Golf can be a rather frustrating experience.
One day you are hitting every shot down the middle and on the greens. You play a great round, you leave the course feeling confident and that you have found your swing.
The next day, you might feel like you have never golfed before.
Does this sound familiar?
If it does, it is fine, we will work with you to help build a repeatable golf swing. We must understand that golf is different everyday and we might feel different, but we can take certain steps to build a repeatable golf swing.
How To Build A Repeatable Golf Swing
The golfer looking to build a repeatable swing should develop a stock shot. This is a shot that has a consistent start line and curve to the ball. This allows the golfer to manage his or her swing and pick the proper start lines, keeping the ball in play and in a location to score.
There is nothing more devastating in golf than the shot that goes out of bounds, into a hazard or doesn’t get off the ground. The golfer not only loses at least 1-2 shots, but also loses confidence.
Could you imagine a round of golf where your shots pretty much start where you want them to and have a consistent curve?
Here are the steps we recommend to help you build a repeatable golf swing:
- Control the low point in your golf swing
- Build a stock shot
- Measure your swing on a golf launch monitor
- Train for speed
Step #1: Control the low point in your golf swing
Maybe you are already past this point in your golf journey and have reached the point where you hit every shot consistent. If you have, you can skip to step #2. However, if you are newer to the game or struggle to hit the ball solid 100% of the time, the skill to work on is to control the low point in the golf swing.
This is the point where the golf swing interacts with the ground and strikes the ball. Obviously, we want the club to hit the ball and then the ground on the majority of shots. Being able to control the low point, will give you the starting point to a repeatable golf swing, solid hits.
Too many golfers hit the ball short because of a lack of solid contact. This can be a result from the club striking the ground prior to the ball. Here is a wonderful drill you can use to help you improve with this important skill and our step #1 in building a repeatable golf swing.
The Drill: The Low Point Control Dril
- Take some yard paint and patina a 1-2 yard long line.
- Setup with 55% of your weight on your front side.
- Try to hit the target side of the line and see how many times out of 10 you can do this successfully!
- Repeat this drill every day for a month, tracking your progress and your ability to to this successfully in trials of ten.
- You may need to start with half swing and progress to full swings.
If you are struggling, put more weight forward and work on keeping your head still to help control the low point in the swing.
Step #2: Build a stock shot
What is a stock shot? A stock shot is a shot in golf that the golfer hits the majority of the time. One of the keys to golf is having a shot pattern and playing your shot patterns. Every golfer has a shot pattern, but many fail to recognize it. While I won’t get into a debate whether a draw or fade is better, I believe you can play either one at a high level. There are many golfers in the hall of fame that played a fade and others that played a draw. You can play great golf even with just one shot pattern.
Our more in depth definition of a stock shot is one of the following shots:
- Draw: A shot that starts slightly right and draws back to the target without over drawing.
- Fade: A shot that starts slightly left and fades back to the target without over drawing.
This draw or fade shot might move anywhere from 2 yards up to 10 yards depending on the shape of the hole and what you are trying to do. The majority of the time we are looking at 2-3 yards of curvature on the golf shot as it is moving back towards the target.
Why not just hit a straight shot?
The straight shot is the hardest shot to hit in golf and leaves very little room for error. When a golfer attempts to hit a straight shot, if everything is not matched up perfectly, the ball will begin curving away from the target.
This shot can leave the golfer in trouble frequently. Instead, develop the stock shot using the drill below and start working the ball towards your target.
The Drill: Stock Shot Drill
- At the driving range, set up an alignment stick about 6-8 yards in front of you, straight down your target line.
- If you have a second alignment stick, set the stick 3-4 feet right of the first stick (for a draw) or left of the first stick (for a fade).
- Complete your initial assessment see how many times out of 10 you can start the ball to the right or left of your target. Pick one side and measure your game at this point.
- The goal is to eventually get 7 out of 10 shots to start to the correct side and draw back towards the target.
Here is the drill being explained by Kyle Morris:
The combination of solid contact (low point control drill) and the ability to hit a stock shot (consistent curve) are the first two steps in developing a repeatable golf swing.
Step #3: Measure your swing with a launch monitor
Understanding some key numbers in your swing is a major key. With a device like the Skytrak Launch Monitor you can monitor the following swing data:
- Carry and Total Distance
- Spin Rate
- Ball Speed
- Spin Axis
- Launch Angle
A key to build a stock shot is controlling your spin axis. If the number is too high, you are curving the ball too much. Instead, we want a curve that is about 2-3 yards total. By using a launch monitor during your practice sessions, you can see the shot pattern visually and look at the numbers to see what actually took place.
The golfer is able to experiment with different grips, movements and feels to build that repeatable golf swing.
On the Skytrak the golfer is able to see what takes place and follow right up by looking at the numbers. Understanding the ball flight laws and having access to this data is a complete game changer.
I purchased my Skytrak Launch Monitor four years ago and have hit thousands of shots that I have been able to analyze and build my repeatable golf swing! My scores are now in the low 70s on a consistent basis and anything in the upper 70s feels like a struggle.
Step #4: Train for speed
A repeatable golf swing is one that allows you to score consistently. Having enough speed to play the game is essential and keeps the golfer from over swinging. When a golfer has the confidence that he or she has enough distance they can swing within themselves and keep their swing repeatable.
As soon as the golfer starts to try to get more power by swinging harder on the course, they will often lose consistency.. Instead the golfer should train for additional distance and speed in specific training sessions.
Let’s face it, we all want to hit the ball further! The good news…there is a way to increase your driver distance that doesn’t include spending $500 on a new driver.
You can train for speed and get some amazing results with SuperSpeed Golf. It worked for me and I believe it can work for many (especially if you make a commitment and actually use it)
I believe many used to believe, well this is just how fast I can swing.
Recent training tools have started to change many minds. We have seen many of the professional golfers get longer and longer with their tee shots as a result of additional swing speed. You will find many touring pros using the SuperSpeed System, which I highly recommend.
SuperSpeed Golf is one option to increase your swing speed through a science based overspeed training approach. In simple terms, you train by swinging a lighter club (20%) faster than you swing your driver. Over time, by training at a higher speed, your mind and body feel safe to swing that fast with your normal driver, resulting in an increase in driver swing speed.
The SuperSpeed System provides 3 different weighted sticks and takes the golfer through a training protocol every other day for about 15 minutes. The golfer can expect to see a 5-8% increase in swing speed, resulting in 20-30 yards for most golfers. The great news is that the 5-8% can be expected as early as the first training session. The additional speed will become more permanent after about 30-60 days of training.
My own experience has been an increase of 7-10 miles per hour on average from between 98-101 all the way up to 106-109. My goal is to hit the PGA Tour average of 113 mph in the coming months. I will continue to train every other day and watch in amazement as I am hitting drivers longer now than ever before!
Phil Mickelson has been known to increase his swing speed in the past year or so and is close to 120 miles per hour in his swing speed. There are potential results for golfers of all ability levels and age!
|Original Swing Speed||After 4-6 Weeks||New Carry Distance||Total Distance|
I would recommend checking out Rain or Shine golf for all great options for your options for a golf launch monitor. Use the technology that can take your game to the next level.
The launch monitor combined with the three drills above can take your game to the next level and help you develop that repeatable golf swing that we all want!
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Take Action – What You Can Do Today to Get Better
What does this mean for you? I believe in the following recipe to get better:
1 – Improve your motion in the golf swing by identifying a golf instructor. Here are some options:
Here is a list of golf instructors that we have reviewed:
2 – Train to swing faster and improve your swing speed. Here are some options:
Looking to gain more Speed and Distance in your swing. Two Options:
3 – Understand course strategy and work to break through your next barrier. Here is a series on breaking through:
We have provided guides on how to break 100, 90, 80 and 70. Check out more below, if interested.
4 – Practice Frequently
Did you know that I build a golf simulator in my garage and have played over 500 rounds of golf on my SkyTrak system? It has been a game changer and one worth checking out. Here are some of my other posts on golf simulators frequently asked questions:
- Is a Golf Simulator Worth It?
- How to Build a Golf Simulator?
- What is the Best Golf Simulator?
- Golf Simulator Accessories?
- How to Build a Golf Simulator for under $7000
- Top 11 Reasons to Buy a SkyTrak
- How to Build a Golf Simulator for Under $1000
- Why Build A Golf Simulator?
- What Space is Needed?
- Can A Golf Simulator Improve My Game?
- How Much Does A Golf Simulator Cost?
- Don’t Forget to Check out our 15 best golf swings of all time.