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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1.
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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Get Connected - Ball Between the Arms Drill
Creating a connection between the turn of your shoulders and swing of your arms promotes a more efficient golf swing with less moving parts.  Most amateurs' swings have too many moving parts and as a result develop a great deal of inconsistency.  To improve the connection in your
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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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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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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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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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The Resistance of a Field Goal Kicker
As you come toward impact, you want your left side to straighten up.
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8.
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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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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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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11.
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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12.
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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13.
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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14.
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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15.
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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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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18.
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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19.
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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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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