Everyone wants a more consistent ball strike. The two things I see causing poor ball striking are swaying from side to side and standing up out of your golf posture.
Keeping a good golf posture means starting with a slight bend in the knees and a slight forward upper body tilt from the hips.
But the secret is to stay in this posture through your backswing and ball strike. While hearing “Don’t lift your head” might be helpful, keeping your knee flex and back angle through your ball strike is perhaps even more important.
How can you improve your ball strike? By using deliberate practice this winter. This means focusing on one aspect of the swing, in one drill, for about 20 repetitions, several times a week.
Here is the drill:
1. Get into a good athletic posture, with or without a club, like this:
2. Bring your forearms horizontal to the ground with club or thumbs point up.
3. Now turn back, keeping your core centered, thumbs up, knees flexed, and back angle.
4. Turn forward, keeping your core centered, thumbs up, knees flexed, and back angle.
5. Repeat 20 times a day for 20 days to create a habit.
Doing this without hitting balls will help you focus on the motion and how it feels without getting hung up on the result or other thoughts.
Once the snow clears, you can practice this drill outside several times, then hit balls focusing only on keeping your core centered, knees flexed, and back angle.
Let me know when you start getting more consistent results.
Joe Porter, PGA
P.S. Drill Bonus – Keeping your thumbs up during this drill will help you keep the clubface square to the ball through impact, resulting in straighter shots!