Top Ways to Practice Golf at Home
Published by Lynn on the Links, April 2020
Putting In The Living Room or In The Office
Putting is one of the best ways to improve your golf game. They say “putt for dough” for a reason. If you can improve your putting, you can lower your golf scores and have more enjoyment of the game.
As an example, you might know that 3 putts are a regular occurrence. (This was me a few years back!)
If you can get rid of those 3 putts on, let’s say 7 holes and turn those 3 putts into 2 putts, guess what? You’ve just improved your score by 7 strokes. And the great thing about putting practice indoors is this.
- It doesn’t take up that much room.
- You can do it anytime.
- All you need is a putter, something to putt on and something to putt into.
But, here’s the thing.
You can putt on a carpet and it is still practice. My living room carpet is soft so I always know that the pace is a bit slower than out the actual golf course. Sometimes I lay down a cup and just try to get the ball into the cup.
Another trick is to lay down a quarter (really hard!) and roll the golf ball just over it.
When you are sitting around your living room watching TV or on your electronics, or need a small break, every now and then get up and roll some putts in – guess what? That counts as practice!
Putting Practice Training Accessories
I’ve put together a few of my favorite golf training aids and tools.
Last year, my husband surprised us with a Puttout golf training aid and a basic putting mat. I have to tell you that my putting improved exponentially last summer. This simple contraption doesn’t look like much, but when I brought it to a local golf event, I was amazed at how many people could not get the ball into the target.
This is a great putting mat. What is amazing about it are the alignment guides and the lines. Sometimes our eyes can deceive us and having these lines can dramatically help with the alignment of your putts. The putting mat also has distance markings and target points.
While I have not bought this yet, it is on my wish list. I have had a chance to see it in action all over social media and it looks like a really great practice tool for putting. The benefit of this training tool is getting instant feedback and knowledge of how you are actually hitting or striking the ball with your putter face. This tool can have a big impact on your putting stroke.
If you want something simple, this is a great putting mat for the price. We started out with this and still use it today. Simple but still useful. It rolls the ball much faster than our carpet and is more indicative of the greens at our course where we play.
Chipping Practice At Home
Chipping around the greens and pitching from within 50 yards is really all about feel. As recreational and competitive league golfers, this is also an integral part of the game where strokes can really add up. It’s the worst feeling when you are just off the green and then shank the next shot.
We all beat ourselves up for this. Practicing smaller chip and pitch shots can really have an impact on your golf game.
Before long, you’ll have great feel and confidence around these areas if you can practice regularly.
I actually walk near a driving range that my town made from an old field, which is such a great asset.
And today I saw a person putting a painter’s bucket into his car. I’ve done this too. As long as you have a target, you can practice these shots in your yard, in an old field or off of a basic turf mat.
Best yet, make it a game with your family. My brother in law has a whole bunch of old golf irons and wedges and breaks them out at parties. He uses whiffle balls and targets around his yard. So much fun!
There are many ways to “practice” golf without having to head to the actual golf driving range or course.
Chipping Practice Training Accessories
My husband loves his lawn and spends a good deal of time making it look really nice. The last thing we want is to make huge divots in our yard. So, having a mat that you can use for chipping or hitting golf balls is really important. Here’s a great one that has 3 different lengths of turf.
The best way to practice chipping is to actually have something to chip into or a target. Target practice is key when practicing these shots. Besides, it can be a lot more fun if you have something to aim at. Think of all those carnival games where if you are like me, I want to try over and over again till I can knock over the milk bottles or get the ring over the bottle tops. These 2 training tools help make chipping practice and training more fun.
Practicing the Golf Swing In Your Backyard or In Your Home
As long as you have a back yard, basement or available area that you can take a full swing, there are numerous ways to practice your golf swing around the house.
Muscle memory is important for any sport. This includes golf as well. Pros are known to practice for hours upon hours.
A couple of ways to practice the golf swing at home include:
- Increasing swing speed – Golf.com has a great suggestion using a broom to help increase your swing speed. Looks like you need a broom, a pillow or a weighted blanket. Click here for the article.
- Helping with muscle memory – Use whiffle or foam golf balls and practice inside or in your backyard. This way you can still practice the full swing, but the balls won’t go as far and are very lightweight.
- Ensure your posture and form are good – Videotape your swing and make sure your posture and form are where they should be. It’s funny how you can spot things when you see yourself in action.
- Work on the Grip – They say that there are 3 basic areas of importance in the golf swing. Grip, Stance, Posture. You can easily work on the grip anywhere. Ben Hogan’s book “Ben Hogan’s Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf” delves into this. Even though this book was published years ago, golfers are still reading and referencing it today.
Golf Swing Equipment for Home Practice
This is a great net to have in your backyard or in your house if you have space. I like the side netting and the depth of the net just in case any balls aren’t quite as straight as you’d like them to be. I also like the large bullseye, for some reason, it is a great visual to have when hitting your golf shots.
The Rukket Golf Net doesn’t look quite as fancy as the one above, but it is easy to set up and seems to be very sturdy. Great for hitting golf balls at home for practice.
Many golf course practice or driving ranges have these training aids to help you warm up before your round of golf. They are also a great way to practice your swing and increase swing speed.
Golf Fitness at Home
A strong body is needed for golf. Golf practice is important, but so is golf fitness and keeping your body strong so you can play your best.
Having the ability to stay focused with enough stamina for the round will help bring more enjoyment to your game and provide a competitive advantage when needed.
Read my post here about being golf fit focusing on core and strength, the base of good fitness. The great thing about these exercises is that they don’t need a lot of extra gym equipment. Much of these exercises and movements can be done anywhere.
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