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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Uneven Lies
Elevation changes add character to golf holes.  On an uphill lie the ball will fly higher and shorter as the uphill slope will launch the ball much higher..
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TV Grip Practice
Making a grip change is no easy proposition. The solution is to place your hands in the new position at home while watching TV and practice.  You can do this sitting down and swinging the club up and down in line with your trail shoulder. 
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"Are you really picking your head up?"
The most common saying in golf is "keep your head down."  The question is, are you actually picking your head up? When you hit a thin shot that dribbles along the ground, it would seem that a player must have picked their head up.
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The 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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Golf Posture
Find a full length mirror and follow these simple steps: 1. Soften your knees slightly.
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The Swing is a Throw
The easiest way to learn the golf swing is to relate it to another learned movement. The golf swing is a rotary movement; it contains a throwing element similar to baseball. For the non athletes, it would be like skipping a pebble.
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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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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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Getting Set for Action
Having a good grip is the first step in being able to get proper wrist, but it doesn't happen automatically.  In fact you still have to physically set your wrists, the grip only makes it possible.  So next time your practicing try this simple technique - as you start the club awa
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10.
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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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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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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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 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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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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