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What is that weird drill Sergio is doing with his arm, and should you copy it?

October 01, 2016

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The middle of a Ryder Cup match is about as far away from the practice range as you can get, but that didn't stop Sergio Garcia from bringing one of his favorite drills to the tee in competition on Saturday.

Before hitting driver, Garcia held the club in just his right hand, and lightly gripped his right bicep with his left hand while making some slow practice swings.

Garcia didn't talk specifically about what the drill was for, but 50 Best Teacher Brian Manzella has a guess. "When Sergio's going bad with the driver, historically that has meant his right arm gets up and away from his body and he has trouble consistently getting to the plane he wants," says Manzella. "From the look of it, it's really a backswing thing. He wants to feel his right arm in a place where he can get the right elbow to fold and the club to set."

Even if you don't have Garcia's problem--and most amateurs actually have the opposite one--you can still learn from his method. "The key thing to take from it is the way he's using his left hand to touch his right arm," says Manzella. "Anytime you do something one-handed in a drill, whether it's for a full swing or short game, you need to make sure that you're making the same kind of move you would make if you had two hands on the club. If he just dropped his left arm to the side, he could move the club lots of different ways. With the left hand touching, it makes him make more of a 'normal' swing move."