THE TOWEL DRILL
By Michael Balderstone, PGA Master Professional
As much as I like modern technology and methods of coaching I also find great value in some of the old school, low-tech teaching methods. One such drill that I use all the time is the towel drill, which involves placing a towel, headcover or glove under the right arm.
Having a solid connection between the arms and the body throughout the swing is one of my major swing preferences and this drill is the perfect way to train this connection. The multiple benefits of a connected swing include;
- Better timing
- Improved arm fold and wrist hinge
- A shorter and more compact backswing position
- Better arm plane
- More controlled torso rotation.
Overall it is a simpler and more efficient and effective way to swing. Contrary to what you may think, this drill also provides a wider position at the top of the backswing as it prevents the arms getting stuck behind the torso and head, which is normally a result of an overly wide takeaway.
If you suffer from a flying elbow or poor timing give this drill a try. Place the ball on a tee-peg to start with as it will feel a bit funny, and allow the towel to fly out with freedom on the follow through. Alternate 5 swings with the towel and 5 swings without, to assist the transfer in technique into your normal game.
Michael Balderstone is a PGA Master Professional. He is the founder and Managing Director of Balderstone Sports Institute, which operates South Africa’s premier PGA accredited golf academy.