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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Learn From Your Sand Wedge
This special golf club has the unique ability to teach you the simple swing fundamentals for the new player and also help the strong player recapture their slumping swing. Since the sand wedge is a shorter club, use it to establish rhythm.
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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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Getting By With a Little Help
Today's golf instruction encompasses many different theories, philosophies, and models. The bottom line to all of the types of instruction you receive is being able to feel the difference between how you currently perform your swing and how you want to perform your swing.
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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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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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Loft and Ball Position Determine Trajectory
Loft and ball position controls trajectory. My comments are intended mainly for the improvement of your short game, but these pointers can be applied to your full 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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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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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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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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Three Simple Steps to Consistency
Most of us have had the experience of waking up and going through a normal morning, and as soon as you are ready to head out the door, you can't find your keys.
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A Solid Preshot Routine is a Must for Good Golf
Do you have a Pre-Shot Routine? Do you know it? So many golfers have a Pre-Shot Routine for most golf shots but don't even know what their routine is when asked in a lesson.
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Tips for Downhill Lies
When confronted with a downhill lie, you must go through your "mental checklist" to assure a good shot: 1. Choose a more lofted club; the sloping terrain will de-loft your club. 2. Set your body and weight toward the angle of the hill. 3.
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You Can Shape Your Shots
The ability to shape shots from side to side, control their trajectory and play from a wide variety of lies in all conditions are some of the hallmarks of an accomplished golfer.
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Dear Diary, I'm Getting Better
Ben Hogan wrote, "I find it is helpful if I jot down after practice exactly what I have been working on and precisely how it was coming along." Many professional golfers today keep notes on their swings and what they are working on, including Vijay Singh.
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Three 'Musts' for a Smooth Takeaway
1. Grip Points to Belt Buckle Since the takeaway follows from the set-up, a proper address can correct errors before they happen.
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Get in Alignment
To properly align yourself to your target, you should always see four parallel lines from your address position. The first two are relatively simple. These are found by envisioning a set of railroad tracks.
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Alignment: Right on Target
How many times have you hit the career shot only to see it fly in a direction you never anticipated? Chances are you probably blamed the errant shot on something in your swing.
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A Lesson Learned: Becoming a Pressure Player
Jim Furyk finished with an amazing bunker shot on the 18th hole to win $1.35 million in the Tour Championship at East Lake and an additional $10 million in the FedEx Cup. He was able to handle the pressure that would bring most of us (mere mortals) to tears.
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