WATCH: Tour Pro Puts Unique Swing Drill Into Play

Carlos Pigem's drill turned out so well he has started using it on the course

Tour Pro Puts Unique Swing Drill Into Play

Carlos Pigem's drill turned out so well he has started using it on the course

WATCH: Tour Pro Puts Unique Swing Drill Into Play

Swing drills are great and they help us create feels and hit nice shots whilst we practise.

However, one European Tour pro has put a swing drill into play during competition at this week's English Championship.

We saw Padraig Harrington try out the 'step drill' in competition a couple of years ago and Carlos Pigem has gone for something perhaps even more unique.

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The Spaniard starts his swing with the clubface hovering ahead of the ball, as oppose to behind it like 99.9% of golfers do.

He explained to the European Tour that he tried the drill with his woods and irons but was hitting everything much better so decided to try it in competition.

Watch Pigem explain his drill and the swing in question:

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"That was starting like a drill when I was changing my swing last year," he told the European Tour.

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"When I hit the drivers and the long irons I do that every time so the drill became a normal swing.

"That helps me start more with the ball than the hands, that was one of the mistakes when I used to swing."

Pigem shot a two under par 69 in the opening round at Hanbury Manor.

He currently ranks 999th in the world and has won once as a pro, at the 2016 Yeangder Tournament Players Championship in Taiwan on the Asian Tour.

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The European Tour's third event of the UK Swing takes place at Hanbury Manor this week.

Up next are two events at Celtic Manor in Wales with the Celtic Classic and Wales Open before the UK Championship at The Belfry.

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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news team as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as five Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays off of a six handicap. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: Titleist TSi2

Hybrids: Titleist 816 H1

Irons: Mizuno MP5 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Srixon Z Star XV