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Practice Swinging With Your Right Hand Only
Wait a minute. Why is Ryuji Imada swinging his putter on the driving range? It might seem a little unusual, but that's okay, Imada isn't going to tee off with his blade. He's just trying to groove his right-arm motion.

Swinging solely with your right arm creates better timing with your body. In fact, good players practice this drill so they don't get "stuck," or rather, do what happens when their body outraces their hands and arms. And staying in sync is key to consistent ballstriking.

Other benefits of making right-hand-only swings is that your back elbow stays in front of your back hip on the downswing. This helps keep the club on a better plane. When the elbow gets behind the hip, the club is coming from a flatter path leading to pushes and hooks. The better arm position also promotes a free release, letting the club go, which leads to less tension.

Amateurs, this is a great drill to help you feel as though your arms and body are swinging together.


Practice With A Purpose
We're all guilty of heading to the driving range and blithely beating a bunch of range balls as hard as we can. But, really, what does this accomplish? The honest answer is not that much.

In this photo, the powerful Aussie, Jason Day, is practicing with a purpose. He's aiming at a flag and treating his practice session like the warmup for a round of competitive golf. He's target-focused and trying to re-create the conditions he'd find in the middle of his round.

You don't need to aim at a flag, but you should treat every shot on the range with care. Just going about knocking a bunch of balls into the range isn't going to sharpen your skills and, in fact, it'll likely breed bad habits. When you choose a target on the range, you should also line yourself up accordingly so your body lines and clubface are aiming or parallel to the direction you want to hit the ball. Only then will you start to groove the proper kind of swing.

Point Your Body At The Target
In this picture, it's of interest to recognize how synced up Keegan Bradley's different body parts are near finish. Take a look at how his back foot, back knee, hips and shoulders are all pointing to his target. His swing may look kind of wild at times—especially during his whip-like recoil of a finish—but he has a lot of power and remains in control.

The next time you record your swing, take note of what your body looks like in this position. You want to resemble Keegan's "pointed" look. That is, how your back foot, back knee, hips and shoulders are all pointing to the target.


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