5 Golf Games You Should Be Playing to Improve Your Skills
Golf drills are one of the best ways to make your practice time more effective, and build real skills that you can bring out to the course. Most golfers fall victim to what I call “zombie range sessions” where they end up in a pattern of hitting the same shots over and over again. They are not learning, challenging themselves, or doing much to improve their games. Don’t become a golf zombie!
A quality set of golf drills can fix this problem, and get you focused. This is exactly why we built a library of content for our Insider Members. We have performance games, video lessons, and much more from some of the top instructors in the game.
Here are five golf drills I highly recommend for a golfer of any level:
Impact Location Challenge
Where you are striking the ball on the face of your irons and driver is crucially important to your success on the course. The problem is that most golfers have no idea where their impact tendencies are, and have never tried to fix them.
For this drill you will need a dry eraser pen and Dr. Scholls Odor X spray. For your irons you will simply make a small mark on the back of your ball with a dry-eraser pen, and your impact location will show up on the face of your iron. If you’re hitting your driver, spray the face with Dr. Scholls.
Your first goal is to establish if you have any kind of tendencies. Are you striking it more towards the heel of the face, or the toe?
Next comes the fun part, and a real skill-building exercise. Try to strike various parts of the face of the club on purpose. With your irons try to get it closer to the heel or the toe, and then go for the sweet spot. With your driver you can do the same thing, and even try to hit the ball lower or higher on the face. This is one of the best golf drills out there, and you will be surprised how much you can learn about your swing.
Hank Haney spoke a lot about his work with Tiger Woods in his tell-all book. One of the main golf drills he would have Tiger do is to perform all of the “9 shots.” Essentially it’s a variation of each shot shape with a different trajectory. So you take low, mid, high and mix it with draw, straight, fade.
This is a bit advanced for most golfers, and it’s much easier to just experiment with a few and have fun. One way to do it is to take the complete opposite of your normal trajectory. If you usually hit a high fade, try hitting a low hook. This is a great skill-building exercise that will allow you to understand how to manipulate the club in order to change your shot. Additionally, all of those shots will come in handy on the course because as you know, a round of golf will throw many challenges at you!
This is probably the best short-game challenge you can do. It is used by touring professionals, college players, and some of the best teachers out there. Why? Because it will absolutely improve your short game!
Par 18 is quite simple. You choose 9 spots around a practice green. Your goal is to get up and down from each location. Keep playing this game and track your scores every week.
Thread the Needle
This is a great putting drill that will put some pressure on you and help with your speed control. Pick a distance closer to the hole; you can start at around 10 feet.
Your goal on the first putt is to get it past the hole. The next putt should finish short of the hole. The last putt needs to land between your first two putts. If you can successfully accomplish that, then you can move farther away. If you miss, start all over again!
Tee Shot Test
This is a fun little game you can play on the range to help improve your tee-shot accuracy. You are going to build an imaginary fairway that is about 30 yards wide on the practice range. You can start off by hitting 10 shots.
For each shot that lands in the fairway you give yourself the following score: 1 point for an iron, 2 points for a hybrid/fairway wood, and 3 points for a driver.
This will force you to use a little bit of strategy to see what score you can achieve. More importantly you will have real pressure on each shot.
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