Every now and then in the golf industry there is a drill that comes along that immediately rings a bell and as a coach you think: ‘wow, this is a good one’.
When it is performed by a leading major winner that helps to give it even more credence.
This drill is known as the ‘Martin Kaymer Tennis Ball Drill’ and for a few months now it has been all over the internet.
I was fortunate to receive one recently, from the same supplier that endorses the Orange Whip swing trainer. So take a look at the first picture and I will explain all.
You will clearly see that I am set up to play a medium iron shot with a lanyard around my neck attached to a tennis ball at the end.
I have gently squeezed the ball between my wrists prior to making a backswing movement.
At this point my weight is set slightly on my left side on a 60-40 basis and as my swing commences, I will feel as if I leave it there. Don’t try to shift it onto the right side at this point.
Now have a glance at the second picture. This time as you will see I have swung back to the half way point of my backswing, note how the tennis ball is still connected between my forearms.
At this point I will still feel a slight stretch in the lanyard, as the width is retained in the takeaway movement.
This movement is creating the ultimate connection between my arms/club swing and my body motion. It literally keeps both parts working in sync, and harmony.
If the arms are allowed to separate then the ball immediately comes away from the wrists. Or, if the swing direction is very low/flat it will also fall away from the forearms.
So if you struggle with the initial moveaway, then this is the perfect drill for you to try.
Naturally, as the backswing continues, the ball will fall out, but depending on how flexible you are, you may be surprised just how long you can retain it.
Recently I was using it with a scratch player, who reckoned he had turned a corner as it gave him the feedback he was desperately trying to find.
Trust me when I tell you that this is simply a great training aid and it can also be used for chipping, and putting. Every golfer should try one.
Next week: Posture tips