Being stuck at home and not on the golf course is an all too frequent occurrence for most golfers during the winter months. Watching the pros swing it in Hawaii can be tough to stomach to start a new year in January. Even through the West Coast Swing and into Florida a large part of the country is at home without access to a course due to weather. During these months, most of us spend little to no time working on our own golf games. With an ever-growing number of people now stuck at home let’s take a look at some good golf drills for indoor practice. If you have a yard not currently covered in snow, get outside and work on your wedge game. And if your local course is still open, get out there and play! There really is no perfect substitute for hitting a golf ball.
Stick With A Classic
The most quintessential and universally known indoor golf drill is putting on your floor into a cup or glass. There is a good reason this practice method is so widely loved. On top of being one of the more fun (and competitive for groups smaller than 10) indoor practice drills, it can add a lot of value for when you make that triumphant return to the local links. A cup or glass will work, but any target will do because the end result of the putt isn’t important. Focus on making a solid, level putting stroke and continue to use your pre-shot routine. Repetition of these things will lead to improved putting on course.
As we covered in our offseason survival guide, indoor practice aid technology has greatly improved over the years. From putting surfaces to hitting nets there are an ample amount of choices available. Hitting nets will be the most beneficial buy for your overall indoor practice facility, especially if you’re working on putting as mentioned earlier. If you’ve got garage space or room in your home, setting up a hitting net is a must. Even if you don’t have the ceiling clearance for a full swing your short game will thank you later.
Do All The Drills
There is no shortage of indoor golf drills available online. The key to choosing the best for you is to narrow your focus to the specific areas of your game you wish to see improvement. Be honest about weaknesses in your game and find drills tailored to those issues. On top of drills, if you haven’t already started to incorporate a stretching and weight routine for your golf game there’s no better time. Check out our previous posts on stretching and weights for quick primers on each topic.
Nobody has a crystal ball and can predict when courses will reopen but that doesn’t mean we have to be done with the game of golf. Practicing at home can improve your game and your mood at the same time. Including family in these drills can be just as satisfying as a Sunday afternoon round at the club. Since we cannot predict when the golf world will return to normal it’s up to us to keep our games in midseason form so we can enjoy it, even more, when it makes its return.
About the Author: Brian Neufeld
Brian Neufeld’s background includes more than 15 years of experience in golf course management, specializing in agronomy. Brian uses his knowledge of the game and best practices in turf sustention to create informative pieces for GolfTourney.com’s readers.