Golf Drills To Improve Game

Drills to strengthen your core come in handy when you need to improve your swing. One such drill is similar to push ups. Get in a push-up position on the floor and hold your body straight with just your hands and feet on the floor. Then, lift your right hand and left leg up and balance for 10-15 seconds. Repeat this move with your left hand and right foot. This drill increases strength and also works on your balance.

One of the simplest putting drills is simply to practice putting when you have an opportunity. At home, you can putt a few shots during each commercial break of your favorite show. At work, putt a few while the computer boots up in the morning, or when you’re waiting for a report to run. Vary your shots so you’re not putting from the same distance each time. Adding a few practice putts in each day can go a long way in improving your putting skills.

No matter which drill you are working on, think about how your body is working while you practice the drill. Would you do better if you have more strength in your lower back? Would increased flexibility help you perform better? This is when you can combine fitness into your drill practice. If your drills help you identify areas where you can strengthen your body, by all means incorporate some exercises into your fitness routine to combat those weaknesses.

Drills can hone in on particular problem areas and really help you focus on the steps to improve those areas. With a little extra effort, you’re on your way to a great game of golf.

About Extreme Golf

So many people are so frightened to try something dramatic during their practice. They stick to the same movement patterns, or thereabouts, hoping that one day they will ‘learn golf’. This isn’t going to happen. You have to explore, you have to push boundaries, you have to get out of your comfort zone.

So why do people not do this? I know exactly why, because I have a confession – I used to be that person.

Often, a fear of making a mistake holds someone back from trying something wildly different. They are so frightened of topping a shot, or hitting a duff that they never really explore. This is a remnant of our evolutionary past, where an ancestor climbing a tree in a wildly different way may have fallen to its death. Luckily, you are not going to die by hitting a poor shot. Allow yourself to explore, fear free, during training sessions.

The other reason is a mis-belief. It is a common misconception that “perfect practice makes perfect”, one which has been unfortunately popularized by many recent books. But research in motor learning is showing that practicing ‘wrong things’ intentionally can serve a beneficial purpose. The fear of “I don’t want to mess up my swing by practicing something wild” is a belief I also used to have, which I have gladly tossed away.

One of my first lessons as a teacher, I tried to demonstrate a topped shot in front of a bunch of beginners. I couldn’t do it. The best I could manage was a slight thin which still flew high in the air and placed the spectators in awe.

I wasn’t any good at being bad.

This sounds, on the surface, to be a good problem. But it wasn’t – I lacked adaptability. That night, I chose to no longer worry about my own swing, and simply focus on making my players better and become better at teaching. So I went to the range late at night and practiced topping the ball.

I also practiced shanking, fatting, toe-ing, slicing and hooking. “My game is going to go to pieces” I thought. But, what happened over the next few weeks was astounding. I could now sense the clubhead with an extraordinarily heightened sense of awareness. I could hit any spot on the face I desired. I could move my divot forward and backwards at will, and I could hone in on a clubface and path which would send the ball flying to the target – all with ease. It was like I could see the golf matrix.

I had my first lesson in skill development.

Many years later, all of the scientific literature in variable, random and differential learning confirm that I was doing the right thing. My mind was blown.

Most golfers are destined to live the same poor golf week in week out, never improving. It is like there is a wall in their way that they just can’t get over. However, maybe they should jump over the wall and hit it from the other side. This is where extreme’s come in.

By doing something in its extreme form, you may have the epiphany/light-bulb moment which allows you to leapfrog your old, poor golf. Doing something in its extreme form may open up a new world of skill or understanding to you that you never had before.

For example, I have had slicers (who have an open face to path relationship) shut the face 45 degrees or more at address, until the ball is moving right to left in the air. I have had people who are constantly fatting the ball (hitting behind it) make a swing where they go clean over the top of the ball – leaving it there and making a divot in front of it. I have also had players who struggle with a shank to develop their ability to hit the toe of the club.

“None of these are desirable traits, but the ability to do them is a desirable skill which helps to hone in on the correct way”

You just have to let yourself do it. You have to get rid of the fear holding you back, get massively outside of your comfort zone, and allow yourself to make whatever mistake may come. Encourage the mistake even. Leap OVER the wall!

This type of training does not need to make up a big part of your overall session. If you are doing an hour, maybe 10 minutes of experimenting with extremes can be enough to push the boundaries of your skills levels.

The long term benefits of this type of training are huge, but be warned. In the short term, it may open up Pandora’s box. For that reason, save it for a training session earlier in the week. And maybe abstain from doing it around tournament times, unless you are experienced in it.

Used wisely, experimental forms of practice, such as variable, differential or practicing something in its extreme form can be very powerful tools, helping you speed up learning and leap over old boundaries.

Improve Golf Short Game Skills

If you watch the pros on television you will discover that they are very good with the wedge in their hands and usually put the ball inside 15 feet for easier to make putts which is a big reason they are capable of shooting such low scores. If it is possible take some extra time on the course or the range working on shots inside 130 yards. The only way to master these shots is simply practice so you need to take the time on the practice tees to work on these shots.

Learning to putt well can be a significant challenge and most golfers are looking for the magic putter or putting technique that will make them better overnight. While it is certainly important to use a quality putter and to have certain key mechanical fundamentals, it is also important to note that in order to avoid the yips you need to make sure to stick with one main technical approach and one good quality putter. Reading greens well is also an important component to putting and the key is to be decisive with the read and believe that it is accurate and that the ball will go in the hole.

Always remember to putt in order to make every putt regardless of how long the putt may be. Avoid aiming for 3 foot circles on longer putts as this will increase your margin of error, instead see the ball going in the hole gently as this will make your misses the closest. Spend most of your time on the greens working on putts inside 10 feet as these are the key putts that can really lower your scores quickly if you can learn to master them. Keeping the mind quiet is another important factor if you want to become the best possible putter you can be. When you hit the putt be sure to keep your thoughts as little as possible and stay focused sharply on the target.

Ultimate Swing Training Program

You understand the basics… how to hold the club, where to stand, but things go wrong from there. The reason your golf swing goes astray when you take your club back is because your biomechanics are faulty. For example, if you have a functional short leg on your left side, when you take your stance your hips will rotate resulting in an open stance. You might think that you are square to the target line, but you are not.

With your poor biomechanics the club is being forced into an out-to-in swing so you will hit the ball with a clockwise spine. Correcting your hip and spine angle will square the club face at impact so you can hit the ball with an anti-clockwise spin. The hips and shoulders must return to a square position this will not only cure your slice but you allow distance from more power being generated from the correct body turn and the square club face. If your hips are rotated you will not be able to align your feet, hips and shoulders square to the target. If your posture is corrected your muscles will groove your new swing so you will naturally return to a stance with a square club face. Also if your hips are rotated your centre of gravity will not be right this will force your shoulders to turn too quickly with an open stance due to a poor hip rotation the body will be in front of the ball. If your spine angle is wrong you will not setup with your head behind the ball you will begin your downswing before you have complete your back swing with your arms.

Every golf swing fault can be analysed this way. That’s why your golf swing is not improving. You are not addressing your main piece of golf equipment…YOUR BODY…and how it affects your golf swing. This is why you have difficulty repeating a good shot. Your biomechanics aren’t grooved to a good swing. Muscle memory is going to return you to a poor posture unless it is retrained. Your golf professional is telling you to have good balance, keep good posture and maintain your spine angle throughout the shot. But how can you maintain your golf swing if your body won’t allow it? You need your golf swing analysed from a biomechanical point of view to determine how your posture and muscle imbalances are affecting your swing.

So I broke the golf swing down from a purely biomechanical view. How does your posture affect your swing? Can it cause you to hook, slice, hit the ball fat or thin etc? The answer was yes. Because as your posture changes so does your swing plane. Then I looked at the variations in posture. Can they relate to swing faults? …Yes, they are definitely related to every swing fault. So I came up with a basic equation. Muscle imbalance = poor posture = poor swing. I looked at every posture and muscle imbalance and came up with a simple formula to analyse these faults related to a swing fault. So this is how Get Fit to Golf and the ChiroFit Program was born. If you can maintain a constant posture and spine angle through a shot you will be able to repeat the same swing and return the club face square to the target line. I also looked at well know golf champions past and present, from Ben Hogan, Jack Nickalus, Greg Norman, Tiger Woods etc. Even though they have variations in their swings at first glance, if you break their golf swing down they all have something in common. At the impact zone they have maintained good posture, spine angle and balance, and they are able to repeat this. Tiger woods is a good example. When he first came on the golf scene he had the best posture of any golfer I had seen.

If you want to improve your golf game, your golf swing training and analysis should have a physical component. Have your golf swing analysed from a biomechanical standard and then fit it to your game. This is the basis to Get Fit to Golf. An easy to access online assessment process which will highlight and analyse your golf swing faults and then you can download a tailor-made easy to use program all done online. All it takes is 30 minutes of posture balancing three times a week to dramatically change your golf swing and improve your game for life.

Golf Lesson Paradox

The warranty terms may vary from twenty-four hours to thirty days, but the basic premise is, that as long as we follow the terms outlined in the promotional literature, our satisfaction is guaranteed.

Is it possible to offer a money-back guarantee for golf lessons? In most sports, we see glimpses of improvement immediately. This reinforces our belief in the validity of the instructors advice.

Golf instruction is unique – there are no guarantees.

Do you believe that you have to get worse before you get better? Why pay someone to show you how to play worse? This prevailing attitude is hardly conducive to parting with your hard-earned cash.

Based on my teaching experience over the past thirty years, I’ve come to the conclusion that most students regard golf lessons as a weakness; it’s downright embarrassing to admit (to yourself and golfing buddies), that you can’t figure out how to correct the chronic slice that keeps coming back every year.

Why do the majority of average golfers forego professional instruction and struggle with self-analysis in the hope of finding a “cure”?

Let’s look at a common misconception regarding the value of professional instruction.

Misconception Number One: Improving versus Eliminating

One of the biggest roadblocks to improvement is the belief that a recurring problem can be permanently “fixed”. The golf swing will always be a work in progress. Every one of us has natural tendencies that continue to re-appear, regardless of how hard we work to eliminate them. The value of lessons is understanding how to reduce the severity of the problem.

What should you expect from one lesson?

The majority of once-a-week golfers struggle with a chronic slice, which invariably leads to one or more penalty strokes.

If you can learn how to hit the fairway fifty percent of the time, then the lesson was productive. Now you have the tools to continue to improve. The primary goal is to keep the ball in play.

Expecting to completely eliminate a recurring slice in one lesson is unfair to you and the instructor. The golf swing will always be a work in progress. In the next article, we look at another common misconception that creates a stigma around professional instruction for the once-a-week golfer.

Play Better Longer

Since countless PGA professionals have proven the benefit of strength and conditioning, the demand for golf fitness trainers and training programs has increased tremendously. When looking for a trainer or golf fitness program beware all programs and trainers are not created equal. A sound golf fitness program should be built on the foundation of postural stability, muscle balance, and efficient movement. Many golf fitness programs put the cart before the horse by focusing on strength without addressing stability. Be very cautious of programs that advertise they will strengthen your “golf muscles.” Due to the repetition necessary to master the golf swing those targeted “golf muscles” are often already over developed and over tight in relation to the rest of the body. This common muscle imbalance causes inefficient muscle recruitment that leads to inconsistency, loss of power and increased incident of pain and injury. A qualified golf fitness professional knows that it takes practically every muscle in the body to complete a golf swing. Performing exercises that mimic the golf swing prior to establishing a strong foundation and good muscle balance will only strengthen the imbalance and lead to further inconsistency and greater chance of injury. As well as a strong foundation in exercise science a good golf fitness trainer or program should have a good understanding of biomechanics as they relate to the golf swing.

It is important to note that it may take a little time for your swing to adjust to your newly efficient body. The best way to see consistent improvement in your game as you train your body is to develop a relationship with a qualified PGA teaching Professional. Integrating the play better longer fitness program with quality instruction will allow you to get the most out of your practice and playing time. A sound golf fitness program will help prepare your body to perform at its optimal level. Increased muscular efficiency and flexibility allow you to increase power and consistency while drastically reducing chances of pain and injury. You will not only be playing better, but you will be playing better longer!

Women’s Golf Equality

Women’s golf has been become extremely popular over the past few years and there are currently as many professional women golfers as there are men. Golf equipment companies have also recognized the amount of women interested in the sport and have customized many pieces of golf equipment including golf clubs, drivers and golf bags to be more comfortable for women. You can also have your own golf equipment custom-made; making golfing more comfortable and efficient for women since men’s clubs were often to big. These are just a few of the steps which have been taken to welcome women into the world of golf and ensure that they are comfortable and treated as equally as possible.

Women’s golf associations such as the LPGA have also contributed to the popularity of women’s golf and given women the respect they deserve. Women golfers are now featured in Golf Digest magazine, Golf for Women and a number of other magazines dedicated strictly to women’s golf. Videos and TV shows are also contributing to the popularity of this sport and giving women the “drive” they need to pursue careers in this field.

It was not until earlier this year, that women’s golf took a leaping step in the right direction when professional golfer and top LPGA player, Annika Sorenstam was told she could play against the men in a PGA tournament. Many people predicted how they thought Sorenstam would do when she teed-off against some of the best male golfers in the world. Some people had positive encouragement to contribute while others were chauvinistic and down-right rude.

Phil Mickelson, 2nd in the overall moneymaking standings last year, had no problem playing against a woman and claimed that he thought Sorenstam would end up 20th overall, when she predicted herself to be 28th. Other golf professionals were not so eager to give Sorenstam the benefit of the doubt. Vijah Singh actually resigned from the tournament because he felt he could not play with a women. He claimed that Sorenstam simply “did not belong” in a men’s tournament.

Nonetheless, having a woman play in the PGA, even for a short while, was a huge accomplishment which could potentially pave the road for future development in women’s golf.

Useful Driver Golf Swing Tip

These days, what you are able to do while already on the course and in a game is pitiful little and performance and results lean rather heavily on the work you have put in prior to entering the course for your game.

If you have been wondering why your game has been deteriorating so much in recent times, or why you always end up getting so frustrated these days on the course. The answer could be simply the fact that more and more of your opponents on the course are making better preparations than you are.

So it is not that your game has deteriorated, rather your opponents are getting increasingly fitter and therefore better. Here is how.

Golf specific exercise programs and tips in particular have been known to have a major effect on any golfer’s driver golf swing impact on the course.

We have seen very young golfers barely in their teens increase their drives by 50 yards or more after a very brief period in a golf specific exercise program.

This is the single driver golf swing tip that has had the biggest effect on golf games all over the country and beyond. More than any other driver golf swing tip viewed on a video or received during a special session from some pro.

You it is clearly emerging that without a conditioned body to take in the pressures of the game and to perform, most driver golf swing tips usually end up being completely useless to a golfer, mainly because they can not implement them.

And like most life-changing tips that revolutionize people’s lives, it all sounds too deceivingly simple to make a difference. But the fact of the matter is that golf specific exercises are the most powerful driver golf swing tip.

Cure a Golf Hook

  • Weaken your Grip – You could be playing with a grip that is too strong. You’ll want to simply rotate both hands around the grip and towards the target. This will make it much harder for the clubface to naturally close through the impact zone. Don’t over do it, and like everything else, testing is crucial. Make sure to test this, before moving on, unless you are positive that you already play with a weak grip.
  • Move the ball forward in your stance – It is common of players that slice the ball to play the ball forward in their stance. So copy them. If you hook, the result should be a relatively straight ball. (Side Note: Whether you hook or slice, your first goal should be to learn to do the opposite.) Moving the ball forward in your stance should get some things back on track.
  • Aim to the left (to the right if left handed) of the target – Start out with an open stance to the target. This will put that clockwise rotation on the ball that you are looking for. Just open your stance a little bit, and swing along the line of your shoulders.
  • Make sure that you are finishing with your weight on your forward foot – This is the single best solution for the hook. If you hook the ball, chances are that you finish with some of your weight still on your back foot. This causes you to come around the ball with a closed clubface. This is the number one cause of the deadly snap-hook. Finish with all of your weight forward, and you’ll never experience it.

Maximize Stay and Play Golf Experience

Players of all ages and abilities are most effective when they practice, practice, practice. Many stay and play golf facilities have driving ranges. There are some that have indoor simulators. Hitting balls is a great way to hone your skills, enhance balance control, and burn calories. You can also ask the staff about lessons or how you can practice with their pros.

Is your equipment up to par? Do you need new gloves? Take your clubs to the pro shop and have the staff repair them. This is where you can solve the last minute hiccups that occur.

Rest and Hydration

Get at least 8 hours of sleep prior to your outing. It will improve your focus and performance. Be sure to drink plenty of water before tee time. Playing 18 holes in the sun can lead to dehydration if you do not drink enough fluids.

Warm Up

Before you begin playing, do some stretching exercises. Take a few minutes to extend your arms and legs. Making a few swings is another way to warm up. Hit a few balls and gauge how the wind is blowing.

Walking vs. Riding

If you walk the entire 18 holes, it is equivalent to a 5 mile walk or almost a 4 mile run. Using a cart is a helpful way to get around the greens if necessary, but walking the course can burn up to 2,000 calories.

Eating Healthy

Most stay and play golf courses offer healthy snacks to their patrons. Consider packing some fruits and vegetables to have on hand while you play. Granola bars and nuts will help you refuel and keep your mind sharp.

Keep Moving

A player can exceed 10,000 steps in a typical round. That is the recommended guideline for daily exercise. Stretching in between shots can burn more calories. If you are waiting for your turn, you can walk around and practice your swings.

The biggest plus of a stay and play golf facility is the short distance from the greens to your room. After a full day, you can relax with your peers and get ready to repeat it the next day.