My Favorite Drills
Jeff Yurkiewicz Passes On His Five Favs
A great way to ingrain a proper turn is to practice making a few swings with your feet planted on the ground. This will prevent you from lifting your body upward as some golfers do when they lift their left heel off the ground on the backswing. In addition to that, golfers who lift instead of turn the body also tend to lose the needed forward spine tilt in the upper body, which results in all sorts of inconsistencies. If you fall into that group, consider making some normal swings (go as far as you can without lifting your left heel) and keep both feet on the ground. This will force you to turn without lifting, and might also help you add some flexibility along the way. Also, keep the right heel planted as you finish to feel a centered rotation.
Looking for more power? The perfect drill for you is the One-handed Takeaway Drill. Assume your setup as normal, then remove your right hand and initiate the backswing with just your left arm. As you rotate back, you should be able to keep your left arm fairly straight, as long as you keep turning. If you aren’t turning enough, you’ll have a difficult time extending the left arm and keeping it taut. Once you’ve maxed out your turn without any left-arm breakdown, take hold of the club with both hands and make a forwardswing all the way through to the finish.
5. Visualization Drill
Be honest with yourself: How confident are you during those few critical seconds before you hit a golf ball? Most amateurs swing with a “hit and hope” mentality, where fear tends to be the overriding force in one’s swing. “Don’t hit the water.” “Don’t slice.” “Don’t hit it fat.” And so on!Instead, as you practice (and play for the matter), try to visualize the best possible result you can think of. Rehearse the outcome in your mind a few times, and let yourself totally relax and build confidence in your shot.
To really ingrain a positive mental picture, consider taking advantage of some of the best players in the world and watch as they demonstrate perfect mechanics for you. That’s the thinking behind the innovative seeitgolf system, which began its initial effort with the rhythmic mechanics and near-flawless putting stroke of the PGA Tour’s Aaron Baddeley. Using a series of slow-motion imagery and graphics, golfers can spend about 15 minutes watching a video of Baddeley’s stroke from various angles, with a smooth music track, bold graphic overlays and repetitive views of the golf ball being struck, rolling and dropping into the cup. The goal, according to seeitgolf, is to ingrain a positive mental picture in the mind of the golfer before he/she heads out onto the course, and cut out all those negative thoughts and doubts before and after you make a stroke.
Sounds cool, right? It is. And perhaps the coolest part is that the seeitgolf video can be viewed on portable devices such as an iPhone or iPod, as well as on a computer or via DVD.
More seeitgolf videos are in the works to, again, enhance a player’s positive mental picture and cut out negative swing thoughts and doubts. In other words, “See it. Feel it. Trust it.”
To learn more and/or to buy the seeitgolf system, check it out online at www.seeitgolf.com.
Jeff Yurkiewicz, PGA, is the head instructor at the Grayhawk Learning Center in Scottsdale, Ariz. Find info at www.grayhawkgolf.com.
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