Using Effective Drills to Improve Golf Swing Performance
Like many other skills, the more practice you get the better you will be at the game.
Further, when you stop practicing regularly it usually shows and your overall performance diminishes.
A brilliant case study of this reality is Tiger Woods, who used to practice between eight and nine hours a day, but has not been able to do so since the well publicized personal problems began consuming his time.
Despite being one of the world's best golfers, the lack of practice has had a noticeable impact on his game.
As the necessity of practice is well established and uncontested, there has developed an entire subsidiary industry that is devoted to developing and disseminating various practice routines and drills for players seeking to improve their game.
In general it is safe to say that most of these drills are fairly effective, though many can be very repetitive and boring.
Although most golf players want to improve their game and are willing to go to a lot of trouble to do so, golf should still be enjoyable and the same is true with your drills.
First and foremost, the best drill is actually just playing the game as much as possible.
The reality is that every shot is different and fairly unique, so it is utterly impossible to practice every conceivable shot.
Therefore your overall game as well as the specific elements of it - long game, short game, and putting - should be practiced as much as possible.
Back when Tiger Woods was maintaining his normal daily practice routine, he regularly played two different nine-hole rounds each day.
So, in the final analysis, the best drill available is to simply play the game as much as possible.
Despite the overall beneficial effects of playing as much as possible, many players also believe that they should drill with the various clubs and various types of shots as well.
One of the most common mistakes in this respect is to simply use the same club to make the same shot over and over again.
The problem with these sorts of drills is that they really offer only limited value to your overall game - regardless of which shot you are doing repetitions of - since it is only one aspect of the game.
Instead, it better to focus on different ways of making the same type of shot.
For example, if you are practicing your driving or chipping, use different clubs to make the shot.
In many cases you may discover that a different club than the "correct" one is actually better for that type of shot.
Further, this keeps the drill much more interesting and provides you with a lot more to think about.
There are many drills available, from diagnostic drills meant to help you identify and correct problems to high repetition drills that are meant primarily to get you familiar with each of your clubs.
However, the drills should be fun and thought-provoking, not dull and viewed as a chore.
This is the real secret to making your drilling effective.