This article lists twelve articles that can be done every day. If you're really serious about your golf game, that's something you'll want to do. So I've called the list, "The Daily Dozen".
On the other hand, you may not be quite that serious. Personally, I do the exercises every third or fourth day. (I do different exercises on the other days.) That schedule limits my progress somewhat, but it provides the right balance for me, given my other activities.
For most people, doing the exercises every other day is a good idea. I like doing them in the morning, before taking a shower. But evenings or even afternoons may work for you. At first, you'll only do a few repetitions of each exercise. Your muscle strength will improve over time, along with your skill, so you'll probably find yourself doing 10 or 20 at a time, after a while. (Don't push it. It will happen naturally.)
- Each exercise includes a list of things I focus on. It's my mental checklist of skills I'm trying to develop when doing that drill.
- Some exercises depend on your swing style. That concept is covered in more detail in a future article, Finding a Good Teacher. In this article, I'll mention the exercises I use, and point to the books that will help you identify the swing techniques (and appropriate exercises) that are good for you. (Most of the skill drills come from Ed Tischler's Pocket Coach series, available at New Horizons Golf.)
The books work through one aspect of the game at a time, and help you identify your swing style, and give you the exercises that are right for you. Each one builds on the next, so you develop solid fundamentals and then build a reliable swing on top of them. Highly recommended.
- Other exercises are independent of swing style. I developed a couple of the physical training exercises, but the skills-training exercises come from Ed's instructional program.
- The golf training equipment mentioned here can be purchased at In the Hole Golf.
The exercises fall into several categories, depending on whether you want to work on basics, control, strength, or power. At this point, I do them all. But I added a couple at a time over the course of several weeks.
You may want to follow a similar progression. You could use the exercises from one section at a time, and add the other sections later. Or you could do an exercise from each group, so you're working on all aspects of the swing. Basically, you should mix and match and find a collection that works for you.
Whichever exercises you do, alway end with the last drill--number 12. That's the foundation drill for a smooth, relaxed rhythm.
Always start with the exercises in this category, no matter how many other exercises you do. At first, do just these, plus #12. When you're comfortable with that series, add the exercises in the next category.
These drills develop the physical strength and flexibility you need to create more power. As far as I know, these exercises represent my unique contribution to the world of golf (such as it is).
Power, with control...
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