How To Practice Golf At Home The Most Easily And Effectively?
It’s a simple question - how much time do you spend when it comes to practicing golf at home? But before you answer, you should know that not many golfers even know how to practice golf at home, let alone make time for it off the course.
However, it’s not because they think it’s a waste of time. In fact, ask any avid golfer and he/she will tell you just how important it is to hone your skills when not on the turf. Every round of golf for every type of golfer is mostly about getting the fundamentals right. Be it for your golf swing, driving technique, putting stroke, and the like.
And sometimes it’s just not possible to get to the golf course in order to practice. Plus, it’s expensive too. So why not bring the practice session to you!
But Does Practicing Golf At Home Really Help?
When you give your practice session structured feedback, but wait isn’t that difficult and even complicated to do in the first place? Not necessarily!
For instance, let’s say you’ve got the hitting net lying around at home. All you have to do then is attach a string vertically, which is how you create the target line. So to practice hitting a draw, start your golf ball toward the right side of that string. And if you own the launch monitor too, then even better!
But if you can’t get ball feedback, there’s another option too. Work on the swing with the help of video replay. Do this with a tripod and position the camera almost at ground level, straight down your target line, and away from the golf ball as much as possible (10 feet minimum, 15 feet maximum). Even the angle of the camera is very important.
This way, you can make the much-needed corrections. Likewise, many golfers practice at home in order to fix their struggles with their putting game. Working on distance control by setting up targets at various distances does indeed help a great deal.
Practicing Golf At Home - 3 Most Important Tips to Guide You
1. Up Your Fitness Game
Now, how about incorporating some golf exercises that strengthen those muscles you use the most on the course? And you don’t even need a lot of space to perform these types of movements. Keep in mind, that working on your flexibility, strength, and overall fitness makes you a better golfer. As it improves balance, posture, and range of motion. So you can swing with more strength and speed, which translates into gaining extra yards with greater control.
To boost core strength, pilates, yoga, and abdominal exercises like crunches, plank, and mountain climbers work best.
For flexibility and balance, needless to say, there are plenty of yoga poses you can do at home. For example, pyramid, cat-cow, head to knee, low lunge, wide-angle seated forward bend, extended triangle, garland, intense side stretch, and lots more.
Many golfers reap the benefits of strength training for improving overall muscle strength. With the help of dumbbells or even your body weight, there are plenty of movements you can do at home just to infuse power into your game on the turf.
2. Practice Different Golf Swing Drills
Not every golfer has the luxury of time and/or money to head to the course just to work on his/her swing movement. And that’s completely okay because you can also hone your swing at home. All you need is a spacious enough room that allows you to produce a full swing.
In case of potential issues…
Grip lower down on the golf club you’re using.
If you’ve got an old or spare club lying around at home, then don’t hesitate to shorten the length just so you can practice with it off the golf course.
Some golfers also buy swing trainers. This tool is comparatively shorter than standard golf clubs. And it features the training grip and weighted bottom end for improving your swing speed and tempo.
Now the ultimate goal here is to move the golf club slowly into all the required positions that are a natural part of the full swing. Check these positions by including a full-length mirror. Then use that feedback for making adjustments.
Another very common practice approach involves using two golf clubs of the same length. For example, 8 iron and 9 iron. Wrap the hands around both of these clubs and produce your normal backswing. You won’t take long to feel the pull at the peak of your backswing with the second golf club due to its added weight.
Continue swinging through and complete an entire swing using both the clubs. Repeat 5 to 10 times before going back to just one golf club.
The strategy here, no doubt, improves control, particularly backswing control. And it boosts swing speed as well merely because one golf club feels lighter in comparison to the other. Just make sure to use the mirror in this case too.
3. Practice Your Putting Stroke
Almost every golfer out there wishes to improve their short game i.e. putting. And what better way to do so than to practice at home, maybe even with practice golf balls specifically designed for safe use in limited spaces.
Here are some of the most useful tips for practicing the putting game off the golf course…
A very effective putting drill consists of balancing a coin placed on a ball, which you keep at one end of the room. Now the goal here is to putt another golf ball as near to the first one as possible. This way, the second ball touches the first without knocking off the coin.
Those with carpeted floors pay close attention right now. The golf ball, no doubt, is sure to move very slowly across the floor in this case. Therefore, you can work on your control and feel of the putter. Just get an old mug and set it up as the target hole.
You can also use a rug for practicing your putting stroke at home. Make sure there’s some space along the skirting. If not, you can use tape on the floor too. All you have to do now is to make sure the backstroke doesn’t pass beyond the tape or skirting of the rug. Such a drill helps in building a consistently straight and solid putting stroke.
And if you want to keep it simple, then just buy a putting mat. There are plenty of these available in every shape and size.
Whatever drill you practice, just keep in mind that the putting stroke is supposed to remain squared up to the target. And that the swing should be smooth with slight acceleration across the golf ball.
So you don’t necessarily have to make time or spend any extra money just because you care enough to practice your golf off the course. After all, working on the different aspects of your swing and game does indeed improve a lot. And we have discussed quite a few drills to make that happen with the limited space you have at home.
It just doesn’t make sense to aimlessly swing your golf club without checking the feedback. So notice how your swing, club, and body work. Then only can you make adjustments and correct potential mistakes.
The article has been very thoughtfully created by long-time golfing experts at Persimmon Country Club. These are professional coaches and players who have visited and even worked at plenty of golf courses with all kinds of entry-level golfing enthusiasts.