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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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13.
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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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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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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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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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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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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20.
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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