What we can learn from Rose's range drill

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Elite coach Dan Whittaker explains what we can learn from Justin Rose's tour stick drill and how it could help your game

This week I’ve picked a clip from Justin Rose on the range in Turkey and tried to explain what he’s working on…

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.

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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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