February Golf Notes

Checking loft and lie angles

Checking loft and lie angles

February Golf Notes

Let’s start back practising golf. I am suggesting a lighter gradual approach to practice rather than spending a lot of range time practising too soon. Our goal is to avoid developing bad swing habits or making bad swing habits worse.

Practice Golf:

The outline practice plan is not to practice too much golf too soon, but increase your practice times gradually.

You could use the following practice plan as a template.

  1. Warm-up your golf swing by making softer slower golf practice swings and hit golf balls softly
  2. Completely your warm-up stretching program (if you would like more information on a specific program for your body, please contact me and I will refer you to a golf fitness guru)
  3. Make 10 – 15 left handed golf swings followed by 10 – 15 right-handed golf swings. (a weighted club or speed sticks can work well here also)
  4. Practice hitting 10 balls with your opposite swing. (that means of you are a right handed golfer, practice trying to hit 10 shots left handed)

Now track your progress and use the following ten ball test:

Hit ten shots with the best possible golf swings you could possibly make with a 7 iron. Note the number the amount of shots you have hit off the sweet spot in a practice diary. You can change the goals if you like and add in a aim and estimating how close the ball lands near the target. What is your success rate out of 10?

Mix it up how you practice and be practice specific:

  1. Add in a rule: every 3 shots, take a break from hitting ball after ball
  2. Practice a set of rotation exercises for both full body turns and hip turns
  3. On shot 3 & shot 6 practice your per-shot routine. For example, use your mind to imagine the golf shot you are going to play, make a really good practice swing that will hit hat shot, set up and hit that shot. Check your setup that (aim the club head, align your feet, hips & shoulders to the ball to target line, check your ball position with the club you are using is in the correct position.

Develop your swing by repeating the same good feeling swings as much as possible. How? Make the best practice swing you can make and then repeat the same swing hitting a shot.

  1. Practice hitting 6 shots practising your ½ swing drills then 6 shots practising your full swing technique. Vary your club selection, use 8 iron, 6 iron, 4 iron or 9 iron, 7 iron and 5 iron.
  2. Use the ten ball test again and note your results in your practice diary. You might spend about 45 minutes to an hour hitting 50 balls to this suggested practice plan. It would great to visit the driving range twice or three times to work on this plan.

Map out your progress and plot your progress after three weeks of practice. Try this and let me know how it works for you.

Enjoy your golf lessons in Cork.

Golf Study

Golf study

Working on his left handed swing

Every golfer wants to hit the ball further

We are looking for volunteers to take part in a two month study on “hitting the ball further”. This golf study has already started but we would be delighted with a few more golfers to take part. Our final date for volunteers to start is next Saturday the 6th of February between 11am and 12pm.

This study entails training a right handed golfer to start practising swinging and learning to hit golf shots left handed to increase their right handed club head speed. (Or vice versa if you’re a left handed golfer)

This study will involve initially measuring the club head speed of each participant’s normal golf swing. Then each participant will be required to practice their opposite handed golf swing for, a one hour practice session every week for two months.

We have coaching support meetings at our practice ground in Riverstown every Saturday running for 8 weeks from 11am & 12pm and from 3pm to 4pm. We would kindly ask each of our participants to attend a weekly meeting if possible. We would like to talk to our participants about their progression and observe each participant hitting 25 shots.

Any type of golfer is welcome to join and if you’re interested, please email me at johnny.dooley@gmail.com . This golf study will not cost volunteers anything to sign up.

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