Learn the Mickey Wright Swing Path Drill to Hit Straighter Shots

By Gary Wiren

If you ask the fine players like the Tour players from a generation before mine, who had the greatest swing of any of the players on tour you are going to get an answer many times of a female swing. That is Mickey Wright; yes one of the greatest players of all time, male or female. One reason she had such a wonderful swing is because her teacher, Mr. Pressler, made her do a drill every time before she was allowed to practice, and this is what the drill was.

Learn the Mickey Wright Swing Drill

I call it the Mickey Wright Drill. Once taking her grip she would set the club behind this way in a cocked position parallel to the ground, taking a check of the clubface. Now when I am standing vertically that leading edge of the clubface needs to be vertical as well. When that is square in that position then all we do is turn to the top. If I do not make any other corresponding moves like cupping my wrists or lifting my elbow, if I simply turn to the top the clubface is still square at the top of the swing.

3 Part Swing Drill

  • So face square, number one.
  • Number two, the path.
  • Then she would drop down into position like this going and counting, one and two and three would be to let it go.

Now where is one and two? Well coming down she would come so that her right elbow got to her right hip right here, before the club was quite level with the ball. In that position the butt end of the club is going to point a little out to the right of the target because if you continue forward and the hands come right in front of you then the butt end would have to point right at the target to make the path be correct. So this is the path portion.

One coming from the inside, two from the inside, three, let it go. And that one, two, three drop is a wonderful transition move from the top of your swing just prior to impact. The Mickey Wright Drill, a great way to get you from coming over the top and getting you coming from the inside, down the path and back through the ball.


Category: Swing Plane
Sub Categories: Downswing, Practice, Swing Drills

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Gary Wiren
Gary Wiren
Trump International Golf Club
3505 Summit Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL. 33406
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