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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 PGA Championship and knowing the local rules of a course
Following the controversial Sunday at the 92nd PGA Championship, there were many questions about the ruling which penalized Dustin Johnson and kept him out of the playoff for the title.
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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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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: What you don't think about when you are going low
The seemingly abundent number of low scores in recent weeks will trigger a flurry of questions from golf fans; most notably, are the players getting better or are the courses getting easier?
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A Lesson Learned: Secret to going low is to Play it Forward
Carl Pettersson did something unusual this week - as you probably already know. Yes, he shot an amazing 60 on Saturday, and then followed it up with a 67 to win the RBC Canadian Open, but that's not what I'm referring to - not exactly.
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