Tips For Sticks

If you’re a low-handicapper, here’s how to fix your most common faults

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Because good players sometimes have too many moving parts in their backswing—moving their swing centers off the ball and loading too much into their right side—it's tough to consistently make solid contact. To combat this, I suggest they try something I call the "Crossbow Drill."

First extend your left arm in front of you while you move only your right side back. As you rotate back, take note of the resistance in your left side and head. This will help you stay more on top of the ball throughout your swing and lead to consistent strikes.

While taking some regular swings with a short club, feel as if your entire lead side and head are resisting, as your trail side turns away from the target. This will help minimize the moving parts in your backswing while still providing ample power through coil and torque.


Good players often fire their hips right from the top of their downswing and bypass what I call the "sit down position." As a result, they stand up too quickly and have to rely on their hands and arms to square up the clubface.

If you struggle with this, try the squat drill that I'm demonstrating here. It'll help you use the ground for more leverage, while also slowing down your overactive hips.

After you initiate your downswing, you should feel as if you're actually sitting down or squatting. (If you've ever seen a slow-motion video of Tiger Woods from a down-the-line view, you've seen what I'm talking about.) This move will help stabilize your swing because your arms are allowed to move back in front of you.


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