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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How to prepare to play a golf tournament
Almost all of us who play golf regularly or even occasionally have been in a competitive environment when it comes to the game of golf.
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How to set up for a golf shot
Learn how to set up for a golf shot with the proper grip and stance. Mike Davis, Director of Instruction at Royal Links Golf Club, discusses some important specifics of improving your golf game.
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A Lesson Learned: So Good at the Solheim
It wasn't exactly the result I wanted - or expected - but it was still great to watch the Solheim Cup this past weekend. Obviously, I love it when the ladies take center stage in the golf world and I have to offer a sincere "Congratulations" to Team Europe.
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A Lesson Learned: Maintain control
What a fantastic week – watching the world's best players take on such a tremendous test in Oak Hill and chasing the season's final major.
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A Lesson Learned: Holistic Golf
One of the things that strikes me about Brandt Snedeker, this week's champion of the RBC Canadian Open, is that he is a complete golfer. That may read incredibly obvious, but I'm saying from a PGA Instruction perspective, it's obvious he has no weakness anywhere in his golf game.
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A Lesson Learned: The Artistry of Golf
I don't know that I can say anything about the 142nd Open Championship that hasn't already been said from a fan perspective.
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A Lesson Learned: Hitting the Links
Little did I know when I agreed to do this week's "A Lesson Learned" that this would be such an amazing week for golf fans. Where do I start? How about 19-year-old Jordan Speith winning on the PGA Tour? 19!!! Or Will Willcox shooting a 59 on the Web.com Tour?!
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A Lesson Learned: Play faster, play better
Right now, one of the 'hot topics' in the golf world is pace of play - as it should be.
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A Lesson Learned: Perspective helps with pressure
Last week, I competed in one of my favorite events - the PGA Professional National Championship. This past weekend, Inbee Park not only won the Women's U.S. Open but managed to make it her third straight major championship this year.
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Feet Together Drill to Improve Balance and Tempo
To get a fuller swing while increasing your balance, try taking some slow practice swings with your feet together. Many players have a tendency to sway back and forth in their swing and with your feet together you obviously can’t do that.
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Proper Tempo by using the Takeaway Drill
Good tempo in the golf swing is extremely important. The first few feet of your take-away should be the slowest part of your swing.
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Keep it simple, keep it fun
When I was in college I realized how rewarding it was to help someone with their golf swing and then see their face light up after hitting a good shot. I actually enjoyed it more than hitting a good shot myself. That is when I decided to pursue a career in teaching the game of golf.
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A Lesson Learned: Dealing with nerves
The Fed Ex Cup's completion at East Lake this year definitely had the feel of a "Super Bowl". This week's lesson learned was evident in the final round and was easy to see; Nerves and controlling them.
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A Lesson Learned: Keeping it going
Stop me if you've heard this one before: Rory McIlroy convincingly beats an elite field to win on the PGA Tour. Actually, you've probably heard it three of the last four weeks. Hey, this kid is really good.
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A Lesson Learned: Youth is served
Without question, the headline story of the day or week goes to 15 year old Lydia Ko, an amateur who won the CN Canadian Women's Open. Yes, you read that right. She's 15 years old.
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A Lesson Learned: Playing a soft course
Take the best players in the world, wind and rain (and a couple of delays) and the pressure of a major championship and you are going to have one incredible golf tournament. And that's exactly what we had at the 94th PGA Championship here at the Ocean Course on Kiawah Island.
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A Lesson Learned: Importance of a consistent pre-shot routine
This week's HP Byron Nelson Championship at TPC Las Colinas in Irving, Texas, certainly showed us what a roller coaster ride golf can be at times. As in life, golf has its highs and lows and that was clearly on display in the Lone Star State.
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A Lesson Learned: Off golf course preparation
It was a great honor to represent The PGA of America and my fellow club professionals this week as the Low Club Professional at the Senior PGA Championship. It was a great week and a tremendous event.
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A Lesson Learned: Overcoming Mental Demons
It was with a great sense of joy that I watched this past week's Players Championship. Why? Because it's obvious, golf is in great hands - with a strong crop of stars ready to carry the torch for the next generation.
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A Lesson Learned: Playing consistent golf
A Lesson Learned: "Consistency: The Road to a Better Game" Problem Area: Consistency
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