My Favorite Drills

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If you want to truly improve your golf game, it’s going to take practice. By that, I mean good practice. A great way to ensure your practice time is useful is to incorporate some drills into your regimen. This will not only help train your golf swing and cut out faults, but also make for a more interesting session out at the practice facility. In the following few pages are a few of my favorite drills, each designed to help fix your game in a hurry.

1. Baseball Drill

The Baseball Drill is a great way to practice both leveraging your body against the ground through the hit and ensuring you make a proper turn. To start, address the ball normally. Then, as you take the club away, lift your left foot just as a baseball player does before making a swing. This will force your weight to your back foot on the backswing. Once you reach the top of your swing (middle left photo), plant your right foot (middle right photo) and initiate the downswing with the arms.

Because you made a good turn on the backswing (you had to because only one leg was on the ground), you should feel as though your left leg is planting force into the ground through the downswing. Because of that, you want to keep your left leg firm at impact to ensure that you not only hit the ball consistently, but also prevent any power leaks. If you practice this drill often, you’ll kiss that dreaded reverse pivot goodbye and hit better shots in no time.

2. Backwards Drill

Can’t stop duck-hooking and/or slicing it? You’re probably swinging from too far outside the target line to back inside the target line. This means the clubface swipes across the ball, producing either a big slice or a wicked duck hook (if the clubface is closed.)

As you can see here, because I’m swinging with an extreme inside-to-outside swing path, my hands must work overtime to be square to the target at impact. When you give this drill a try, stick with ¾ swings and allow for an abbreviated finish. The goal is to feel the clubhead moving from inside to outside and to get the hands to rotate more effectively.

To practice the fix, try the Backwards Drill. Simply set up to the ball as normal, then adjust your right foot so it’s well behind you (relative to the target). This’ll situate your body in an extremely closed position. As you take the club back, at the top of your swing, your back should be facing the target. Make about a 3⁄4 swing, and work on both swinging from inside to outside the target line and letting the hands rotate as much as possible. The ensuing ballflight should be a huge draw that starts way to the right and draws back toward the target.


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