Use Your Towel For Better Ball Striking On The Range (Video)
Use Your Towel For Better Ball Striking On The Range (Video)

Here is an awesome little practice drill to make sure you're getting the most out of your range sessions so that when you go on the golf course you don’t get a nasty surprise. Well another thing we sometimes see people do on the driving range is they're flicking the ball away from the mat particularly with their wedges and they're actually hitting the ball flat and heavy hitting the ground too far before the golf ball. But if you practice off mats quite often the club will bounce into the back of the ball and it will still feel like you’ve hit the ball up in the air but actually when you go and play if you've been practicing that technique incorrectly you hit the ground behind the golf ball the ball won't fly very well and suddenly you're becoming a little bit stuck. So here is a great little exercise to make sure you're not getting into that habit.

All I've done is taking my towel, folded it over and just laid it down around about six to seven inches back behind the ball and on this first golf ball I'm going to setup in the correct position, get my body weight over onto my left side and strike down and I get a nice, clean strike, there is a good sound as I hit the ball on the turf and the ball jumps up in the air and flies quite nicely. But on this second ball here I'm going to make the sort of classic mistake I see a lot of golfers make. But the towel should catch me out, I'm going to lean back more, I'm going to have the ball position too far forwards in my stance, I'm going to ground the club too early and I saw the towel move, I heard it move. And you can actually see it's flicked up a little bit on this front edge. Now the ball still looked okay because as the club came in it bounced off the floor and kicked up and hit the ball okay. So when I practice I'm thinking I'm doing all right here but because I saw the towel move I know that would not be acceptable on the golf course. I know if I hit six or eight inches behind the ball on the course particularly with any sort of wetness in the ground or the soil there is going to be a great big divot and chunk of mud coming from behind the ball that ball would only go a couple of feet. So by practicing with a towel behind me here I can make sure I get the most out of my practice sessions and understand whether I'm hitting the ball heavy or getting a clean strike.
2015-04-01

Here is an awesome little practice drill to make sure you're getting the most out of your range sessions so that when you go on the golf course you don’t get a nasty surprise. Well another thing we sometimes see people do on the driving range is they're flicking the ball away from the mat particularly with their wedges and they're actually hitting the ball flat and heavy hitting the ground too far before the golf ball. But if you practice off mats quite often the club will bounce into the back of the ball and it will still feel like you’ve hit the ball up in the air but actually when you go and play if you've been practicing that technique incorrectly you hit the ground behind the golf ball the ball won't fly very well and suddenly you're becoming a little bit stuck. So here is a great little exercise to make sure you're not getting into that habit.

All I've done is taking my towel, folded it over and just laid it down around about six to seven inches back behind the ball and on this first golf ball I'm going to setup in the correct position, get my body weight over onto my left side and strike down and I get a nice, clean strike, there is a good sound as I hit the ball on the turf and the ball jumps up in the air and flies quite nicely. But on this second ball here I'm going to make the sort of classic mistake I see a lot of golfers make. But the towel should catch me out, I'm going to lean back more, I'm going to have the ball position too far forwards in my stance, I'm going to ground the club too early and I saw the towel move, I heard it move. And you can actually see it's flicked up a little bit on this front edge.

Now the ball still looked okay because as the club came in it bounced off the floor and kicked up and hit the ball okay. So when I practice I'm thinking I'm doing all right here but because I saw the towel move I know that would not be acceptable on the golf course. I know if I hit six or eight inches behind the ball on the course particularly with any sort of wetness in the ground or the soil there is going to be a great big divot and chunk of mud coming from behind the ball that ball would only go a couple of feet. So by practicing with a towel behind me here I can make sure I get the most out of my practice sessions and understand whether I'm hitting the ball heavy or getting a clean strike.