How this exercise will improve your pivot and add power to your golf swing

To borrow a quote from HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones, “Winter is coming.” That means storing the clubs away and counting down the days until spring. But while you may not be able to get outside on the course to work on your game, there are still plenty of options for sharpening your swing from the comfort of your home. The best part of all? You don’t even need a club.

One easy home-practice drill is the Pivot Drill, which helps you get your turn and weight shift in sync and will help you hit powerful, solid shots.

This drill, which you can watch above, is brought to us by PGA Professional Michelle Winkler and GOLF Teacher to Watch Jackson Koert and is extremely simple to execute.

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Practice speed control on the green with this simple drill
By: Sarah Stone, Top 100 Teacher

“This is one of my favorite exercises,” Koert says.

All you need for this drill is a medicine ball and a partner. Once you have those elements in place, line up in your golf posture holding the ball between your hands as if you were about to hit a shot. Next, make a backswing about halfway to the top and then begin to shift your weight forward to turn and throw the ball to your partner.

“The weight of the medicine ball is really going to encourage him to turn back and wind back,” Winkler says. “But, more importantly, he’s going to use me as an external cue and toss the ball to me to get a better pivot and follow through going through.”

This drill will teach your body the proper feel of a solid pivot and add strength to your core that will produce more power in your swing.

Zephyr Melton Editor

Zephyr Melton is an assistant editor for where he spends his days blogging, producing and editing. Prior to joining the team at GOLF, he attended the University of Texas followed by stops with the Texas Golf Association, Team USA, the Green Bay Packers and the PGA Tour. He assists on all things instruction and covers amateur and women’s golf. He can be reached at