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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Timing is everything
If I had a dollar for every time I heard the business clichi "timing is everything," I would not need to be in business. One of my favorite ways to work on timing came from one of my heroes Byron Nelson who told me that sometimes he would say his name silently while swing the club.
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Keep Your Head Down?
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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Keep Your Head Down?
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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Get out of the sand, every time!
There are two concepts that will help a new golfer get out of the sand almost every time. The first is skimming the sole of the sand wedge through the impact area. Find a firm area on the grass and start making swings where the golfer hits the ground.
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Hip to be Square
While spending time on the practice tee at a recent PGA tour event, I was relieved to witness the best players in the world working diligently on the very same thing we as teachers work on with amateur golfers. The common denominator: alignment.
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Shoulders, not Hands, Determine a Complete Backswing
Many golfers try to make a complete backswing based on how far their hands and arms go back.  In reality, your backswing is completed when your shoulders have made a full turn.  Turn hands, arms and shoulders together on the backswing.  Once your shoulders have finished turning,
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Are you a Feel Player
We hear all types of golfers say "I need to feel the swing". Here is a simple drill to feel where your shaft and clubhead are located. If you are a right handed player, hold a golf club only in your right hand and make a golf swing half way back (lefties use your left hand).
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Spring Tune-Up
Despite the fact that the whole country has been battered by bad weather, golf season is upon us and it is the time to get tuned up. First, make sure your grips aren.t worn and slick. A bad grip will cause the hands to slip in a swing.
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The Backswing
History has shown us that there have been many different backswings that have won major tournaments. Jack Nicklaus had an upright swing and Ray Floyd had a severe inside backswing that won him a Masters.
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Mixing Up Your Practice
Many golfers complain that they cannot take their ball-striking ability from the range to the course.  This is because hitting one club repeatedly at one target for a long period of time is not representative of golf.  It is important to mix clubs, yardages and targets in a practice
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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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Stabilize Your Chipping
Chipping is a lesson that is often taught, but rarely executed properly.  Your body weight is intended to stay forward, but many people shift their weight away from the target.  This instantly causes the bottom of the swing to strike behind the intended spot and cause the dreaded sco
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13.
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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Golf Posture
Find a full length mirror and follow these simple steps: 1. Soften your knees slightly.
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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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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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Toe in For Side Hill Lies
One of the toughest shots in golf is when the ball lies below your feet. The natural tendency is for the ball to drift to the right.  Many players top this shot or really slice it because they don't make the necessary adjustments.
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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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