Becoming good at golf takes a lot of practice to improve your shot, improve your accuracy, lower your score, and your overall golf game. And with so many drills out there, you might be confused about which one to start with--especially as a beginner. Well, to help you reduce this stress, we have gathered various drills to help you become a better golfer.
So, without wasting time, let's get to it.
1. Best Rotational Drills To Improve Rotational Action In Your Swing
Rotational actions are essential in golfing because they help you create more club speed, improve your curvature control, improve your driving distance, and most importantly, reduce injuries. Therefore, having these drills under your belt can go a long way to help you when golfing.
Each rotational action comprises a backswing and a downswing, and in this section, we will teach you the various drills you need to ensure that you immensely improve your backswing and downswing.
So, if you are struggling with your rotational motion, then these tips might be helpful.
To make this simple, we will take a look at drills to improve your backswing, as well as, drills to improve your downswing.
a.Improving Your Backswing
Getting the perfect backswing isn't as easy as it might seem. How you execute your backswing impacts your whole motion when hitting the ball.
One major problem that beginners face when assuming the backswing is that they sway a lot, and this causes them to have a bad posture, and also, hit their iron on the ground before hitting the ball. This causes you to have less power and less control over your strike, and the key to fixing this issue is to stay centered.
Well, below are some tips to help you stay centered.
ii.Thigh and Hips Movement
As much as your upper body movement is important, a perfect backswing motion involves knowing how to move your hips, thighs, arms, chest, and shoulders. And since we have already learned how to rotate our upper body, let's learn how to rotate our lower body.
The last step to having the perfect backswing involves the posture of your hands and wrist. Adjusting the hand properly is one thing that beginners find difficult.
The truth is power is generated from the arm; therefore, if you do not have the right arm posture and movement, you will strike the ball with way less effectiveness and power.
Here are some tips to help you get the perfect hand posture when assuming the backswing position:
For Those Who might Be Rigid And Can't Turn Fully:
If you feel a bit tight or rigid such that you cannot rotate your body fully, then here are a few tips for you:
These two tips should help you immensely execute the rotation motion.
How To Practice The Above Positions:
Combining these three body motions will ensure that you have a perfect backswing motion. A good way to practice this is to combine all three body movements and then practice the above motion ten times without hitting the ball. You want to do it until you get the perfect posture, and on the 11th try, you can try hitting the ball.
We recommend that you practice the upper body and thigh and legs movement without having to swing the club. Practice it with the club placed horizontally on your chest, and cross out your two hands to hold the club in position. Then you want to practice the first two movements ten times for five different sets.
Once you get the upper and lower body movement right, you want to then practice your hand posture together with the other upper and lower body movement. When practicing the hand movement, you want to ensure that you are using the club and practicing as if you are about to take a hit at the ball without actually striking the ball. Just as you will with the body movement, practice the hand movement together with the body movement tens times for five different sets.
b.Improving Your DownSwing
Once you have your backswing motion figured out, the next thing to worry about is your downswing position. While the backswing helps you gather power, the downswing determines your speed and precision. Therefore, you must know how to position your body to ensure that you have the right posture to execute the perfect downswing motion.
So, these tips should help you:
i.Have A Good Lateral Movement
One essential element that can help you get the perfect downswing motion is to ensure that your lower body has a good lateral movement. With this, you might need an alignment stick that helps you with your lateral movement.
All you need to do is to set up the alignment stick vertically and about an inch from your left leg. Then you want to practice having some lateral movement towards the target and the alignment stick. What this means is that you want to move only your hips and pelvis laterally towards the alignment stick.
You do not want to move with your leg, since that might get you off balance; just move your pelvis laterally towards the stick and your legs and upper should follow easily.
In addition, you want to make sure that you do not move your hips and pelvis to surpass the alignment stick because this can make it difficult to rotate your body or in rare cases, cause an injury. You want to make sure that your hip moves until it is about an inch from touching the alignment stick.
ii.Your Upper Body Rotation
Well, you need to also ensure that your upper body rotates effortlessly as you assume the downswing motion. To do this, you want to make sure that your upper body swings facing the target just as you execute the hip movement.
Also, as you turn to the left side to hit the ball, just before impact, you want to make sure that you lift your right heel with the toes centered on the ground to help you rotate fully.
iii.Your Arm and Hand Movement
One thing that prevents people from executing the perfect downswing is their arm and hand position. Often, you will find their hand and arms at awkward angles or positions which prevents them from getting the perfect strike. This is why you must get the right angle and position for your arms and hands to ensure that you are hitting the ball with maximum effectiveness.
To have the correct hand position, here are a few tips to keep in mind:
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