Why Slowing Down Your Swing is an Effective Practice Technique

By Paul Marchand

Why Slowing Down Your Swing is an Effective Practice Technique

It does not look like much, but that is actually one of the secrets to practicing. If you understand what you are trying to do with your new tip or lesson that you're working on, the real key that I see as an instructor that gets missed is, as you are practicing, are you actually doing what you think you are doing?

The Correct Way to Practice

As a coach or instructor standing there and helping a student confirm, yes or no, that is it or that isn't it, to create that new feeling is absolutely essential. When the coach or instructor is not there, can the student maintain that feeling and confirm as the balls are being hit that the new feeling is actually in there? It sounds very simple, but it takes a lot of discipline. I have actually some of the great players in the world work on this drill.

Drill to Improve Your Golf Swing

Take a full swing with no speed. If I take the speed out of my swing, I have much more time to feel the positions in my swing. If, for example, I am working on a swing that comes a little more from the inside, I have time on my downswing to feel that motion. So as I incorporate it into my practicing and my practice swinging, I am going to go at a slow speed so that I am absolutely sure that I did it.

Change Bad Habits with Proper Golf Practice

This way the time I spend practicing I know what the results are and I am actually able to, over a period of days, change an old habit. So as you're practicing, practice smart. It's not necessarily the quantity of your practice as it is the quality. And in this day and time, when we're all busy doing other things, a motor skill as complex as golf takes time in order to execute the way we would like to.

Practicing wisely and using your time well, to me, is one of the secrets to improving. So the two drills would be short swings and swings at slow speed where I can confirm when the coach isn't there that I am actually making the movements to improve my swing that I think I am. Practice smart.

Category: Practice
Sub-Category: Psychology, Swing Drills
About the Instructor
Paul Marchand
Paul Marchand
Shadow Hawk Golf Club
12900 FM 1464
Richmond, TX 77469

Paul Marchand is an instructor to Fred Couples and was Assistant Captain to the U.S. 2000 President's Cup Team. He is also listed as one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers.


ACTIVITY FEED

Terry H. joined GolfLink
Jeff S. joined GolfLink
Jonathan B. joined GolfLink
Reuben R. joined GolfLink
Derrick A. joined GolfLink

View Activity Feed

How to Perfect the One-Piece Golf Takeaway Many golfers have a problem with the takeaway being too quick or using their wrists, this simple drill will slow you down and get you takeaway working perfectly in one piece
Golf Swing Finish Position Tips DEBORAH DONIGER demonstrates the proper finish position including weight distribution and the positioning of the right toe, shoulders and spine
How to Choose the Right Club to Get out of the Rough Every Time Remember to keep it simple and be conservative in the rough, if there is a lot of grass between the ball and the club then use a higher lofted club