I wouldn’t normally gush over something like this, but I GOTTA scream this one from the rafters, like being in love…
I spent a few weeks doing Harvey Penick’s “The Slow-Motion Drill” (Chapter Thirty Nine in “The Little Red Book”) inside, on carpet, with an otherwise unused five iron, exactly as prescribed. During the course of this experience, I underwent 1) a hurricane, 2) visitors from out-of-state, 3) course aeration, 4) sundry other excuses not to hit the range or the course, for about three weeks. Just the Drill and the carpet.
Then yesterday I got out on the range for the first time in weeks. Everything I felt both mentally and physically related back to the Penick SloMo drill. It totally redefined what I think about and how I feel my swing. The results were stunning. I also had a launch monitor behind me, so I was able to numerically relate what being off for three weeks looks like in terms of club head and yardage.
I was totally stunned. I mean, literally. Every ball in the bucket was a consistent model of the desired shot, both in shape and carry. I swung three clubs for the bucket - started off with a 5 wood, then a driver, then an 11 wood. No mis-hits, no embarrassments, no curves.
Penick’s SloMo drill stresses left foot, right elbow, and weight transfer, all framed in slow motion, over and over an over. I didn’t really “get it” until I went out to the range. Then alla sudden everything felt just like it did during the weeks of doing the exercise. Even my mental patterns were changed.
I’m gonna do this exercise every night… forever. I’m sold on it. Stunned by its effectiveness.