7 Golf Drills to Help Your Practice Be More Effective


If you want to improve your golf swing and your overall golf game, you must practice. However, your golf practice routine is more important than the practice itself. With the right golf drills, you can make the most out of your practice time. Your game should improve quickly.

7 Best Golf Drills for your game

These are the best practice drills covering everything from driving range drills to chipping drills and even putting drills should help you shoot lower scores. Here are more swing tips.

#1 Best Golf Swing Takeaway Drill

A good golf swing starts with a proper takeaway, where the club, hands, arms, and shoulders move back in one piece.

Golfer at Howard's Golf shows the proper golf takeaway with a 7 iron

Takeaway Drill Steps

A great drill to feel this one piece takeaway is to:

  1. Place a golf ball about a foot behind the club at address
  2. Brush the grass as you begin your takeaway
  3. Make contact and push the spare golf ball back with the backside of your club

You should feel like everything is working together to initiate the takeaway.

#2 Best Golf Hip Turn Drill

Working on hip rotation is a great drill you can do at home or the driving range. The purpose of this drill is to get a sense of how the hips turn in the golf swing, back and through. The more efficiently you can rotate your hips during the golf swing, the more consistent you’ll be with every club in the bag.

Golf drills like the hip rotation help golfers understand how their lower body moves.

Hip Turn Drill Steps

Start with taking a club and placing the center of the shaft against your belt buckle. Now perform these steps:

  1. Take your proper golf posture.
  2. Feel yourself turn back onto your right side (if you’re a right-handed golfer)
  3. Then turn through into a balanced finish.

Do this about ten times, and you’ll gain a good sense of how the hips turn in the golf swing.

#3 Best Golf Backswing Drill

Often, golfers have trouble finding the top of the backswing without some swing flaw occurring. Rather than always having to check your body and club positions as you practice your backswing, there is an easy drill to help you find the correct position at the top.

Backswing Drill Steps

After addressing the ball and are in your golf stance:

  1. Raise the club vertically onto your right shoulder
  2. Now, make your normal backswing hip rotation
  3. Then lift your arms up while maintaining your golf stance

You should be in the perfect position to initiate the downswing.

#4 Best Over-the-Top Golf Drill

The vast majority of golfers struggle with an over-the-top swing path as they transition from the backswing to the downswing. The hands and arms initiating the motion before the body has a chance to turn is the usual cause. As a result, an outside-to-in swing path happens. Slices and pulls are the results from this swing path.

Over-the-Top Drill Steps

This golf drill looks simple. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Take the club to the top of the backswing
  2. Then let the club fall out of your hands and onto the ground
  3. Continue swinging through to the finish.

What this does is keep your upper body passive and avoid pulling the golf club with your hands and arms. Repeat this drill 3-4 times, then hit a practice shot. Repeat this sequence at least five times.

#5 Best Downswing Sequencing Drill

Creating a proper sequencing during the downswing is crucial to reaching a consistent impact position. This sequencing goes beyond the over-the-top drill and illustrates how the downswing begins with the lower body and works its way up.

Downswing Sequencing Drill Steps

Here’s how to begin this drill:

  1. Start with a narrow stance and swing the club up to the top and stop
  2. Relax both arms
  3. At the top of the backswing step your lead leg (left leg for right-handers) toward the target
    1. Your arms and club should immediately drop in the correct path

This feeling should promote the proper sequencing in the downswing. Repeat the forward step five times before hitting practice shots, and repeat the process as needed.

#6 Best Golf Chipping Drill

The biggest problem most golfers face when they are trying to hit a chip shot is trying to help the golf ball get up in the air by scooping it with your hands, which usually results in a fat shot or a bladed chip that skids past the hole.

Chipping Drill Steps

Learn the key In this drill by following these steps:

  1. Let go of the club with your trail hand (right hand for right-handed golfers)
  2. Begin takeaway with the lead hand
  3. Let the lead hand, arm, and shoulder swing through on its own

Practicing this golf drill allows the effective loft of the golf club to get the ball up and onto the green without any hand manipulation. Practice this short game drill as much as you need to engrain the proper feel.

#7 Best Golf Putting Drill

Although lag putting is a critical aspect of the game, most strokes are lost by amateur golfers with makeable putts inside of six feet, which is where this drill is going to focus. It’s the same drill Jordan Spieth uses, and one that should undoubtedly help your game.

Putting drills like this here have a TaylorMade Putter aligned with Titleist alignment sticks with Odyssey putters in the background at Howard's Golf

Putting Drill Steps

Starting with a relatively short & straight putt around 3-5 feet do this to improve your putting game:

  1. Set an alignment stick parallel to the right side of the hole
  2. Set the toe of the putter up near the alignment stick acting as a back-and-through guide for the correct path
  3. perform putting stroke with the visual guide  

As you get better, set the sticks up to work on breaking putts as well.

Bonus: Practice With a Plan

We’ve provided you with many practice drills, and every one of them should help you become a better golfer. However, it’s important to understand that the last thing you want to do is try to squeeze all of them into a single practice session. These golf drills work best when you utilize one, but no more than two, drills in a given session. Do you only have an hour to work on a certain aspect of your swing, like your golf grip? Address the problem area of your game and pick a drill to improve the problem.

And remember, take your time working the steps within the drill!

Here’s an excellent way to stay focused…

Take no more than 25 balls to the practice tee for a given drill and make them last for the whole session.

The discipline you learn from taking your time on each golf drill should pay dividends for improving your golf swing.


Golf Drills are a great way to improve every facet of your golf swing, and we have shared the drills that are our favorites. Let us know in the comments how much they’ve helped you, and be sure to like and share the drills that have improved your golf game the most.



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