GOLF DIGEST SCHOOLS

Keys to Consistency

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Lesson 1: Developing a Go-To Drive

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Every now and then, you’ll catch a drive that goes high, far and straight down the fairway. But being able to do that consistently is one of the toughest tasks that amateurs face. In this video, Brian Manzella discusses how to work the ball both ways and identify the best drive for you.

SWING THOUGHTS

To set up a fade, play the ball off your front instep, and open your chest to the target
For a fade, swing the club straight back, and let your body turn lead the downswing
To set up a draw, play the ball inside the front heel, and close your chest to the target
For a draw, turn back fully, and keep your back to the target longer on the downswing
Lesson 2: Hitting Consistent Iron Shots
2 Lesson 2: Hitting Consistent Iron Shots
  • Job 1: gaining control over the clubface
  • The “downswing twist” great ball-strikers use
  • Channeling Spiderman on the follow-through

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Lesson 2: Hitting Consistent Iron Shots

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Every part of the game can be challenging, but amateurs tend to struggle the most with hitting their irons consistently well. To become a proficient ball-striker, you need control of the clubface on the way back and particularly through impact. Brian Manzella demonstrates.

SWING THOUGHTS

To hit accurate iron shots, you need to square the clubface at impact or just past it
To create more closing action of the clubface, twist the shaft clockwise as you swing down
Keep turning your body toward the target and fling the club through impact with your wrists
As you swing through, point the palm of your top hand (left hand for righties) to the target
Lesson 3: Setting Up Perfect Every Time
3 Lesson 3: Setting Up Perfect Every Time
  • What really matters in your address position
  • Baselining good days so you can check yourself
  • Using audible cues to groove your tempo

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Lesson 3: Setting Up Perfect Every Time

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You can’t expect to hit every shot perfectly; a good goal is to produce effective shots more often. Start by building consistency into your setup to eliminate careless mistakes before you swing. In this video, Erika Larkin explains how to baseline your address positions and establish good rhythm.

SWING THOUGHTS

Measure out stance width, ball position and distance to the ball using pieces of string cut to length on a good ball-striking day
Listen to the beats of a metronome app on your phone to groove tempo back and through
Good posture comes from hinging forward from the hip joints so the arms hang freely
Once you identify good posture, touch your fingers to your legs—and remember that checkpoint
Lesson 4: Playing with a Fearless Routine
4 Lesson 4: Playing with a Fearless Routine
  • Pre-programming your mind for good shots
  • Building tension release into your pre-shot prep
  • Strategies for redirecting negative thoughts

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Lesson 4: Playing with a Fearless Routine

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In general, humans are negatively wired to be keenly aware of danger. This keeps us safe in everyday life, but in golf, it can create tension and anxiety, leading to poor play. In this video, Iain Highfield helps you handle your emotional response to on-course situations.

SWING THOUGHTS

Focus on a positive target, not where you don’t want your ball to go
Starting behind the ball, practice saying aloud where you’re looking, ideally at the ball and target in alternating fashion
Score yourself 1-5 on individual shots on where your eyes go: 5 for target only; 1 for trouble only
Lesson 5: Syncing up Your Body and the Club
5 Lesson 5: Syncing up Your Body and the Club
  • Balancing speed and stability in your swing
  • Accelerating the clubhead instead of the grip
  • Simple swing checkpoints for consistency

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Lesson 5: Syncing up Your Body and the Club

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Golfers obsess over getting the backswing and downswing perfect, but what happens through impact, particularly with the clubface, is more important. Focus on getting the club in a good delivery position and matching up your body through impact. Kyle Morris shows you how.

SWING THOUGHTS

To create a good impact position, make sure your hands lead your body on the downswing
For a square clubface, your lead wrist should bow or arch forward at impact
Downswing sequence: Accelerate the hands, bow the lead wrist, turn the body to match up
Practice posing impact, with your head behind the ball, hands and weight forward, hips open
Lesson 6: Rolling Putts on Line
6 Lesson 6: Rolling Putts on Line
  • Using the putter the way it was designed
  • Building comfort and feel into your grip
  • A practice drill to groove center-face hits

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Lesson 6: Rolling Putts on Line

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Nothing is more frustrating than hitting a good drive and approach shot but walking away with bogey or worse. To score, you need to be able to make putts, or at least get them close enough for a stress-free two-putt. In this video, Kyle Morris covers the keys to consistent putting.

SWING THOUGHTS

To putt with consistency, set your forearms on the same plane as the puttershaft
Grip the putter in your fingers, not your palms, to maximize feel
In putting, bend from your hips, play the ball under your left eye, and favor your front foot
Rotate the putterface open and closed as little as possible for consistent putting
Get proficient at hitting putts in the middle of the face, from heel to toe and top to bottom

Keys to Consistency

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Lesson 1: Developing a Go-To Drive
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Lesson 2: Hitting Consistent Iron Shots
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Lesson 3: Setting Up Perfect Every Time
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Lesson 4: Playing with a Fearless Routine
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Lesson 5: Syncing up Your Body and the Club
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Lesson 6: Rolling Putts on Line
Keys to Consistency INDEX
Lesson 1: Developing a Go-To Drive
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Lesson 1: Developing a Go-To Drive
  • Why you want some curve to your shots
  • Learning to set up and swing with consistency
  • How to eliminate wild shots off the tee
  • Why you want some curve to your shots
  • Learning to set up and swing with consistency
  • How to eliminate wild shots off the tee
Lesson 2: Hitting Consistent Iron Shots
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Lesson 2: Hitting Consistent Iron Shots
  • Job 1: gaining control over the clubface
  • The “downswing twist” great ball-strikers use
  • Channeling Spiderman on the follow-through
  • Job 1: gaining control over the clubface
  • The “downswing twist” great ball-strikers use
  • Channeling Spiderman on the follow-through
Lesson 3: Setting Up Perfect Every Time
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Lesson 3: Setting Up Perfect Every Time
  • What really matters in your address position
  • Baselining good days so you can check yourself
  • Using audible cues to groove your tempo
  • What really matters in your address position
  • Baselining good days so you can check yourself
  • Using audible cues to groove your tempo
Lesson 4: Playing with a Fearless Routine
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Lesson 4: Playing with a Fearless Routine
  • Pre-programming your mind for good shots
  • Building tension release into your pre-shot prep
  • Strategies for redirecting negative thoughts
  • Pre-programming your mind for good shots
  • Building tension release into your pre-shot prep
  • Strategies for redirecting negative thoughts
Lesson 5: Syncing up Your Body and the Club
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Lesson 5: Syncing up Your Body and the Club
  • Balancing speed and stability in your swing
  • Accelerating the clubhead instead of the grip
  • Simple swing checkpoints for consistency
  • Balancing speed and stability in your swing
  • Accelerating the clubhead instead of the grip
  • Simple swing checkpoints for consistency
Lesson 6: Rolling Putts on Line
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Lesson 6: Rolling Putts on Line
  • Using the putter the way it was designed
  • Building comfort and feel into your grip
  • A practice drill to groove center-face hits
  • Using the putter the way it was designed
  • Building comfort and feel into your grip
  • A practice drill to groove center-face hits