Why You Need This: In this video, you'll learn how to improve your golf game fast.
So, are you a range rat?
Do you spend tons of time putting in thousands of reps...
...hitting the same shots over and over and over?
Well, you can improve through endless repetition...
But there's a better (much faster) way to improve.
In this video, you'll learn how to speed up your training with variability drills.
Before we start, consider how most golfers (including me when I first started playing) approach their training.
They think that in order to be consistent, you need to hit the same shots endlessly.
That does work, but variability training allows you to get a better feeling for your shots...
And ultimately, you'll get better control of your club.
So the next time you're on the course and you hit a bad shot, you'll be better prepared to make the correct adjustment to your swing.
Compare that to repetition training.
If your swing is a bit off, it can be incredibly frustrating because you won't know exactly what's causing your problem.
Here are a few variability drills to work on...
First, place a tee in the ground and focus on hitting in front of the tee.
Keep in mind, this is not the shot you want to ultimately hit, but the goal here is to develop better control of your swing.
Second, hit the tee and the ground at roughly the same time.
This is the shot you want and your goal is to have a divot in front of your tee.
Third, hit behind the tee.
The reason this variability drill works is that it gives you a frame of reference for what it feels like to hit behind the ball and the opposite of hitting in front of the ball.
As you familiarize yourself with the extremes, you'll be able to quickly recognize and correct swing problems.
Next, practice by varying your spine angle.
Try hitting a tee with a reverse pivot.
Then trying hitting a tee while leaning back too much.
Finally, focus on hitting a tee with a stable spine angle.
Again, it's all about feeling the extremes.
You'll develop better control of your swing.
Watch now to mix up your training...
And discover how to improve your golf game fast!
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Instructors Featured: Clay Ballard
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Hey guys, great to have you here today. In this video I’m going to go over one of the most important concepts that a lot of you have probably never heard of. I know I was never told about this.
It’s so counterintuitive. It doesn’t really make much sense when you first hear about this, but I started working on it probably about six years ago or so. Ever since then, it was a big turning point in my ball striking.
Before I did this, I tried to hit the ball the same every time. Let me know if this is the idea that you have in your mind, and it’s exactly what I had in my mind. It’s that as we play golf we want to be really consistent.
Consistency means that we’re going to make the same swing every time, and we’re going to hit the exact same type of ball flight every time.
If we want to hit a draw, we’re trying to hit that draw over, and over, and over again. We’re trying to make that same swing, just repeat it over, and over, and over.
That’s what I tried to do for years. I had good days, and I had bad days. The problem is on the bad days I had no idea how to fix anything. I was just completely at the mercy of…I could tell you within the first 10 minutes of getting to the range if it’s a good day or a bad day.
It really didn’t change much the rest of the day, I felt like I was fighting it if it was a bad day. I felt like I was trying not to lose it when it was a good day.
That’s basically just what they call mass training, or just doing the same thing over, and over, and over again. Repetition, repetition, repetition. You will get better if you do repetition, if you do it the same every single time.
No doubt about that, we do have to do a certain amount of repetition. We do have to do thousands of reps to ingrain muscle memory.
But we can speed that up, we can actually make that a little bit faster by adding something called variability training.
One of the most important things that I see that will change your game immediately, is if we’re trying to hit a shot off the ground, if we can make contact with the ground and the ball at the exact same time.
So if you imagine when my club is coming down, if I have this tee in the ground underneath my ball, well my club is coming down. My club is meeting the ground and hit the tee roughly at the same time. Then I’m making my divot out in front of the golf ball.
If I can do that, if I can hit this tee over, and over, and over again, just like I did there, I’m going to be able to hit a lot of good, clean golf shots. A lot of the difficulty comes in when I start to hit behind the ball.
How many times have you been having a good round, then all of a sudden you chunk a ball and it just dribbles a few feet in front of you? It’s really embarrassing, super embarrassing. I’ve had it happen to me, and it’s not fun.
Then on the next swing, you don’t want to chunk it, so we hit it thin and we’re just constantly fighting to hit the ground clean.
Well there’s two things that are really going to help with this. One, I’m going to talk about a technique piece that we go over in the Top Speed Golf System.
Then two, we’re going to incorporate variability training which has been proven, scientifically proven, to help you improve about 1,000 percent faster. So you’re really cutting down tons of hours of your practice time.
Let’s talk about what’s going to allow me to hit the ground. I’m going to set this tee up a little bit higher so we can see that on the camera. The idea here again, is that I’m going to practice hitting this tee in the round right at the same time.
So I’m going to go ahead and try that once. There we go, so I came down and clipped the tee. You’ll see my divot is in front of where the tee was.
If I can do that every time, I may not hit the world’s best shots, but I’m going to be consistent. I’m not going to have those really, really bad shots.
So what I want you to do when you’re practicing this, is variable training. Now we’re going to tee this tee up lower. So there’s where my golf ball would be, I’m going to go ahead and put my golf ball there just in case you can’t see this on the camera very easily.
On the first one, I’m going to try to hit in front of this tee. I want to try to miss this tee and take a divot in front of the golf ball. That’s going to look something like this.
There we go, and I swung right over top of the tee. Had my divot come in front, but I didn’t touch the tee.
The second one, I’m going to try to club the correct way. So that would be too far in front. That would be me hitting kind of down and too far in front of the golf ball.
It wouldn’t be a very good shot. It would be a little bit thin on the face. So I’m going to get a feel for that as I practice this variability training.
The second one, I’m going to clip the tee and the ground at the exact same time. You can practice…I love these because you can practice them in your back yard, you don’t have to be at the golf course to do this.
So here, there we go. Tee and the ground, probably can’t see that, but I clipped, the tee is broken. But I’m going to go ahead and set that back up again, and now on this third swing I’m going to hit a little bit behind the golf ball, or behind this tee.
I’m actually going to come down and on purpose, this is so counterintuitive, it just really doesn’t feel like this should work, but the third swing, I’m going to actually hit behind the ball and purposely hit what would be kind of a chunk or a little bit of a fat shot.
Now I’m going to make that divot, come in behind the ball, and again, you can see I started behind the ball, clipped the tee right out of the ground.
The reason this works is because this gives us a frame of reference of what too far back and what too far forward is. When we feel too far back and too far forward, now we can find the center right where we want to be.
As we get a little bit on this side, or we get a little bit on this side, it’s easy to adjust and find the center. This gives you a great frame of reference for where you are in space.
Now that’s all great. If we could do that, get a couple practice swings in, you wouldn’t really have to even know anything about your game, and I guarantee you’d improve just by practicing that drill.
But let’s make it a little bit easier. Let’s speed up your practice time even a little bit more. Now on this one, we’re going to talk about some of the body movements.
I’m going to get you variability training with one of the pieces of the Top Speed Golf System, we call it the Stable Fluid Spine.
If you want the full details, we go over that. We have three levels of videos that go over this in the Top Speed Golf System. I’m going to give you the condensed version here, which basically is I want to have a little tilt away from the target with my spine.
If you go from my belt buckle to the center of my chest, tilted away slightly at address. As I go to the top of the swing, I’m going to be tilted away about that same amount. As I come into contact, I’m tilted away a little bit more to allow me to be nice and consistent.
If you watch all pro golfers, they’re tilted away with their body so that they can release that club out in front, the golf ball just gets I the way.
That’s what I’m shooting for. If I’m struggling by going this way, let me show you a reverse pivot. A lot of people do this.
Now at the top of the swing instead of my body being tilted away, it’s tilted back toward the target. Naturally what I do is I fall back this way and I start to hit behind the golf ball.
If you struggle chunking, I’ll bet you $100 this is what’s going on. The body’s leaning this way, and then it’s falling back to the right.
The opposite problem of that which is much less common, would be going too far this way and then feeling like you’re coming too far from the inside. Your body actually gets too far that way.
So as you start to come more up and down this direction, you’re going to be chopping down on the ball. As I start to go more this way, I’m going to be coming much more from the inside.
Those are the both extremes that we’re feeling, and those are going to cause us problems hitting this golf ball clean every single time.
Again, if we had the reverse pivot we’re falling back and now we’re wanting to hit – look how my right shoulder’s grounding out behind the ball.
If I have the one where I tilt this way, well now I’m so far back I’ve got to slide and all that sliding around makes it difficult to hit the ball clean there too.
The key here is to find what’s in the middle, or what we call the Stable Fluid Spine throughout the golf swing. To do this, we’re going to practice variability training, and then find the middle.
We’ve got our tee drill. On top of that, I want you to do this. The first swing, I want you to taek out your video camera, your iPhone, whatever you have works fine. I want you to on purpose have a reverse pivot.
Lean back this way, get your body leaning as far as you can that way. Really extreme, make it as big of a reverse pivot as you can. Start to feel what that feels like when you’re swaying this way, and then following back.
On the next drill, the next swing, I want you to go ahead and do the exact opposite of that. Let’s go over here, and let’s get our body tilted as far to the right. Big tilt to the right, way over my right side.
Look at my nose, it’s way outside my right foot. I’m going to go there, and then I’m going to swing through.
Those are both opposite extremes. Those are both incorrect, it’s going to cause us a lot of trouble when we’re playing. But now that we’ve felt those extremes, now we can find the middle and we can find it fast.
On the third swing, we’re going to take out that camera again, I’m going to get a little tilt away from the target.
I’m going to swing to the top and keep that tilt, and then I’m going to swing through and be able to keep tilt coming away so I’m nice and consistent. That’s going to look something like this.
There we go. So if we can do that, that’s going to keep us nice and consistent. Our spine isn’t moving around. We’re going to pair those two things up.
Do the tee drill. One in front, one on the tee, one behind. Then go ahead and do your spine angles. One back here, one over here, and then one nice and consistent like we want to be.
When you start to pair those things up, you’re going to immediately see, oh! When I do one thing, really tough to hit the tee. If I start doing it right, now it’s easy to control the swing.
By changing it, by varying your practice, by practicing hitting the ground in different spots, you’re going to improve up to 1,000 percent faster. It’s pretty exciting stuff.
Don’t make the mistake that I did and let your game suffer. Practice that variability training.