each day the sun stays in the sky a bit longer, and you are that much closer to
starting new golf season. Until
then, with New Year’s resolutions hopefully not forgotten and your golf clubs
in your family room instead of the trunk of your car, let’s get to work!
Here are three of my preferred indoor drills. Each drill covers one of the
fundamentals of game improvement:
putting, bunker play and full swing. Please put last year’s member guest
trophy in a safe place before you start!
Toilet Paper Roll Out
Direction and Distance Control
(Putting): Start out by unrolling a roll of toilet paper a few
feet. Place a ball just at the
beginning of the toilet paper. Putt
balls down the sheet of toilet paper to the end of the roll. Continue rolling out the roll by
increments of five feet. Your goal
should be to keep the ball on the toilet paper so that your ball rolls and
stops at the end of the roll.
Impact (Bunker Play): Place a playing card on the floor. Imagine that the
ball is located at the front end of the card. As you would from a normal greenside
bunker lie, practice hitting a half-inch or an inch behind the ball. In this case, you want the bottom of the
club (the bounce) to contact the center of the playing card. The card should fly about 10 feet when
Posture and Hip Rotation (Full Swing): A dining chair can help you feel proper posture and hip rotation. Position your backside against the
chair. Get into your normal golf
posture and maintain proper knee flex.
As your swing moves away from address, turn and push your right hip into
the chair. Your left side will come
off the chair. Keep the right knee
flexed. As the club moves into the
downswing, let your right hip come off the chair and firmly push your left hip
into the chair. This simple
movement will also help you stay centered over the golf ball and eliminate
swaying. In addition, this drill is
great if you have the challenge of standing up and straightening your back leg
during your backswing.
With the PGA tour’s west coast swing on the tube in the background, there
is plenty of time to practice in your home, keeping the rust off your swing
come late March.
Before you hit your first
practice ball of the season, incorporate these drills into your week about
three times. Don’t look back on
your winter and wish you could have done more. Start now!
is PGA teaching professional at Whitford CC. His full bio is here.