Golf practices you can do during lockdown
Golf courses may be out of bounds due to lockdown 2.0, but that’s not to say you can’t work on your form and keep your game sharp from the comfort of your home!
So, what can you be doing to ensure your game doesn’t forfeit?
Here we take a look at some of our favourite golf practices that are easy to implement and are sure to help pass the time faster:
Listen to podcasts
Designed for easy listening in the car – on the drive to work – whilst you’re working from home or doing your daily exercise, podcasts are a great way to kill time and empty silences. And since most of us learn through listening, they can be a fantastic educational tool too. That’s if you pick wisely.
There are plenty of inspirational golf podcasts out there. Is the light-hearted take on the week just gone with Sky Sports Golf Podcast something that interests you? Or the funny yet relatable No Laying Up (NLU) podcast, which perfectly blends tour news and stories with travel, course designs and interviews?
Ideal for golfers who are looking to hone in on their putting stroke whilst they are away from the course or practice putting green, putting mats are available in an assortment of shapes and sizes. So, whether it be for your living room, dining room or bedroom, you should have no issue finding something suitable for your space.
Check out the no.1 putting mat from Puttout Golf here at Clarkes’ Golf Centre. It rolls out easily every time and comes with alignment lines and targets to perfect your putting, stroke by stroke. You’ll even be able to use the mat once lockdown restrictions have been eased. After all, practice makes perfect, doesn’t it?
Whether you want to focus on hitting better drives or practising your chipping stroke during lockdown, a practice net is a worthwhile purchase. Both quick and easy to set up, it will allow you to squeeze in a practice session in your garden and work on your swing.
There are several different practice nets on the market today – including simple nets that take seconds to put up and will only take up a small part of your lawn, and bigger nets that come with a roof and look similar to a tent. The choice is yours.
If your hitting area is close to things that can be easily damaged, i.e. a greenhouse or kitchen window, it’s worth using practice golf balls – as opposed to real ones. Although these are great for using with your practice net, you can also hit them against the wall or towards a target in the backyard. They are significantly lighter and will give you less travelling distance when hit.
Sponge practice balls are an excellent choice for indoor chipping as well. However, if you’re worried about these causing damage to your home furnishings, perhaps get some hollow balls that resemble a table tennis ball.
Never before has the disparity between the multi-millionaire golf tour pros and the amateur golfer been so apparent than it is now, due to the coronavirus lockdown. They will be playing replicas of the world’s best courses from the comfort of their air-conditioned homes, whilst we’re making the most of what we’ve got. But thanks to home golf simulators, this needn’t be the case.
Today, there are smartphone apps and programs that replicate the same experience of a round of golf, meaning you can swing the shaft as you would on the course – only from your living room or garden – and get feedback from the simulator. And if budget is an issue, relax, there are many cheap home golf simulators out there, including launch monitors that can be used indoors and out.
Ok, so you might be stuck at home for a few weeks but one of the best ways to improve your game and keep things moving in the right direction is through the use of drills.
Though training aids can be beneficial, you don’t necessarily need to spend a fortune to perform drills at home. For instance, you can concentrate on the correct trunk and body rotation coming into impact using a mid-iron and dining room chair. Alternatively, to perfect your swing, you could roll a towel along the long side and tie a knot into one end. Sure, it will feel like the softest club shaft in the world but it will enable your body to control your movements, providing a smoother tempo.
There are of course many more drills that you can be getting on with in lockdown. Take a look at these four at-home drills that Golf Digest suggest doing.
Get In Touch
If you would like to know more about golf practices you can implement during lockdown or have any questions about the training aids we supply, here at Clarkes’ Golf Centre, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Just give us a call on 01744 885 294 or send an email to email@example.com, and we’ll get back to you.