Mickey Wright’s “Get On The Ball” Drill

“Here is a “Golden Oldie” drill I still use for  my players quite often” Dan Hansen

Mickey Wright’s drill will improve your coil

STEP ON IT: Placing a ball under the outside edge of your right foot will keep you in balance going back and will make your downswing more consistent.


Here’s an old Mickey Wright tip that I used as a kid and still believe in. Ben Hogan said her swing was the best he’d ever seen, man or woman.

I saw Mickey hit balls just once, but I was impressed by the consistency of her swing plane. She always made solid contact.

Her tip was in a magazine, and my father saw it and got me to do it. You place a golf ball under the outside edge of your right foot when you practice. This encourages your right hip to turn away from the ball, your center of gravity to stay between your feet and your upper body to coil more. Then the downswing is faster and the club travels on a much more consistent path.

Back then I was moving my lower body too much laterally, with limited hip rotation — my weight sliding too much to the outside of my right foot. That led to less shoulder turn, followed by less arm speed coming down.

But Mickey’s drill fixed it.