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Golf Practice Drill #28 – Golf Swing Gate Drill

Golf Practice Drill #28 – Golf Swing Gate Drill

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Okay, now let’s get into today’s golf practice drill which we call The Golf Swing Gate Drill.

How this Golf Swing Drill Works

The Gate Drill is a classic golf swing drill and super easy to set up. You basically take two tees and stick them in the ground wide enough apart that your golf club can fit between them when it hits the golf ball.

The two tees form a “Gate” that the clubhead must swing through on a straight path in order to avoid hitting either of the two tees in the ground.

If you make contact with the tees, it will give you feed back what direction you were swinging the club, other than straight.

The ball will be struck center of the clubface when the club passes between the tees successfully. If you are hitting shots off the toe or heel you’ll likely find out by hitting the tees out of the ground.

Why I Like This Golf Swing Drill

It’s very simple and easy for golfers to set up and practice on the driving range. It also works to hone in your swing path so you strike the ball better.

Using the gates helps you reroute the club on the way down to the ball to ensure it swings straight through the gates. It takes some practice but eventually you’ll get it down and develop a much straighter path through the hitting zone.

It’s great for fixing outside to inside swing paths as well as inside to outside swing paths when golfers are over-doing either of those and wish to return to more of a neutral straight swing path.

Also, as you’re hitting golf balls during this drill, analyze that your divot is starting in front of the gate. It will give feedback if you’re hitting behind the ball or making proper ball first contact.

How can you tell?

Imagine your ball sitting in the center between the two tees. Your club should strike the ball and then leave a divot afterwards in front of where the ball was sitting, thus the divot should start just in front of the gate of tees.

Variation of the Gate Golf Swing Drill

Instead of using just two tees (one on each side of the ball) to form a gate, try adding 10 tees total, 5 on one side and 5 on the other side of the golf ball to form a longer spanning gate to swing through.

This will give better feedback as you swing through the hitting zone having a longer spanning gate of tees. Sometimes having just the two tees to swing between is ineffective if the club face is angled open or closed to counter out an un-straight path and still fit between the gate.

Having a longer span of tees to form the gate will catch these golf swings and give feedback that the swing path wasn’t straight or the face was open or closed as it came through the hitting zone.

Overall, this golf practice drill is effective at making you a better ball striker, working to control your club path and divot. Practicing this golf swing drill will definitely help you lower your golf scores overall. Be sure to follow our YouTube Channel for video lessons, swing tips, and more golf drills.

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