Fundamentals

PGA teaching professional Eric Hogge shows you how to generate a good full shoulder turn in your swing and what that turn should feel and look like when done properly.

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Hit Ball in Center of Clubface with Right Weight Clubs
Do you wanna hit the ball in the center of the club face more often? PGA Professional Eric Hogge says the weight of your clubs, especially the shafts, could make a huge difference in your golf game.
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Get Your Child Started Playing and Love Golf
Get your child or youth started playing golf and help them love it for life by following some key steps from PGA Professional Don Law.
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Stand Correct Distance from Golf Ball Instruction
How far away from the golf ball should you stand? PGA Professional Rafael Floriani is here to offer a couple quick checks to ensure your stance is correct and improve your game.
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Can't get lead arm straight? Tips for Success
Are you unable to completely straighten your lead arm on the takeaway of your golf swing? No worries, because PGA Professional Rafael Floriani has some great instruction advice to help you overcome this and still play great golf.
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Easy Golf Instruction to Fix a Struggling Round
Watch instruction to help fix your golf round if your start to struggle on the course. PGA Professional Mike Richards has some quick and easy advice to get your game back on track.
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Fix Slice or Hook During Your Round
How to stop a slice or hook during your round. Watch easy golf instruction from PGA Professional Mike Richards, who explains a quick fix for these problems if you run into them on the course.
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Golf Tips: Practice vs. Pre-round Warmup Strategy
Golfers sometimes mistake how to practice their swing vs. the type of warm-up required before playing a round. PGA Professional Mike Richards explains the key differences to help you maximize both.
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Golf Instruction to Control Ball Flight with Your Grip
Want to understand how your golf grip can affect your ball flight and how some of the best players adjust their grip and hands? PGA Professional John Webster offers some simple golf instruction to help you understand what's best for your swing and your game.
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Learn from McIlroy: Four match play tips
Match play uses the same skill set as stroke play, but an entirely different set of strategies. Because you're playing against an opponent instead of the entire field, it's almost like chess on grass.
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Golf in cold weather: Proper preparation makes it a breeze
“Winter golf” has different meanings depending on what area of the country you happen to be in. In Florida or Arizona, it means peak season. In Minnesota and Massachusetts, it means a time to put the clubs into storage.
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A daily golf swing routine when bad weather hits
Looking for a good drill to retain that muscle memory when the weather turns bad? Follow the lead of baseball players in the on-deck circle.
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Golf Glossary and Golf Terms
Looking for a good drill to retain that muscle memory when the weather turns bad? Follow the lead of baseball players in the on-deck circle.
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Five warm-up tips on cool golf days
Your high school P.E. coach was right: Before you do any athletic activity -- especially golf -- it's always best to loosen your muscles and joints with warm-up exercises. That's even more critical on cooler days.
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Proper golf stance lesson
PGA Professional Eric Hogge offers a quick lesson to help you learn a proper stance.
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Don't let a tough hole mess with your mind
If the most important rule of golf is "play it where it lies," then the most important unofficial rule of golf is "stuff happens." A bad lie, a bad break, a bad swing, a bad putt.
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How to stay sharp when facing a long delay
On Sunday at the Memorial, Kevin Na shot the best round of the day -- an 8-under 64. But after sitting and waiting for nearly two hours to find out that he had earned a spot in a playoff, Na hit his first ball into the water.
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Tips on playing with frustrated or slow partners
Until his victory Sunday in the Senior PGA Championship, Colin Montgomerie had never won an official tournament in the United States. Some of that was bad luck. Some of it was bad golf. But Montgomerie admits sometimes he's let his emotions get the best of him.
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What you can learn from LPGA pro's tempo
The LPGA Tour is experiencing an explosion of young, talented golfers with impeccable, controlled swings. The women who are winning tournaments this season have impressive rhythm and tempo -- and it's something amateur golfers should strive for when they play, too.
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Got a good round going? Stay in the moment
Martin Kaymer was nearly perfect for the first 14 holes of Sunday's final round of the Players Championship. Then, after a 90-minute weather delay, he did what all of us have a tendency to do -- he started overthinking things, which got him completely out of his game.
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How to choose a golf instructor
I originally wrote this article in 2003.
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