Tuesday, October 25, 2011
My Favorite Tips & Drills
Improve fast with my top ten tips
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Sometimes, even the best players in the world need to refresh their fundamentals. In fact, for some, the fundamentals are the only things they work on come time to keep their swings in check. In the following pages, I want to share with you 10 of my favorite tips and drills to help you not only keep your fundamentals in check, but shoot lower scores right away.
1. THROW THE CONES
One of the common swing mistakes I see from my students is an overactive upper body combined with a stalled lower body. This tends to happen because many golfers feel as though they need to hit at the ball, instead of swing through it. This type of motion creates all sorts of bad shots because the body is usually out of sync and out of position at impact.
The fix for golfers who struggle with "hitting at" the ball is to try the cone-toss drill. Now, it's not as though the road cone serves a distinct purpose, other than being a nice weight and a lot of fun to throw. You could use playground balls, basketballs, or medicine balls to achieve the same thing. To do the drill, situate a target about 10-15 yards away (in my case it's a Hula-Hoop) and then toss your cones in an underhand fashion and try to land them at your target.
This drill helps you get the feeling of both swinging and throwing through to a target—a feeling you should mimic in the golf swing. The goal with every toss is to finish with the hips and shoulders in line—a good indicator that the hips and shoulders have worked together to swing the object through to a target. After a few tries with your cones, hit five golf balls right away to transfer this motion directly into your golf swing.
2. MAKE YOUR PRACTICE SWING YOUR REAL SWING
The key is to let go of the fear that comes from standing too close to the golf ball. What I like to do is, on the practice tee, make a practice swing aside a golf ball, and do so until you make a nice small divot. Then, without moving your feet, roll a golf ball over and put it just behind the divot. This will help you feel the exact position your ball should be, and don't be surprised if, at first, it feels a little close—it's not. Do this and get a feel for what it's like to get the golf ball in the way of your practice swing, and you'll start hitting more solid golf shots.
Throw The Cones
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