Lydia Ko, the No. 1 player in the world, spent some time with us to talk about her favorite drill. Don’t worry, it doesn’t require any fancy contraptions, or a world-class coach to talk you through it -- you can do this drill on your own. It is called the split-hand drill.
If you’re a righty, take your normal grip, then slide your right hand down a few inches. Once in place, take some swings. You don’t have to take a full swing, or go at it as hard as you usually would, but hit some balls with the split grip and feel what positions it puts you in during the swing.
Ko likes it because it puts her in the right position in her takeaway, coming back down into the ball, and where the club shallows out.
“You don’t want 15 different drills,” says Ko. “You want one or two that cover all the things you’re working on.”
She says this drill is also great for amateurs, especially if you have issues whipping it inside. If your hands are separated, you’re not going to be able to take it inside. Also, if you have a bad habit of coming over the top on your downswing, Ko says the split-hand drill will help solve that problem, too.
If the split-hand drill is a cure-all for the best player in the world, it’ll probably help a few things in your swing, too.