JACK NICKLAUS WAS MR. SCROOGE WHEN IT CAME TO PRACTICE TIME. HE INTUITIVELY KNEW EARLY ON IN HIS CAREER THAT HITTING BALLS FOR HOURS ON A PRACTICE GROUND WAS A DESPERATELY DUMB THING TO DO. SOMETIMES IN LIFE, LESS IS MORE. THE HIP BUMP GOLF DRILL IS QUICK, EASY, AND BE DONE IN YOUR GARDEN WITHOUT A CLUB OR A BALL.
I added the Hip Bump Golf Drill to the Golf Practice Planner today because I love drills that require no club, no ball, and can be done at home. This drill will increase the distance you hit the ball by improving explosive power and stability in the lower body.
Here’s a great quote from Nicklaus about his practice routine…
“All my life I’ve tried to hit practice shots with great care. I try to have a clear-cut purpose in mind on every swing. I always practice as I intend to play. And I learned long ago that there is a limit to the number of shots you can hit effectively before losing your concentration on your basic objectives. I have to believe that some of the guys who virtually live on the practice tee are there because they don’t have anything better to do with their time. And I have to believe they often weaken their games by letting their practice become pointless through sheer monotony or fatigue.” – Jack Nicklaus
Hip Bump Drill
Long Game Practice Drills
2 out of 10
Step 1: Watch
Watch the video.
Step 2: Hip Bump
Place an alignment stick in the ground. Place your left foot to the side of the stick. Go into your stance with a golf club across your shoulders. Go into your backswing. To train yourself to start the downswing with the lower body, bump the stick with your hip while keeping your upper body still. This helps the proper sequencing of the downswing.
Step 3: Keep Score
Do 10 swings. Give yourself one point each time you perform the drill correctly.