Golf Practice Drills: consistent ball striking

This is a remarkably simple drill that gives you great feedback on each shot for more consistent ball striking with the driver

Ed Greenland's picture
Tue, 30 Jul 2013
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The consistent ball striking drill is our first driving article in the Driving Practice Drills series.

There are not too many simpler drills than this one but it can potentially be one of the most effective if you're having trouble off the tee.

PGA professional coach Simon Garner has provided us with this basic drill for players to understand where they're making contact with the golf ball on the clubface.

Start off by getting your driver, whatever make or price as this drill will not damage it in any way, then proceed to sellotape the face as seen in the above photograph.

When you're at the range play one shot using a normal swing set-up then look to see where you have hit the ball on the clubface. There will be an obvious mark shown up by the golf ball's dimples.

This will essentially diagnose your problem. Hit a few balls to see if you are consistently making the same mistake then try your best to correct your swing or stance to counter-act the problem.

If you're hitting it off the toe, for instance, then you may be standing too far from the ball. You've then got an opportunity to try and cure this at the range on your own. If the problem persist then see a coach.

In the Driving Practice Drills we have solved the main problems which you may encounter off the tee.

Check out where Simon coaches at the Palmerston Golf Academy at Brocket Hall.

Or look at our Golf Practice Drills index for more help.

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