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Here’s a simple at-home drill for maintaining swing speed

March 26, 2020

Welcome to Home Practice, a 5-part weekly series where one of our GOLF Top 100 Teachers will take you through a series of simple drills you can do, from your home, and still keep your game sharp. This week our host is Jonathan Yarwood, a world-renowned coach. So far, he’s given his advice on practicing your putting on the floor, how to make a grip change, and tightening short-game fundamentals. Now, he shows us a drill for maintaining swing speed. 

Self isolation doesn’t mean your golf game has to suffer. There are plenty of ways you can enjoy the game without ever leaving the safe, sterile confines of your home (#playingthrough challenge, anyone?).

One of the areas of your home that can be especially useful for your golf game is your garage, and GOLF Top 100 Teacher Jonathan Yarwood gave us some tips for garage practice that’ll have you swinging as fast as ever when you get the chance to head back to the course. Watch the video above or read below for more.

“I like to swing in my garage because it has a low roof and a low ceiling,” Yarwood says. “What I don’t want to do is lift my arms like a lot of people do. I would poke the ceiling.”

By swinging in this confined space, it forces you to have a more compact swing.

“It’s gonna keep me nice and low so I get a nice low window,” Yarwood says. “So I get what I call a nice, tight short-arm swing. Nice and wide with no lift.”

Yarwood uses a small speed stick for these drills in his garage, but anything can work for these short compact swings. Try to make an L shape on your backswing and then on the follow through.

“Just gently start to crank the speed up,” Yarwood says. “I’m starting to really try to get moving here. Get some speed. Get some noise out of it. Keep moving, keep the speed. Try to get this thing moving as fast as you can, and when you can get back out, you’re gonna still have some juice in the tank.”

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