Use your eight-iron for this practice session. It should take about 10 minutes.You will be hitting a total of 30 shots. All will be from L to L. For all of the drills you will focus on seeing the club head hit the ball, and always keeping your head still, and behind the ball until after impact.Swing from L to L, and perform the swoosh drill, keeping the 5 motions you are working on in mind, until you are swinging freely and smoothly, with tempo and rhythm.These instructions are for right-handers. Adjust accordingly if you are left handed.
1) Keep Your eye on the ball: Hit five shots concentrating on nothing but keeping your eyes on the ball until after contact with the ball. Let your head come up after impact.
2) Swing path: Hit five shots developing your swing path. Make sure the butt of your club points at the ball in the backswing at the backward L, and again when the swing is completed in the forward L.
3) Right knee: Hit five shots concentrating on leading your arms and hands in the forward swing with your right knee. In the completed forward L, your hips should be open, your left leg should be straightened, and the left side of your right knee, touching the right side of your left knee.
4) Left shoulder: Hit five shots with concentrating on touching your left shoulder to your chin, in the backward L.
5) Left wrist: Hit five shots concentrating on a flat left wrist as you make your backward L
6) Put it all together: Hit five shots, and play a game to track your progress. Rate each shot on a 1 to 5 basis, with 1 being perfect, and 5 being horrible. Write down the date and your total score. Don’t think about any of the positions above. Your only swing thoughts are visualizing the shot, and making crisp contact.What is the best golf drill for learning how to control the golf ball, and improving power and distance?
The most important thing in golf is controlling the golf ball. This is done by solid club face to ball contact, while the club face is square to the target line, and traveling on the target line swing path.
One of the best drills for accomplishing these two goals is the L to L drill. The picture to the left is of Tiger Woods hitting a full shot. Notice the L formed by his arms and the shaft in the downswing. The picture to the left is of Tiger hitting a full shot. Notice the L formed by his arms and the shaft in the downswing.If you are not familiar with the drill, just google “golf L to L drill”. There are a lot of links that will demonstrate how to do it properly. I recommend checking out a few of them as there are a few differences in what some feel is important. Click to view two of my favorites: L to L one
. L to L two
The drill will help you develop a good weight shift, proper hand action through the ball, and a feeling that you are controlling the golf ball. I recommend using your 7 iron. While performing the drill concentrate on extension on both sides of the ball, letting the right knee, and hip lead the arms through the shot, keeping your head behind the ball until after contact, staying balanced, and holding the finish with your weight on your forward side and your back foot up on the toes. If you swing a little past the L on the forward swing, that is OK. Do not try to muscle the ball. Concentrate on a smooth motion and solid contact. All experts agree that the number one key for more distance is solid contact. That is what you are trying to groove with this drill. Swing, don’t hit. This is also a great drill to practice Hogan’s Power Move.
You can keep track of your progress by seeing how many shots it takes to hit ten perfect shots. A perfect shot will be defined as one where there is good crisp contact, and the ball is traveling on the intended target line. You should usually be able to complete a session in 10 to 15 minutes. If after 15 minutes, you still have not reached 10 “perfects”, just record how many perfects you had that session.