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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Golf Etiquette
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Don't Chop Wood, Drive The Spike
If you put a log on the ground and asked someone to take out a chunk of wood from the log they would most likely swing the ax into the log at an angle and create sliced out section from the log. This action is done with an abrupt angle of attack into the wood log.
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The Swing Is The Thing
From my experience as a golf teacher I have observed that most people try and over use their bodies in the golf swing. Tour professionals and very skilled amateur golfers know how to use their body properly to increase swing speed in their golf swings.
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The Mental Side of the Game
Our attitude and how we think has a tremendous effect on how we play and score. When playing a true championship golf course one can benefit by setting realistic expectations and adhering to the following: 1) Play the set of tees that best suits your ability. 
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Get a Grip
How to hold a golf club is just as important as how you swing it. The three main types of grips are 10-finger, interlocking, and overlapping. Much has been written about differing grips and how it affects the swing so the importance is not missed.
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Timing
Timing and Rhythm. Quick drill is to say out loud 123--123.  123 on the back swing and 123 on the follow thru. This is a basic timing tempo but the way it works is to say it out loud so you can hear the pace of your arms in unison with your body turn...
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Tilt your Spine for Better Drives
Most tour players and better amateurs tilt their spines 3-5 degrees toward their back leg.
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A Good Swing Hinges On Your Grip
A good grip allows us to effectively control the clubface throughout the swing, but also allows us essential wrist hinge which promotes our ability to maximize distance.  The key is to get the club shaft running diagonally through the fingers of the top hand (left hand for right handed pl
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Side Hill Lie
Side Hill Lie: 1. Aim towards the high part of the hill as your ball will always favor the opposite direction. 2. Always take practice swings and pay attention to where the club sweeps the grass that will determine the appropriate ball position for the lie.
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5-5-5
When you don't trust what you're doing, you tend to tense up and try to steer the ball. Think of it this way: When you strangle the club, the club doesn't choke, you do.Start monitoring your grip pressure.
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Get Connected - Ball Between the Arms Drill
Creating a connection between the turn of your shoulders and swing of your arms promotes a more efficient golf swing with less moving parts.  Most amateurs' swings have too many moving parts and as a result develop a great deal of inconsistency.  To improve the connection in your
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Toe in For Side Hill Lies
One of the toughest shots in golf is when the ball lies below your feet. The natural tendency is for the ball to drift to the right.  Many players top this shot or really slice it because they don't make the necessary adjustments.
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Study the Lie of the Ball
From a short chip to a full swing, if the entire ball lies below the top of the grass, you will need to make changes in your set-up and swing.  You need to produce more of a steeper swing to get the ball up out of the grass.  Two keys that help first place more weight on your lead le
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Balancing Your Body's Foundation
The foundation of your swing is all about balance.  Try these points to improve your foundation you're your set-up try to get the angle between your club shaft and spine near 90 degrees, your arms should hang down vertically so your hands are under your shoulders, and you should be ab
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Smarter Lay-ups
When you are faced with having to lay-up make sure you do the math in order to lay-up to a good distance.  Too often you will tend to always hit a 3 wood.  The problem is that you generally end up too close to the green to hit a full shot.  An example would be if you are 230 yar
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Timing is everything
If I had a dollar for every time I heard the business clichi "timing is everything," I would not need to be in business. One of my favorite ways to work on timing came from one of my heroes Byron Nelson who told me that sometimes he would say his name silently while swing the club.
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You Should Keep Your Stats!
Do you keep statistics of your rounds?  These numbers do not lie, and tell the story of your strengths and weaknesses.  Having factual evidence and knowing what parts of your game require the most improvement will certainly lead to better practice sessions as well as quicker skill im
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Hold A Yardstick and Get Ready For More Accuracy and Length In Your Swing
Find a wooden yardstick and take your grip on the yardstick with the bottom edge in your fingers and thumbs on top. This will enhance you feel for keeping the grip more in the fingers and the palms facing each other which is the correct position they should be in on your club handle.
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Get Connected for More Power
The arms and body must work together in the golf swing. As you start your swing the left arm should swing across your chest and connect the arm to your chest.  Once the left arm connects to your chest, the arms pull the body so that you are coiled and wound up at the top of your swing.
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Left Arm Only Swings
For right-handed players the left arm must remain extended from the start of the backswing to the beginning of the follow-through.  A good drill to help feel this extension is to make some swings holding the club only in the left hand.
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