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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What is the PGA Golf School?
TNT's Craig Sager put his game through a complete overhaul at the PGA Golf School in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Find out what he went through - and what you could expect - at one of the nation's top golf academies.
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Golf swing lesson: Releasing the club
Martin Hall, PGA Director of Instruction at Ibis Golf and Country Club in West Palm Beach, Fla., defines release as the gradual turning of the club from hip height on your downswing through your swing to hip height on the far side of impact.
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Golf swing tips: How fast should my swing be?
PGA Professional Kammy Maxfeldt offers some tips for improving your swing speed, and positioning the club on your backswing.
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Golf free drop rule: Ground under repair
Kentucky PGA Section Teacher of the Year Brian Manzella explains the rule when your ball lands in a precarious spot near a bunker. Understanding the rules of golf can provide advantages in difficult situations on the course.
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Directing your golf ball flight: Fade or draw tips
Brandel Chamblee and PGA Director of Instruction Rick Martino demonstrate how to hit the ball straight or shape the ball by adjusting body position at address to achieve your desired ball flight. For left to right flight, have right shoulders closer to the ball with shoulders more open.
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Golf swing plane tips
Southern California PGA Section Teacher of the Year Kip Puterbaugh talks about the fundamentals of the swing plane. He instructs to start your swing with early rotation of the body. Then, allow your head to move slightly with swing rotation and lead with your lower body through the down swing.
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Shaping your golf shot | Online golf lesson
Southern California PGA Section Teacher of the Year Kip Puterbaugh demonstrates that to shape your shot, you should position the ball slightly back of normal, swing shallower and from the inside out. He also recommends practicing with an elevated shaft to help facilitate a shallower swing path.
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Golf positioning: How to set up over the ball
Southern California PGA Section Teacher of the Year Kip Puterbaugh instructs that for set-up you should create a position with your upper body tilted over at the hips with your weight on the balls of your feet with shoulders back.
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Golf swing tips: How to transfer your weight
PGA Professional Eric Hogge helps your create the proper weight transfer during your swing.
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Good golf drills to improve score
Southern California PGA Section Teacher of the Year Kip Puterbaugh and Tri-State PGA Section Teacher of the Year Eric Johnson give recommendations for some practice games to help improve your performance using irons and fairway woods.
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Improve your club grip
Jim Remy, PGA Professional at Okemo Valley Golf Club, gives advice about gripping the club. He says to make sure that when you grip the club, you grip it in your fingers, with your thumb pointed straight down the shaft. Remy goes on to demonstrate how you will get a much stronger grip on the club.
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Correct golf club grip
PGA Professional Roger Lundy, Academy Director at Indiana Junior Golf Academy, offers a fun way to help ensure you are gripping the golf club correctly.
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Golf warm ups: Good stretches for playing golf
David Donatucci, Director of Fitness for the PGA of America, offers some great stretches to help you warm up before your round.
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Golf club grips: Where to position your hands for golf swing
John Borrell, Lead Instructor at the PGA Learning Center in Port St. Lucie, Fla., discusses the grip and the movement of the club from the start of the swing. He shows both the incorrect and correct positions to hold the club at the start of the swing.
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Improving the backswing
Chris Czaja, PGA Teaching Professional at Boca West CC and 2010 South Florida PGA section Teacher of the Year, offers thoughts for improving the backswing and shows a drill that can correct problems.
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Hitting the punch shot in golf
I'm a senior golfer and I use graphite shafts - I have for several years. Please explain the punch shot. I was watching the Sony Open and I saw several players with abbreviated swings. Nick Faldo tried to describe it but I didn't understand.
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Golf Glossary and Golf Terms
I'm a senior golfer and I use graphite shafts - I have for several years. Please explain the punch shot. I was watching the Sony Open and I saw several players with abbreviated swings. Nick Faldo tried to describe it but I didn't understand.
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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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Proper grip on a golf club
PGA Professional Eric Hogge offers a quick lesson to help you grip your club correctly.
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Golf pre-shot routine: Why it's important
PGA Professional Tim Weinhart shares the importance of a good pre-shot routine.
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