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Should you hit it high or low off the tee? PGA professional Joe Plecker answers that question and shows you how to do both depending on the conditions.

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Golf driver tips: How to find the sweet spot on your driver
PGA Professional Ted Fort, Instructor at Marietta Golf Center in Marietta, GA, tells you how to hit the sweet spot on the driver.
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Eliminate a slice with the Pump Drill
PGA Professional Jim Estes, Director of Golf Instruction at Olney Golf Park in Olney, MD helps you eliminate your slice by practicing a helpful drill.
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What's the inside-out swing tee drill?
Steve Bosdosh, PGA Director of Instruction at The Members Club at Four Streams, talks about how good players deloft the club at impact and hit the ball farther. Bosdosh demonstrates a simple drill with tees to help you feel the clubhead at impact.
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How to draw or fade your golf shots
Joe Plecker, PGA Director of Instruction at Baltimore Country Club instructs on how to hit a draw or a fade, depending on what the hole calls for.
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Correcting a slice: What's the 'Hockey Grip' drill?
Steve Bosdosh, PGA Director of Instruction at The Members Club at Four Streams, gives advice on how to correct a slice. Bosdosh shows the 'hockey drill', where you split your grip to allow your right side rotate over your left side to make the ball curve right to left.
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Add distance to your tee shot
Martin Hall, PGA Director of Instruction at Ibis Golf and Country Club in West Palm Beach, Florida talks about how to get more distance. Hall demonstrates a drill to help hit the ball farther.
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A Lesson Learned: When you need a birdie, find the fairway
What a great finish to a great tournament in Memphis! Congratulations to Dustin Johnson, what a way to comeback from his injury. His ball-striking and touch around the greens showed that he is not only fully recovered, but has to be among the favorites for next week's U.S. Open.
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A Lesson Learned: Generating Power
Scott Piercy won the RBC Canadian Open, in large part because of his four-birdie run early in the final round. And that run was punctuated when he drove the green on the 300 yard par 4 fifth hole. Wouldn't it be great if you had that shot in your bag?
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A Lesson Learned: Importance of a consistent pre-shot routine
This week's HP Byron Nelson Championship at TPC Las Colinas in Irving, Texas, certainly showed us what a roller coaster ride golf can be at times. As in life, golf has its highs and lows and that was clearly on display in the Lone Star State.
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A Lesson Learned: Long and short of it
Another Senior PGA Championship in the books and what a great week it's been.
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A Lesson Learned: Set up to Drive Well
A lot will be made of the extraordinary birdie putts Adam Scott holed, first at 18 and then at 10 in the playoff, to win the Masters. But Scottie wouldn’t have been in that position if he hadn’t driven the ball with such deft precision all week. 
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A Lesson Learned: Be Bold and Lay Up
The hardest shot in golf down the stretch in a tournament isn’t the long bunker shot or the towering drive; it isn’t the curling downhill putt or the finesse chip.
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A Lesson Learned: Dial it back to move forward
Golf can be a game of opposites...Go back to move forward!
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A Lesson Learned: Finish the race with what put you on top
You have to feel for Robert Garrigus. To be so close, to have that first PGA Tour win so firm in your grasp as you stand on the 18th tee of the final round and not walk away with the trophy, he'll be thinking about the events of that hole for a long time to come, I'm sure.
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A Lesson Learned: Hitting it longer off the tee
Though the PGA Tour has been in action for a few weeks, the eyes of the golf world really wake up traditionally when the tees go in the ground at Torrey Pines.
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Commit To Your Shot!
Quite often, when we hit a great golf shot we usually have a feeling that we are going to hit the ball well. It's a wonderful feeling of confidence and composure. Then there are those times when you talk yourself into hitting a ball poorly or missing an easy putt.
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Check Your Centers
Did you know the golf swing has two centers, an upper, and a lower? The approximate location of you upper center is the top button on your golf shirt (if you have it buttoned). The approximate location of your lower center is your belt buckle.
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Turn Away From Your Slice
One of the most important keys in fixing a slice permanently is to learn to swing the clubhead on an inside-to-out swing path through impact. In order to swing the club head into the golf ball from the inside of your target line, a full turn of the shoulders in the backswing is required.
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Don't 'Come On Over'
Even with the best fundamentals, it's too easy to get quick with the start of the downswing when we are trying to hit it extra hard or because we're a bit nervy.
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Casting Recall: Stop the Power Loss
One of the most common errors that I see when giving lessons is the person who "casts" the club from the top to start the downswing. The shots that result are usually in two categories. First, there is the person who takes a divot that starts about a foot before getting to the ball.
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