Drills drills and more drills. There are tons of different drills out there but the most important thing is…do you do them properly and consistently? I see folks do a drill one or two times and expect it to spawn results. Not so. You have to “nag” your body into submission. If you do not understand this process please live with my wife for a month!
Doing drills in short intervals “often”, even without a ball is the way to go. It is the process of logging a sufficient number of reps that build the consistency.
I see folks trying TOO hard at getting better and sometimes go through a very difficult period until they get tired and relax. When you’re practicing make sure you hold the golf club lightly in your hands. Take a breather after each shot. Grip pressure is a real killer if you don’t be careful.
In fact, many a golfer who says, “it was that last shot on 18th hole that keeps me coming back”….well did you ever think that maybe you just finally relaxed because you knew the round was over.
Nobody is shooting at you and they are not going to electrocute you if you play bad. Lighten up your attitude, grip and forearms. Nicklaus used to talk about soft forearms all the time.
Just like a receiver in football trying so hard he starts dropping passes you too can try so hard and think so much that you get yourself tied up in knots.
Overall on the golf course don’t think! Drill…drill…drill and forget it! Let the work you did on the range meld in to your golf game. Don’t take it on the golf course.
A great dedicated golf teacher Doc Prose once said; “Any system is better than not having one”. He’s right. If you’re focused on performing a specific movement and if you can repeat it time and again…even if it’s wrong…at least you have some predictability in your ball flight and you can plan accordingly. However some motions can cause you such difficulty that they just can’t be overcome such as a sever “over the top” swing path.
Many of the golf lesson businesses come up with cute descriptions of their method like the X Factor….whooooo…. the one plane or two plane swing…..wow which one am I…somethings it looks like I’m the fourth plane swinger!
I shy away from all these types of so called magic methods and so should you. Why? Because you can NOT force fit yourself to any one’s method. You would have to hit golf balls until your hands bleed to reprogram your body to move contrary to its natural tendencies.
That’s why I look at someones natural tendencies and chip away at the areas where most of the improvement would be recognized and enjoyed. Great players know THEIR swing. They ALL have nagging problems and they know how to keep them under control.
The latest craze is this “Stack and Tilt” thing. Well they got have of it right…the Tilt. The stack part actually makes the tilt more difficult to perform in my estimation and leans toward that dreaded “reverse pivot” that so many golfers worked so hard to alleviate.
Take a look at this video attached that shows what I’m talking about. The BIG move that most golfers miss is the tilt of the shoulders on the downswing. It is the turning of the shoulders that causes the over the top swing path.