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Advanced Line Drill

Take a tee and scrape a line in the ground. Set up so that the line would be roughly an inch ahead of your ball position. Then take swings and compare to the line when you take a divot. In the ideal situation, you will take the divot about an inch after the line, and your divot will be about the size of a dollar bill. If you can accomplish this task, then solid ball striking is only a matter of having the clubface square-ish and the ball in the right place. You can also do this with the 9 to 3 drill.

Then, after you have a somewhat consistent pattern compared to the line, try and vary it by making small changes. Experiment with your release, the location of your pelvis, and the location of your shirt buttons. Through this experimentation you will find the easiest ways to make small adjustments for your swing.

Tags: Poor Contact, Iron, Impact, Release, Drill, Intermediate

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This drill is the advanced line drill.

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So as it says in the title, this is tricky.

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This is an advanced drill, but it builds off of the line drill.

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So if you remember, I'm going to grab a tee.

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If you remember from the line drill,

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basically what you're going to do is you're going to take a tee

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and carve a line in the ground so that you have a reference point

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for where your club is making contact with the ground.

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You're then going to set up so that the line is about an inch

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in front of the golf club just like so.

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Now in the regular line drill, what we were going to have you do

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was take swings and then look down and you should see that the divot started

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just at the line or even after it, but they should not start behind it.

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This is an advanced drill because I'm going to have you intentionally do things

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incorrectly to learn better the difference between good and bad.

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So in the advanced line drill, our goal is to make the bottom of our swing

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move around all over the place.

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So you're going to find out, well, what happens if I take a power, you know,

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a really aggressive swing, but I keep my weight back.

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Or what happens if my upper body dives forward?

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What happens if I cast my hands?

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Okay, that moved it, bait way back.

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What happens if I come a little bit more steep?

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Okay, that moved it forward.

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Everybody's going to have little different adjustments they can make, but this is a

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great little hand-eye coordination drill to start paying attention to where the club

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makes contact with the ground.

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Because there's two things that you can focus on as far as contact.

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One is contact between the golf ball and the club, and two is contact

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between the golf club and the ground, assuming you're not hitting a driver or a

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Well, by focusing on the golf club with the ground,

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then if you're just getting ready for a tournament or, you know,

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you're using this as a warm-up, you can simply adjust the ball position to where the club is

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making contact with the ground, and we know that we're going to have a relatively solid strike.

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The other thing this can do is it can reinforce some of these movements.

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So, if my normal swing, all right, that hit just in front of the ground and went about four inches.

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Well, what if I was to add a little bit more side bend?

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Well, now it actually moved a little bit behind the golf ball, so there's a good indication

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that I changed my release or something else in order to account for the fact that my

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upper body was going back.

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So then what happens if my lower body goes forward?

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Now I moved it in front of the golf ball.

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So, I can make these adjustments and use the line on the ground to fine tune.

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And my goal is to intentionally move some back and move some forward so that I can figure

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out my spectrum of how I control where the bottom of my swing is.

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The hints I'm going to give you is that most of it is going to be controlled by where this is the

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angle of your sternum or your upper body and what your arms are doing.

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If you can figure out how to dial those two in, you're going to learn how to become very consistent

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with where the club enters the ground.

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