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Tips and drills to improve your game from home

By Kent Gray
With clubs in Dubai joining their Abu Dhabi counterparts by reopening on Monday, we’re drawing the curtain on our popular ‘Lockdown Lessons’ series. But not before sharing more important tips from the two most prolific contributors to our #PLAYINGTHROUGH series: Claude Harmon 3 Performance Golf Academy Director of Instruction Jamie McConnell and PXG Middle East Ambassador Alex Riggs.

In the final of his interconnected series of videos, McConnell works on an impact drill. Check it out and be sure to scroll down to follow the series from the beginning.

Riggs shows you how to avoid a common problem for amateurs, early extension, in the latest of his easy to follow tips.

Don’t forget to scroll down and check all the contributions to our #PLAYINGTHROUGH series. We want to take this opportunity to thank all the pros involved for the collection of tips and drills that will remain an invaluable resource to help keep your game sharp even now we can return to the region’s top courses and practice ranges.

ALEX RIGGS – PXG Middle East Ambassador

Pivot Checkpoints with ALEX RIGGS (PXG Middle East Ambassador)

Groove your putting stroke with ALEX RIGGS

Transition with ALEX RIGGS 

Swing Sequencing with ALEX RIGGS

Putting with ALEX RIGGS

Ben Cannon- The Track, Meydan Golf 

Shoulder turn with BEN CANNON (The Track, Meydan Golf)

Pitching drill with MIKE KINLOCH (Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club)

Claudine Foong-Riggs – PXG Middle East Ambassador

Stretching with CLAUDINE FOONG-RIGGS (PXG Middle East Ambassador)

JAMIE MCCONNELL – Claude Harmon 3 Performance Golf Academy Director of Instruction

Drill No.1: Sort your posture problems with JAMIE MCCONNELL

Drill No.2: Solid Takeaway with JAMIE MCCONNELL

Drill No.3: Controlling your backswing with JAMIE McCONNELL

Drill No. 4: Tempo with JAMIE McCONNELL

Drill No.5: Impact with JAMIE McCONNELL

IAN BRENNAN – The Track, Meydan Golf

Slicer? Check these takeaway tips with IAN BRENNAN (The Track, Meydan Golf)

Clean up with this drill from IAN BRENNAN

(Original post): These are extraordinary times with the majority of courses across the Middle East closed as golf plays its role in the global fight to combat the spread of COVID-19.

The problem is our passion for the royal and ancient game knows no bounds even if heading outside our homes is out of bounds for all but essential services. Which led to this, our #PLAYINGTHROUGH series of tips and tricks that you can practice within the safe confines of your apartment or villa.

Golf Digest Middle East has enlisted the expertise of the region’s best professionals to share their best, bite-sized tips from their own living rooms and backyards to help you, our loyal readers, keep your game in shape for when golf returns. And it will, if we all play our part in ridding the world of this invisible adversary by staying within our family bubbles.

You may even find your game improves post the coronavirus pandemic if you work on the drills and tips we intend sharing throughout the lockdown period. Better still, the tips are timeless; even when things get back to the new normal, you’ll find these videos useful to return to.

Without further ado, welcome The Track Meydan Golf’s Ian Brennan, PXG Middle East Ambassador Alex Riggs and Claude Harmon 3 Performance Golf Academy Director of Instruction Jamie McConnell into your home for the first #PLAYINGTHROUGH videos.

Clean up with this drill from IAN BRENNAN

Swing Sequencing with ALEX RIGGS

Sort your posture problems with JAMIE MCCONNELL

Do us, and the pros who have given their time (more to come in the next days and weeks), a favour by liking and sharing this post and your favourite individual drills/tips with a @golfdigestme tag on your favourite social media channel. We’ll update it daily so make sure to check back for more great tips. Together, we will get through this. And take advantage of the downtime to work on our games.

Happy home golfing!

By the way, make sure to check out the awesome homemade putting/chipping green idea below from former Al Zorah Golf Club Professional, multiple UAE PGA Tour title winner and now South African-based Sunshine Tour player Stefan Wears-Taylor. Genius.



Kent Gray

Editor of Golf Digest Middle East. Has written about golf since 1989 and owned a suspect short game even longer.

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