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Follow-Along Golf: At-Home Lessons

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5-Minute Lesson

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Whether it’s the weather or just life getting in the way, sometimes you can’t get out to the course or the range. The good news is, there are ways to get better without leaving your house. In this video, Golf Digest Best Young Teacher Travis Fulton talks about how you can get ready for your next round with a series of warm-up exercises and swing drills. You can use this as a pre-round routine or a quick golf fix when time is tight.

SWING THOUGHTS

To start your swing, shift your pelvis toward your back heel
Going back, let your front knee come in, pointing behind the ball
As you swing to the top, your back leg should straighten
Let your spine bend back to allow a full turn to the top

DRILLS

Dynamic Warm-Up: The Windmill

  • Get down on all fours.
  • Swing your right arm to the side and above your head, pointing it toward the ceiling. Hold that position for a few seconds.
  • Switch to your left arm, and repeat both sides a few times.
  • Then, stand up and make the same movement, but this time add the lower body, turning your hips as you swing your arm.

Low-Point Control

  • Fold a towel once and place it on the floor, then set a ball about six inches forward of the towel.
  • Address the ball in the middle of your stance with your spine stacked so that your belt buckle and chin are in line.
  • Use a mirror so you can see your backswing. Swing the clubhead up and rotate the face so that the club’s toe points to the sky.
  • Coming down, turn your chest all the way through.
  • After some practice swings, hit some short chips, making sure your clubhead misses the towel and bottoms out after impact.
15-Minute Lesson
2 15-Minute Lesson
  • Easy steps to better chipping—and the lob shot
  • How to take a proper grip every time
  • For consistency, learn to shape your swing
  • Master the “pelvic punch” for serious distance

Follow-Along Golf: At-Home Lessons

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15-Minute Lesson

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Taking full swings or hitting even short-game shots in your house requires some discretion, but there are plenty of ways to improve both areas in a controlled manner indoors. Think about grooving the right moves position by position or even in slow-mo. Without the distraction of hitting balls and reacting to your shots, you can really ingrain the correct movements. In this video, Travis Fulton shows you how to practice better full-swing mechanics as well as the chip and lob-shot techniques.

SWING THOUGHTS

On a basic iron swing, start back by hinging your left wrist and folding your right elbow
To finish the backswing, rotate your left forearm and keep turning
Coming down, pinch your right elbow toward your left elbow
To boost speed at impact, use the ground to push your pelvis up
For a bump-and-run, center the ball and lean the shaft slightly upright and slightly forward
Choke down slightly for a bump-and-run and put more weight on your lead foot
To hit the bump-and-run, turn your body back and through, using very little wrist action
For a lob shot, open the clubface and set the shaft lower and slightly away from the target
Favor your front foot on a lob shot, with your shoulders level at address
To hit the lob, make a long, fluid swing with your arms but very little body turn

DRILLS

Single-Leg Lunge with a Turn

  • Lunge forward with your left leg, and then make a full upper-body turn into that leg.
  • Do the same on the right side. Repeat a couple times per side.

Upper-Body Warm-Up

  • Extend both arms out to your sides. Make little circles for a few seconds, then bigger circles until your arms and shoulders feel loose.
  • Stick up your arms like field goal posts, bent 90 degrees at the elbow. Turn your forearms down, then back up and slowly behind you. Repeat.

Grip Demonstration

  • Place the grip so that it runs diagonally across the fingers of your left hand. Set your left thumb slightly to the right side of the grip.
  • Make sure your thumb is pinched against your hand—no gap between the thumb and index finger.
  • Add your right hand so that the grip is also running diagonally across the middle three fingers. Cover your left thumb with your right hand.

The Pelvic Punch

  • Make a fist with your right hand and get into an address position.
  • Swing your right arm back and through like you would on an actual swing, but do it in a punching motion, as if delivering a blow.
  • Make sure you push your pelvis up as you go through.
30-Minute Lesson
3 30-Minute Lesson
  • Learn the technique for three-quarter wedge shots
  • Three ways to add yards to your tee shots
  • How to sink the putts that really matter
  • The secret to a repeatable swing: spine angle

Follow-Along Golf: At-Home Lessons

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30-Minute Lesson

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Whenever you can spare a half-hour, this at-home golf lesson will surely pay off when you get back on the course. Here Travis Fulton takes you on a deep dive into the mechanics of the driver swing, wedge play and putting. You’ll learn the keys to power and control, what to monitor in your putting, and how to control distance with your wedges. And you can do it all from the comfort of your living room, following along as Travis trains you on the finer points of the long and short games.

SWING THOUGHTS

At address, flex your spine forward and gently tilt it to the right
As you swing to the top, feel your spine extend until you feel like it’s tiling toward the target
On the downswing, feel your spine tilted to the right slightly then extending back as you swing to the finish
Stand to the ball with your feet together, flare out your front foot and then take a big step away from the target with your back foot
With the driver, set your hands in line with the clubhead at address. Tilt your spine slightly away from the target
On driver swings, feel the clubhead moving low to high through impact
When taking your putting grip, make sure your forearms are in a straight line with the shaft, with your elbows tucked in
In the putting stance, set your weight in the middle of each foot
For a three-quarter wedge shot, grip down a half-inch on the club, play the ball middle, and lean your weight and the shaft forward
Make a full turn on the three-quarter wedge shot, with less emphasis on the arm swing
To flight the ball down on three-quarter wedges, use a shallow angle of attack and keep your hands leading the clubhead at impact
For the high toss shot, grip down slightly, play the ball middle and don’t lean the shaft toward the target
On the toss-shot backswing, make a full arm swing, with less emphasis on body turn
To maximize loft at impact, swing the clubhead past your hands through impact and into a high finish

DRILLS

Dynamic Warm-Up

  • Squats: With your feet shoulder-width apart, place your hands together, straighten your back and do five lower-body squats.
  • Repeat, but this time extend both arms upward in a full stretch as you come to a standing position.
  • Windmills: Get into your setup, put your hands together, and stretch your right arm back, in a simulated backswing. Repeat with each arm a few times.

Attack-Angle Drill

  • Place a headcover six or eight inches ahead of where you would play the ball.
  • Take a slow driver swing, and feel the driver head rising through impact so you miss the headcover. This promotes an upward strike.
  • Feel your spine tilting away from the target as you swing down and then extending back in the follow-through.

The Gate Drill

  • Place a coffee mug on the carpet and set up six feet away from it.
  • Drop a ball and set your putterhead behind it, then place a ball on each side of the putterhead, forming a gate for the putter to swing through.
  • To promote center-face strikes, practice swinging the putterhead through the gate without hitting either ball.

Softer Wedge Shots

  • Place an iron face down on the ground and step on the back of the clubhead with the outside of your trail foot. Take your wedge setup.
  • Feel as if the club on the ground were a pitcher’s mound as you practice swinging back and through. Your trail foot should be angled inward and should stay on the club throughout the motion.
  • When your trail foot does not release through, like it does on a power swing, the lower body stays passive. Using this technique, you can hit softer, higher wedge shots.

Follow-Along Golf: At-Home Lessons

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Follow-Along Golf: At-Home Lessons INDEX
5-Minute Lesson
1/3
5-Minute Lesson
  • How to find your low point for solid strikes
  • Dynamic, full-body warm-ups get you ready to play
  • The perfect sequence to a better backswing
  • Develop repeatable mechanics on greenside shots
  • How to find your low point for solid strikes
  • Dynamic, full-body warm-ups get you ready to play
  • The perfect sequence to a better backswing
  • Develop repeatable mechanics on greenside shots
15-Minute Lesson
2/3
15-Minute Lesson
  • Easy steps to better chipping—and the lob shot
  • How to take a proper grip every time
  • For consistency, learn to shape your swing
  • Master the “pelvic punch” for serious distance
  • Easy steps to better chipping—and the lob shot
  • How to take a proper grip every time
  • For consistency, learn to shape your swing
  • Master the “pelvic punch” for serious distance
30-Minute Lesson
3/3
30-Minute Lesson
  • Learn the technique for three-quarter wedge shots
  • Three ways to add yards to your tee shots
  • How to sink the putts that really matter
  • The secret to a repeatable swing: spine angle
  • Learn the technique for three-quarter wedge shots
  • Three ways to add yards to your tee shots
  • How to sink the putts that really matter
  • The secret to a repeatable swing: spine angle