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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Arm position
Everyone talks about keeping the left arm straight at ball address. Should the left arm be straight during impact of the ball than flex on the follow through?
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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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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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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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The Gary Player step through
Hi Jim, I'm about a 10 handicap, and I'm trying hard to perfect my swing. I hit the ball very well, but often topple forward toward the target (like Gary Players step through drill).
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Raising up at impact
I have a problem with raising up at impact. Are there any drills to use to help with this problem?  
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Shorten the backswing
I have spent thousands of dollars on golf lessons, and yet no one has been able to shorten my backswing. Once I get past parrallel I lost all the good angles. Please help.
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'Sweep' the ball
I'm a 14 year old golfer. I play everyday that I can, so I am pretty accustomed to my tendencies. With almost every club (even my three wood), I take a rather large divot.
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Shorten the backswing
I have spent thousands of dollars on golf lessons, and yet no one has been able to shorten my backswing. Once I get past parrallel I lost all the good angles. Please help.
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Keeping the club near your body
My question is on transition from the top. Periodically I tend to rotate my back shoulder out and as a result end up with my hands away from my body and a SHANK. Do you have any ideas for a swing thought or a first move to better manage that transition from the top?  
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Keeping hip rotation
I've started hitting my wedges fat. Short shots, full shots -fat! I've tried a check list of diagnostics: tried flattening my swing, steepening by swing,weight foreward, head still, quiet lower body, active lower bory, shoulder turn, less active hands- still fat.
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Swing at Impact
I have been concentrating on my downswing to think about slapping the ball with my right hand at impact. But I have been losing distance and hooking the ball. Should I be thinking more about hitting the ball with more of my left hand at impact on my woods and irons.
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Create lag in the downswing
What is a good tip to help create lag in the downswing? I have been casting the club for so long that it is very hard to stop. A tip that does not require hitting balls at the range would be ideal since I live in Canada.
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14.
Arm placement during backswing
On the back swing, I do not turn my left arm over my right as I see some do. Dosen't that create more parts to move on the downwing?
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Best downswing motion
My question involves the motion most typical used to start the downswing for good players. I have read/heard that some players start the downswing with the right knee moving toward the ball, others start with a shift of weight to the left foot, Others start with a hip rotation.
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Swing speed
For some reason when I swing my 3 wood the swing speed is about 10 mph faster than when I swing my driver. I feel like I am making the same swings, but something is causing the decrease in clubhead speed. Any explaination as to why this might be happening?  
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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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18.
Educate your hands
I can not (do not) turn my hands over at impact. The result is always a HUGE banana slice. Any drills that will teach me how and when to turn the hands?  
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Golf Etiquette
I can not (do not) turn my hands over at impact. The result is always a HUGE banana slice. Any drills that will teach me how and when to turn the hands?  
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Golf Etiquette
I can not (do not) turn my hands over at impact. The result is always a HUGE banana slice. Any drills that will teach me how and when to turn the hands?  
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