Golf Practice "L"

Level: There Are Levels Of Levels!

Concept: The ball is topped when a golfer's body tends to move up and down throughout the entire swing, thus causing the head of the club to rise immediately prior to impact.

Action: Keep your head level during the swing. Be conscious of any up and down movements you might be making with your body.

To make sure this is happening, stand in front of a brick wall and make swings keeping your eyes level with the row of bricks in the wall.

On the course, you can use a tree or a sign when making practice swings to check your levels.

Looking at Targets

Concept: In the backswing we need to get behind the ball to produce the power in the forward swing, but there is a difference between turning and coiling.

Turn is a word for going around. Direction is more important than amount.

It is my conclusion golfers are taught to swing in the wrong direction. I believe this is why there is so much confusion about turn in the golf swing and why golfers struggle to build coil.

Action: Make practice swings looking at the target. By turning your head in this direction you limit the amount of shoulder turn available. As the arms pull the body you will build coil.

Long Course

Concept: Playing a golf course that is considerably longer than your usual one presents certain projects in shot adjustment.

Action: If you are getting ready for a course that is much longer than your own, you should adjust your game. Instead of hitting a drive and wedge on the 350 yard hole, hit a 5 iron off the tee and then another long iron to the green.

The purpose is to become accustomed to hitting into the green from a considerable distance so that the long course you are headed for does not mentally defeat you before you start.

Lounge Room

Concept: Warning: I have lost my rental bond twice from smashing lights in the lounge room while swinging a golf club.

Action: Next time you are watching the golf on T.V. pay attention to the players. Notice their pre-shot routines. Do they approach every shot the same way each time? Do they visualize the target line? Take a look at each player's grip and stance. How do they set up for different shots? Pay attention, take notes, and mimic the players’ mannerisms that suit your personality.

Long-Putts

Concept: In golf, when you aim big you miss big. Aim small and you miss small. Even on long putts, aim to hole the putt!

Action: Place a handful of tees in the ground, starting at 20 feet and working away in intervals of about 3 feet. Use as many tees as the space on the green permits.

Now putt the first ball to the first tee, the second ball to the second tee, and so on.

The idea is you get one chance at each putt, as is the case on the golf course during a real round of golf. You can mix things up a bit by hitting putts randomly to the various tees.

This simple drill is so effective because it trains you to see a putt and then translate those visual messages into a feel for distance. Also, by aiming at such a small target the hole will look as big as a bucket!