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Shoulder turn
Is the shoulder turn on the backswing the same amount regardless of the length of the club, or do you turn less the shorter the club? Related question: Is the arm swing shorter with shorter clubs?  
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Arm position
Everyone talks about keeping the left arm straight at ball address. Should the left arm be straight during impact of the ball than flex on the follow through?
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Golf Etiquette
Everyone talks about keeping the left arm straight at ball address. Should the left arm be straight during impact of the ball than flex on the follow through?
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Golf Etiquette
Everyone talks about keeping the left arm straight at ball address. Should the left arm be straight during impact of the ball than flex on the follow through?
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5.
Don't Chop Wood, Drive The Spike
If you put a log on the ground and asked someone to take out a chunk of wood from the log they would most likely swing the ax into the log at an angle and create sliced out section from the log. This action is done with an abrupt angle of attack into the wood log.
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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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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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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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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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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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11.
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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12.
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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13.
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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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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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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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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19.
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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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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