To have full control of the ball, you need to be able to hit it the right distance on the right line - stating the blindingly obvious I know, but it's one of those things that's far easier said
than done - a bit like controlling the ball, passing and moving in football.
The tests below can be used to judge your ability to hit accurate shots that go the right distance - you can carry them out from any distance and you can also define what you consider to be an acceptable margin for error - you can use these tests to challenge yourself at every shot from a 2 foot putt to a 300 yard drive.
For example, you might decide that you want to measure your ability to hit the ball accurately enough to be within 9 feet of the flag from 100 yards - a pretty good shot for the vast
majority of golfers.
Well to do that, all you'd need to do is hit shots from under the cross-bar at one end of the pitch, and convert them - that is, get them to go between the posts at the other end.
Now imagine that you have the power to make the posts move farther apart or closer together - that is, control the margin for error. You should do this to allow you to set the test up in a way that is challenging but achievable - for example if you're only able to get 2 out of 10 between the posts, then maybe you should move them slightly farther apart - whereas, if you regularly get 8 or more between the posts, maybe it's time to narrow them up.
This scorecard will allow you to define your own test, and record your results over time - you can use it for 3 foot putts with a zero margin of error, to 300 drives with a 50 yard margin.
Then just do the test, and monitor your performance over time - if you can't get better just by doing it, then go and get some help - and you'll have hard FACTS to share with your coach about your game.
The distance control test follows exactly the same principles as the accuracy test - it's just that you're playing along the try line, rather than from directly in front of the posts.
Again, all you need to record is:-