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6 Drills for Lowering Your Handicap 

September 26, 2023
June 14, 2024

6 Drills for Lowering Your Handicap 

Improving your golf game and lowering your handicap often involves a combination of practice, precision, and technology. One of the most effective ways to achieve this is by using TrackMan technology at GolfCave. TrackMan provides detailed insights into your swing, ball flight, and overall performance, allowing you to fine-tune your game like never before. Here are some of the best GolfCave drills utilizing TrackMan technology to help you lower your handicap. For a walk through how to use TrackMan, check out our CaveTip TrackMan Performance Center to learn more.

1. Dial-In Your Distances

Drill: Distance Control Practice

How to Perform:

Using TrackMan, set up a series of targets at varying distances, such as 50, 75, 100, and 125 yards. Hit shots to each target, focusing on controlling the distance with each club. 

Benefits:

TrackMan provides precise feedback on your carry distance, total distance, and consistency. By repeatedly practicing these shots, you’ll develop a better feel for each club and improve your ability to hit greens in regulation, which is crucial for lowering your handicap.

2. Optimize Your Launch Angle

Drill: Launch Angle Optimization

How to Perform:

TrackMan allows you to measure your launch angle on each shot. Practice hitting shots with different clubs while trying to achieve the optimal launch angle for each club. For example, drivers generally perform best with a higher launch angle, while wedges require a lower launch angle.

Benefits:

Finding the ideal launch angle for each club can significantly increase your distance and control. TrackMan’s real-time data helps you understand how minor adjustments in your stance, ball position, and swing can impact your launch conditions, leading to more consistent and powerful shots.

3. Improve Your Club Path and Face Angle

Drill: Club Path and Face Angle Practice

How to Perform:

Set up TrackMan to measure your club path and face angle on each swing. Practice hitting shots while aiming to keep your club path neutral and your clubface square to the target at impact.

Benefits:

A consistent club path and square face angle are critical for hitting straight shots. TrackMan’s detailed feedback helps you identify and correct any deviations, reducing slices and hooks. This drill helps you develop a more reliable swing, leading to fewer errant shots and a lower handicap.

4. Enhance Your Swing Speed

Drill: Swing Speed Training

How to Perform:

Using TrackMan’s Swing Speed Training feature, measure your current swing speed with each club. Incorporate speed training drills, such as swinging with a weighted club or using resistance bands. Regularly monitor your progress with TrackMan to track increases in swing speed. 

Benefits:

Increasing your swing speed can lead to greater distance off the tee and with your irons. TrackMan’s precise measurements allow you to see the impact of your training and make adjustments as needed. A faster swing speed, coupled with control, can drastically improve your overall game.

5. Focus on Smash Factor

Drill: Smash Factor Improvement

How to Perform:

TrackMan calculates your smash factor, which is the ratio of ball speed to clubhead speed. Practice hitting shots while trying to maximize your smash factor by improving your ball striking and making clean, centered contact with the clubface.

Benefits:

A higher smash factor indicates more efficient energy transfer from the club to the ball, resulting in longer and more accurate shots. By focusing on improving your smash factor, you can enhance both your distance and consistency, key factors in lowering your handicap.

6. Mastering the Short Game

Drill: Short Game Accuracy

How to Perform:

Set up various short game scenarios with TrackMan, such as chip shots, pitch shots, and bunker shots. Use TrackMan to analyze your spin rate, launch angle, and carry distance for each shot type.

Benefits:

The short game is often where strokes can be saved or lost. TrackMan’s data helps you fine-tune your touch and technique for different types of short shots, improving your ability to get up and down from around the green and lowering your overall scores.

Conclusion

TrackMan technology at GolfCave offers a revolutionary way to practice and improve your golf game. By utilizing these drills, you can gain valuable insights into your swing mechanics, optimize your performance, and ultimately lower your handicap. Whether it’s dialing in your distances, optimizing launch angles, or mastering your short game, TrackMan provides the data and feedback needed to take your game to the next level. Happy practicing, and here’s to shooting lower scores! Book a tee time to practice at one of our locations today.