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Competitive Practice Drills for All Shots
with Christie Martens,
Iowa State University Head Women's Golf Coach;
2011 Big 12 Coach of the Year;
2011 NGCA Central Region Coach of the Year;
led the Cyclone program to its first-ever NCAA Championship berth in 2014; has coached 12 All-Big 12 players.

To create championship-caliber golfers, coaches must know how to train essential skills from all distances - tee to green. Christie Martens, 2011 Big 12 Coach of the Year at Iowa State University, reveals 13 drills that she uses to help her golfers maximize their potential and lower their scores.

Whether it's hitting one more fairway, holing out a bunker shot or draining a putt, Coach Martens has a drill to enhance your golfer's abilities. With Coach Martens' drills, you'll be able to keep your golfers focused on improving their game during practice while also challenging them with goal-oriented exercises.

Putting Drills

Coach Martens begins with the Penny Drill, which uses a coin to work on green reading and putting consistency. Once your golfers have learned how to read greens, the Box Drill can help them lock in on green speeds and lag putting. When Coach Martens and her golfers arrive at a tournament, the Box Drill is one of the first drills they set up and complete, because getting the feel for the speed of the putting surface is essential for lower scores.

Four more putting drills are included, including the 3-6-9 Drill, Snail Drill, Makeables drill and Star Drill. These drills are designed to help your golfers make short putts, create in-match scenarios during practice, roll in birdie-distance putts and heighten concentration.

Short Game

While putting is important, many times golfers end up missing the green and must scramble to make par. The Win the Day drill is an exercise completed from the bunker in which Coach Martens requires golfers to hole out two bunker shots in order to end practice. Great for player confidence, this drill promotes keeping a low center of gravity and having the wrists pointed at the hips - two common elements of great bunker play.

Coach Martens is also a big fan of using golf rings while working on chipping. By placing a 3-foot radius ring around the hole and having a golfer put down an 18-inch circle where they want their ball to land, you can teach your athletes how to pick a spot on the green to aim for while hitting a bump-and-run or pitch shot.

Coach Martens also shares a wedge drill that improves touch and helps golfers calculate the distances they hit their wedges. She believes it's a great idea to log wedge distances and keep them on hand during a competitive round.

Distance Shots

Three long-distance drills focus on improving the creativity, accuracy and consistency of your golfers from the rough and from the tee box. The Deep Rough Drill requires players to drop a ball into the rough, adjust their setup, grip down on the club and use a steeper swing to strike the ball solidly in thicker grass. Calculating the influence of the wind and selecting the right club is paramount in the 8-Ball Drill, which can also be used to practice fading and drawing the ball.

Challenging your golfers to meet drill goals in practice will prepare them for success in upcoming tournament rounds. You will see your players become more confident on the course which will lead to more putts dropping in the hole for lower scores on the card!

45 minutes. 2016.

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Backyard Golf
Addresses some of the most important golfing techniques that can be practiced right in your own backyard. These fun creative drills are guarateed to shave strokes off of your score whether you are a beginner youth athlete or an experienced pro. This highly effective DVD covers the grip, club head speed, centeredness of contact, breakdown of the swing, angle of approach, chip shots, putting, and fun games.

39 minutes.

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Competitive Games for Golf Practice
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Short Game Practice Drills and Error Correction
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Cover: golf swing techniques & drills
Golf Swing Techniques & Drills
with Dan Brooks, Duke University Women's Head Golf Coach;
5x NCAA Champions; 17x ACC Champions, the most wins (114) of any women's golf coach in NCAA DI history

Join five-time Women's National Championship Coach, Dan Brooks of Duke University as he goes through Full Swing Technique Drills.

Start out by getting a breakdown of the proper fundamentals of the grip, stance and posture, ball position and see how swing plane and alignment are crucial to the swing. Coach Brooks then gives you a quick look at a full golf lesson teaching you the most important aspects of the beginning and end of each lesson. During the golf lesson you will understand the processes it takes to give the proper feedback to your player and what questions to ask them during the lesson. Discover how "pace of improvement" is important with players you work with. Then gain knowledge of using video to analyze your players' wing flaws, which allows the athlete to "see" vs what they feel.

Finally, Director of Golf Sports Performance at Duke University, Alex Merrill, discusses strength and conditioning exercises to prepare golfers to practice and play at a high level. Coach Merrill discusses foam roller exercises for the ankle, knees, hips, spine and shoulders; as well as dynamic warm-up exercises for injury prevention and to build balance stability and strength.

77 minutes. 2014.

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