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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Why playing golf in dark is tough
One of things that makes golf such an interesting and challenging game are the changing conditions during a round. Because it's an outdoor sport, golf is affected by weather: wind and precipitation. But light -- or the lack thereof -- can be just as challenging to a top golfer.
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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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Add Power and Distance to Your Golf Swing Routine
Looking to add some power and distance in your golf swing? These drills can help build the muscles you need to hit the ball farther! And for more help with your swing just go talk to your local PGA Professional.
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A Lesson Learned: Match Play Strategies
The old adage is to always expect your opponent to make the shot in match play. I think we saw plenty of that this week at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.
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Balancing golf etiquette with pace of play
I'm often wondering on the golf course how I can balance the speed of my round with playing a round of golf that's respectful of etiquette, my playing partners and my own enjoyment.
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A Lesson Learned: Good golf in bad weather
You can't write anything about this week's golf at Pebble Beach, even a golf instruction article, without acknowledging Jimmy Walker and the amazing run he is on right now. Three wins on the season, three wins in only eight starts. The first three wins on the PGA Tour of his career.
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Preparing for Pressure A Lesson Learned
You can't write anything about this week's golf at Pebble Beach, even a golf instruction article, without acknowledging Jimmy Walker and the amazing run he is on right now. Three wins on the season, three wins in only eight starts. The first three wins on the PGA Tour of his career.
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Fix Your Improper Grip
Do you feel like your grip may be causing problems in your swing? PGA Professional Eric Hogge demonstrates how to hold the club properly to maximize your chances for success!
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A Lesson Learned: Playing in the wind
I love watching the PGA Tour in Hawaii. Even though the season technically started a few months ago, seeing the world's best players against the Hawaiian backdrop still signals to me the start of a new golf season.
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Starting Your Swing: Lower Body Leads
Do you feel like your golf swing mechanics are out of sync? PGA Professional Eric Hogge offers some great advice for starting your swing from the ground up in order to get the club into proper position and tempo.
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Chip Drill to Improve Impact
Do you have trouble making solid contact, or often hit the ball thin or fat? This simple drill from PGA Professional Eric Hogge can help improve your consistency and execution when striking the golf ball.
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