Can’t get enough golf, but can’t seem to get your scores to drop as low as you want?
You might be missing golf practice–the best way to get a better understanding of what’s effective on the range and what isn’t.
The best way to do this? Golf drills. Here, we’ve broken down five of the best golf drills to improve your game.
1. ONE-HANDED PUTTING PRACTICE
If your putting has a habit of going from passable to bad to worse, it’s time to experiment with one-handed putting.
It seems counterintuitive at first–why would you putt with one hand if you already struggle to putt with two?
In fact, this will help you break down the mechanics of putting. This drill does two things:
It will teach you to release the putter head correctly.
It will help restore hand-eye coordination.
One hand often dominates your stroke. By trying one hand at a time, you can get a sense for each hand’s individual role while learning how to use each hand better.
2. IMPACT LOCATION CHALLENGE
If you’ve ever listened to instructors, you’ve probably heard the phrase, “hitting down on the ball.” But you should also know where your iron is striking the ball.
Trouble is, most golfers have no idea where their iron strikes. This drill will help you figure it out.
You’ll need a dry erase marker and Dr. Scholls Odor X spray. You’ll use the dry erase marker to make a small mark on the back of the ball. This will show where you’re hitting the ball on the iron.
If you’re hitting with your driver, spray the face with Dr. Scholls.
Once you know where you’re hitting, you can have some fun. Try to strike at various parts of the club. This will help you get comfortable placing your swing.
3. BUNKER SNAKE DRILLS
Nobody wants to wind up in the bunker. But if you do, you should know what to do when you get there.
The biggest issue most golfers have in the bunker is their lack of low-point control. Most of them strike the sand before the ball, but they either get too much sand or not enough.
To fix this, draw two lines in the sand of the bunker, the “snakes”. They should be about six inches apart. You want your club to impact the sand on the first line and have it exit at the second line.
4. LINE DRILL
Hitting wedges is key to scoring well, and many a golfer has been frustrated to ruin a great drive.
This one works similarly to the snake drill. You’ll draw a line in the turf and place the ball on the target side. Then, you’ll hit a few shots. Note where the divot in the ground begins.
Aim to take your divot on the line or slightly forward of it. This will help you land more solid wedge shots.
5. EXPERIMENT WITH GRIPS
Finally, don’t be afraid to experiment with grips. In fact, you should take extra time on the range to experiment with grips.
Why the range? Because the range is meant for you to hit a lot of balls, which means you’ll be able to see the difference when you change grips.
A good starting place is to grip with your hands split. This will give you a feeling of control, but keep your arms relaxed. Then, start to experiment with different grip pressures until you find the right combination of clubhead speed with clubface control.