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1.
The Swing Is The Thing
From my experience as a golf teacher I have observed that most people try and over use their bodies in the golf swing. Tour professionals and very skilled amateur golfers know how to use their body properly to increase swing speed in their golf swings.
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2.
Toe in For Side Hill Lies
One of the toughest shots in golf is when the ball lies below your feet. The natural tendency is for the ball to drift to the right.  Many players top this shot or really slice it because they don't make the necessary adjustments.
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3.
Skip the range?
If you are in a hurry to make your tee time and you only have 5 minutes to get ready, our Colleton River Golf Academy Professionals suggest stretching instead of hitting balls. Asking your body to do something that it may not be ready for on the first tee can be a disaster!
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4.
Get Connected - Ball Between the Arms Drill
Creating a connection between the turn of your shoulders and swing of your arms promotes a more efficient golf swing with less moving parts.  Most amateurs' swings have too many moving parts and as a result develop a great deal of inconsistency.  To improve the connection in your
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5.
Smarter Lay-ups
When you are faced with having to lay-up make sure you do the math in order to lay-up to a good distance.  Too often you will tend to always hit a 3 wood.  The problem is that you generally end up too close to the green to hit a full shot.  An example would be if you are 230 yar
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6.
Balancing Your Body's Foundation
The foundation of your swing is all about balance.  Try these points to improve your foundation you're your set-up try to get the angle between your club shaft and spine near 90 degrees, your arms should hang down vertically so your hands are under your shoulders, and you should be ab
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7.
Study the Lie of the Ball
From a short chip to a full swing, if the entire ball lies below the top of the grass, you will need to make changes in your set-up and swing.  You need to produce more of a steeper swing to get the ball up out of the grass.  Two keys that help first place more weight on your lead le
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8.
5-5-5
When you don't trust what you're doing, you tend to tense up and try to steer the ball. Think of it this way: When you strangle the club, the club doesn't choke, you do.Start monitoring your grip pressure.
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9.
The Mental Side of the Game
Our attitude and how we think has a tremendous effect on how we play and score. When playing a true championship golf course one can benefit by setting realistic expectations and adhering to the following: 1) Play the set of tees that best suits your ability. 
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10.
The Building Blocks of Elevation
Most golfers know how far they hit each club on a flat topography.  But a challenge course architects use to protect par is elevation change. 
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11.
Timing
Timing and Rhythm. Quick drill is to say out loud 123--123.  123 on the back swing and 123 on the follow thru. This is a basic timing tempo but the way it works is to say it out loud so you can hear the pace of your arms in unison with your body turn...
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12.
Swing Light And Easy Not Hard And Heavy
Before playing a round or practicing at the range take your grip on the clubhead end of the shaft and swing the grip end from your normal stance. Swing the grip-end as if hitting a shot and listen for the swish as it descends down from the top of your swing.
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13.
Sidehill Lies
When playing a particularly challenging course, particularly a links style course, players will be faced with a variety of uneven lies.
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14.
The Swing is a Throw
The easiest way to learn the golf swing is to relate it to another learned movement. The golf swing is a rotary movement; it contains a throwing element similar to baseball. For the non athletes, it would be like skipping a pebble.
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15.
Golf Posture
Find a full length mirror and follow these simple steps: 1. Soften your knees slightly.
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16.
The Side Hill Lie
Side Hill Lie: 1. Aim towards the high part of the hill as your ball will always favor the opposite direction. 2. Always take practice swings and pay attention to where the club sweeps the grass that will determine the appropriate ball position for the lie.
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17.
"Are you really picking your head up?"
The most common saying in golf is "keep your head down."  The question is, are you actually picking your head up? When you hit a thin shot that dribbles along the ground, it would seem that a player must have picked their head up.
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18.
TV Grip Practice
Making a grip change is no easy proposition. The solution is to place your hands in the new position at home while watching TV and practice.  You can do this sitting down and swinging the club up and down in line with your trail shoulder. 
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19.
Uneven Lies
Elevation changes add character to golf holes.  On an uphill lie the ball will fly higher and shorter as the uphill slope will launch the ball much higher..
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20.
Swing Sensations
The quality of any golf swing can be measured by the ability to swing the club.  This means without control or manipulation.  Picturing a child in a playground swing should give you the right idea of this back and forth uninterrupted motion. 
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