“Once you take the eyes out of the equation people start relying on other sensory systems for feedback.”
“Miller suggests golfers place their head against a door casing and try to make a rotary golf swing.”
Focus on Feel
Frost believes that today’s technology, with video, computers and swing sensors, has removed a golfer’s ability to “feel” the swing. “Great golfers have the feel first and the mechanics follow,” she says.
Her solution? Swing with your eyes closed.
“Once you take the eyes out of the equation people start relying on other sensory systems for feedback. It helps establish awareness of balance. Initially, I just have them swing a club. When I tee up a ball, they are stunned at how well they hit it.”
Many golfers have little sense of why they slice or hook the ball. Frost has another drill to help them understand the relationship between their hands and the clubface. As a tool, she uses a frying pan. “Put the pan in your left hand for a right-handed golfer, with the open part that you cook with facing the target,” she explains. “As you swing the pan back, you want to see the side of the pan, which indicates that the clubface is square to the target. If you see the open part of the pan, the clubface is open. The bottom part indicates that the clubface is closed. This drill provides a relationship to the rotation of their hands and how it pertains to the clubface.”