The 9 o'clock Drill
By: Rob Doster | 10/12/10, 12:20 PM EDT
Take your 58-degree wedge, your 52-degree wedge and a pitching wedge and his enough shots to get a good working knowledge of how far the ball's going to go with a half swing.
Don’t try to perfect a bunch of different lengths of swing until you perfect one of them. There’s no need to get ahead of yourself.
I want you to learn your half-swing distance with three clubs, then start to fill in the gaps.
Take three identical half-swings with three different clubs. If you want, you can use a 58-degree wedge, a 52-degree gap wedge and a pitching wedge. Perfect the same 9 o’clock swing with each club.
Take the club back halfway, arms parallel to the ground, then make solid contact, with a 3 o’clock follow-through (matching the backswing). Observe how far the ball travels with each club. Once you’ve hit enough shots, that knowledge should become second-nature.
Once you’ve perfected your 9 o’clock swing, you can work on other distances and longer and shorter swings. But won’t it be nice to know exactly how far the ball will go with your half-swing? That’s knowledge you can take to the course.
Charlie King is the Director of Instruction at Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, Ga.
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