Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Daily Do It #11 - Shotmaking ----> Learning

Today is about hitting shots and then moving to the putting green and playing a bit of croquet.

This is a bit like Dr. David Cook's 88 Shot Drill, but I can't find it so this is a new version.


Warm up.  Don't practice, just loosen up.

You can do these shots with any clubs.  Pick 3 clubs each day to get connected to creating shots, feeling your balance, feeling your tempo and learning how to use your tool, the golf club.

Make adjustments to create the shots.  Learn how important it is to change ball position, how close you are to the ball, where your weight is centered, what the club face looks like at address or the shape of your swing. 

1.  Hit a really low shot.  If a gopher sticks his head up, make him duck again.
2.  Hit a shot at the horizon.
3.  Flight a shot normally for you.
4.  Hit a really high shot.  Bring the rain!
5.  Hit a draw.  Make the ball fall gently left (for right handers)
6.  Hit a hook.  Make the ball go hard left.
7.  Hit a fade.  Make the ball fall gently right.
8.  Hit a slice.  Make the ball go hard right.
9.  Hit a shot with your feet together.
10.  Hit a shot standing on your left foot only.
11.  Hit a shot with your right hand only.
12.  Hit a shot with your left hand only.
13.  Hit a shot with your eyes closed.
14.  Flip the club upside down and hit a shot left handed.
15.  Hit a standard shot at a target using your routine.

Here is a good and simple video with Ricky Fowler's caddy, Joe Skovron, which talks about adjustments you can make to hit it high or low.

Here is a quick tip from Jack Nicklaus on how he hits a fade.  Pay attention to his adjustments with the face of his club and his stance.  Learning to change your ball flight with set up adjustments instead of swing thoughts make it a lot easier.


1.  Use long tees to create a path to the hole before you hit the putt.  Put them into the green like wickets for croquet.
Find a 10-15 feet breaking putt to begin with.  Put at least 5 sets of two tees on the path of your putt.  Have 2 tees creates a wicket within 6" of the ball and 2 within 6" of the hole.  Now, putt the ball.  Did you choose the right path?  Did your path match the speed needed?  Make adjustments to both your path and speed until it is just right.  Take note of the first and last gate.  The first represents your aim point and the highest point of the putt.  The last represents the true center of the hole and where you need to visualize the ball entering.

Now do the same thing with a longer putt.  Find big breakers to make it more fun.  Choose both uphill and downhill putts.  What are the differences between the paths?

Take it a step further and have a friend time how long it takes the putt to roll from your putter to the hole.  What differences are there in the times between uphill and downhill or breaking vs. straight.  Does this help you visualize your speed and match it with the break?

2.  Set your phone timer to 3 minutes.  Putt as many 3 footers into the hole as you can.  Now do the same thing from 10 feet.  How many did you make?  What did you learn when you putted quickly.

Don't forget to celebrate your shots!

Short Game

1.  Use one ball, one wedge and your putter.  Drop the ball at least 10 paces from the edge of the green and get it up and down 10 times.  Putt everything out.  Chip ins are worth 2 points.  If you make a 4, take 2 points off your total. 

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