My new job has cut into my golf practice because we are working 4 ten hour days during the summer and I have had a few busy days off. Today I had to leave early to take care of some business and ended up with a couple of hours to spare so I hit the range. I really concentrated on the shoulders turning level and not dipping (the old pick up the club move) and I hit the ball really solid all the way through. I can always tell when I am hitting it solid by the flight of the 3 wood off the deck. Today, I hit it in the middle of the face and rocked it. There are two drills to promote the turn. The first is to put your hands on opposite shoulders and make the turn and my favorite way is to grip down on a club and stick the handle in your belly and turn. I concentrated on the second feeling turning going back and then leading with the hips coming through.
I moved down to some wedges and then to the bunker and chipping areas. In the bunker, I tried opening the face more than usual since the newly added sand has given me some trouble because it hasn't packed in yet and is a little too fluffy. The open face gives the wedge just a bit more bounce and worked fine. While chipping I concentrated on holding the face open while hinging and holding. From there I putted. I am still using the left hand low, but not so much forward press. I could feel the stroke today especially in the right wrist angle. I made the first 15 3 footers in a circle pattern and then worked on various distances for about 20 minutes. I ended by using the alignment line on the ball and made 3 10 footers and called it a day. lt felt really good to get out for some quality practice.