The use of science and technology accelerates the method of learning and improving the golf swing. On the other hand, there are several timeless simple drills that have been utilized for years. Many of these drills will be used for years to come. If you play golf someone has probably recommended you try the “Feet Together Drill” at some point during a practice session.
The feet together drill is one of the most beneficial drills used to improve your golf swing. It is performed by setting up to the golf ball with both feet together. Position the ball in the middle of your stance. Any club can be used, however, the drill works best with a short or mid iron such as a 7 iron. Begin by making practice swings where you become familiar with the sequence of your arms and body working together. Keep your head still so your arms swing the club around your body without lateral movements. Initially place the ball on a tee and make three quarter swings. Move the ball on the turf once you are comfortable hitting shots on the tee. Avoid making full swings and attempting to maximize distance with the drill. Rather, focus on smooth three quarter swings that improve contact, tempo and balance.
If your tempo is too quick you will lose your balance. Rather, you should hit straight shots while maintaining your balance with a relaxed feeling through impact. Keep your arms and grip pressure relaxed in the set up and throughout the swing. Once you have captured the feeling of making smooth swings go back to making full swings with a normal set up and swing.
The feet together drill is great for a number of reasons. The results are beneficial for players that over swing. The drill helps maintain balance and tempo. Many amateurs swing violently at the golf ball which creates various swing faults. Observe any professional and notice how their swing creates effortless power. The feet together drill will help ingrain the idea of effortless power. In addition, it will help you avoid making lateral movements with your body.
Right Foot Back Drill
When players still create lateral movements with their feet together try a variation of the drill by creating a wider stance and placing the right foot back so the toe points down on the ground. Continue with a few practice swings and then hit balls. This variation enhances your balance as you swing. Any lateral movement will cause a complete loss of balance and cause you to fall over. In addition, it creates an ideal impact position where your head remains still and the majority of weight is on the left leg and foot at impact. The inside of the left leg maintains your weight and balance as the club swings through the ball.