I added the Rory Mcilroy Hand Speed Drill to the Golf Practice Planner today because this move is so simple but so effective. You’re gonna love it.

Rory Mcilroy Hand Speed Drill

Long Game Practice Drills

2 out of 10

15 minutes

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The Rory Mcilroy Hand Speed Drill will teach you to increase your hand speed which will increase your distance (and consistency). You’ll get your arms and hands moving down quicker from the top of the backswing. It will create a lot of “width” on the downswing. 


Step 1: Watch
Watch the video below.

Step 2: Split Hands Drill
Take a normal stance.

Use your driver (so you can see how the shaft flexes during the drill).

Split your hands on the club (see image below). This “splitting of the hands” automatically gives you more width on the backswing. 

Rory Mcilroy Hand Speed Drill

Address the ball with your split hand grip (see image below). 

Rory Mcilroy Hand Speed Drill

Swing to the top (see image below). 

Rory Mcilroy Hand Speed Drill

The goal is to get as much speed as possible by the time the hands get in front of your legs, then slam the brakes on (see image below). Don’t let the club pass the front of your legs!

The mantra is “accelerate then stop”. By doing this you’ll learn how to accelerate then stop which is what all the top pros do.

The goal is to try and break the shaft because it flexes so much when you “stop”. 

Rory Mcilroy Hand Speed Drill

Step 3: Competitive Practice
Do 10 Rory Mcilroy Hand Speed Drills. If you’re doing this at home, use a mirror so you can see the correct positions. 

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