Golf Tips Newsletter
Issue 483 - Wed. December 6th, 2017

USGTF Class "A" Teaching Professional
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Tom's Featured Tip: Variability
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Tom's Featured Tip: Variability

For simplicity, all advice on actual swings or drills is provided from a right handed perspective.

Before I get into this weeks featured tip, here's a winter practice thought. Indoor winter practice is primarily for swing development. At your outdoor summer practice, concentrate on scoring proficiency.

I'm sure you've all heard the saying "Perfect Practice Makes Perfect"

Modern day research has actually shown that saying to be somewhat inaccurate. We actually learn more from playing around and experimenting with variables than we do from trying to hone one thing. A research study showed that a group of players hitting their driver who tried to hit the toe and the heel intentionally for 5 days ended up with a better ability to hit the middle of the face than the group who tried to only hit the middle of the face.

So, the message here is short and sweet - try and add a bit of variability into your practice.

Here are a couple of ways to introduce some variability into your winter practice.
  1. Striking The Face

    Rather than just constantly trying to strike the middle of the face over and over (which will improve your ability, but slowly), try this drill. When you do it, use a dry erase magic marker to put a dime size mark on each ball to show where the face of the club makes contact with the ball.

    Try to hit ten balls from the heel side of the clubface, and ten balls from the toe side. When you can do this with a 70% consistency rate, switch to alternating it - one toe and one heel.

    After you have done this for half of your practice session, spend the other half of your practice time trying to execute a middle strike only. You will find it much easier to do now. And, over time, these skills will become automatic.

  2. Striking The Ground

    A good strike on a ball (with an iron) results in contacting the ground just forward of the bottom of the ball, so try these 2 variations.

    Variation # 1 Try to hit the ground in the right place, but try to do it using different ball positions. Place one ball back in your stance, one ball further forwards, and one more in the middle of your stance. Do this with varying clubs. Notice the trajectory the ball flies when you do it correctly, and notice which ball position you find it easier to make clean contact with.

    Over time, your ability to strike the ball anywhere you want in your stance will improve dramatically, and that's a useful skill to own.

    Variation # 2 Place the ball in your normal ball position for that club. Now start with the club a foot behind the ball. Try to swing back and execute a solid strike. Next, start with the club hovering half a foot above the ground. Swing back and execute a solid strike. Execute these swings without a ball at first, and then add a ball in as your skills progress. This dramatically improves your ability to control what is called "low point" in terms of both height and position.
Add these drills to your practice sessions and your ball striking will improve dramatically.

Try it, you'll definitely like it.


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All the best,

Tom Tucker
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WGTF ' "Top 100 Golf Teacher"
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