Instruction

I never claimed to be a professional videographer, only a professional golfer.  Below are drills and instructional tips designed to help your game.  Not every drill is for every golfer, so please select the best one that fits your needs.  Ultimately, only you know how you learn and what kind of drills you are comfortable with or have the time for.  Enjoy the videos and I hope these can help you shave a few strokes off your game!

 

LONG GAME


Ball Turf Drill


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The purpose of this drill is to improve your contact with the golf ball.  It is called the "Ball Turf" drill because it promotes ball first contact.  By placing a golf ball (or any small object) immediately behind the golf ball you are trying to hit, it forces you to approach the ball from a steeper angle and help you take your divot after the golf ball.

Make sure you don't overdo it by placing the golf ball too close.  Not only will placing the ball too close promote too steep an approach but you if you are a natural sweeper of the golf ball you have to make the drill realistic and plausible.  No drill is successful if you start yourself well outside your own abilities. I recommend leaving yourself a foot or more of space with a 7-iron.  Never get any closer than 6 inches with a pitching wedge, and even that is only after plenty of practice.


SHORT GAME


Whack! Drill


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This drill is a simple as it sounds.  Using an alignment rod or dowel, either stick it into the end of your club (this may take a small cut in the top of the grip) or hold it in your fingers along the shaft.  Then just hit chips and make sure not to hit yourself.

The purpose of the drill is to promote solid contact and to eliminate flipping.  Flipping is one of the main causes of fat chips and inconsistent chipping.  The key to consistent chipping is to make sure to keep your hands ahead of the clubhead at all times which is exactly what you must do in order to avoid whacking your side with this drill (it doesn't hurt, I promise).

One Foot Chipping


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Another huge problem amateurs have with chipping is weight distribution.  Frequently, amateur golfers hit behind the ball because their weight is centered or even behind the ball.  One key to successful chipping is having your weight at least 65% toward your front side.  This helps to strike the ball first with a downward stroke.  This will impart "check" or backspin that helps control the distance of your chip shots.

In order to know what forward weight distribution really feels like, you can hit a few chips one-footed.  You'll set up to the chip normally, but before you hit your chip, remove your back foot so that you are just using your toe to keep from falling over.  99% of your weight will be on your front foot.  After hitting a few chips like this, bring your back foot back and mimic the feel of that forward weight distribution.  Remember, a forward weight shift does not have to be a forward lean.

Ball Under Foot Chipping


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If your balance isn't superb and the one foot chipping isn't comfortable for you, then another way to promote forward weight distribution is to place an object under your back foot.  You can use a golf ball or a special device as you see in the video.  It could also be a small pillow, headcover or any object solid enough to raise the outside of your foot off the ground an inch or two. 

Make sure to place the object underneath the outside center of your foot.  When using a small object like a golf ball, the inside ball of your foot should still be on the ground.  You should feel like you're pushing off of the object and this will help you push your weight forward to your front side.

BUNKERS


Dolla' Dolla' Bill Y'all



One of the hardest things to grasp when first learning how to hit bunker shots, is how much sand to take.  And then you have to grasp the concept of not swinging toward the target.  The picture above illustrates the proper setup and how much sand you should take.

The alignment rods tell the first part of the story.  The rod on the top is pointed directly at the target.  The lower rod is for you to align your stance and shoulders with.  You're going to open the clubface so that it is square to the target.  With 60-70% of your weight forward and the ball slightly forward in your stance, you're going to swing along the lower rod line (the way your shoulders and feet are set).  The splash you take should start at the beginning of the dollar bill and exit the sand at the end of the dollar bill.  The deepest part of the divot should be directly underneath the golf ball.  There is no set measurment for how deep the sand divot should be.  Generally for longer bunker shot it will be shallower, but you also never want to dig a hole to China with an extremely deep divot and steep approach.

On your follow through try to hold the clubface toward the sky rather than releasing around like a normal full swing.  This explosion shot should help you get out of the bunker with more ease and more accuracy.  Remember the number one rule is to get the ball out of the bunker first, then worry about where it's ending up.

PUTTING


Push Drill


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In order to attain a true pendulum putting stroke you have to master the feel of gradual acceleration.  The Push drill helps you feel the putter accelerate through impact and then immediately put that feel into practice with a regular stroke.  Using 4 golf balls, place them in a row 3-4 feet from the hole.  Proceed to push the first 3 golf balls into the hole using no backstroke.  With the final ball, make a regular stroke emphasizing the acceleration through the ball as you did with the pushed strokes.  Rinse and repeat.

Tiger's Tee Drill or "Through the Gates"


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Tiger's tee drill is one of the best putting drills for improving your contact and swing path.  At around 3 feet from the hole on a fairly straight putt, square your putter to the hole and place a tee at the toe and heel of your putter.  You can place two tees to make the drill a bit more precise.  If you have never done this drill before start by giving yourself some leeway on how close to the putter you place the tees - remember you have to be able to swing the putter through the tee "gate."  

The second key to this drill is setting the correct goals.  This is a repetition drill and its success rest upon your own discipline and sticking to your set goal.  Start with 10 putts in a row.  If that is too easy, make it 20.  Once that becomes easy, make it 30.  The sky is the limit and you can make your goal as difficult  as you want.  Tiger would make 100 putting with his right hand only, 100 with his left hand only and then 100 with his normal putting grip.  Now that's practice...

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