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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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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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: 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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Finding Your Comfort Zone
I'm standing on the tee, driver in one hand, ball and tee in the other. I start telling my playing partners a funny story. I turn, briefly glance out over the hole and bend to press the tee into the ground. The tale continues. I address the ball -- still recanting the story.
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Choosing Wisely: the target, the shot and the club
 
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Getting 'Hip' can help your game
We've all read articles and heard TV commentary about restricting your hip turn on the backswing to develop more coil and increase you X-Factor (the differential in degrees of rotation between shoulder rotation and hip rotation).
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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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Preparing for a Better Golf Year
You play the same way you practice is a coaching adage used in all sports at all levels. If it is true, most golfers have little hope of playing well. It is common to see golfers practice without focus, without targets, with frustration and with mechanical thoughts that are often misguided.
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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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Proper Posture: Starting It Right
In order to develop a fundamentally sound address position to play your best golf, you need to understand the various components involved.
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All in Hand: Your hands' path determines success
It's mind boggling to consider all the elements of correct body movement required to arrive at impact with a square clubface along with a clubhead path down the target line -- positioning ourselves for a straight shot.
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Getting Hip to a Good Swing
This week, I'd like to write about the role of the hips since they, along with proper shoulder rotation, are critical in executing a strong, consistent golf swing. In fact, those two movements must work together.
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Increase Swing Speed for More Distance
Two of the biggest factors that contribute to distance are hitting the golf ball in the center of the club face, and creating speed. Think of your swing as having two engines - your body and your arms. Both are power producers and both have their role in the swing.
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Quick Hitters
The golf season is upon many of us and with the Masters on tap I thought I would throw out a variety of quick tips that may help you and me with our golf games. Pitch Shots: The forty yard shot or closer is tough for many players.
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