No one ever become a golfing pro overnight. While there have been some golf prodigies, they still had to practice for hours on end, swing after swing to hone their skills. But it does not matter whether you are a prodigy at birth, a solid and consistent swing comes with a lot of practice and repetition, the kind of practice that happens at hitting balls at the driving range, playing rounds at the course, and performing drills.
The good thing about drills is that they do not eat a lot of your own time; you do not even have to be at a golf course or driving range. Some drills can even be performed in the comfort of your own backyard.
To hit the perfect swing with your golf drivers, you will need to work on more than just your swing. Contributing factors such as your stance, grip, and follow through are just as important but constantly neglected during practice.
Here are some good drills that can help you:
1. Ladder drill
The ladder drill can help fix your aim. For the drill, simply drop a ball in front of you and address it as if lining up for the swing with your mid-iron so that your feet are neither open nor closed to the target. Drop the club so that the shaft runs from foot to foot. Look at where the club is pointing and make the necessary adjustments. Imagine the club drawing a line to your target, if the line ends to the left of the target, it will go left and vice-versa. Correct your aim by adjusting your aim slightly to the left or right of the error line.
2. Follow-through drill
The key to the perfect swing lies in the release where your wrists turn at the point of impact with the ball. If the wrists remain locked, the club will hit the ball at an angle sending it flying in another direction.
For the drill, simply pick up a club and take your usual swing. Stop once your arms make an L-shape in the back swing and see where your wrists are. Follow through and release, your wrists turning through the ball and finishing with a reverse “L”. Repeat at increasing speeds. Adjust your grip and arm angle as needed.
3. Putting Drills
Putting is a crucial part in golf but is just as neglected by some players. While the ability to read the course is vital in becoming a good putter, understanding pace is more critical to the putting game. For the drill, place 3 balls at 5 feet intervals from the hole. Try hitting each ball into the hole at the same speed but putting a lot of emphasis on the length of your swing – meaning your backstroke is the only one that changes. Make it more difficult by doing it with your eyes closed.
While drills don’t put you in the same scenarios as an actual game, it does help in reducing your handicap and improving your score. Getting the hang of swinging your golf drivers at the driving range is just as good a skill to bring on the greens. Invest your time practicing drills and watch your efforts pay off at the scorecards.