Whittaker’s Weekend Takeaway: What we can learn from Rose's range drill

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Elite coach Dan Whittaker explains what we can learn from three Ryder Cuppers in Turkey

This week I’ve picked three clips from the Turkish Airlines Open from which the club golfer could learn a lot…

Justin Rose’s tour stick drill

Rose has done this drill for quite a while and it’s all about trying to keep the club in front of him on the way down so he doesn’t get trapped and the club can then exit left.

On the way back if he gets the club anywhere near too far inside he will have to exit more down the line. Rose used to flip the wrists over more in his early days but his tendency has been to extend his arms a lot more through impact.

If your arms are behind your body and your right elbow is a bit on the back of your right heel coming down then you will have to extend both arms more to square the face.

If you have the sticks there the club can work more up and down that line but, because he is still in the same spot coming down, the club can’t drop down as much.

With the sticks set up at the angle of the shaft there is no chance of dropping under the plane as he will hit the stick, this gets him to cover the ball more.

It will feel like it is easier to hit a cut on the way down but you can still hit a draw, it would just be a much tighter draw. This is a great drill if you struggle with flipping it.

What to practise: Whatever level you are at the very best always work on the same things as they know what their tendencies are for their swing and they work at becoming more proficient at those things rather than jumping from one idea to the next.

For Justin it is all about keeping the club more out and in front of him so his arms don’t get too far across his body. From here he can turn through and hit it with a more passive club face.

The simplicity of Martin Kaymer’s putting stroke

This is a quick one and, like Kaymer’s stroke, is nice and simple. He sets up a bit like Tiger in how natural he looks with the putter in his hands and he has a lovely tempo with his eyes just inside the ball.

This is a slightly left-to-right putt and what I really like about this is how the putter head stays very low to the ground, back and through, and there’s no loop or manipulation in the stroke.

A lot of people loop it in the transition, Kaymer doesn’t.

What to practise: So many people with a left-to-right putt don’t commit to an interim spot to run the ball over, they get fixated by the hole and generally miss it on the low side.

The key here is to keep the putter low to the ground and committing to his spot whereas amateurs will keep the face open in an attempt to manufacture the ball into the hole.

Tommy Fleetwood and the fairway wood

Given he has got 227 yards to the hole this looks like Fleetwood has hit a 5-wood here. The height certainly looks like the more lofted fairway wood.

There is so much to be said for carrying more loft in your fairway woods. Instruction wise we still need the slight descending blow and to have the ball a bit more forward in the stance to get the right strike and compression on the ball but the beauty here is how smooth he swings at the ball.

Amateurs think fairway woods are generally hard to hit but often they could do with some more loft.

What to practise: If you haven’t got one in the bag try one this winter. The modern trend is for everything to launch lower and the ball spins less but we are playing to greens that are firmer.

Here in Turkey the fairway wood was a great option. Tiger would always switch between a 2-iron and a 5-wood and he said something along the lines that it’s so much less work to hit it high and soft than with the 2-iron where you have to work a lot harder with it. There is a lot to be said for a chippy, fairway wood swing.

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Dan Whittaker is an elite golf swing and performance coach based at High Legh. For more information, visit his website.

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