Whether it’s with a driver, wood or an iron, are you struggling with hitting the golf ball solid? Here are two golf drills for the range you can work that might be able to help you.
Hank Haney’s Two-Tee Driving Drill
Who this drill will help: Golfers who tend to hit their shots off the heel or toe of the clubface.
What this drill is: Set your club on the ground and put two tees into the ground just outside the heel and toe of the clubhead. Put the ball in the middle and try making your swing without hitting the two tees you placed.
What this drill tries to accomplish: If you hit the tee closer to you, you know you made contact with the ball on the toe of the clubhead, and if you hit the tee farther away from you, you know you made contact with the ball on the heel of the clubhead. The drill helps you make good contact with the ball in the center of the clubface, which will improve your distance and accuracy.
See the video below for this drill:
Golf Drill for More Solid Contact (for irons)
Who this drill will help: Golfer who tend to hit behind the ball (the ground first) or tend to top the ball.
What this drill is: Place three golf balls in a line so that the two outside balls lie outside the heel and toe of the clubhead (similar to the above drill). Take your shot with the middle ball.
What this drill tries to accomplish: The goal is for your divot to be on the target side of the ball line (the left side for a right-handed golfer). If your divot is behind the ball line, it may suggest that you’re not putting enough weight forward in the downswing, or your handle is not forward enough. This drill will help you hit the ball first, which is essential to good iron play, and be able to get better trajectory and spin on your shots.
See the video below by PGA professional Chris Ryan:
Posture Drill for More Consistent Contact
Who this drill will help: Golfers who make inconsistent contact with the ball as a result of bad posture.
What this drill is: With iron in hand, stand up straight as tall as you can, and imagine that you are a handle on a clock face. With your head pointing in the 12 o’clock position, tip forward at the hips to the 1 o’clock position and soften your legs. Your back should be straight, knees slightly flexed and you should feel like you are in an athletic position. Make your swing as normal.
What this drill tries to accomplish: This drill will essentially help correct a bad address posture that is contributing to inconsistency. It will help you achieve proper balance and prevent early extension, and it will put you in a position to rotate your body properly. If you tend to “hunch over” too much at address and you perform this drill, you may hit the ball thin initially, but with persistence you should eventually start hitting solid shots and assuming a proper posture naturally.
See a demonstration of this drill by PGA instructors Piers Ward & Andy Proudman below:
Give these drills a try — they might help you more than you think! See the product review section of the site for information on quality golf clubs that will allow you to get the most out of these drills.