Golf Swing Drills to Help You Achieve Better Consistency of Your Shots
When you think about it, golf is all about consistency. Most golfers are capable of hitting at least a few good shots during a given round – but it is the golfers who can hit good shots hole after hole that will post the low scores at the end of the day. Figuring out what it is that separates your bad shots from your good ones, and then making the adjustment to improve the bad ones, is your challenge as a golfer.
You aren’t ever going to hit all of your shots perfectly – that just isn’t how golf works. However, you can step up your consistency by using the drills below –
- Focus on shot shape. If you asked an amateur golfer what they were trying to accomplish with a given shot, the answer would probably come back ‘hit it straight’. Most golfers just do their best to hit the ball straight, but you can do better than that. Focus your time on the driving range on learning how to shape each of your shots, either right to left or left to right. It doesn’t matter which shot shape you favor, as long as you have one that you can rely on. That way, when you get ready to hit any shot on the course, you will already have a specific plan for the shape of the shot and how you are going to reach the target.
- Keep your feet planted. Bad footwork leads to inconsistent play for a number of golfers, so work on keeping your feet planted firmly on the ground throughout your swing in order to improve your consistency. During your practice session, hit a few shots where neither of your feet leave the ground at all from start to finish. This is an exaggerated drill and you wouldn’t swing like this on the course, but it should help you feel how staying grounded improves the quality of your impact position.
- Three in a row. While at the driving range, try repeating the same shot three times in a row to the same target as consistently as you can. You don’t want to just hit three shots at the same target, but also try to repeat the same ball flight, trajectory, etc. Work on repeating yourself as closely as possible for all three shots. You should see your ability to execute this drill improve over time, and your performance on the course should improve as well.