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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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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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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3.
The Building Blocks of Elevation
Most golfers know how far they hit each club on a flat topography.  But a challenge course architects use to protect par is elevation change. 
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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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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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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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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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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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9.
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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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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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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Good Alignment Routine
Stand behind the ball on the extended ball/target line. Walk round toward the address position, all while keeping a sense of that line, and stand and face that ball/target line. Set the club such that clubs grooves are perpendicular to the ball/target line.
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Skip the range?
If you are in a hurry to make your tee time and you only have 5 minutes to get ready, our Colleton River Golf Academy Professionals suggest stretching instead of hitting balls. Asking your body to do something that it may not be ready for on the first tee can be a disaster!
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17.
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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18.
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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Easy 1-2-3 Setup for Chipping Success
Starting with the proper setup is essential to chipping effectiveness.  Follow these three simple setup steps to achieve consistent success.  Take a stance that aligns you to the target and then (1) put the ball back in your stance, (2) put your weight predominately on the forward fo
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20.
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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