It's the only contact you have with the club and, unfortunately for most
golfers, this is where all the problems begin. When playing we all get nervous and tense,
and experience varying degrees of anxiety throughout the round. Under pressure we revert
back to squeezing the club tighter than we intended, thus creating an improper chain
reaction culminating in less than desired results.
Here is an excellent way to warm up before your round - a great drill that will help counteract
the tendency to "hit", and instead will allow you to train your golf muscles -
not just your golf mind - to make the swings you've imagined in your practice sessions.
As you can see in the photo at left, I have lifted the club to about chest
level high with my left hand only. I am using my right arm as a support, and this also
helps me isolate the amount of movement in my left elbow. You can do this exercise without
the aid of your right arm as a support system if desired. The purpose of this specialized
drill is to increase flexibility in your wrists and forearms which, in turn, will prevent
injury due to the sometimes jarring downward blows that golfers impart on their iron shots.
This drill will also teach you the feeling of how your forearms (bigger muscles) need to
control the smaller muscles which are your hands/wrists. Most golfers are under the
impression that the hands/wrists controls the arms, when in reality it's the other way
Next, you'll notice in the photo at right that I have gently allowed the
club head to be
lowered by my left forearm to almost a horizontal position. My left elbow has maintained
the same position that I had in the first photo, thus beginning the muscle building
process. This is essential in order to maximize the resistance, and really work this
particular muscle group which is vital in your golf swing.
after bringing the club head back to its first position I have now lowered it slowly to the
right, as can be seen in the photo at left.
You'll find that a series of 3 reps of 15/12/10, and alternating to the other arm, will
more than suffice in the beginning. Doing this type of specifically designed program daily
will reap benefits quickly by preventing injuries and increasing your swing speed - which
means longer straighter drives.
Remember: most of your bad shots are caused when you use your "hands" to hit the
ball. Any attempt to use your hands in your shots will ultimately lead you to break down
your wrists, thus causing you loss of power and control.
The best part of this golf drill is that you can practice this in the luxury of your home
or office, and don't have to be hitting thousands of golf balls to train yourself to the
correct movement of your hands/arms and their important use in your