No, not raindrops on roses or whiskers on kittens, but 2×4′s, the letter “L” and a white painted line.
These three “things” are not only my favorite teaching drills, but the three drills I use to keep my own game on track!
Take a 2×4 and cut it to 32″. Then all you need to do is lay it down about an inch outside the ball. Now fire away!!! If you’re coming over the top, outside in, you’ll quickly learn how to attack from the inside. The 2×4 will chunked up for sure, but with a little bit of work, you’ll be sending them straight and true.
I use the letter “L” as a reference. I do a drill I call “L to L”. Basically, you take the club back until the angle on your lead arm (left arm for righties) is parallel to the ground and the club points straight up, making the letter “L”. Now, rotate through until your trailing arm (right arm for righties) is parallel to the ground on the target side and again the club pointing straight up, making another (backwards) letter “L”.
By swinging “L to L” you’ll gain clubhead control and learn to turn through impact rather than just flick the hands.
Now, speaking of flicking the hands, here’s where the painted white line comes in. NOTE: If you mainly hit off of mats at your range, duct tape will work just as well. Draw a white line perpendicular to your target line. Place the ball about 3″-4″ inches in front of the line and take your swings. If your releasing early, you’ll see it instantly by virtue of the ever disappearing line. If you’re truly turning through impact, you’ll be letting your “hands win the race” and your divots will occur in front of the line.
Next time you hit the range, make these “things” a few of your “favorite things” too.