Golf Swing – Simple Drill for More Right Swing Path

October 25th, 2010 by John Graham Leave a reply »

Here’s a little drill to help you with your Golf Swing.  I tend to use drills that you can’t do wrong.  In other words, if you are able to do the drill, you are improving in that area.

Here are some pics showing how it looks.

Golf Swing Drill for More Right Swing PathGolf Swing Drill for More Right Swing Path 2

Stick Drill for More Right Path

Who should use this drill?

This drill is for those golfers trying to learn what it feels like to swing more right (for right handers).  Those golfers that are hitting straight pulls and or pull slices. Also for anyone that curves the ball alot in a slicing direction.

Here’s how it works.

The stick should be place in the ground at an angle that allows room for the club to swing underneath it and the ball goes directly under the stick.  It can be used for all clubs and is easy to set up.  Set up to the ball like normal focusing on getting as parallel as you can to the stick in the ground.  Normal ball position for the club being used.  Swing and try to hit the ball solidly without hitting the stick.

Be careful not to aim more right than usual or set up more closed than normal.  This will make the drill too easy and won’t accomplish what you want.

Things to Watch For:

Some of you may have trouble hitting the stick. Keep trying until you can hit the ball solidly.  You don’t need to be taught how. Just do it.

Some of you may hit the ground early in the beginning.  This is because a swing to the right is more shallow than a swing to the left.  It reaches the ground sooner.  You may need to have more weight forward(toward the target) than you are accustomed too.  If you have a problem with flipping, this could also cause you to hit the ground earlier when doing this drill.

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14 comments

  1. Fred says:

    Is the stick laying on the ground or sticking out of it? It is not obvious from the photos. Where is the target line in relation to the stick?

  2. John Graham says:

    Is the stick laying on the ground or sticking out of it? It is not obvious from the photos. Where is the target line in relation to the stick?

    The stick is stuck in the ground at an angle and the ball is directly underneath the stick.

    The target line is where the stick is pointing.

    Hope that helps.

    JG

  3. Fred says:

    Thanks John, but won’t the club head smash into the stick after hitting the ball?

  4. John Graham says:

    Fred,

    Sorry, I didn’t explain it very well. I added another picture to help show what set-up would look like from face on.

    Let me know if you still have any questions.

    JG

  5. Fred says:

    Thank you John, that last picture made all the difference. It is perfectly clear now. When I looked at the second picture before, I thought the target was to the left.
    Perhaps because the first picture shows the feet and in that case the target was to the left.
    Anyway it is clear now and I will give it a try and see what it does for my path.
    Thanks again.

  6. John Graham says:

    Fred,

    Glad that cleared everything up.

    Keep me posted on what you think.

    JG

  7. Bob says:

    John, it’s winter time and I’ll wait til Spring for this. The first two pics show the ball under the stick about one foot from the tip. The third pic shows it under the tip of the stick. Which is the correct position. Does it make a difference in your swing path?

  8. John Graham says:

    Bob,

    There is no “correct” position. The farther the ball is from the base of the stick in the ground, the easier the drill is to do and the less to the right the golfer has to swing to hit the ball.

    JG

  9. John McDonald says:

    Hi John, do you not think that there will usually be a root cause and a reason why players swing in a certain direction?? i.e physical limitations or poor posture etc?? also will this drill encourage a shallower angle of attack?

  10. John Graham says:

    John,

    All else being equal this drill will also encourage a shallower angle of attack. I don’t think there is usually a root cause except maybe for concept. If there were, they wouldn’t be able to successfully do the drill.

    JG

  11. Ken Wood says:

    I like the drill. Do you have similar drills for golfers who swing too much from the inside? My swing is inside,to the right and shallow. Not many drills to correct this swing pattern. Thanks,
    Ken

  12. John Graham says:

    Ken,

    There are a bunch of drills. Something similar to this would be to change the position of the stick so it’s perpendicular to the target line instead of on the target line and behind the golfer a few feet. Stick have some of it sticking up in the air with the tip just inside the target line and just under the shaft angle plane. take swing trying to avoid it on the way down and back.

    Let me know if that makes sense.

    JG

  13. Adam Young says:

    Awesome drill. Completely agree about the concept being the root cause. We tend to be way too deterministic in terms of cause and effect in golf. anyone can make a logical link to why someone swung over the top – but then why did they do ‘those’ things

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