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Swing drills to do In a back yard without hitting a ball?

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So sometimes I don't feel like going to the driving range after a day of work on the course but I still want to work on my swing for a little bit.  What kind of drills do you guys know that I could use and practice with in my back yard by taking full swings?

If it matters the main thing I want to improve on is my out of control slice that has developed this year.

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You need to pitch your 7 iron. Its in the middle of the set and upper and lower clubs are equally similar in a multiplicity of ways. The pitch shot is also a core of the full swing.
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You need to pitch your 7 iron. Its in the middle of the set and upper and lower clubs are equally similar in a multiplicity of ways. The pitch shot is also a core of the full swing.

So what are we talking here?  Like a 30 yard pitch?  I have about a half acre lot to work with.

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You can hit wedge, sure. And I personally have three target flags I set up to hit to, but I set them at 15,25, and 35 yards, because that can give me a lesson in the missed gir area. Pitch a 7 and you have alignment, momentum, a small controlled turn, lag and all the core stuff focused like a laser to a yard sized target. My front yard is about 3/4 acre, but with trees etc the usable area is much smaller.
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So what are we talking here?  Like a 30 yard pitch?  I have about a half acre lot to work with.

Half an acre is not a lot of room for golf. If you want to hit golf balls, stick with short pitches in your yard, with wedges.

So sometimes I don't feel like going to the driving range after a day of work on the course but I still want to work on my swing for a little bit.  What kind of drills do you guys know that I could use and practice with in my back yard by taking full swings?

If it matters the main thing I want to improve on is my out of control slice that has developed this year.

You can do a lot of practice at home. I do a lot of practice movements in my house, in front of a mirror without a club. You can do a lot of drills that way. The only time I make full swings during practice is when I'm trying to incorporate a drill feel into my full swing. Other than that, it's all drills and half swings and slow motion swings. Really, I might make three full swings in a half hour session.

Can't help you with the slice, though, as I've never seen your swing.

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If you don't want to hit balls, get a hitting mat and put a rubber tee in it and swing at the tee.  I do this indoors at my gym.  It gives you something to focus on instead of a ball.  I do mostly slow motion drill with this technique.

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A good tempo drill is hitting plastic wiffle golf balls in your back yard. They don't go very far, but you have to hit them squarely to get a good trajectory. Fat shots tend to pop up, and thin shots scoot about 6 feet before the grass grabs them.

One benefit for me: I don't try to kill the ball, and it helps me smooth out my tempo. (Fear not, with an actual golf ball at my feet, the extra foot-pounds of pressure jump back into my swing).

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This is a great question because like yourself, I have the same problems - both with a slice (at times), and with limited space at home. The replies I've read were solid too. I've incorporated several of them lately. I love the mirror, and it's not because I like to look at myself. It shows me the difference between feel and reality. If you, or anyone else, come across anything else, please share.

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With that much room, why not put up a hitting net..? I have one in my yard, and it's Small, very small. That way you can hit balls if you want. ;-)

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With that much room, why not put up a hitting net..? I have one in my yard, and it's Small, very small. That way you can hit balls if you want.

I wouldn't be opposed to getting a net for my yard, but I wouldn't stop hitting the plastic balls. I like hitting those because it gives me an actual sight of ball flight.

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I wouldn't be opposed to getting a net for my yard, but I wouldn't stop hitting the plastic balls. I like hitting those because it gives me an actual sight of ball flight.

Not a very realistic one though.

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Not a very realistic one though.

Agreed. I use to hit em. The problem is, you don't get a feel for good contact, which is my only goal outside of my proper swing. You can hit a wiffle ball fat, or flip[ at it, and you may not tell what you did wrong. get a net, and a decent mat, and your set.. ;-)

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Get an impact bag. If you don't have one you can use a rolled up sleeping bag and practice full swings hitting the bag.
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