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Practice Drills: Feel drills for the range

Same club, different distances

Try hitting the same club to targets of different distances. For example, take your 5-iron and try to hit it first to the 200, then 175, 150, 125 and finishing on the 100. We would never do this on the course, but it’s a good drill for improving feel. To get as good as you can be involves a lot of feel for shots (being able to shave off or add yards to the same club to get the ball as close as possible).

Guess the shot shape

If you have a friend practicing also, have them watch a few shots while you close your eyes just before you start your back-swing. Before opening your eyes, make a call on the shape of the shot. Having your eyes closed and guessing on the outcome will reinforce the feeling of shot shapes. Instead of associating shapes with actions in the swing, we connect it with that feeling. Get them to give you precise feedback – 10 yard fade which started at the x marker and finished at the x.

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Same target, 3 different clubs

To spice up driving range practice, pick various targets (e.g. the 50, 100, 150 markers) and hit 3 different clubs to each target, say your 8-iron, 5-iron and 3-iron. This is a great way to learn how to hit different shots with different clubs and work on your creativity.

80% effort only

Never swing with more than 80% effort. This was one of the gems that Nick Faldo stuck to throughout this career after being taught it by his junior coach Ian Connely. Good rhythm is what gets the ball going, not hitting it as hard as you can.
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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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