A Practice Drill To Get You in Sync With the Club-face

Most of us are obsessed with swinging the club in the “correct” way. We get caught up in swing mechanics instead of increasing our awareness and feel for different shots. In my opinion, once the fundamentals of the swing are correct, there is no right or wrong way to swing the golf club. The most important factors of a good golf game are visualization and feel, which we can learn with some simple awareness exercises.

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This drill will help you have some fun in your practice but will train your body and mind to know exactly where the club-face is, increasing your ability to hit the shots you are visualizing.


Try hitting shots you would not hit on the golf course. Open your stance and close the club-face and experience what that feels like. Open your stance open the club-face. Try hitting a complete variety of shot shapes with a different stance and club-face angle. Try to visualize it and then feel the shot with the club-face. Although it is unlikely you will hit these shots on the golf course, this is not the point. You are learning new sensations and your awareness of what you can do with the club increases.

Try as much experimentation as you can when you practice. It makes it more fun and increases your subconscious trust in your body to execute the shots you visualize. Through practice with this technique you will start to move away from the complex technical game, and conscious control of your body, and more towards a simple visualization and feel based game and better golf.

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David MacKenzie

is a golf coach and golf publisher and lives in Washington DC. He is the founder of Golf State of Mind a teaching program designed to help golfers eliminate negative mental interference and play with confidence.

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