My Favorite Tips & Drills

Improve fast with my top ten tips

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3. 5-BALL DRILLS: TEMPO TIMER

Here's a little secret the pros know, that you probably don't. The tempo for your swing, whether it's a short-iron shot from the fairway or a tee shot with a driver, should always stay the same. The common problem I see is that with longer irons and with woods, many golfers feel as though they need to swing harder from the top of the backswing, which as you'd guess, causes all kinds of dismal shots.


A great drill for working on improving your tempo, with your irons in particular, is to do the short-to-long drill. Line up five balls in a row. Begin with a smooth chip swing and increase the length of each swing until the final ball, which will be your full swing. Keep doing this until your tempo feels exactly the same for each ball or until the full swing seems to take longer than the short swing. It will take some practice, and a lot of patience, but this drill will work wonders for improving your tempo. And to take it a step further, try counting "1, 2, 3" as you swing at various lengths, timing yourself so each swing starts at 1 and ends on 3.

4. 5-BALL DRILLS: BACK! HITT! STOP!

When a typical golfer tries to hit the ball farther, he generally tries harder, swings quicker from the top, and completely loses his "sense" of where the club is. The result is a mis-hit shot, which never travels very far.

A great fix for this problem is the "Back! Hit! Stop!" drill.


Start with making five practice swings, verbally saying "Back!" at the top of your swing, "Hit!" at impact and "Stop!" at the end of the finish. Do this until your vocalizations are right on time with the key points. Then, do the same exercise with five balls lined up. Keep practicing until you can get your voice to do the "Back! Hit! Stop!" at the key moments of the swing. As you hit balls, the key is to pay special attention to when your voice comes out. If it's earlier than it should be, this means you aren't focusing on the club, you're anticipating something else and/or trying to muscle or force your shots. This is what's killing your power! Once you can be with the club all the way through, then your swing will be in sync and you'll get much more out of your shots. It's amazing what a little vocalization can do.

5. SPEED UP YOUR FOLLOWTHROUGH

Again, when golfers go for more distance, they try to swing harder at the very beginning of the forwardswing. This leads to overacceleration of the club too early, and maximum clubhead speed isn't attained at the right spot, which is through impact. Even if you manage to square the face to the ball, and get your body in the right position, if your max speed is before the ball and not after, you're not getting the maximum power out of your swing.

If you watch the best swings in the world, the followthrough, especially with a longer club, takes much less time than the downswing. Learn how to wait on the club until it's about halfway down on the downswing before really trying to let it loose. You should get the feeling that the clubhead is travelling the fastest AFTER the impact point. You can also practice with a driver, holding the clubhead end. Then, swing the shaft until you start hearing the whoosh of the shaft later in the downswing.



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