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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'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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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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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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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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Fixing a bowed left wrist
For many years I've been affected by a bowed left wrist at the top of my backswing, getting worse during the transition. Can you please explain to me which could have been the origin and what would be the cure for that problem?  
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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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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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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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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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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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Golf Etiquette
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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Golf Etiquette
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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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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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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Grip Tip
Should you use a strong, neutral or weak grip? The following guidelines will help you determine which grip will work best for you.
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Bump It and Run It In Windy Conditions
In many parts of the country, golfers must contend with windy conditions..  To successfully play "under the wind," the best strategy on a windy day is the "knock down" or "bump and run".  To execute this type of shot, play the ball "back in your sta
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How to take your alignment from the range to the course
You have been practicing on the range diligently to insure you have proper alignment, but you can't lay the clubs or sticks down you have been practicing with on the ground when you are playing.  How do you merge the practice regiment to the course?  Pick a spot approximately 2-3
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Impact and Hockey
Hockey players are great golfers because the impact position is similar. To get the correct athletic feel for impact try this "slap shot" drill. Separate your hands on the club then make a half backswing on the downswing pretend you are hitting a hockey slap shot.
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Swing Sensations
The quality of any golf swing can be measured by the ability to swing the club.  This means without control or manipulation.  Picturing a child in a playground swing should give you the right idea of this back and forth uninterrupted motion. 
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Swing Sensations
The quality of any golf swing can be measured by the ability to swing the club.  This means without control or manipulation.  Picturing a child in a playground swing should give you the right idea of this back and forth uninterrupted motion. 
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