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Whether it’s with a driver, wood or an iron, are you struggling with hitting the golf ball solid?
Here are three golf drills for the range you can work on that might be able to help you.
1. Hank Haney’s Two-Tee Driving Drill
This drill is great for golfers who tend to hit their shots off the heel or toe of the clubface.
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.
If you hit the tee closer to you, you know you made contact with the ball on the toe of the clubhead. 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.
Watch Hank demonstrate this drill in the video below:
2. Iron Drill For More Solid Contact
This drill is best for golfers who tend to hit behind the ball (the ground first) or tend to top the ball.
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.
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:
3. Posture Drill For More Consistent Contact
This drill is for golfers who make inconsistent contact with the ball as a result of bad posture.
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.
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 assume 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!
If you want more than drills, this is going to help you hit the ball solid consistently, increase your distance by 20-30 yards, and become deadly accurate with your irons:
Have you tried any of these drills? What have your results been? Let us know in the comments below.