April 2017 Newsletter

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Towel Drill for Pitching

The towel drill is by no means a modern phenomenon when it comes to instruction, but it has lasted the test of time and is still used by the great deal of today’s touring professionals. It is one of the best ways to improve your pitching control.
I remember Nick Faldo doing this drill when he was working with David Leadbetter and it helps the synchronisation betweens the arms and the body rotation, leading to improved striking ability and better distance control.

Take a reasonable sized towel and place each end under your armpits, assume your regular set-up, (some people would be wise to add a little weight to the front leg). Make a three-quarter length swing, or slightly shorter if possible, focusing on keeping the swing smooth with a nice tempo, we are not trying to hit this shot as hard as possible.

This is a good technique to practise with all your wedges and the average golfer should be able to hit his pitching wedge around 70yds. This drill gives you a great feeling of linking the arms with the body and once you have gained confidence you can experiment with faster body speeds and different lengths of swing.

Another benefit of this drill is it brings back your confidence in striking the ball and helps to gain better feel for distance control.

Top Tip!
To gain better knowledge of how far you hit this shot go to the practise area and hit 10 balls to a marker, then pace out, or use a range finder, to check the distance to the middle of the 10 balls. Keep a note of that in your golf bag and then experiment with different clubs and lengths of swing. Soon you will have a variety of pitching shots to help you on the course.
This really is a great drill to do and will improve everybody’s game, give it a go and see how much you improve.

Good luck,
Martin Rathbone PGA - Head Teaching Professional - Surbiton Golf Club