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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Balance Out Your Stroke For Consistency
Whether hitting a distance wedge, pitch shot, chip shot, or putt - you need a consistent stroke.  One way to ensure a consistent stroke is to ensure an even tempo.  An easy way for you to work on your tempo with these shots is to make sure your backswing and finish are equal distance
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Lesson Learned: Play Your Game
It’s always fun to watch the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
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A Lesson Learned: Mickelson's Never-Changing Routine
Watching Phil Mickelson’s spectacular performance this week at the Waste Management Phoenix Open and seeing the way he waltzed around the TPC of Scottsdale as if he were strolling through a park, I immediately thought of Jack Nicklaus.
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A Lesson Learned: Manage Your Game
Golf Instructors get a unique perspective on the game, one that we enjoy immensely.
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A Lesson Learned: Play YOUR Game
Last year, when I was fortunate enough to win the 2011 PGA Professional National Championship, I knew part of the winning package included exemptions into six PGA Tour events.
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