff as a board back then lol......but that isn't likely.