Whilst we're kicking our heels waiting for the Spring and the start of the new golfing season I wanted to focus on the one thing that you could be doing right now. It will help you in kick-starting or continuing to build your golfing confidence and strengthen your ability.
At our weekly group sessions, PGA golf coach, Maxine Burton has taught us a simple exercise that she's used in her golf career as a tour player and a coach. It's so simple that you can practice it at home and you don't even need to hold a golf club. It’s called 'The Drill'.
In the steps below, I’ll guide you in using a golf club so that you know what to do when you're warming up before a game, practicing at the range, or on the course. If I feel that I'm losing confidence in my swing during these times, I'll execute 'The Drill'. Even before you’ve attended a taster session you can start practicing this exercise.
Tip #1: A wooden spoon or similar could be used instead of a golf club.
There are seven steps to 'The Drill':
1. Take your golf club - preferably a short iron, no longer than a 7 iron. This is the one that shows the number seven on the sole of the club. Shorter irons are identified with a number 8, 9, or the letters W or PW, and SW.
2. Set yourself up as if you were going to hit an imaginary ball.
3. Start your practice swing, make sure that you complete a full follow-through and swing through to your finish position.
4. Repeat the process 10 times without stopping. If you're feeling a little off-balance, stop, reset and continue. 5. Make sure on your down swing that you hit the ground with each repetition.
6. On your last swing, hold your follow-through as if you’re watching the flight of your ball down the fairway.
7. This technique should make you slightly breathless.
Tip #2: when at home to save you digging up the grass in your garden, striking the patio or decking. If you can, cut an unused piece of carpet to 1-2m2 and use it as a practice mat.
In my next blog, I'll guide you in your golfing journey for 2016 and show you what you should be looking out for after you’ve attended a taster session.
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