With the entire northern hemisphere seemingly in the grip of the polar ice cap I have come up with two drills that can be performed without a club and indoors. They should prove to be invaluable to golfers of every caliber.
The Ball Compression Drill
This is a drill to do at home or in the gym and translates the feeling of impact nicely. Be sure to only drive the hips to compress the physio ball and not the entire body. Do this drill on a regular basis and you will really start to gain a sense for what the downswing should feel like.
Arms at Impact Drill
This drill conveys the feel for what the hands and arms need to be doing as they approach impact. It can easily be done indoors and is something that every golfer could benefit from. Be sure to start this drill with some crease in the right elbow and right wrist if you are a right hander.
If you are hunkered down indoors yet still feel the need to work on your game these drills will go a long way towards preparing you for when the season rolls around. Please view all the above drills and others on my Youtube channel. Just enter andrewricegolf to see them all.
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I am also very excited to release what is the culmination of almost three years of research and testing . The Wedge Project is an in depth video that explains what is important to being able to hit consistently crisp, zippy wedge shots. Please trust me on this one – I know I have been promising this video for some time now – it will be worth the wait and every penny you spend on it!
Here is a little of what you can expect…
I anticipate the cost to be in the $14 range and it will be available via download from my website. The video will be somewhere between 30 and 45 minutes in length and will include numerous drills and a clear explanation of what really is important when you have a wedge in your hand.
Please be patient with the release of this video as I would much the final product be a little late and great than early and mediocre. I know you’re going to love it, simply because what I share WORKS!
I am looking forward to an exciting 2014 as I spend my first full year at Berkeley Hall in a long time. I hope we can all get to spend some time together on the lesson tee or online in the upcoming year. Thank you for everything!
I was recently invited to present at the Illinois PGA Teaching and Coaching Summit alongside Stan Utley and Chuck Cook. Besides it being a tremendous privilege for me the day was both educational and entertaining. I thought it would be beneficial to relay a few of the nuggets they shared during the course of the day.
The theme of Chuck’s presentation revolved around what he teaches and why. His themes were:
- a flat or bowed lead wrist
- a straight plane line (similar to the “one-plane” look, but with the elbows staying in front of the chest like Jason Dufner)
- lag is a major power source – use it, don’t lose it!
A few important ideas he shared with the group were:
- There has never been a swing method that has lasted
- If the face is shut you need to outrun it with something
- The weight moves where the hips are pointing
- I don’t like a lot of hip drive
- Both feet should be flat on the ground at impact with irons
- To make any golfer better, take their weakest element and turn it into a strength
- Let juniors smash the ball with all they’ve got until they stop growing – then work on technique
Here is a swing by Jason Dufner, one of Chuck premier students – this swing seems to epitomize so much of what Chuck stressed as he spoke about the swing…
As you may well know Stan’s teaching focuses primarily on the shortgame and putting. Here are some of the important principles Stan shared in his presentation:
- Putt with dead strength – he described “dead strength” as being similar to dropping your limp arm against your side
- Let the putter drop and crash into the ball – I love saying it that way!
- An important point in both chipping and putting is to put pressure on the ball
- He is an advocate of wristy putting with soft, loose elbows
- Where you strike the ball on the face vertically with the putter is very important
- Finish the putting stroke with the putter low and the right shoulder high
- Have the handle travel more slowly so the clubhead can travel faster
I really enjoyed so much of what Stan had to say as he seemed to be a proponent of so much of what I preach in both the shortgame and putting.
It was great to listen to these exemplary teachers, but the highlight of my day was being able to present my teaching approach to the Illinois PGA membership. Thanks to Nick Papadakes and all the staff at Olympia Fields CC for a very cool experience and I look forward to my next opportunity…
Here’s a great drill that will help to create awareness of where the clubface is angled at impact…
Keep in mind that the clubface is PRIMARILY responsible for where the ball launches, while the clubpath is PRIMARILY responsible for the curvature of the shot. If you know the predominant shape of your shots, the key is to launch the ball in the proper direction – this drill will help! Give it a try and please let me know if you’ve made any progress.
I have never taught a predominant slicer that did not always have their clubpath travelling from out to in on a very consistent basis. I have never taught a predominant hooker that did not always have their clubpath travelling from in to out on a very consistent basis. In order to upgrade these golfers’ ball flight we needed to improve their path first and then work to adjust the face to point somewhere between the path and the target line.
Here is an example of a lesson I might give to a golfer who predominantly fades/slices the golf ball:
I hope these two clips help you to better understand what it is you need to do to improve your ball flight and have more fun out on the golf course.