practice golf at home

For obvious reasons, it’s looking like there’s not going to be much opportunity to hit the golf course this year.

But that doesn’t mean you have to lock your clubs in the attic.

While golf is very much an outdoor game, there’s plenty you can do at home to improve your game – from tee to green.

And in this guide I’ve collated some of the best drills, routines, and even games you can play while the course is out of action.

Here’s what we’re going to cover.

Putting Drills

First up, here are two nice drills from YouTube Channel GolfersRX, which are designed to promote:

1. better angle of attack/contact + precision with your putter
2. a square strike

In the first drill you don’t even need a ball. Simply balance 3 coins on top of each other and try to knock off just the top coin. If you can nail this drill, you’ll find your precision is much improved when it comes time to hit balls.

The second drill is for working on a square putter face at impact. Line up two balls side-by-side and hit them both. If the ball on the right comes out hotter than the left, your putter face is closed at impact, while if the ball on the left comes out hotter, your putter face is open.

If you tend to push, or pull your putts this is a great drill to work on.

Putting Tempo Drill From Dan Whittaker

Next up, here’s a great drill from Dan Whittaker which will help you work on your putting tempo.

According to Dan, poor tempo will lead to problems with face control. Which makes sense.

So to counter that, work on your putting stroke in time to a metronome (you should have one on your phone).

This will help you develop more of a ‘tick-tock’ tempo in your putting stroke.

Centre Contact Drill From Peter Finch

Here’s a useful routing from Peter Finch that’s designed to help you hit the ball on the centre of the putter face. Hitting the ball in the centre is key for properly rolling your putts.

Basically, you tape a coin to the centre of your putter, then create a gate with two tee pegs. But indoors you could just use a couple of lego blocks or similar to create your gate.

If you don’t hit the ball bang on centre, the coin will cause the ball to shoot offline. Which gives you instant feedback.

Home Putting Game From Rick Shiels

Here’s a fun (and helpful) practice game from Rick Shiels.

All you need is your putter, 3 balls, and 3 tins of soup!

Your aim is to get 3 balls in a row through the gate created by two of the tins. When you do, you can move the gate further away.

Full Swing Drills

Next up, let’s look at some drills you can do at home to work on your full swing.

Anti Casting / Fat Shot Drill From Smash Factor Golf Coaching

If you struggle with releasing the club early and struggle to hit down on your irons, this is a helpful drill from Smash Factor Golf Coaching.

Put a towel in line with your trail foot, and a tee peg (or lego brick etc) in line with your front foot. Your tee peg is the target.

If you cast (and would have hit the ball fat) you’ll hit the towel on the way down.

Release And Connection Drill From Art of Simple Golf

This is a great drill to help you turn fully through the shot, generating more speed and power.

If you struggle with a flip release, or turn the club over too soon (hooks would tend to be the result), this will be a great one to work on.

By shortening the club, you’re forced to keep turning through the shot or the butt end of the club will hit your body and you won’t be able to go any further.

Practice this and you’ll have a much more consistent release.

Right Elbow Drill From Smash Factor Golf Coaching

Another excellent drill here from Smash Factor Golf Coaching. This one focuses on correct movement of the right elbow in the golf swing.

If you suffer from a flying right elbow at the top, or have difficulty getting your right elbow back out in front (i.e. stuck) on the downswing, this is the perfect drill for you.

Danny Maude’s Helicopter Drill

This is a fantastic drill for those who struggle with generating power. And if you find it difficult to properly clear your hips in the downswing, then this will work well for you.

It’s also a great drill for sequencing.

You don’t even need a club for this one.

Mirror Work

This isn’t a specific drill, but just a general recommendation.

If you can’t hit balls, then working on positions in front of a mirror is very useful. I spent a fair bit of time recently working on my top of backswing position (I suffer from a flat backswing, and a flying right elbow).

But when I say working on positions, I wasn’t thinking of “every” part of the backswing. I figured out where I wanted to be at the top, then I let my body work out how to get there.

After putting in plenty of reps, it started to feel natural. And while not 100%, there was a definite improvement in the position of my right elbow at the top.

Equipment For Home Golf Practice

Obviously if you have the $$, then it’s worth thinking about investing in a golf simulator.

But they’re pricey.

So really all you need is a pack of practice balls (so you can actually hit something) and perhaps a hitting net. Just make sure you have room to swing. Low hanging lights can be a particular problem!

I’d also recommend an Orange Whip trainer, which is great for working on rhythm and tempo. I included the Orange Whip in my list of the best golf training aids this year.

Don’t Stop Working On Your Golf Game!

Not being able to hit the course sucks. But we’re all in the same boat right now, and it’s important that we look after our health and follow government advice.

The course will still be there when things start returning to normal.

In the meantime, this is the perfect opportunity to work on your swing at home. There are plenty of drills that you don’t even need a club for, so don’t stop practicing!

Just don’t be this guy…

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