Thursday, April 23

Jim McLean Instruction: Stretch-Your-Imagination Drill

By Jim McLean
Special to ARMCHAIR GOLF


(Editor’s note: This is the second of a seven-part series on spring practice drills.)

STRETCH-YOUR-IMAGINATION DRILL

Problem:
The player beats balls on the range, failing to get into an on-course mindset.

Result: When actually playing the course, he or she makes mental mistakes and lacks the imaginative power necessary to be a creative shot-maker.

Goal: To find a way to stir the imagination and become a more rounded shot-maker.

Practice procedure: When practicing drives, fairway-wood shots, medium irons, short irons, wedges, pitches chips, and putts, pretend that you are actually playing a shot on your home course. If you relate a practice shot to an actual course situation, you will feel more comfortable out on the course. Change your targets and shot shapes often!

Next time: John Daly’s Power-Drive Drill

Jim McLean is the instruction editor for Golf Digest and the Golf Channel, and an author of numerous, top-selling golf instruction books. For a free intro DVD to his new Building Block Approach, visit Jim McLean Golf School.

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