How to Improve Your Game With Golf Swing Drills

By Steve Silverman


Golfers are always looking to improve their game. One of the best ways to do it is to get out on the course and play as often as possible. Another way is to go to the driving range and practice. There are drills you can do at the driving range that will pay big dividends on the course.


Difficulty: Moderate
Step 1
Pick out a spot on the driving range and see how many times you can come within 10 feet of your goal. The key in golf is building a repeatable swing. Start off by aiming at the 150-yard marker and then take 10 consecutive shots at the 150-yard marker. You should be able to get 4-of-10 shots within 20 feet to start. Once you can get 7-of-10 within 20 feet, you will have made significant improvement.
Step 2
Stay to the right. Sometimes when you are on the course, you have to keep the ball to the right side to avoid a bunker or a water hazard. Hit 10 straight shots to the right without slicing the ball. This can be difficult. Hitting 5-of-10 to the right without slicing is considered a success.
Step 3
Stay to the left. Sometimes you need to avoid bunkers and hazards on the right. You must hit a shot to the left side of the fairway. Hit 10 straight shots to the left and attempt to do it without hooking the ball. Accomplishing that task 5-of-10 times is a great jumping off point.
Step 4
Work on hitting your pitching wedge consistently when you are at the range. This is where you can cut 5 strokes off an average round. Hit down on the ball to make it go up and finish your swing. Aim for the practice green and see how many shots out of 10 you can hit within 20 feet of the pin.
Step 5
Line up 5 golf balls on tees, with each of them being three feet apart. Try to hit them consecutively without stopping. You will not stop to set up. The goal of this drill is to promote balance. If you can hit five shots solidly without losing your balance or missing, you have a smooth and repeatable swing.

Tips & Warnings

Take your time and concentrate on the shot you have. Don't look back and don't look ahead. Stay in the moment.

About The Author

Steve Silverman is an award-winning writer, covering sports since 1980. Silverman authored The Minnesota Vikings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Who's Better, Who's Best in Football -- The Top 60 Players of All-Time, among others, and placed in the Pro Football Writers of America awards three times. Silverman holds a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism.


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