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					Building Your
Swing With Drills
  CraftSmith Golf Academy
   Online Presentation By
       James F. Smith
Eliminate, Isolate and Concentrate

• A drill should eliminate the fear of failure
    •   Remove the target, the ball, the club and
        most of the swing, then you can’t fail if there
        is no standard to measure success against
    •   When you are not worried about where the
        ball goes, then you can focus your attention
• Mimic the true movement while isolating a
  “mini” (specific) point of performance
• Focus your concentration on the specific
  “feeling” for what you are trying to do right
How Drills Work
A drill should be idiot proof
   The logic of why you doing the drill and what you
      are learning should be obvious
   Easier to perform than the normal movement
Drills require discipline and must be correctly
  performed
   Drills are VERY powerful learning tools … failure
      to correctly perform a drill replaces one bad
      habit with another incorrect habit “Dogging”
      your way through a drill is worse than not
      doing the drill in the first place
Bow, Squat and Hangle

• Bow, Squat and Hangle is a learning
  and performance technique more than
  just a drill
• This position is the starting position
  for many drills as well as the normal
  golf swing
• Like the golf swing, all drills must
  begin from a correct starting position
Execution of
   Bow, Squat and Hangle
• Starting Position
  • Feet spread shoulder width apart; knees
    locked
  • Standing tall, back straight, head erect
  • Both thumbs are placed on the back
    shoulder (done with or without a club)
• Execution … By-The-Numbers
  • Bow … from the waist, keeping the back
    straight and head erect (don’t duck your
    head into your chest), bow forward from
    your waist until you feel your heels starting
    to rise up off the ground
Execution of
   Bow, Squat and Hangle (cont.)
• Execution
  • Squat … break your knees just enough to
    regain your balance
  • Your toe to heel balance must be on the
    balls of your feet … you will feel the most
    pressure just behind the big toe joint
• Hangle … hang and dangle your arms
  • Let you arms fall from your shoulder
  • Don’t “reach” for the ball … your hands will
    hang inside your necktie
  • The anterior head of the triceps muscle will
    be soft and relaxed
Prayer Drill

•   Purpose
    •   To learn correct use the hands and to initiate the
        backswing
•   Starting Position
    •   Standing tall, back straight, head erect, feet spread
        shoulder width apart
    •   Partially extend your arms (elbows bent about 90°) to
        your front up to chest level, squeeze your upper arms
        against the sides of your chest
    •   Place your palms together, fingers extended and joined
        in the prayer position, then extend/slide your right until
        the thumb pad is in the palm of the left hand
    •   Bow forward from the waist until your feel your weight
        balance slightly more towards your toes
Prayer Drill (cont.)

• Execution
  • Push your L hand against the R hand and turn
    your L hand, L arm and L shoulder as one
    SOLID unit to initiate the backswing
     • Keep your nose pointed at a fixed point
     • Keep your upper arms squeezed against your
       torso
     • Keep your hands together, DON’T let them
       separate … this is a huge point of performance
  • Push your R hand against the L hand and turn
    your R hand, R arm and R shoulder as one
    SOLID unit to initiate the forward swing
Windmill / Hitchhiker Drill
•   Purpose
    • To teach correct shoulder rotation in a
      circle around your nose, develops upper
      body/torso flexibility
• Starting Position
    • Standing tall, back straight, head erect,
      feet spread shoulder width apart
    • Raise your arms to your sides up to
      shoulder height (like a cross)
    • Make a fist with each hand and raise
      both thumbs up into a hitchhiker
      position
Windmill / Hitchhiker Drill (cont.)

•   Execution
    • Point your nose straight ahead and LEAVE
      IT THERE
    • Turn your shoulders to the right, then back
      to the left
    • Gradually increase your shoulder turn and
      work your way past a 90° rotation
• Step 2 Modification
    • Raise your arms to your front, grab your
      thumb and execute in the same manner
      except noticing that of each side of the turn
      one elbow MUST fold
Blue on Blue Brick Wall Drill

• This drill is a modification of the
  Windmill /Hitchhiker Drill and the
  Prayer Drill … with this drill we add a
  club but still remove the ball and the
  target so you will focus on learning
  rather than performance. This is a two
  step drill
Memorize this little poem: Blue on blue,
   left side back, right side through.
Blue on Blue Brick Wall Drill (cont.)

• Starting Position … Step 1
  • Standing tall, back straight, head
    erect (same as for Hitchhiker)
  • Club is held to your front, slightly
    lower than shoulder height, thumbs
    on top of shaft
  • Shaft points “up and out” at a 45°
    angle to the arms and the ground
Blue on Blue Brick Wall Drill (cont.)

• Execution … Step 1
   •   Point your nose at an imaginary brick in
       a wall to your front … fix your nose on
       this brick and don’t move it (teaches
       you to look at the ball)
   •   As with the Hitchhiker and Prayer drills,
       turn your shoulders back and through
       you nose gradually increasing your
       range of motion to more than 90°
   •   Key focus … L shoulder back, elbow
       down; R shoulder through, elbow down
Blue on Blue Brick Wall Drill (cont.)

• Starting Position … Step 2
  • Similar to the Prayer Drill except with a
    club … standing tall, back straight, head
    erect, feet spread shoulder width apart
  • Bow slightly less than for a normal
    swing, then squat into a balanced stance
  • Drop your arms from your shoulders, but
    deliberately “reach” for the ball, keeping
    the clubhead 6” off the ground
  • Squeeze your upper arms against the
    sides of your chest
Blue on Blue Brick Wall Drill (cont.)

• Execution … Step 2
  • Again, fix your eyes on a single brick
    about 6” from the bottom of your
    imaginary wall
  • Turn the shoulder back, turn the
    shoulders through
  • Gradually increase your range of motion
    to more than 90° turn
  • Key thought … L shoulder back, R elbow
    down, R shoulder through, L elbow
    down
The Takeaway Drill (1/4 Swing)

•   Purpose
    • Teaches correct use of the hands and how to initiate the
      backswing … this is the same motion for a chip shot
•   Starting Position
    • Normal, correct full swing address position
•   Execution (Like the Prayer Drill)
    • The club, left arm and shoulder move back (as far as the
      knee) as a one piece unit
    • Push the L hand against the shaft while not allowing the
      wrist to bend or the hands to turn … thumbs on top at all
      times, movement is then reversed, pushing forward with
      the R hand
    • Continuously and slowly “sweep” the club back and forth
      while keeping the hands and wrists “quiet”
The Elbow Drill (1/2 Swing)

• Purposes
  • To teach correct extension of the takeaway
    (delayed wrist cock) continuing the correct use
    of the hands as passive connectors rather than
    active hitters … thumbs on top into the
    backswing … this is the same movement as a
    pitch shot
  • To teach correct weight transfer onto the back
    foot
  • To teach correct correct elbow position to
    control swing path
The Elbow Drill (1/2 Swing) cont.

• Starting Position
  • Correct, normal, full swing address
• Execution
  • Continue the movement of the Takeaway
    Drill up to the ½ backswing position
    (waist high)
  • The shoulder and left arm are the prime
    mover of the whole motion, the legs and
    right side are passive
The Elbow Drill (1/2 Swing) cont.

• Execution cont.
   • Insure that:
     •   The L shoulder has moved back, not down
     •   75% of your weight transfers onto back foot
     •   The thumbs are still on top of shaft
     •   The shaft points 180° away from target
     •   The toe of the club points to the sky
     •   The wrist have minimum wrist cock
     •   The R elbow folds naturally … it is neither fully
         extended nor deliberately held close to your body
   • Slowly and continuously reverse the movement
     back and forth focusing on each of these
     checkpoints one at a time
The Shoulder to Shoulder Drill (3/4
    Swing)

• Purpose
  • To extend the motion of the Elbow Drill
    up to the ¾ backswing position
  • To teach correct weight transfer onto
    the back foot … to “get behind” the ball
  • To teach correct elbow position in order
    to control swing path through the ball
• Starting Position
  • Correct, normal, full swing address
The Shoulder to Shoulder Drill (3/4
    Swing) cont.

• Execution
  • Extend the motion of the Takeaway and
    Elbow Drills up to the ¾ backswing
    position
  • The prime mover of the motion is still
    the L shoulder and arm, the right side is
    still passive
  • The same checkpoints of performance
    for the Elbow Drill continue except …
The Shoulder to Shoulder Drill (3/4
    Swing) cont.
• Execution
  • The wrists will break slightly to moderately,
    depending upon your level of flexibility; the shaft
    will generally point to the sky indicating there is
    more swing remaining
  • The thumbs will still be “on top of the shaft”, the
    correct elbow will be bent, the front shoulder
    will have moved behind the ball, your weight will
    be 90+% on your back foot and your nose will
    be pointed at the ball
  • Slowly and continuously move from backswing
    to forward swing, systematically focusing your
    attention on your shoulders, elbows, thumbs and
    nose
The Inverted Hands Drill

• Purpose
   • To increase flexibility and feel for body parts
     that must be correctly positioned and controlled
• Starting Position
   • Full normal address position
• Execution
   • Reverse your hands, put your top hand on
     bottom and your bottom hand on top
   • Slowly and continuously make ½ to ¾ back and
     forth swings focusing your attention on your
     nose, shoulders, elbows and thumbs
One Armed Man Drill

•   Purpose
    •   To develop strength in the prime mover of the
        backswing and forward swing
•   Starting Position
    •   Full, normal address position
    •   Remove your bottom hand and softly grasp
        the wrist of your arm
•   Execution
    •   Slowly make repeated ¾ length back swings,
        focusing on correct checkpoints
    •   Reverse your hands and make forward swings
Trading Hands Drill

• Purpose
   • Prevents the wrong hand from “helping”,
     teaches the correct use of the hand/side that
     should be the prime mover of the club
   • To teach the importance of not losing your grip
     at any point in the swing
   • To build strength in the prime movers
• Starting Position
   • Full, normal address position
   • Open the bottom hand and hold it against the
     thumb of the top hand
Trading Hands Drill cont.

• Execution
  • Make a normal backswing up to the
    ¾ position
  • Check for correct execution
  • Trade hands … close the open hand
    and open the closed hand
  • Make a forward swing
Blind Swings Drill

   Your eyes are the “queen of your senses”. They
   override your sense of feel and can interfere with
                       learning
• Purpose
   •   Teaches “feel” for the correct checkpoints of execution
• Starting Position
   •   Full Normal Address
• Execution
   •   Close your eyes and make slow, continuous, full swings
       while systematically isolating your attention to each
       checkpoint
   •   Make single, full motion, normal speed swings while
       focusing on a single checkpoint
Stop, Get Some More & Go Drill

• Purpose
   •   To ensure a correct backswing has
       been executed
   •   To isolate the backswing movement
       from the forward swing movement
   •   To increase an awareness of the
       transition from back to forward motion
• Starting Position
   •   Full, normal address position
Stop, Get Some More & Go Drill cont.

• Execution
  • Make a ¾ backswing in the same
    manner as you did in the Shoulder to
    Shoulder Drill
  • At the ¾ position, STOP and check for
    errors … correct any errors
  • GET SOME MORE by cocking your wrist
    into a full 4/4 backswing
  • AND GO … initiate the forward swing by
    reversing the shoulder turn
Short Release Drill

 • Purpose
   • Teaches you to use the correct muscles to
     control the club as it releases into and
     through the ball
   • Builds strength and increases awareness
     of club/shaft position through the release
     and follow-through areas
 • Starting Position
   • From a full normal address position,
     backswing to a ½ back position and stop
Short Release Drill cont.

• Execution
  • Focus your attention on the R
    shoulder, R elbow and R thumb …
    move all these parts as a single unit
  • From a dead stop at the ½
    backswing position, “rip” the club
    through the forward swing to a high
    finish
  • Keep your nose pointed at the
    ground … “where the ball was”
Staggered Release Drill

• Purpose
  • To teach the feel for a free flowing release of the
    club through the ball
  • To eliminate the slice FOREVER
• Starting Position
  • Modified address with feet narrower than normal
    and rear foot “staggered” back so the toe is even
    with the heel of the front foot
  • Separate your hands so the thumb of the bottom
    hand touches the metal of the shaft
  • Otherwise, Bow, Squat and Hangle as normal
Staggered Release Release Drill cont.

• Execution
  • Make as slow and as full of a swing as possible
    … the modified stance and hand position cause
    you to be aware of every little detail in your
    swing … weight transfer, balance, elbow and
    thumb positions
  • After making a number of dry swings, gradually,
    work your way out of each modification … first
    move your hands closer together
  • When you feel some comfort, add a ball … from
    this position, you will hook the ball as soon as
    you have control of your elbows and thumbs
Donuts Drills
• Not really a drill but a flexibility, strength and
  “feel” exercise
• Go to your sporting goods store and buy two
  full circle weight rings (do not buy the split ring
  kind … aka the AM Bar Assoc. model)
• Open the package and actually use them rather
  than letting them gather dust … use them at
  home to build strength, flexibility and feel …
  use them at the golf course to warm up quickly
  when you don’t have time to hit a few range
  ball before starting play
Donuts Drills
• Put both donuts on the club and do the
  Prayer, Elbow and Shoulder to Shoulder
  Drills at the limit of each movement …
  “pose for a picture” by holding the position
  until your muscles tell you it is time to move
  on … don’t over do it … there are no points
  for killing yourself!
• Remove one donut, make a slow, normal
  backswing up to the top, then “grip it an rip
  it”
• Donuts can be used with the Staggered
  Release Drill

				
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