Wednesday, March 3

Get Better: A Brief Guide to Golf Practice at Home

GOLFERS, SPRING IS COMING! But, like others, you might still be stuck inside due to work, Jekyll and Hyde weather, COVID-19, or for other reasons.

No worries. You can still be "golf-ready."

Putting Green - Big Moss Golf
From simple to more elaborate, there are myriad possibilities for golf practice at home. And indoor practice sessions can range from minutes to hours. It's up to you. 

There are many gadgets, aids and equipment options for sharpening your game: indoor golf nets, golf simulators, a variety of artificial surfaces such as indoor putting greens, and other training aids.

Set up an at-home practice area wherever it works best for you, like a spare room, the garage, or in your basement. Invest a little or a lot of money, depending on your budget and goals.

Here are some at-home practice drills and ideas for your consideration.

Swing a golf club everyday (or as often as possible). Hit golf balls into a net or simply swing a golf club (even a weighted club). This will help you gain strength and flexibility.

PGA club pro Kevin Piecuch said, "If you can do 25 to 50 swings a day with a heavy club, I find it makes a big difference come spring."

Hit golf balls into an indoor net. Tour player coach Rick Smith said hitting balls into a net helps you focus on mechanics, tempo and muscle memory (instead of worrying about ball flight, distance, etc.).

Indoor putting and chipping drills. Turn on Golf Channel, go online, or pick up a golf magazine. There are a ton of putting and short-game tips and drills.

My advice: work on your putting -- the stroke, alignment, distance control and more. Putting is up to half the game, but most people don't work on it very much.

Of course, you can also watch golf on TV and read golf instruction books. There's always something new to learn about this game. And, no matter your skill level, there are always ways to improve.

Whatever you do, make it fun.

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