I added the Xander Schauffele Step Drill to the Golf Practice Planner today because it is one of my favourite drills of all time.

Xander Schauffele Step Drill

Long Game Practice Drills

5 out of 10

15 minutes

Any golf club. Golf ball. Golf Practice Planner.

The Xander Schauffele Step Drill will teach you to transfer your weight correctly on the backswing and downswing without thinking of technique. It will improve the all-important timing of the swing. My biggest swing fault is hanging back at impact. This drill solves that.

It’s also the “go-to” drill for Xander Schauffele. You’re going to feel extremely “athletic” doing this drill. The challenge with golf is that the ball is static, and the golfer is static standing over the ball. This makes it hard for amateurs to feel athletic.


Step 1: Watch
Watch the video below.

Step 2: Throw A Ball
Throw a ball. To throw a ball you need to step forward, shift and throw. This all happens naturally with zero thinking. See how much weight has been transferred to the left side in the image below. This is the feeling you’re after with the Xander Schauffele Step Drill.

Xander Schauffele Step Drill

Step 3: Xander Schauffele Step Drill
Place the ball a bit more forward in the stance than it normally would be for you.

Get slightly more narrow with your stance.

As you take the club away you’re going to make a little shuffle step forward (only a couple of inches) onto your left foot. Make sure you complete your backswing once you’ve fallen onto your left foot. It’s basically a “step forward as you complete your backswing”. 

Congratulations! You have now got your body ready for the downswing way before the club (a good thing) which is the reason you’ll feel you have plenty of time on the downswing. It will feel like you’re got all day to hit the ball. This “got all day to hit the ball” feeling is the main difference between pros and amateurs.

Step 4: Competitive Practice
Do 10 Xander Schauffele step drills.

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