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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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A Lesson Learned: Turn bad days into big wins
In what has to be one of the most popular wins on the PGA Tour this year, Dustin Johnson won his second event of the year and the Ryder Cup team member is now on the short list for "Player of the Year" honors. Congratulations Dustin on an outstanding week and a job well done.
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A Lesson Learned: The most important shot of a tournament? The next one you're going to hit.
There will be a great deal of attention focused on Martin Laird’s three putt on the 72nd hole, especially that lag putt that ran 7 feet past the hole, or the second putt that never touched the cup.
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A Lesson Learned: Weigh your options, play to your strengths
The PGA Tour dished out another down to the wire, nail biting finish this weekend at the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina.
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