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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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10.
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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12.
The Resistance of a Field Goal Kicker
As you come toward impact, you want your left side to straighten up.
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13.
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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14.
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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15.
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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Swing Light And Easy Not Hard And Heavy
Before playing a round or practicing at the range take your grip on the clubhead end of the shaft and swing the grip end from your normal stance. Swing the grip-end as if hitting a shot and listen for the swish as it descends down from the top of your swing.
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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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Why you should organize your golf bag.
Is your golf bag organized?  Having your golf bag organized will help you greatly as you improve your skills.  Knowing where each club is within the bag, you will not lose focus on the shot you have planned, while you search for the proper club.
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When it's Breezy Swing Easy
When the wind picks up you want to choose a club that is more than what you would normally choose.  Go through your normal pre-shot routine and then swing easy.  The windier it gets the easier you should swing.  You will quickly find that your golf ball is boring through the win
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20.
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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