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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Pressure on the grip
Please please tell me the mystery of the pressure on the grip. I heard left hand only hits the ball. How much does the right hand play through the swing . I tried to keep equal pressure with both hands. Is this correct?
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2.
Function of the arms
I'm a big fan of the one plane swing but I was wondering in your takeaway should it be a set arms and wrists or should it be all shoulders? I hear different answers from many people and I think it would be best to hear from the man himself.
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Elbow placement
When I address the ball, my left arm is straight. Should my elbow face the target? My arm tries to twist, pointing my elbow towards my left hip.
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4.
Overcome mental obstacles
Im not a beginner I consistently shoot in the mid 80's but am trying to take my mental game to the next level. I feel I am physically capable of shooting in the 70's but cannot overcome the mental aspect of the game.
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Hitting shots off the back foot
I am hitting my shots off the back foot. Whar are some drills to help transfer to the left side?  
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Snap hooks
I am a 1 handicapper that strugles with the pull or snap hooks on my bad days but only with the driver or 3 wood. My clubface position at the top is square to just slightly shut and I have worked hard over the years to get to square.
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Building an efficient swing
My questions concerns clubhead lag during the downswing. Remember Calvin Peete and how his left arm could not be fully extended? Yet he was considered to be one of the more accurate hitters on tour. My left arm is similar to Calvin's. Left arm extension being limited to 120 degrees.
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Shoulder turn
Is the shoulder turn on the backswing the same amount regardless of the length of the club, or do you turn less the shorter the club? Related question: Is the arm swing shorter with shorter clubs?  
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9.
Hit the ball solid
How can you break the habit of pulling up when approaching the ball ? I have got in the habit of pulling up and when doing that I top the ball and don't get a solid hit.
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10.
Swing set up
Should I keep my left arm completely straight when hitting the ball and how far should I stand from the ball at set- up.  
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11.
Grip tip
My 16 yr old hits a nice little draw, but lately he sometimes starts to push the ball straight right. I think he quits on his follow through, maybe trying to guide the ball instead of crushing it.
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12.
Position your elbow correctly
I had always had trouble in the past coming over the top and hitting either a fade or slice but I started practicing holding my right elbow to my side and closed my stance a little by dropping my right foot back and now I draw the ball and hit it much further.
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13.
Down Swing
When I start the down swing do my hips start first or does my hips and hands start at the same time. As of now I'm either pushing my shots a little right or blocking them out. I'm making solid contact but my shots are about 10 to 15 yards right of the target.
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14.
Proper swing drill
What is the best way of ensuring the swing is on plane during the early part of the take away?  
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15.
Pulling the ball
I carry a 5 handicap but when I get in trouble it is usually because I pull my driver straight left. Usually my driver goes strait or fades just a little. What do you think happens when I pull it dead left
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16.
Adjusting your swing
I am staying on my right side and topping the ball.. Any drills you would suggest?  
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Pulling the ball
Hi. I have a lot of problems with pulling the ball. It happens with the driver and the irons. The ball flight is straight or sometimes a hook. It is worse when hitting off a tee. I must be coming from outside.
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18.
Drills for swinging
I try to steer the ball most of the time and fail to follow through with my swing. How can I break this bad habit? Any drills?  
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19.
Check your divot
On short wedge shots from 75 yards in I am constantly pulling the ball left of target and short. Can you help me understand what I am doing wrong?  
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20.
Working with your grip
Rolling of the wrist or closing the club face release is that something I do? or it just follows a good grip and set up I still hit to many slices and hard fades  
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