April 8, 2020
Stay Golf Ready—At-Home Instruction With Mike Schy
In the Fall 2019 issue of NCGA Golf Magazine, Dragonfly Golf Club instructor Mike Schy, whose pupils include PGA star Bryson DeChambeau, gave us some tips on how to work on your game at home with improvised equipment such as a broom. As Schy pointed out, some of his best training aids were purchased for a few bucks at The Dollar Store or Home Depot. We’re re-running this content with the hope that it helps you Stay Golf Ready as we all await our return to the course!
You can use your everyday, old fashioned broom to improve your swing speed (right). This drill also emphasizes awareness of width in your swing as well as through impact. In short, it allows a student monitoring right-wrist extension and not letting it go into a state of flexion. Do this drill a little bit every day to gain distance, and as an added bonus it’s also quite the arm workout.
As an instructor, I reverse engineer everything from impact. That’s the moment that matters most. Another drill I like my students to do is hit a tire. It teaches them not to flip their hands, or move from right wrist extension to right wrist flexion. Try to get the whole shaft on the tire and prevent the head from bouncing. We’ve got an old extra-loop radial and Bryson used to move it about 1⁄2 an inch up and back in the bunker I am standing in here. If the core is engaged, you’ll keep the shaft against the tire. One time, Bryson did it for 4-5 hours.
The swing has all body parts working properly in tandem – namely, the hips, torso, shoulders and arms. This unity creates an efficient swing that produces powerful shots with minimal effort. Two-time major champion Martin Kaymer is among the pros that practice with a tennis ball attached to a lanyard around his neck so he doesn’t have to chase the ball when it pops out on the downswing. The training aid to the right is called the Impact Ball and this drill teaches the arms to move at the same rate as the body and shorten the backswing. This helps create width and maintain it throughout the swing. Start with half swings and sense how the chest and arms are moving together. Tour Striker sells a device for $42.99, but I made my own with a ball and lanyard I bought at The Dollar Store and you can too.
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