Golf Tips And Lessons

The Importance of Drills to Lower Your Scores

Do you use golfing drills to improve your game? If not, you should consider adding some to your practice sessions.

Golfing drills allow you to concentrate on one or two aspects of the game, so you can easily measure your success as you go.

They can make all the difference between having a full bag of golfing shots and an empty one.

You can get some great practice drill videos as part of the bonus material offered in "The Simple Golf Swing":

Here are 5 great golfing drills to get you started:

1. To beat your golf hook shot, start by taking your stance to a ball. Swing your club up to the very top of your backswing, and then stop. Slowly count to yourself, one-two-three, and then begin your downswing.

This golfing drill forces you to slow down your lower body movements and the rotation of your wrists. When you force yourself to stop at the top, you have to deliberately set up your downswing process. Shift your weight slightly to the lead foot as you begin your downswing.

2. Chipping can be frustrating for many golfers. Instead of trying to hit the ball to the hole, place a folded towel on the green right where you want your ball to land. The bigger target area will make it much easier for you to concentrate on properly landing the ball, which is key to great chip shots.

3. If your putts routinely roll right or left of the cup, you may have a problem with your putting stance. It's crucial to have a square stance when putting.

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Try placing a flagstick at your feet, aligned with your toes and parallel to the target line you want to putt. Use the visual line of the stick as a guide for your putting line.

Your shoulders and hips must be on this same line as well. Once your body is square with your intended target path, you should see immediate improvement.

4. This next drill is fun and easy, but very powerful. This works with all golf shots, from driver to putter.

Make it a habit to mentally "see" the shot before you. Visualize it happening as if you are watching a mind movie. Then perform the shot and see if your results are the same as what you envisioned. Such pre-shot routines will help you focus on your game and improve your results.

If the results are not the same, stop and consider what part of the shot went astray. Perhaps the fade shot you imagined went off just fine, but the distance was short. Or maybe the putt you saw riding the break fell well short of the cup.

This drill allows you to hone in on the particular problem you may have with a specific shot. Once you pinpoint the cause, you can begin to fix it.

5. Swing a broomstick. This is a very good drill that focuses only on weight shift, which is crucial to powerful, solid golf shots.

To get started, cut off the bristles from a broomstick, and use the straight stick as a pretend golf club.Go through your golf swing, paying particular attention to your feet, legs, and hips. Concentrate on shifting your weight as you slowly move through your golf swing.

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Remember that you can get great practice drill videos as part of the bonus material offered in "The Simple Golf Swing":

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