An Easy Drill to Improve Width and Control in Your Backswing

By Mariano Bartolome

Hi, my name is Mariano Bartolome, and I am a Master Instructor at the Jim McLean Golf School at the Doral Golf Resort and Spa. Today I am going to give you a drill that will help you improve your width on the backswing as well as the control of the club. All that we need is a kid's club or a shorter club that you can cut the shaft down on to about 25 inches.

Kid's Club Drill to Improve Your Backswing

The problem that we see with our students who normally come to see us is that they try to get a lot of turn. When the arms get disconnected from the body trying to get more of a turn than they should, that is when the arms collapse against the body. What this club is going to do is get more control and a better width.

We are going to grip the club, take the normal set-up position, make a normal coil and, as you see, it is tough for me to start getting those hands to work too much since the club is less weighted. What I am going to do is keep the width between my right arm and my right shoulder.

Take a normal setup, full coil, hold the club. Improve your control, improve your width, get more lag and get into a better impact position. Try this little drill, you can do it inside your house, and it will help you hit the ball more consistently.


Category: Swing Drills
Sub Categories: Arms, Backswing, Shoulder Turn

About the Instructor

Mariano Bartolome
Mariano Bartolome
Doral Golf Resort & Spa
4400 NW 87th Avenue
Miami, FL 33178
Tel: 305-591-6409
Tel: 800-72-DORAL
Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Mariano Bartolome played more than six years on the South American and Argentinean Tours before joining the Jim McLean Golf School staff. Mariano currently works with top PGA, European and Champions Tour players such as Carlos Franco, Angel Cabrera, Hernan Rey and Vicente Fernandez. He teaches at the Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami.