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1.
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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2.
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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Timing
Timing and Rhythm. Quick drill is to say out loud 123--123.  123 on the back swing and 123 on the follow thru. This is a basic timing tempo but the way it works is to say it out loud so you can hear the pace of your arms in unison with your body turn...
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Side Hill Lie
Side Hill Lie: 1. Aim towards the high part of the hill as your ball will always favor the opposite direction. 2. Always take practice swings and pay attention to where the club sweeps the grass that will determine the appropriate ball position for the lie.
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5.
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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7.
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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8.
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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10.
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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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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14.
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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15.
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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16.
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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17.
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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18.
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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19.
Get the Right Fit
Part of the success of playing consistent golf is having equipment to match your golf game. At Colleton River Plantation Club we have four different fitting carts: Callaway, Nike, Titleist, and TaylorMade to help the student find the right equipment for their swing.
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20.
Pitch Shots
The forty yard shot or closer is tough for many players. There are even players that will lay-up to a distance where they will have a full shot.Make a short enough backswing to have room for a follow through.
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