My Favorite Drills
Jeff Yurkiewicz Passes On His Five Favs
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1. Baseball Drill
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.)
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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