Gain Ball Control with Proper Swing Psychology

By Dr. Richard Coop

Countdown Drill

Kim has been having a problem steering or guiding the ball lately which is probably a psychological fear of releasing through the ball. One of the things we can do to help this is to do a drill where you swing through to the finish position and hold it there for a count of five. So swing through to a finish position, close your eyes and then count down five, four, three, two, one. Hit the finish position you are trying to get to, identify that finish position and then count down from five.

Overcoming Fear

Now make a full swing where all you think about is swinging to that finish position. Just let the ball get in the way of the club and hit your finish position. If you are having trouble with guiding the ball or steering the ball many times it is a psychological fear of going ahead and letting the club go through the ball, you are kind of hanging on to the swing. This drill is excellent, not only do you hit it straighter but you will pick up additional yardage and all of us can use that.


Category: Swing Drills

About the Instructor

Dr. Richard Coop
Dr. Richard Coop
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Education
CB 3500 Peabody Hall
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3500
Dr. Richard Coop is a mental instructor to countless PGA Tour professionals, including Payne Stewart, Ben Crenshaw, Mark O'Meara, and Nick Faldo. He is also the author of The New Golf Mind and Mind Over Golf.