Golf Practice "W"

Wall

Concept: Understanding the flop shot path.

Action: To develop the correct path on your flop shot, place the club head against a wall and practice swinging back and through, keeping it against the wall. The most common mistake people make is sucking the club inside the wall on too flat a plane for this type of shot.

Also, be sure to open the club face at address by strengthening your left hand grip while keeping the right hand the same. As you make your backswing, the club face will open further.

Wilkinson

Concept: Johnny Wilkinson is famous for the unique way he goes about his goal kicking, but maybe there is something less obvious we can learn from him.

Wilkinson holds his elbows up as he kicks, allowing the sacrum to lock into the pelvis bone.

Action: 1.    Stand straight with your feet about shoulder width apart. Your hands
       should be on the grip and your arms close to chest height.

  1. Go up on your toes and come back down, keeping your arms up. Next, bend from your hips. Your sacrum will lock into your pelvis bone like Lego.
  2. Bend your knees so that you can feel some tension in your thighs, your back will remain straight. Hold your chin up.

Locking the sacrum into the pelvis creates a tension-free posture and, like Johnny Wilkinson, you can move your body as fast as you like without injury.

Windy Conditions

Concept: Practicing golf in windy weather can teach you a lot about shot shaping and mastering control over your ball flight.

Action: Apply these principles when you play in windy conditions:

  1. Use a club with far less loft than you need. This lowers the ball’s flight, minimizing the effects that heavy wind has on the ball. A strong wind tends to carry the ball with it. Less height gives you more control over the shot.
  2. For better control of your club when making a windy shot, tighten your grip.
  3. Never fight the strength of the wind. Embrace the conditions and use them to your advantage. Aim your shots in the opposite direction of the wind. This will teach you the basic skills of adaptation that you need on the golf course.
  4. To ensure your shot is played as accurately as possible in a fierce wind, use half your strength to make each swing smooth and steady.

Remember: When it’s breezy, swing it easy. 

Wooden Board

Concept: Improve your ball striking.

Action: Hitting from a wooden board simulates a type of “hard pan” lie, teaching you to make contact with the ball first. Hitting from hard pan leaves little room for error. The negative result alone encourages you to make a better swing.

Wrist Watch

Concept: Use your wrist watch to monitor what your hands and wrists are doing.

Action: Make your normal swing and check your approach into impact .A correct impact is one where the watch face is pointing straight towards the target, thereby demonstrating that your wrist actions are correct.  

Hitting with the side of your left hand opens the club. In the proper golf swing, you need to square the back of the left hand.

Note: Keep your grip pressure a lot softer than you think!

Extra: Taking this a step further, Phil Mickelson wears his watch while playing, although he does it for the sake of rhythm. He likes to check from time to time on his own shot routine. Most golfers don’t wear any form of accessory when playing on the course because they tend to get in the way.