Monday, January 16, 2012

How to Shot a Good Golf Drive?

It’s best to make technical changes to your golf swing before the season starts, rather than trying to make changes when you’re in the thick of competition. This prevents you from being tempted to revert to your old ways during rounds to maintain your scores. Divide your range drills to help you learn, retain and recall golf skills for the maximum benefit.
How You Learn
Despite the myths associated with the theory of “muscle memory,” quality trumps quantity at the driving range. Hitting dozens of balls in a row can fatigue your central nervous system and result in poor swings, and it doesn’t simulate the conditions you see on the course.
You learn sport skills best by problem solving rather than working on an arm or leg movement in a vacuum. Employ a three-step process to help you learn golf skills, retain them for later use and be able to recall them for specific shots during a round. Repetition is helpful for short-term learning. Using the same swing in varied conditions helps promote retention of a skill. Random practice improves your ability to recall that new skill when you have one chance to hit that drive or pitch next week.
Learning Drills
Use the same club from the same lie to learn a new technique. New techniques might include a new grip, stance, takeback, shoulder turn, forward hip movement or wrist snap.
Start your range practice trying to hit the shot that needs work before you start making stroke changes. Hit the shot with the same club, from the same lie and the same distance, trying to emulate the exact course condition.
Once you confirm the shot problem, introduce the stroke change, such as a new grip. Hit balls until you start to swing correctly, noting the number of balls it took you to begin repeating the shot correctly. Use half the number of practice swings it took for you to get into a groove to finish this stage of drilling and practice. For example, if it took you 20 balls to get into a groove of hitting correctly, hit 10 more balls this way, then prepare to change your practice.
After you have finished your 50 percent overlearning of a new stroke, work on drills that help you retain your new skill. This requires variable practice. Practice the same shot you just practiced, but change clubs and lies every six or eight swings. This requires you to make some adjustments to the swing but lets you continue working on the same shot.
Introduce your pre-shot routine at this stage of practice to make it a part of the stroke. For example, if you are going to take two practice swings, tap your club on the ground or waggle the clubhead before each shot when you are out on the course, do this before each driving range swing.
Once you are able to consistently hit a shot with your new technique, use a drill that helps promote recall of the skill later. You don’t get 30 practice swings before you hit an approach shot during a round of golf, so it’s important to drill in such a way that promotes motor skill recall. This requires random practice. Play simulated holes of golf, changing your club and lie after each swing. Start with a tee shot, change clubs and play a second shot, hit an approach shot, then chip or putt to finish the simulated hole. Practice drives, approaches, chips and putts, even if your goal is to improve your pitching. This lets your brain experience using your new pitch shot in the context of a round of golf.

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