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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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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Golf Posture
Find a full length mirror and follow these simple steps: 1. Soften your knees slightly.
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The Swing is a Throw
The easiest way to learn the golf swing is to relate it to another learned movement. The golf swing is a rotary movement; it contains a throwing element similar to baseball. For the non athletes, it would be like skipping a pebble.
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Why you should organize your golf bag.
Is your golf bag organized?  Having your golf bag organized will help you greatly as you improve your skills.  Knowing where each club is within the bag, you will not lose focus on the shot you have planned, while you search for the proper club.
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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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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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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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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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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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Get Out of the Sand
Approach sand shots in the same manner you would a long pitch shot.  The only difference is that you are digging your feet down into the sand.  Play the ball forward in your stance with your full swing set-up.  Relax and don't forget to finish the swing.
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Nice Follow Through; Nice Shot
One of the big differences between the good player and the not so good player is the nice balanced follow through. My feeling is strong on this and a proper follow through will verify that you have done a number of the right things like balance and proper rhythm.
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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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A Lesson Learned: Beat the Heat
 
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A Lesson Learned: Commit to the shot
First and foremost, "Congratulations to Webb Simpson!" Simpson has been one of the most consistent and dedicated players in golf over the last year, he is a deserving and worthy champion of the U.S. Open. I expect we'll see more major championship victories in his future.
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