Xander Schauffele’s tricky driving range drill, explained

August 8, 2019

Walk around the range of a PGA Tour event and you’ll find all kinds of different drills. Some are pretty straightforward and simple; others are more intricate. Like the kind Xander Schauffele’s caddie set up for him below on the range. But while it may look a little strange, there’s a good reason why he does it — and if you’re brave enough, it could help your game, too.

The drill, as you can see, involves placing a rope along the target line, an alignment stick parallel to it, and another alignment stick sticking in the ground alongside it.

 

Walk around the range of a PGA Tour event and you’ll find all kinds of different drills. Some are pretty straightforward and simple; others are more intricate. Like the kind Xander Schauffele’s caddie set up for him on the range (which you can see below) ahead of this week’s Northern Trust.

It may look a little strange, there’s a good reason why he does it — and if you’re brave enough, it could help your game, too.

The drill, as you can see, involves placing a rope along the target line, an alignment stick parallel to it, and another alignment stick sticking in the ground alongside it.

 


What’s the point of this drill? It’s something to help Xander work the ball both ways, while also giving him a visual understanding of where the clubface is.

If he wants to hit a fade, for instance, he’ll aim to start the ball to the left of the alignment stick, and curve it back to the line of the rope.


And conversely, if he wants to hit a draw, he’ll start his ball to the right of the stick and curve it back to the rope line.


It’s almost identical to a drill one of our GOLF Top 100 Teachers in America wrote for us a few months ago. Practice hitting your ball to one side and curving it to the other, then do the opposite; it’s definitely a drill for an advanced player, but given enough practice, you can enhance your ball flight control and play better golf from tee-to-green.