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I've got an idea, and I'd like buy-in from a good number of people here. I'd like people to commit to doing this every day in April. Since we're all stuck inside (not all, and not literally insid

Day 1 - Early Backswing In the first day we examine the setup, grip, and the early backswing. Faults that we often see: Bad grips (palmy, weak) Bad setups (back flat, butt out, grip

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3 hours ago, iacas said:

Day 18 – Swing Path Gate Drill

Key #4 is “Sweetspot Path” or “Diagonal Sweetspot Path,” and it governs the path the clubhead or sweetspot takes on the downswing and, most importantly, at impact. A good path is not too inward or outward, but is almost never truly “square,” either. Today’s drills will teach you what you have to feel to deliver the clubhead along different paths.

While the vast majority of amateurs swing to the left, making that drill feel “easy” to them, there are golfers who swing too far to the right by various incorrect means. In today’s drills, pay attention to which drills feel easiest and which ones are tough to do, and why.

As with all drills, start doing them slowly and ramp up the speed as you go.

The drills for today:

  • 3:00 – Square (straight) path
  • 2:00 – Leftward path
  • 2:00 – Rightward path
  • 2:00 – Whichever you found most difficult

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Can you use angled alignment sticks (in front and back) in lieu of the tennis balls for this drill?

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3 hours ago, woodzie264 said:

Is this drill effective for learning how to hit a draw if my miss is a fade?

Yeah, if you can do it properly.

2 hours ago, nevets88 said:

Can you use angled alignment sticks (in front and back) in lieu of the tennis balls for this drill?

Not recommended if you mean they’re sticking up.

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Man, what a week. My co worker was off this week leaving me there alone and it got crazy busy!  We have been so busy since the virus has sent everyone home to work. I'll have to play some catch up on these tomorrow.

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Day 18. These weren't full speed swings, and not surprisingly, it was easier for me to hit the fade/cut path than the draw one, although watching it back I might not have given myself enough room on the draw configuration with the left ping pong ball.

I need to figure out a better set up too for hitting in my backyard, if I use the ground too much I tend to slip on the board.

 

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10 minutes ago, klineka said:

Day 18. These weren't full speed swings, and not surprisingly, it was easier for me to hit the fade/cut path than the draw one, although watching it back I might not have given myself enough room on the draw configuration with the left ping pong ball.

It wasn't that. You toed the shit out of the center ball:

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Are we supposed to do this from a square stance ?  I ask as I usually change my stance in order to change my path.  Recent lessons has me trying work on using my hands to hold the face open to fade it ?

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21 minutes ago, SteveH said:

Are we supposed to do this from a square stance ?  I ask as I usually change my stance in order to change my path.  Recent lessons has me trying work on using my hands to hold the face open to fade it ?

Yes, you're not supposed to change anything about your setup or swing except the path, and the little changes needed to do that dynamically.

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Day 18 

neutral gate

near ball back

Far ball back

As Erik predicted, the first two (neutral and near-side ball back) were not difficult...I suspect because I usually come over-the-top a little. But man, I struggled with far-side ball back.  Watching my last video, I definitely compensate trying to swing out, but I suck. 

this was eye-opening and I think this drill will become part of my regular practice sessions in addition to my priority piece. Hopefully, this will my nagging fade. Thank you for this drill

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Day 18 drill - had only 1 tennis ball, so I located two of the grandson's plastic baseball and basketball.  They don't hurt if they glance off the shaft or head.  Started with foam practice balls but they carried over the fence, so I went with the wiffle plastic balls which pretty much died by the time they got to the fence....nothing like hitting off real grass (and yes the wife does not mind the bare spots)....

BTW @billchao like the pool noodle idea...may cut some for future use

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I don’t think I did this very well, it’s hard to get feedback without hitting something. 
I can see this being a very useful drill, so I’m keen to do this on grass. 

So many new drills, hopefully I can remember them 😎
 

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12 minutes ago, Sammydreep said:

So many new drills, hopefully I can remember them 😎

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYuDSQ30Z5Q&list=PLHinmm7YaXWFJYDSNeBJPd-Wg6B96yBJU

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53 minutes ago, WillieT said:

Day 18 drill - had only 1 tennis ball, so I located two of the grandson's plastic baseball and basketball.  They don't hurt if they glance off the shaft or head.  Started with foam practice balls but they carried over the fence, so I went with the wiffle plastic balls which pretty much died by the time they got to the fence....nothing like hitting off real grass (and yes the wife does not mind the bare spots)....

BTW @billchao like the pool noodle idea...may cut some for future use

Pool noodles make great golf aids.

It would probably be better for your lawn if you didn’t keep hitting out of the same spot BTW.

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53 minutes ago, billchao said:

Pool noodles make great golf aids.

It would probably be better for your lawn if you didn’t keep hitting out of the same spot BTW.

I agree on the lawn health....With the heavy rain around mid-morning, the ground was extra soft so it tore up pretty quick.  I had planned to use my small (12 X 18) hitting mat but did not think I could get the plastic balls close enough to form an effective gate.  

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