Monday, June 22, 2015

Ball Striking Practice

Here is a practice schedule for you to work on controlling your ball flight, club, club face and swing.

Jordan Spieth
Ball Striking Practice

  • Start with wedges - Do each of these in sets of 3 balls and note distance of each shot hit.
    • waist high swing or ½ swing, neutral ball position
    • waist high swing, back ball postion, low ball flight
    • waist high swing, front ball position, high ball flight
    • shoulder high swing or ¾ swing, neutral ball position
    • shoulder high swing, back ball position, low ball flight
    • shoulder high swing, front ball position, high ball flight
      • Repeat with each wedge, remember sets of 3.  
      • Take a break and reset after each set for complete focus.  
  • Irons - Hit these in sets of 3 also.  Always have a target and be aware of where the ball is starting.  Use aiming sticks in front of you to assure you start it on the intended line.
    • shoulder high swing or ¾ swing, neutral ball position
    • shoulder high swing, back ball position, low ball flight
    • shoulder high swing, front ball position, high ball flight
    • shoulder high swing, start to right of aiming sticks and draw it back to target
    • shoulder high swing, start to left of aiming sticks and cut it back to target
    • shoulder high swing, back ball position, low ball flight, start to right and draw
    • shoulder high swing, front ball position, high ball flight, start to left and cut
      • Experiment with grip pressure to control release.
      • Work with ¾ swings until get the results you want.  When you can easily do it with a ¾ swing, you can move to full swings.  The goal is control. You can choose to move back and forth between swing lengths or vary it by varying your target distance.
      • Continue to work in sets of 3 balls.  After 3 shots, stand up and walk or clean your club.  
      • This is 54 shots with each iron, so you can do odd irons one day and even irons the next.  
      • The goal is to learn to feel and control your swing and what the club does through the shot.  The ball flight is the teacher.  If it isn’t what you want, make an adjustment.  Learn to release or hold off the club.  Learn to tip the shaft.  Learn to sync your turn and your swing to match no matter what the length.  

  • Hybrids and Woods - Continue to work in sets of 3.  Have a target and use your aiming sticks to start it where intended.
    • Full swing
      • Hit 9 shots with each club.  
        • High draw
        • High cut
        • High straight
        • Low draw
        • Low cut
        • Low straight
        • Your favorite ball flight (3 shots)

There is no real instruction here as to how to move the ball left or right, but a quick guide is aim your body where you want to start the ball and your club face to where you want the ball to go. This creates the lines you need to move the ball left or right. Other factors to experiment with are grip pressure, ball position and finish position. Trial and error is the greatest teacher for learning ball flight. If you can work the ball in practice, you will have a better idea of how to control your club, your clubface, your hands and your swing. Learn by doing!


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