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3 Golf Swing Drills to Improve Your Putting
After hitting the ball as close to the hole as possible, it is just
a matter of putting so you can move on to the next one.
While this may sound easy given the short distance, there
are still some who have a hard time. To help you out, here
are 4 golf swing drills you can try.
The first is the one handed drill. You do this by practice
putting ten balls using only your training hand. This drill lets
you focus on the palm of your hand as it moves towards the
Next, practice putting using your target hand. The emphasis
here is for you to concentrate on your back hand moving
towards the cup.
When you do this drill using either hand, be conscious of the
toe of your putter in the follow through. Should this turn away
from the cup or point toward it, this means you are turning
your hand. So you know you are doing it right, the face of the
putter should be square to the cup.
Another drill is to practice putting with one eye. Some golfers
do this because it stops them from lifting their head
prematurely. If you have played this game often, you can
even try putting with your eyes closed.
But won’t closing your eyes make it harder for you to see
where the ball is going? Yes but research has shown that
when you try to putt with your eyes open, there is
interference with the brain/muscle control system. By closing
your eyes, you are relying more on your hands to guide the
ball into the hole. And how will you know if the ball goes in?
By simply using your sense of hearing.
To do this, you have to practice first putting first with your
eyes open at a range of 10 to 50 feet from the hole. After
putting these balls with your eyes open, do the same thing
this time with your eyes closed. If the ball goes in the hole,
you know that sink the ball with your eyes closed.
Another eyes closed technique involves dropping some balls
to the ground and just putting them. The objective here is
simply to let you feel how the stroke flows back and forth. Do
the same thing also with your eyes open. Now that you know
the difference, try to incorporate that when you are putting
the balls into the hole.
The last golf swing drill is called the alignment drill. To do
this, you lay two clubs on the green about six inches apart
and make sure that they are parallel to each other. Now putt
the ball to see if your stroke is aligned at impact and steady
on the back and forward stroke. Do this several times and if
you get tired, take a break and rest for a while before
resuming the drill.
Practicing some golf swing putting drills like those mentioned
will surely help you improve on your game. Who knows? You
might even win when you are playing 18 holes with friends. If
you can do that at short distances, the only thing to practice
on now is your long game because this is just as important
as the short game.
Achieving the Golf Swing of Pro Golfers
Developing the perfect golf swing takes time and tons of
practice. It also pays to take note of how pro golfers execute
their winning swings. By taking note of the following tips and
taking time to work them out, you will surely be enjoying
tournament successes in no time.
1. Ask any pro golfer, and he or she will tell you that the
power it takes to get that ball flying does not come from the
arms alone. Use your entire body to achieve maximum
power. If you are used to fuelling the golf club with your
arms, wrist and hands, then you might struggle at first trying
to employ the rest of your body. Practice hitting the ball with
using your torso and legs. Once you get the hang of
swinging the club with your entire body, you will notice that
you are sending that ball flying with more consistency and
2. Swivel your shoulders perfectly each time you do a
backswing. Your right forearm should be parallel to your
spine and your left wrist is flat. To ensure you are doing it the
right way, your elbows and arms should form a triangle.
Make sure you got this effective position pat at the top of
your swing – you are guaranteed a perfectly solid hit, and a
more accurate one.
3. Many amateurs fail at making a solid hit because of two
reasons. First, the right way of pivoting the wrist is done too
late during the backswing because the takeaway is likely to
be too low to the ground. Second, achieving a bad posture
by swinging the club too far during the backswing, thinking
this is the right way to gain power. However, taking note of a
few things will help eradicate these flaws. Make sure a 45-
degree angle exists between your left arm and the shaft of
the club at setup. Your hands should remain as close to the
ground as possible during the takeaway, while moving the
head of the club upwards rapidly. Notice how your left arm is
parallel to the ground and the shaft is perpendicular to it?
This is about enough to prevent you from swinging your
arms too far at the backswing; thus, putting off bad posture
and reverse pivot.
4. Golf is an outdoor game, so it’s best of you are able to
practice chipping outdoors. However, one is tempted to hit
chips indoors from time to time. You can perfect your
chipping with the help of a wooden rod or a busted club
shaft. Get the hang of your chipping technique – just make
sure that your left wrist remains solid as the club passes
through the area of impact. The rod or shaft you are using
will hit your left side should your left wrist give way during the
impact. Practice is the key to mastering your chipping.
5. From time to time, even pro golfers get caught red handed
losing flex in their back legs as they try for distance.
Inconsistent swings constantly take the success out of any
game of golf. It’s best if you can view your posture in a full-
length mirror when you practice your swings from time to
time. Start with the setup position, hold it then look at the
mirror. Do the backswing, hold it and observe your posture.
This will help you determine your postural flaws during your
An Empty Box Can Help Your Golf Swing
Golfers use various training aids to improve their golf swing.
Most of these can be purchased from the sporting good
store but did you know that there is something you can use
at home? Yes there is and this is the cardboard box where
your golf clubs came in.
But before you learn how to use that in a driving range, don’t
forget to stretch and warm up by hitting 15 balls with your 5
or 7 iron or wood.
Once your body is warmed up, set it up. To do that, put the
cardboard box lengthwise towards the target because the
objective of this aid is to let you hit the ball without hitting the
box. This should be 5 to 6 inches away from the ball. If you
don’t know how to do it, ask someone from the range to
To start, make a few practice swings and let the club brush
softly against the ground without hitting the box. When you
are ready put a ball and then fire away. Each time you hit the
ball, try not to hit the box. If you do, just reset the box to its
original position and try not to hit it again.
If you are able to hit a few balls without hitting the box
consecutively, move the ball at least half an inch closer to
the box. Once the distance between the club and box is
about 1 to 2 inches, increase your swing speed to what you
For those who are able to do it, this means that your swing is
within the zone. If not, this means that your swing is on the
outside and this could have happened before or after impact.
This can happen because you are not holding the club
properly or your clubface is not aimed properly. Whichever
the case, it is best to consult a professional who can analyze
the situation and tell you the best course of action.
Should you be able to hit the ball without coming into contact
with the box then it is time to remove it and then practice
swinging without the aid. If your shots are going outside
again, put it back so you can recall how this is done.
There are other golf swings aids aside from the box to help
you improve your golf swing and you will have to shell out
more than $10 just to use it.
The nice thing about the box is that it won’t hurt your pocket
because should this be damaged and have a lot of holes.
You can throw it away and then find a box with similar
specifications so you can continue practicing your golf
swings. One alternative is a soft, long and circular foam that
is used as a pool toy.
Speed and hand positioning are important to prevent your
golf swing from going outside. Keep in mind that a bio-
mechanically correct golf swing path is not inside out or the
opposite. It is also not going down a straight path. It is a
movement from inside to inside and once you get it, you will
be able to have the correct technique to make this ball fly
into the air and land near the hole.
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