While practicing golf at home may seem like a counterintuitive proposition, it makes perfect sense if you think about it.
The truth is, golf is an expensive sport and golf courses can be difficult to find and they often take a long time to drive to if you don’t happen to live nearby. So, what many people end up resorting to is practicing their golf swings and putting in the comfort of their home or backyard.
However odd it may come across at first, practicing golf at home can be an excellent way to hone your skills when you are, for whatever reason, unable to go to the course that day. (Whether it’s too expensive, it rains, or it’s too far away for you to make it on time because you have to work, too.)
In this article, we’re going to give you some tips about how you can practice golf at home. Golf is a sport as any other, so doing physical activities combined with some learning can be all you need to sharpen your skills even if you’re not at the course all the time.
Right then folks, without further ado, here’s the deal.
How to Practice Golf at Home
Hit Balls Into a Net
… so that they don’t fly across the street and into your neighbor’s swimming pool.
The thing is, while replacing the natural beauty and spaciousness of proper golf courses is not possible, what we can do is take the space and beauty out of the equation, but leave you with an opportunity to swing your golf clubs and send the small pimpled balls flying into the net – in your living room.
Of course, doing this won’t help you spot the ball as it’s flying into the distance, but it can help you practice your swinging mechanics, your posture, and the power with which you pitch the ball.
Also, another important part of golfing you will be practicing this way would be the muscle memory, which plays a crucial part in how you will play under stress and when you get tired during a particularly lengthy game, for example.
As far as the concept of an indoor golf net is concerned, it represents a great way to stop the high-speed golf balls you send flying about. These nets are such useful contraptions that you may want to use them to practice your swings even if you do have immediate access to a golf course. (Chasing after lost golf balls can be an annoying and strenuous process, so why bother pitching them into the distance when you can do it indoors?)
Practice Swinging a Weighted Club
Practicing a usual move in a sport with added weight represents possibly the oldest trick many sportsmen and women use to gain an advantage over their opponents.
The idea here is simple enough – you determine what muscle group you want to strengthen and then add weights to whatever it is you’re using as a requisite to complete the motion on question.
For example, in volleyball, weights are attached to the legs of players, so it’s more difficult for them to jump. So, as they get used to jumping higher with weights on, once they remove them, they’ll be able to jump much higher than before.
In golf, this effect can be achieved by swinging a weighted club. The thing is, golf clubs are typically made to be lightweight, but this means you have to find some other way of training your muscle groups you use for swinging the club. So, what you do is get some sort of club that’s weighs more than your standard golf club.
As you get used to swinging the heavier club, your back, leg, and arm muscles will get stronger, too. As a result, once you go back to the regular clubs, your swing will be swifter and stronger.
If you’ve ever seen a date film or any other film for that matter where people go to various theme parks (and possibly get eaten by zombies in the process), chances are – you’ve seen those small green patches with a golf club, a golf ball, and a hole in the ground you need to get the ball to enter.
The thing is, just as you can pitch your golf balls indoors and practice your golf swing, it’s also possible to practice your putting while indoors, too.
So, what you get is a simple golf practice that you can do in pretty much any indoor area, provided the floor is flat enough so that the ball doesn’t veer too much to the sides when you hit it.
What’s also good about indoor putting is that the risk of damaging your household items is virtually non-existent, so you don’t need to worry about putting up protective nets and moving the lamps and other pieces of furniture away whenever you want to practice.
And by ‘watch golf’, we mean on your TV set, computer, or some other device. (Of course, if you can watch golf somewhere live, then it’s even better, but even watching it on TV can do wonders for the development of your golf skills.)
The thing is, as you’re watching professional players display their skills and compete against each other, you can pick up some of their techniques and see how they’re dealing with stressful situations. Perhaps you can see an interesting sort of grip or a curious way of putting you’ve never seen before and which you can use in your game.
On the other hand, since golf is a complex game with plenty of decision-making, you can see plenty of interesting choices made by professional golfers, so you can learn what to do in your games, if a similar situation happens.
For example, you can see how a pro golfer decides to tackle a situation where the ball is in the middle of a muddy forest ground. Does he swing with full force to send the ball flying towards the hall and risk driving it in even deeper into the ground? Or does he gently push it to a nearby dry patch of soil so that he or she can have a better chance of successfully hitting it?
All of these interesting turns of events, as well as alligator sightings, birds stealing the ball, as well as some excellent plays you can see if you watch golf regularly.
Get Stocked on Golf Instruction Books
Luckily for all of you who are beginners at golf and would like to get better, there are many golf-related books and pamphlets out there you can use to learn more about the game itself, as well as hone the individual in-game skills such as pitching, putting, swinging the club, as well as many other aspects of the game.
While probably the best way to practice golf and learn its ropes would be to hire a personal trainer, reading through various materials written by experienced golfers can also be a great way to advance your skills in the game.
What makes these instruction books and pamphlets so useful is that you can read them in the comfort of your home or anywhere else, for that matter. So, for example, if you’ve just learned about a specific golf grip from a book you picked up recently, you can immediately get your golf club and try it out.
Typically, golf and sport-related books are well-illustrated and detailed, so as long as pick a famous and well-respected author, chances are – you’re going to be able to learn a lot from simply looking at the pictures in these books and following the instructions about what to do.
Get a Full-Length Mirror
That’s full-length of your body, for the record, so you can see yourself as you’re positioning for the shot.
Installing a large mirror in your house may seem like a weird suggestion, but it makes perfect sense if you think about it, because you will be able to do quite a lot with it once you’ve set it up.
As you probably know already, golf is all about assuming a correct stance and having the proper posture for swinging the club and sending the ball flying toward the hole. So, a mirror can do wonders for your golf game in this respect, as you can practice your initial stance, see where the ball is relative to your feet and assess your overall posture.
Also, you can see yourself swinging the club while you’re at it, which can help you determine any potential flaws in your swing and help you practice it more.
All in all, practicing golf at home is a great way to further your game and improve your skills in those times where you can’t get to the golf course itself.
Even if you do have access to a local golf course, practicing at home can still be an excellent way to improve the individual parts of the game such as swinging, putting, grip, and others. We hope you found this article helpful and we wish you best of luck on your quest to become the best golfer you can.