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  • A Drill for Better Strikes & Trajectory
    by Andrew Rice on April 18, 2022 at 9:00 pm

    This is a fairly straightforward drill that will activate the trail side in the downswing and reduce any “tipping” tendency that might get the clubhead stuck behind the golfer. If you struggle with thins, and fats in tandem with blocks and hooks, then this is one for you to try. A few points to note:This drill works nicely with a 7 or 8 iron struck off a low tee.Keep the stance fairly narrow and drop the trail foot back about a foot inside where you’d normally place it.Rehearse and then rehearse again. Remember that as you practice this you’re trying to make technical changes, so go slowly and get it right….every time!Try to feel the trail shoulder continuously moving through the impact zone. It should feel as if you’re “covering” the ball with that trail shoulder.As you get more comfortable you can start to pick up the speed and move the back foot into a more neutral position.This drill really has worked wonders for a few of my students in that it has upgraded both the quality of strike along with the ball flight. The next time you find yourself struggling with either strike or trajectory give this drill a try. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

  • Rotation Drill
    by Andrew Rice on March 21, 2022 at 7:27 pm

    Most of us should be working towards better rotation through impact. One of the biggest differences I see between the everyday golfer and the pros is the amount of hip rotation that has occurred at impact. What I call the “two cheek” impact position where both butt cheeks are visible from down the line at impact. This drill will help! Take a look… Notes:Grab an 8 or 9 iron and set up to the ball which initially should be on a tee.Wind about halfway back into the backswing and pump down to where the shaft is approximately parallel to the ground. Here you should feel your chest and hips as open as you can possibly get them. After a few rehearsals give the ball a light hit and slowly build up speed while incorporating this sense into full speed swings. Let’s keep in mind that in order to be able to rotate more freely through impact is largely an indicator of the clubhead and club face being in an acceptable position in the early part of the downswing. If your club face is wide open and you try to rotate more through impact there’s a strong chance you’ll actually hit the ball worse! Start with getting the clubhead deep in the early downswing and the club face fairly strong - from there this drill will work wonders for your ballstriking.Thanks so much for watching/reading along. I hope that in some small way I am able to contribute to the joy you experience out on the links. Until next time…

  • Better Ballstriking!
    by Andrew Rice on January 30, 2022 at 7:54 pm

    It has been incredible to watch my students work this concept into their golf swing and witness how much better they start to strike the golf ball. It’s ball first, crisp contact where the compression improves almost immediately. If you struggle with thins, scrappy heavy hits and even some blocks and hooks then this thought is a good one for you to try. As always there is a video coming, but today I’m going to lead off with what I’d like you to feel….As you get to the top of your backswing your lead/front side is lower than the trail side. In transition I want you to keep the lead side low for as long as possible into the downswingFeel like you’re “surfing down the wave” into the golf ballWork against drifting the upper body in front of the ball. There should be no upper body sway as you start downWhile the lead side will elevate at impact, strive to keep that front shoulder staying as low as possible As you can see in my demonstration above I tend to get my upper body too far forward while I’m ingraining the FEEL, but notice what the upper body does during the actual shot. That’s a little more like it! I hope that these articles are somehow contributing to your enjoyment of the game. As we all know - better shots lead to greater enjoyment. Thanks for checking in!

  • Try the BOX Drill
    by Andrew Rice on December 15, 2021 at 8:10 pm

    If you struggle with heel strikes or worse yet the shanks, then this drill is for you. Swing too far from in to out? Too far from out to in? This drill is for you. It is, quite simply, the kind of drill that so many golfers should utilize as their staple practice drill whether they are warming up or just getting some solid practice in. A few points to note:You can use a club box, a 2x4 (be careful!) or a partially empty plastic water bottle laying on it’s sideAlign the box at the targetTee the ball up approximately 2” inside the boxStart off with shorter irons and work your way up to the bigger clubsThis is a super drill for everybody! Keep the box in your trunk or locker and use it fior a few shots every time you’re warming up or practicing as it will always serve to give you a clear indication of a fairly neutral strike and club path - bot good things.Thanks so much for your readership and support in 2021. It has once again been a fairly challenging year, but I cannot be more grateful for my family, friends, students and the career path that I have chosen. Here’s to making 2022 your best year in golf yet! Cheers.

  • Tilts & Turns!
    by Andrew Rice on November 15, 2021 at 5:35 pm

    If you want the ball to get moving you’ve got to get your body moving and this very simple exercise is a little gem that we all should be practicing on a regular basis. I find it to be an excellent reminder of the tilts, turns and stretches we need to incorporate into the golf swing. Watch… A few checkpoint to keep in mind when doing the exercise:Hold a club across your shoulders by crossing your arms across your chestPosition the handle of the club on the lead/target side of your bodyIn the backswing get the handle to point at the ball or where the ball would beAllow the trail side to extend and the trail knee to straightenThe lead side should feel low and the trail side high as it stretches and extendsRepeat these feels as the swing moves into the downswing and follow throughIn the post impact portion of the swing the trail side lowers/shortens while the lead side will elevate and extendThis exercise does such a good job at reminding us what a real swing should FEEL like. While the positions of the drill are a little extreme they carry through nicely into an actual shot. I know this simple, take home exercise will go a long way towards helping a large percentage of the golfers that show up on my lesson tee. Give it a try!

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