Ropeit Training For Beginners

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This training program assumes you know how to properly grip the club, and setup to the golf ball. Google “golf grip and setup” if you need help. You will be performing the L to L drill. 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.

At the start of each session you will be performing the swoosh drill to loosen up, and develop rhythm and tempo. The swoosh drill is just swinging the club, back and forth, and trying to make the swoosh sound louder and louder at the bottom of your swing.

The five things you will be working on:
1) Keep your eye on the ball.
2) Swing path
3) Right knee
4) Left Shoulder
5) Left wrist

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. 
When you are ready to hit a full shot just extend your swing, and use the same action you grooved through the hitting area.You will also become very proficient from a hundred yards in (the scoring zone) once you get the feel for how far the ball will travel with the L to L swing using different clubs. You will hit these short shots with confidence knowing that you will make crisp contact and the ball will be sailing straight to the target.

Now there is only one problem, finding time to perform the drill. Anyone can find 10 or 15 minutes, but we put off practicing because getting to the range takes time. The perfect practice aid that will allow you to perform this drill, using a real golf ball, in the limited area of your own backyard is the Ropeit. Try incorporating Ropeit into your training program. For a limited time get $5.00 off your purchase of Ropeit when you use coupon code: High5

Perform this drill three or four times a week, in total less than an hour of practice, and I guarantee that your ball striking will improve immensely. Please post a comment and let us know how the drill has worked for you.

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