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Go slow to power up

MUrquhart

Building a strong and repetitive turn is a key element in improving your ball striking.

This drill develops both strength and flexibility in your torso while building awareness of balance and body position.

Set up with a mid iron in your normal posture. Make your backswing in ultra slow motion. Your focus here should be on maintaining and feeling balanced as you turn and bracing your turn against your right knee.

Be aware of the weight of the clubhead as you move it slowly around your body. This slow motion backswing should take about 15 seconds.

At the top of the backswing, you should feel your shoulders have turned fully and the muscles in your mid and upper back are fully stretched and coiled. Hold this coiled position for about five seconds.

Repeat five times. Try this three times a week to improve and maintain your turn.

Pace putt for confidence

If you have only got five minutes to spare before you tee off in the medal, go to the putting green and focus on getting the pace of the greens.

Take three balls and putt them to holes 30 to 40 feet away. Keep focusing on this distance so you get a feel for the pace of the greens. It also helps to free the mind of any technical thoughts before teeing off.

Originally published on bunkered on February 24, 2015.

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