[Our thanks to Newsmax Magazine and the author for this timely article. Fall is a wonderful time of the year to perfect your game-not to hot, nor to cold. Enjoy their tips.]
They say practice makes perfect, and golf is no exception to that golden rule, but you don’t want to waste your time practicing aimlessly.
Luckily, some of the world’s top golfing experts have figured out the best golf drills to perfect your game to you can practice with a purpose.
Here are four of the best drills to try yourself:
1. Perfecting your swing — According to golf coach Josh Zander, your swing is probably too relaxed.
Speaking to Golf Digest, Zander said many golfers are told to swing “nice and easy” and then they forget to go after the ball. To rectify this, you need to stabilize your club.
He suggests finding a way to feel connection between your arms and torso.
Standing at address, Zander says you should feel pressure in your armpits and feel your biceps pressed against your chest.
To turn this into a drill you can tuck the sleeves of your shirt under your arms and practice making half swings while you keep it there.
2. Improving your aim — Golfing enthusiast Jordan Fuller says the key to improving your aim is to control your arm.
On his website Golf Influence, he says perfecting your aim on the driving range will help you not have to think about it during a game but, to do this, you need to understand the links between aim, intended path, and end result.
Fuller outlines what he calls the “control your aim” drill. He says you should start by standing behind the ball and looking at the line towards your “target.” Next, choose another target in line with the original, but no more than 10 feet ahead of you. This second target will be easier to reference when you’re standing over your shot.
At address, Fuller says you should place the sole of the club at a right angle from your target line, just behind the ball. Next, you’re going to use your feet to make a “body line.”
You want your “target line” and “body line” to be parallel to one another. If you’re a right-handed golfer you should keep in mind that your target should be pointed 10 to 15 degrees left of your target once your hands are on the club.
3. Snake drills — Many golfers struggle with bunker shots. Golfing instructor Tom Stickney says that’s because their shots lack low-point control.
In an article for Golf Wrx, Stickney shares the drill he used to overcome this problem.
For his snake drills, he draws two lines in the sand about six inches apart and then practices hitting the sand on the first line and letting the club leave the sand on the second line.
“When I miss the ‘snakes,’ I get to see exactly where I went wrong.”
4. Chip away at it — Golf Tips suggests using a wooden dowel and a broken golf shaft to practice your pitching.
In their list of swing tips, they write that you should place the dowel on the top of the grip on a pitching wedge and push it down the butt end of the shaft so that two to three feet of the dowel is extended outward from the top of the grip.
While practicing your chipping motion with your new contraption, make sure your left wrist stays stiff while the clubface passes through the impact zone. If you feel the dowel hit against your left side, you know your wrist isn’t rigid enough.
According to Golf Tips, this drill will also establish your best hands forward position at address and force you to keep your hands moving as you swing the club down the target line.
Until next time,
Sue and Lew Fisher
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