Golf Skip Drill

The Golf Skip Drill is the drill that follows the Throw Golf Ball Drill. It uses the same principles that, throwing a ball has the same core motion as swinging a golf club. However, this drill helps players feel how to maintain their spine angle and how to tuck their right elbow on the downswing.

The Throw Golf Ball Drill is great for the lower body motion, however it is not realistic when it comes to the upper body movement.  However, this drill allows you to keep the effectiveness of the lower body while simulating the proper upper body and arm movements.

The drill is called the Golf Skip Drill because it is similar to skipping a stone on the water. Have you ever skipped stones at a lake or quiet river? It uses the natural throwing motion but forces you to stay low so the stone will be released just above the level of the water. You will see in the drill pictures how it is closely related to the upper body and arms of the golf swing. 

Golf Skip Drill: Step #1

The two drills start the same way by taking a golf ball in the same hand as the side you play golf. This means that regardless of the hand you throw with, if you play golf from the right side then you must throw with your right hand. If you play left then you must throw left for the drill to be effective. Now stand like you are going to hit a shot down the fairway. 

Golf Skip Drill: Step #2

The second step is to wind up for the throw. This should shift your weight onto your foot that is away from the target. You can see how everything almost gets stacked onto that side and your back will be turned to face the target. This is similar to the top of the backswing position. Your weight gets stacked over the same foot.

Golf Skip Drill: Step #3

The third step of this drill is to start the actual throwing motion. This means you will step towards your target with your target side foot. Your back will stay facing the target in order to help create more power and your arm will hang back a little so that it is ready to fire. The key is that it is your lower body that makes a move towards the target. You can see the similarity to the golf swing as the swing is initiated from the ground up. The weight below the waist shifts to the target side foot.

Golf Skip Drill: Step #4

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This next picture is simply to illustrate the similarities of the upper body and arms in the skipping motion as with the golf swing. One of the key fundamental positions of the down swing is to get the right elbow tucked into the right hip (right handed player). In using the stone skip throwing motion you will naturally get your elbow tucked into the right position. Please also take note that my right wrist is still bent and is farther away from the golf ball than my elbow. This is the same as the downswing. By tucking the elbow a player can retain the angle between the forearms, wrists and club. This helps create a lot more power.

Golf Skip Drill: Step #5

This picture is right after releasing the golf ball. Notice how almost all my weight is onto my left foot and that my hips are almost completely facing the target. You can see the right arm has extended to the target and the wrist is flat, indicating a great release. You can also see by using the skip shot motion that my right shoulder has to stay down through impact. This helps me maintain my spine angle which is a key to great ball striking.

You can see in the golf swing picture the similarities in positioning. The weight is almost entirely on the left foot. Hips are facing the target. Right foot is rolling onto instep. Right arm extended and right wrist is flat. Maintaining the spine angle through impact.

This picture comparison illustrates the effectiveness of this drill. It is a great way to feel the proper movement.

If you are having trouble with the sequence of body movement from the top of the backswing down to impact then repeat this drill often. It is great for engaging the lower body to initiate the downswing. It is also great for feeling the proper movement of the right arm and maintaining your spine angle. 

I hope you found this drill helpful in developing your game. All the best with your practicing and playing. I hope you continue to find helpful in achieving your golf goals. 

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