How To Practice Golf At Home
28 April 2020 / Golf /
Are you missing spending the day out on the greens of the golf course in the sunshine? If you’re a golfer, we’re almost certain that you are. While we wait for life as we know it to resume, you can still enjoy golf in the comfort of your own home with our top tips. In the meantime, we’ve been working hard on improving our beloved golf course, so you have something to look forward to when we can welcome you for a game again.
Let’s start with the basics – your golf grip and posture. While it may be more fun to jump straight into hitting balls, mastering the fundamentals is crucial to making progress as a golfer. All you need is a full-length mirror and a club to get going. A good swing all starts with the grip – use the mirror to see what looks and feels natural to you. If you’re unsure where to begin, YouTube has a variety of tutorials like this one to help you out.
As for your posture, you want a stance that will give you enough flexibility for a good swing. Your spine should be straight, not curved, and you should hinge from the hips, allowing your arms to hang naturally straight from your shoulders. The swing starts with your arms and the body should rotate in a fluid motion with as little tension as possible. Make sure you’ve got enough space to practice this movement with your club before you move onto the real thing.
Now, the fun can begin! We’d recommend practising your golf swing in the garden if you can, but you can still give it a try indoors if you have enough room. If you are short on space, you can invest in a shorter golf training club that gives the feel of a real club without the size. Start with a mirror again and practice your movement to see how your stance changes. Do this slowly at first, so you can take note of what needs to be adjusted, before working up to full speed. We’d recommend switching between a couple of clubs to get the best results.
If you’re fortunate enough to have a big garden, you can invest in a golf net to take your practice up a gear. This will allow you to hit the balls at normal speed without the fear of smashing your neighbour’s window! You can also buy a pop-up net for indoor use, but we’d recommend using this outside where possible.
Putting is one of the easiest ways to practice golf at home, as it doesn’t require too much space. You don’t even need to invest in any other equipment – simply grab your trusty putter and use an old mug as a target hole. Practising your putting on a carpeted floor will make the ball run slower, but this is good practice for when you play on rough terrain. You can also line the floor with tape to master your aim or set up other balls as obstacles.
If you’re serious about nailing the perfect putt, we recommend investing in an indoor putting matt. These can help you practice within 10 feet of the target and measure exactly how far away you are. They also provide a more realistic surface to practice on and some even come with inclines and bunkers to make practice that bit tougher.
If you want to take your practice to the next level, you can invest in a golf simulator for your home. There are a range of options out there to suit a variety of budgets, whether you’re looking for a state-of-the-art kit or just the essentials. Golf simulators are more than just a virtual game – they use radar and light sensors to analyse your swing and provide lifelike models of real courses to enjoy. It’s the closest thing you’ll get to being out on the golf course.
However, if you’d rather recreate the thrill of the golf course from your sofa, there are a variety of online golf games to play. Why not try World Golf Tour’s free online game, which provides an authentic 3D experience of real courses to enjoy? You’re also spoiled for choice for golf apps on iOS and Android, such as WGT Golf and Golf Star™.
Health & Fitness
While golfing may not seem as strenuous as other sports, it still requires a good level of fitness to get the best out of the game. From walking around the course all day to swinging the club and carrying your golf bag, there is more physical activity involved than you might think. Improving your general health and fitness will help you become a better golfer in many ways.
Yoga or Pilates is a great way to work on your balance and flexibility, which will help to improve your mobility on your swings. It will also work on your core strength, which will aid your posture. Cardiovascular exercise will help your general fitness levels and make walking around the golf course that bit easier. Maintaining good health will also reduce the risk of injury and ensure you can keep enjoying golf to your heart’s content.