1)Slice off the end of the garlic clove. (The hard nodual side that connected clove to the head.) Some of the skin may begin to peel off once you do this.
2) Lay a large chef's knife on top of the clove and press down gently. (For smashed garlic, press harder.) This makes garlic much easier to peel.
3) Carefully peel the skin from the clove and chop, mince, or slice away!