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Friday, January 15, 2021

Take a Seat to Promote a Draw

 


Student, Justin S, had an "over the top" downswing causing a slice, particularly with his driver.  By sitting in a chair and hitting drivers, he felt a more rounded and less steep golf swing.  While performing this drill, if he had come over the top on the downswing he would strike the ground behind the ball.  After hitting just 5 balls, Justin was hitting a little baby draw and no balls were slicing!

Once he took his normal set up (no chair) I asked him to feel like he was taking a seat on a bar stool or spectator seat and feel the same swing he had when he was in the chair.  In addition, to promote a more ascending swing through the ball, I placed an empty 3 ball sleeve about 6" in front of his ball.  His goal was to miss the box and in doing so he would not be steep and over the top on the downswing.

The bottomline is Justin is now able to take out his driver with much less fear of a slice!  Following is a video with both drills.





Monday, January 4, 2021

Huge Improvement with Student Nick G

Sometimes a student makes such a huge improvement I just have to publish it.  Nick and I have worked since mid November and these comparisons are after 4 lessons.  He has put in the work necessary to make these changes and I am happy for him.  

The picture on the left is from lesson one and the picture on the right is lesson four.

Set Up-  In the first session he was much too close to the ball which forced him to take the club outside then re-route to the inside.  He now has much more space to swing his arms on plane.

Take Away-  At the half way point in the backswing, we want the shaft to be pointing near the target line the ball is sitting on and he has accomplished this.  His "feel" was he was taking the club outside the target line on his take away but he's not.

At the Top-  His new backswing reflects more width and is not across the line.  Note how much higher his hands are at the top of his swing.

Downswing-  This is where it gets really good.  Note how far his hands were over the plane in the downswing in lesson one.  That is classic "over the top" and caused all kinds of misses.  He is now on plane and is in a position in which he can really start hitting the ball straighter.

After Impact-  Since he is now on plane he can swing more to the target and not swipe across the ball.  Note how his club is now swinging more to the target after impact.

Finish-  The new finish reflects improved balance and complete rotation with his weight 95% on his front leg.  

We worked on several drills to help him make these significant changes to his swing.  He put in the practice time between lessons and I congratulate him for his dedication to getting better!

Thursday, December 31, 2020

Impact Drills Utilizing the "Impact Bag"

The impact bag is one of the most popular training aids I introduce to students.  In the following video I demonstrate how to develop a strong impact position starting with a chip length backswing and progressing to a half swing.  These are the key points to a great impact position (right handers):

Left hand leads club head to impact, weight mostly on left leg, hips more open to target than shoulders, right heel released from the ground, right knee chasing left knee, arms extended and head behind the ball (bag)

When using the impact bag these feels may be exaggerated and that is fine.  When you actually strike the ball you will not be in the exact position but close to it.

 

The bottom line is when you strike the golf ball with an iron, your divot should be on the target side of the ball.  To demonstrate this after working with the impact bag, I will paint a line on the grass and place the ball on top of the line.  If you are in the correct position as described, the divot will be on the target side of the line.





Saturday, November 28, 2020

Solid Contact Drill

This is a very simple drill to help develop solid contact with your irons.  In particular it will help identify the cause of iron shots struck in the heel of the club causing the dreaded shank.  You will need a can of foot spray and spray a light coat on the face of your 9 iron.  This will allow you to see where the ball is struck on the face of the club.

 
Use either a range basket or a plastic water bottle which will be placed about 2" from the ball.  Tee the ball about 1/2" so the impact mark on the club will be visible. Also place an alignment rod on the ground so you will be properly aligned to your target.


This drill is performed in three stages and in stage one, the goal is to hit the ball 30 yards, stage two 60 yards and stage three 90 yards.  These yardages may be adjusted lower depending on skill level.  The goal is to clip the ball off the tee and miss the range basket at each stage.  If at anytime you strike the basket you will know your path was faulty and the strike will not be in the center of the face.  You will need to clean the face of the club after every few balls and re-spray.  

30 yard Sequence-no wrist hinge on the backswing or followthrough

60 yard Sequence-just a little wrist hinge on the backswing 

90 yard Sequence-wrist hinge on both sides of the swing

30/60/90 Video Sequence













Friday, November 27, 2020

Weighted Ball Drill to Improve Body Motion

For this drill you will need a weighted exercise ball.  The one pictured is 6 lbs. but use any ball weight that meets your physicality.  The purpose of this drill is to develop proper body movement through the golf swing.  You may toss the ball into a wall in which you will catch it when it comes back at you, into a net so you don't have to chase it after each throw or play catch with a partner.  


Swing the ball back and through and release the ball to your target.  Allow your body to rotate with your arms and feel your weight transfer to the front leg as you rotate to the target.  Allow the arms to extend to the target at the finish.

From this down the line view note the body rotation on the backswing and follow through.  


After working with the weighted ball, take a short iron and make practice swings.  You should feel the same motion as you swing the golf club.




Improve your Impact with this Simple Chipping Drill

In this drill we are breaking down the impact position to the bare minimum, the chip shot.  Position two alignment rods in the shape of a triangle about one club length in front of your golf ball.  Take a chip set up in which the feet are close together, the ball positioned in the back of the stance and the lead hand in front of the ball.  Using a 9 iron, make a chip length backswing which will send the ball about 15-20 yards.  The goal is to stop the club head from traveling through the triangle.  To accomplish this the lead hand must be in control and do not allow the trail hand to take over.  You will feel like the lead hand gets to the ball before the club head and the lead wrist will remain firm.  If you do this, you will strike the ball first then take a small divot.  Once you can accomplish this task, try to make the backswing slightly longer but still stop the club from going through the triangle.  When you do it correctly you will really feel you are compressing the ball with a great impact position.





Impact Chip Drill Video






Sunday, November 8, 2020

Ten Minutes to a Rhythmic Golf Swing

 Enjoy this ten minutes of Fred Couples golf swing.  So smooth and balanced.  Watch this for a few minutes before your next round of golf and immulate the motion.