Improve Golf Swing Performance with 5 Easy Practice Drills!

Improve Golf Swing Performance with 5 Easy Practice Drills!

Improving your golf swing performance begins with perfect practice techniques and routines. Golfers spend countless hours taking practice swings and instruction in the hopes of bettering their game for their next outing.

There are many drills, each uniquely valuable, that golfer’s can incorporate into their practice routine. In his book, “The Winning Touch in Golf”, Peter G. Cranford, PhD. offers 5 easy and effective drills to incorporate into your practice game to improve your golf swing and game.

Read the piece from his book below:

“1. With putts: Putting practice on the average practice green is very tiresome, primarily because so few shots are hit in comparison with the length of time one is on his feet in playing one ball from cup to cup. A method I have found to be more effective is to practice when there are few people around. Select a hole which does not give a level putt and scatter 25 balls around the cup at a distance of about seven feet. This will come close to duplicating putting conditions as they actually are on the course. You will have straight putts down hill, straight putts up hill, all gradations of putts breaking from left to right, all gradations of putts breaking from right to left, and all the effects of grain. Jot on a score card the number made out of each 100. Then transfer these numbers to a chart which will enable you to strike an average after each 1000 putts. Compete against these scores. Interest never lags and improvement is inevitable.

2. With chips: Use a bag of 50 balls. First play them all to
the nearest cup on the practice green. Jot on a score card how
many result in “gimme” putts. Then play to the second nearest
cup, and so on to each cup from that particular position. The
next day move in the opposite direction around the green. After
you have made a complete circuit, strike a percentage. Then
repeat the process, competing against your former scores.

An alternative method which takes a little more time but has a number of psychological advantages is to combine chip¬ping with putting. Use nine of your best balls. Chip to the nearest hole, then sink the ensuing putts. Every two holes con¬stitutes a round. Aim at getting a par of 36. The distance to the hole should be varied each time. It will surprise you to see how many chip shots will drop, and you will also be surprised at how many of the short putts will turn out to be quite difficult. The practice of putting and chipping in combination is the fastest method I know to lower scores. It is also a good way to keep your game from deteriorating if you do not have time to play full rounds very often.

3. With wedges: Beginning ten yards from the green, drop
balls in a straight line away from the green at intervals of about
a yard. Each shot is thus a little longer than the one before.
Keep moving away from the green until you reach the distance
at which the club is no longer effective. With wedges, either
strike averages as before or note how many consecutive shots you make that leave you with a reasonable putt to finish the hole. With the latter system, if you want a short practice session, stop as soon as you hit five consecutive perfect shots—and then move on to practice with another club. You could extend the series to ten, or could practice until you broke your record for such shots.

4. With irons: With other clubs, move back from the green,
again dropping balls at yard intervals or less. Keep a record of
how many shots out of each 100 are hit to the putting surface.

5. With woods: Since there are generally 14 drives on the
average 18-hole course, keep records to see how many of each
14 practice shots are good playable drives. When you arrive
at a point where you can hit 14 consecutive drives in a row, you
know that you cannot lose very many strokes off the tee.”

To improve golf swing performance, try implementing the above routine by Peter G. Cranford, PhD into your practice game. You will get out of your game what you put into it so, if your looking to better your golf game you need to look at bettering your practice game.

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