Golf Drills Are Similar to Weight Lifting
I like to describe a golf drill as medication. You need to take your medication as prescribed for maximum results. You have a rash and the Doctor gives you some ointment, you take about half of it and the rash is so improved you stop. What happens? You got it, the rash comes back even stronger with resistance to the medication built up.
The Doctor says one pill every four hours. I say, “do the drill every time nobody’s looking.” It is the number of PROPER repetitions that bring results with a golf drill.
I dedicated an entire section of our lesson action manual, (only available to yearly members) on doing a drill properly because I consider it vital to your golf improvement or reprogramming. Yes you have to brain wash yourself, your mind, your physical movement to perform what is probably an uncomfortable movement or lets say unnatural to you.
Take heart because the new movement will eventually take hold, (if you perform the drill properly), and become second nature with time. However, remember that you are never cured, only in remission! The past swing fault will always rear it’s ugly head now and again so refer back to your drill work to put the swing fault back in its proper place.
One very important point about golf drills. One must fully understand the purpose of the drill. The example below is of the two o’clock drill. The purpose of this drill is to give your arms a head start on the down swing path to the golf ball so that the front shoulder, the leading arm and golf club shaft all line up perfectly at impact.
Sergio Garcia says his Dad would tell him to feel as though he were pulling down on a chain to start the downswing. He said a chain, not a piece of string. The chain gives the impression that it is something heavy and you need to pull hard! Also, as you pull down on the chain your front shoulder should go upward not towards the target!
David Love III said his Dad told him to pound a stake in the ground. He didn’t say tap into the ground. He said pound it! The moral to the story is pull hard and straight down not towards the golf ball!!!!!!
In summary, your front shoulder must either weight for the arms to start the down swing or move in an upward direction not towards the ball or target line. The transfer of weight to the front foot on the downswing has been over emphasized to such a point that so many golfers have their front shoulder well past the ball on the down swing prohibited the golf club face my squaring up at impact.
Below is a video that explains it all. If you’re not sure whether your shoulder is “off sides” or in front of the golf ball at impact, send a short video of your swing to firstname.lastname@example.org for a FREE initial analysis. No obligation.