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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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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2.
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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Perfect Rehearsal Creates Great
Practice swings in your full swing are over rated but in your short game they are a must!Every shot you have around the green, be sure to take 1 or 2 rehearsal swings. But make sure they are productive.
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Get Out of the Sand
Approach sand shots in the same manner you would a long pitch shot.  The only difference is that you are digging your feet down into the sand.  Play the ball forward in your stance with your full swing set-up.  Relax and don't forget to finish the swing.
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Get the Right Fit
Part of the success of playing consistent golf is having equipment to match your golf game. At Colleton River Plantation Club we have four different fitting carts: Callaway, Nike, Titleist, and TaylorMade to help the student find the right equipment for their swing.
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Nice Follow Through; Nice Shot
One of the big differences between the good player and the not so good player is the nice balanced follow through. My feeling is strong on this and a proper follow through will verify that you have done a number of the right things like balance and proper rhythm.
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Look to the Blimp for a Great Turn
To create the correct turn in the swing without excess motion and moving off the ball try this drill. From address pretend that there is a blimp above and behind your right shoulder. Turn back and look up at the blimp.
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Balance Out Your Stroke For Consistency
Whether hitting a distance wedge, pitch shot, chip shot, or putt - you need a consistent stroke.  One way to ensure a consistent stroke is to ensure an even tempo.  An easy way for you to work on your tempo with these shots is to make sure your backswing and finish are equal distance
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The Resistance of a Field Goal Kicker
As you come toward impact, you want your left side to straighten up.
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10.
Flare your Lead Foot
So many golfers have tight hips that don't allow them to rotate enough through the shot.  If you flair your lead foot around 15-20 degrees it will "open-up" your hip socket and that will greatly help you to rotate around it.
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Pitch Shots
The forty yard shot or closer is tough for many players. There are even players that will lay-up to a distance where they will have a full shot.Make a short enough backswing to have room for a follow through.
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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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13.
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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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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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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Crossing the Line
One of the most common problems in golf is aiming one way and swinging another. The result is always a glancing blow to the ball rather than a solid compressed shot.
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Sidehill Lies
When playing a particularly challenging course, particularly a links style course, players will be faced with a variety of uneven lies.
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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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Improve Your Swing
Is your swing feeling too fast and out of control these days?   Can't tell where the club is in your backswing? Try this practice drill.
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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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