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The Inverted Praying Hands Drill


I use the inverted praying hands drill with all my students because it's quick, easy, and effective. It helps cure the "hit" or "flip" impulse at impact.

For all versions of this drill, make sure the hands follow a slight inside to inside swing circle path, not straight back and straight through.

Basic Version

Get yourself into good golf posture without a club, point your hands and fingers downward like you have inverted praying hands, then bend your wrists so that your hands and fingers point to the rear (away from the target). Your left wrist is now bent (palmar flexed) and your right wrist is cupped (dorsiflexed).

Your weight distribution should be 60% forward side leg, 40% rear leg. No weight should shift to your rear leg at any time during the drill, and your head should stay stationary - meaning no lateral head movement.

Then make very short length swings with long arms through impact to a short follow through. Maintain the bent left wrist and cupped right wrist angles, and keep your arms long, all the way into your abbreviated follow through.

Advanced Version

When you are able to do that perfectly, practice pressuring weight down onto your flat left foot during your short takeaway, then initiating your downswing with a lateral hip slide, then body rotation, keeping your head still. Still means no lateral movement. If your head rotates naturally that's acceptable. Lifting your head usually means that you have changed your upper torso angle of inclination to the ground, which is not acceptable.

Advanced Version, Club in Hand

An advanced variation of this drill would be to grip halfway down the shaft on a seven iron and perform the same posiitons and movements with the club held that way your hands. You'll know if you are flipping through impact, because the grip will poke you in the ribs if you lose your wrist angles.

It takes less than two minutes to do 100 continuous repetitions of this daily, make the time do it and watch your ball striking improve like magic.
  
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[ Lessons from Tom Tucker - Class "A" Teaching Professional - WGTF "Top 100 Golf Teacher" ]