Purposeful practice Is A Must

With the light evenings getting ever longer, there’s no better time to try out a few practice drills so that next time you’re playing seriously they might save you a few shots.

 

We’ve picked out four that can be tried painlessly and might even prove fun. Practice with a purpose is important, rather than beating balls aimlessly and these tips will, hopefully pay dividends and be reflected in your scorecard.

 

1. Stay committed through the shot

You’ll need place a ball on the tee as you would for your driver, then place another tee six inches in front. This drill will help maintain your commitment through the ball at impact and follow through, especially in your driving.

 

Take your address position, as you would normally with your driver or 3-wood and in the follow through, imagine you are trying to hit an imaginary ball off the forward of the two tee pegs. The path of the club will stay low through impact and give a more penetrating flight.

 

2. Brollie good drills

 

   

You will need stuck in the ground and laid on the ground. The first will give you a good hip action, the second will help develop a good takeaway and powerful coil.

 

What you only do is to place your left foot against the umbrella stuck in the ground perpendicular to your left side. Now swing the Callaway Hyper X Fairway Wood avoiding contact with umbrella by rotating your hips clockwise in the backswing, anti-clockwise in the downswing. This will help prevent a destructive sway in your swing and promote a better shoulder turn and more power.

 

3. Balance of power

 

   

you will need merely address the ball with your feet together. The reason is that you are trying to create more balance in your golf swing.

 

You only take a 7 or 8-iron and hit a few chip shots with your feet together, build it up slowly to a half swing, noting how you have to swing slower to maintain your balance. With a little practice you will be able to make a full swing in which your hips turn rather than slide. Ian Woosnam practises this a lot. I once saw him hit 1-iron 250 yards with his feet together, without toppling over.

 

4. Keeping the knees still

 

   

In addition, you’ll need a football, basketball or beachball. Why? This drill keeps unnecessary leg drive to a minimum. Many self-taught amateurs adapt a fierce leg drive in the follow through which tends to lead to loss of balance, a dip at impact and an unstable swing path.

 

With a ball pressed between your knees take your address position and you’ll discover you are forced to make a good, slow hip turn as you turn your shoulders. Imagine the ball’s there next time you play and you’ll discover your centre of gravity remains consistent and it improves your tempo.