Away From the Golf Course: Create a Practice Plan in the Privacy of Your Own Home

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It’s every golfer’s dream to spend each day on the greens, but those who can’t make daily trips due to price, weather, or life responsibilities, assume the hunched position at home, practicing with whiffle balls, nets, and electronic devices while daydreaming about making outdoor rounds.

Whiffle Balls

Golfers use the balls indoors for putting practice. Being incredibly light, the balls attract wind resistance, so one can hit at full speed.

Golf Nets

Taking a full swing in a small yard is no good, so a number of avid golfers buy nets. That way, they can swing away without worrying about affecting those around them or losing balls. Nets come in a variety of sizes and shapes, with some that look more like baseball cages, allowing golfers to take notice of ball trajectory.

Putting

Putting is popular with those training indoors, but there is a limitation to what one can do in their family room, bedroom or basement. However, just about any indoor surface can serve as a suitable green, with golfers using cups, glasses, and electronic devices as holes.

Additional supplies, such as Country Club Elite Golf Mats, help golfers model a range of conditions, adding slopes and curves and grass-like overlays and carpets. Mats conveniently roll for storage, making them suitable for the home and office.

Laser-Light Head

Practice clubs, with laser heads, let golfers practice without a ball. Ensuring their follow-through is straight, golfers align swings with the light, improving technique.

Broom Stick

Some think you don’t need a club or ball at all to improve your swing and golf technique. Take swings with a standard kitchen broom. Due to the weight, it limits an arms-only swing, which plagues many novices and seasoned golfers from time to time.

Balance Stick

Elongated sticks, used by carpenters and home specialists, improve your swing alignment and technique. Place it across the back of your shoulders, straddled across the blades. Since the stick serves as an extension of your back and swing arc, you can see if your shoulders are too tilted or not rotating enough.

Videos

Improving your game takes little effort other than popping a DVD into the player. Rather than watch the pros battle it out, take advice from them as you sit on your sofa. A number of pros and trainers host series as well as post free content on sites like YouTube.

Exercise Ball

Use a large-sized exercise ball (about 3-feet in length from top to bottom), and lean against the wall, taking a normal stroke with your hands and hips. The objective is to compress the ball against the wall with your hips alone without pushing the ball with the upper body. Keep the ball at hip height and practice using your hips rather than arms and upper body.

Soccer Ball

Get in your initial stance while keeping the ball locked and steady between your knees. This helps keep balance as you wind back. The ball will drop once you continue into your downswing, but the objective is to achieve proper form and balance in your golf swing before the forward driving motion.

Medicine Ball

Using an 8lb (or less) medicine ball, take a full swing, working your hip and abdominal muscles as you maintain form. It burns calories, helps form, and improves mobility in the hips.

The House

It’s a bit radical, but using light balls (as not to dent walls), create a mini chip and putt course throughout the house. Chip balls to upper floors and putt around obstacles created with furniture and household items.
This is especially fun if you have little ones who are just starting to play golf or curious as to why mommy and daddy love the game so much.

Floppy Balls

Using wonders of technology and modern production, Floppy Balls react like real golf balls when struck yet inflict no damage on walls, furniture, and molding. Quickly becoming popular with indoor trainers and amateurs, golfers enjoy the liberty of taking a full swing without worrying about damage or distance.

Mirror

Stand in front of a mirror and take a swing. Notice poor form and continue to take swings at slower speeds to identify additional areas in need of improvement.

Maybe it’s not sunny or it is not warm enough outside at the moment, but you can still play golf indoors, using your creativity and a variety of products made for avid golfers. Despite the length of the off season, you never have to lose your edge.

Jay R. McGrath, President of J.R. Mats, Inc. invented the first “real feel golf mat” at the 2005 PGA show and has since become an Industry leader providing Country Club Elite(R) Golf mats and tee lines to Top teachers, Country Clubs, Driving ranges, and golf enthusiasts worldwide.

  

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