Practice swings can help reinforce sound golf swing fundamentals and proper golf swing mechanics. They can also get you into positions that you may not otherwise be able to get into when you swing at a ball.
To progress and improve your fitness throughout the years, you need to change your routine up every few months to keep your system stimulated. Here are some suggestions on what I call progression:
Learn each exercise to perfection. Continue to work on your form.
To get stronger: increase the resistance and add heavier weights.
Increase the amount of repetitions you do for each exercise.
Increase the amount of time you exercise.
Add speed to your exercise.
Increase the amount of days you exercise.
Reduce stability to train your balance by doing exercises on one leg.
The Cardiogolf Speed Progression Drill will help you rehearse swing positions and increase clubhead speed. The idea here is to start off doing slow motion swings, working on swing positions and then gradually increasing the pace until you build up to full speed.
Tee to Ball Progression Drill for Junior Golfers
It is most important to keep golf fun when introducing it to your child. Striking a ball can sometimes be frustrating for a child when he or she is just learning, especially if they top or miss the ball. Getting the ball elevated off the turf takes proper technique and ample strength and clubhead speed. Junior golfers usually aren’t strong enough to hit solid irons off the turf, so here is a simple progression drill that will give your child the confidence he or she needs to learn to hit a ball off the ground.
Use a short to mid iron like a 7-iron for this drill.
Step 1: To set up for this drill, place two tees in the ground, then tee up two balls and then place two balls on the turf all is a row.
Step 2: Have your junior golfer practice hitting the two tees first. Make sure they clip the tees so that they come out of the turf.
Step 3: Then have them hit the two balls off the tees, having them think of trying to flip the tees out of the ground, not thinking about hitting the balls.
Step 4: Then have them strike the two balls off the turf, again having them imagine that they are flipping the tees out of the ground, not trying to scoop or hit at the balls.
Having them imagine that they are just clipping tees out of the ground will help them swing smoothly and freely so that they can create enough speed to get the ball airborne.
For years, I have been using a traditional step in my Cardiogolf routines and exercises. Although effective, I felt it was important to design a step that simulated a fairway to make it more ‘golf-like.’
You almost never have a flat lie on the golf course, so it is important to practice your swing on sloping lies to develop feel and stability. The Cardiogolf ‘Slope’ is curved like a fairway slope. You can vary the angle you place your foot to practice varies sloping lies.
I developed the Cardiogolf ‘Slope’ to help golfers practice uphill and downhill lies, but it is also a great tool for exercise. You can do a variety of traditional low-impact exercises as well as strength, balance, core and even upper body exercises.
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