Do you have favourite golf drill? Of the 27 million drills (google search) I wonder if you have one drill that you rely on to make your game sharp. I have tried many, created a few, and generally revert back to the proven few. Of all the drills, I do have a favourite one that always seems to maintain my game and many cases improve it. I have tried variations to the this drill with respect to putting and chipping. But the foundation of the drill stays and it this helps improve my touch on and around the green.
This drill allows me to improve my putting out to 12 feet. I puts pressure on my putting to progressively make longer putts. It encompasses all the skills I need to putt under pressure and to hone my short game.
Additionally, I use this drill for distance control while chipping. The tees allow for instant feedback and so I can adjust my chips and develop my touch. I move around the different stations and use six golf balls for each chip. I try to make every ball stop within the three foot circle. That is my goal anyway.
I have found that this drill allows me to work on many aspects of my short game with one drill. It is simple, easy to replicate, and produces great results. I always revert back to this drill and as such it consider it my favourite. I am confident that I will continue use it moving forward.
Do you have a favourite golf drill?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!
4 thoughts on “My Favourite Golf Drill”
Jim, Star is an excellent drill. I use a variation with five balls for short putting. My go to is a simple drill when working with my LW on chips from the fringe. I’ll pick a hole that is fairly close and rotate through a high, medium, and low trajectory shots just by altering ball position. Very much helps to build my sense of touch and creativity.
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Your drill is perfect for developing touch around the green. Many of us golfers forget that there is always at least three options to hitting each shot. If we do not practice them, we are really limiting our ability to adjust to various course conditions and the lie of the ball in the rough. Thanks for sharing.
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My personal favorite is the line drill with my irons. The idea is draw a line on the ground, put it centered in your stance and aim at it like it’s the ball. Try and make sure your divot starts at or after the line. I did this for a year most nights in the back yard under the flood lights for maybe ten, fifteen minutes. It was what really got me to start turning instead of swaying which has made both my ball striking and handicap better.
If you want to use a ball too, you don’t really need to draw a line. You can set two tee’s in the ground to show you the exact location of the leading edge of the ball in relation to the beginning of the divot. If we’re on grass at the range that’s what I’ll do.
Basically a gate. Wide as you want it though it can also tip you off to non-center strikes if you keep them close enough. I worked myself up to that. At first, they bothered me to look at, but I got used to it pretty quick.
Just hitting balls at the range isn’t enough. Pick a target for every shot, and use some simple tools like these to help you hone your swing. In addition to using a line or the tee’s, an alignment rod or an old driver shaft (what I use) pushed into the ground behind you angled so that it’s just an inch off your trail hip is something that will help you learn to turn rather than sway. You’ll want that inch because when you load up you will sway a little, but you want to stop swaying before your hip touches the shaft if you can. It’s about delivering power with accuracy rolled all into one. We want to load up on the trail side as we take our backswing, but we don’t want to sway away from the target doing so because then we have to rely on timing to get back at the exact right moment. Turning instead of swaying fixes that. And we want to strike ball first to deliver every erg of energy we generate to the ball, not the ground. So this combination drill is the key to the kingdom in my book.
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Thanks for sharing your favourite drills. Every one is a great drill for beginners and experienced players alike. It is amazing how many different drills work for different players. It is always good to have some proven drills in your back pocket when we have hit a rut for our game.