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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A Lesson Learned: Learn from the past, stay in the present
Local boy Webb Simpson finally recorded his first win on the PGA Tour and as the statistics show, it was just a matter of time.
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A Lesson Learned: Staying focused in a fickle game
I had a unique opportunity while at this past week's Greenbrier Classic. For the third roud, I was an honorary observer and allowed to walk inside the ropes with the pairing of Trevor Immelmann and Michael Leitzig, both in second place going into the round.
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A Lesson Learned: Solid fundamentals equal amazing results
It's official. There is a Youth Movement in golf and it is being lead by Rory McIrloy. In the past 5 majors, the 5 different winners were all 30 years old or younger!
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A Lesson Learned: Pre-shot routines lead to great golf
Wow! Another playoff! What's that... like 137 this year! Actual I think it's 11, with 16 being the record for a season. Congratulations to Harrison Frazar for his first PGA TOUR victory! Well done!
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A Lesson Learned: Optimizing Pressure Play
Before we talk about what we can learn from this week's golf action, let's take a moment to remember two special people.
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A Lesson Learned: Bouncing back from golf disaster
So this week we saw PGA Tour player Kevin Na shoot 80 in the first round of the Valero Texas Open. A tour pro shooting 80 is surprising, but not unheard of. But Na shot 80 after he made a 16 – yes, a 16, on the par four ninth hole.
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A Lesson Learned: Finishing up strong
No one can argue that the PGA Tour’s Florida swing can provide great drama due to some exciting – and difficult – finishing holes.  Starting with the Bear Trap at PGA National to the Blue Monster at Doral, the Tour players need to be on the top of their
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A Lesson Learned: Fighting off nerves and tension
In the 75 years that there has been a Masters, you’d be hard-pressed to find one that had more drama and excitement among such a large group of players as this past one.
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A Lesson Learned: Executing the Perfect Pitch
What a great show this week at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. The incredible play of Luke Donald was as impressive as you could ever hope to see in such a format. Donald only played 89 holes total, he led after 81 of them and never trailed to an opponent all week!
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A Lesson Learned: Better golf by the numbers
This week, "A Lesson Learned" focuses on how Gary Woodland made a series of small changes that created great progress and led to his first PGA victory.
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A Lesson Learned: The goal of golf instruction
There were so many great storylines and lessons that all golfers could take from this past week's Northern Trust Open at Riviera.
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A Lesson Learned: Playing Pebble Beach effectively
What an awesome event golf on the PGA Tour was this past week. The drama and action were tremendous and seeing Bill Murray show some flashes of golf brilliance in addition to the levity he brings was quite a treat.
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A Lesson Learned: Hitting the green under pressure
Well first of all, congratulations to Mark Wilson.  Two wins in three starts this year! How's that for a pretty good percentage?  He overcame a tough field under tough conditions to win.  A well-deserved kudos to one of the good guys on Tour. 
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A Lesson Learned: When your pace of play is altered
For those that might have been engrossed in the football playoffs on Sunday, you missed another great playoff - this one on the PGA Tour. Jhonattan Vegas won a three-man playoff, including winning on the second playoff hole after hitting a ball into the water! 
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A Lesson Learned: Hitting a driver off the deck
Congratulations to Jonathan Byrd on opening the 2011 PGA Tour season with a great playoff win.
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A Lesson Learned: Playing to your strengths
Mark Wilson capped off an impressive week in Hawaii at the Waialae Country Club in Honolulu with a win playing some steady golf.  Tim Clark and Steve Marino were right on his heels until the 18th hole where Wilson made his birdie putt to win by two.  Mark Wilson played sol
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Golf in Cold Weather: Proper preparation makes it a breeze
 
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A Lesson Learned: J.B. Holmes and the FBR Open
For all of the fair weather golf fans that changed the channel when J.B. Holmes found the hazard on 15, you missed a great finish in the FBR Open.
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Return Shaft to Address Position for Consistent Swing
Address and impact have two very different looks to them as well they should. However, the angle of the clubshaft is one thing that golfers should try to make look the same at impact as it was at address. A great way to tell if you are accomplishing this goal is to look at your divots.
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Get a Grip - The Right Grip For You
Developing a proper grip requires a sound understanding of how the placement of the hands impacts the direction of the clubface and the wrists throughout the swing.
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