Golf Drills from Jack O’Keefe

If you haven’t subscribed to our newsletter, maybe we can entice you to do so with some of the great drills that Ole Miss Assistant Men’s Golf Coach, Jack O’Keefe, has been sharing with us. 

3-6-9 Putting Drill: Place 1 ball 3 feet from the hole, place another ball 6 feet from the hole, and place another ball 9 feet from the hole, all on the same line to the hole. Putt and make the 3 foot putt, Putt and make the 6 foot putt and finally putt and make the 9 foot putt. To complete the drill, you must make all 3 putts in a row. Beginner: complete the drill one time. Average player: complete the drill 2 times in a row. Advanced player: complete the drill 3 times in a row.

Feet Together Drill: While on the driving range hitting balls with a 7, 8, or 9 iron: set up to the ball with your feet only 6 inches apart. Hit balls this way to work on balance and rotation in your swing. You should be able to hit balls and maintain your balance and hit nice shots. The ball may not go as far as with your normal set up but this drill should help you with consistent contact and hopefully straighter shots. If you are comfortable hitting balls this way you can even work up to trying it with the driver.

Putting Drill – Cross Putting Drill – Place a golf tee 3 feet, 4 feet, and 5 feet from the hole at 12:00, 3:00, 6:00 and 9:00 to make a cross. To complete this drill make all the 3 footers in a row, then make all the 4 footers in a row and finally make all the 5 footers in a row. If you miss any putt, you must start again at the 3 foot putts. For the beginner make all the putts in succession 1 time. For the intermediate player, make all the 3 foot putts twice, the 4 foot putts once and the 5 foot putts once, all in succession. For the advanced player, make all the 3 foot putts 3 times, make all the 4 foot putts 2 times, and all the 5 foot putts 1 time, all in succession. This should help you avoid 3-putting and also improve your short putting.

Range Drill – Pull Right Foot Back Drill – Most average golfers suffer from a slice (ball curving way to the right for right handed players). A lot of times this is caused by the golfer swinging over the top and cutting across the ball and imparting side spin to make the ball curve hard left to right. By setting up normal with your feet parallel to the target, simply pull your right back a little (like a closed stance in golf and baseball). By doing this you will swing more from the inside and make more of a hook swing, which will help make the ball go straighter. The key is to make sure you set up normally with your stance and then at the last minute pull your right foot back.

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