10 Best Golf Indoor Practice Tips
As winter hits you may think it’s natures way of saying “There are better times to work on your golf game.” For those diehard enthusiasts, chilling winds, sleet and snow are the ultimate downer. If you find yourself in this situation, don’t fret as there are plenty of ways to get better indoors. Try these simple tips designed to help you stay on top of your game for when warmer temps and blue skies come around again.
There’s nothing like getting cozy with a great book. When it comes to golf there are plenty to choose from. Whether it’s technical, mental, physical or just a great story, a good read is perfect for re-igniting your enthusiasm for the game.
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Find Your Grip
A little downtime provides the perfect opportunity to fine tune the basics. Keep a club nearby and pick it up each time you relax or watch TV. Study your hands taking notice of strong points or opportunities to upgrade your connection. You’ll find a bunch of reps away from the course will go a long way towards putting your new grip into play.
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Watch & Learn
Nothing speeds up learning like a little self-inquiry. Whether you’ve got a mirror or can check your reflection in a window, being able to see yourself is a great way to get a hold on reality. View your set-up and swing from a variety of angles. As you notice potential areas for improvement, create some check points to practice to. A tune-up with a coach before hand will ensure the time you put in will pay off.
Do “The Bump”
One of the most critical areas of the swing is the transition. A key move exhibited by all great ball strikers is a little “bump” of the lead hip towards the target to start the down swing. To practice, take your set-up next to your couch with your lead foot (left foot for right handed golfer) up against the bottom of the couch. When positioned properly, your lead hip should be 5-6 inches from the couch’s arm. From the top of the swing, start down by giving the couch a little bump with your hip. Your weight should be firmly on your front foot as your arms swing the club head down to impact. Do this on the course and you’ll see a positive effect on your shots.
My first job in coaching was working for short-game guru Dave Pelz. A big lesson related to better putting was knowing what to work on and where. In general it’s considered best practice to focus on aspects of pace and green reading outdoors, whereas fundamentals of aim, path and face control may be best suited for training indoors. Due to the natural imperfection of a putting surface, it’s difficult to determine with accuracy what your stroke is doing. When working indoors with a training aid or other reference points you create an environment that delivers immediate, accurate and reliable feedback. Having rock solid data makes adjusting your stroke both simple and effective.
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If you expect to safely navigate your belongings, pets or other, you can’t swing away with the ‘bull in the china shop’ mentality.
Chip It Good
If you’re like most golfers, you prefer chipping and pitching off a nice cushion of grass. The more variable the bottom of your swing is, the tougher it is to create clean contact on tightly mown lies. To raise your short game skills, practice chipping a few off your living room carpet. Set a nice big pillow against the wall and assume your address a few feet away. Select a club that will create a nice, low launch into the pillow. With your weight on your front foot and ball centered between your feet, rehearse a few swings gently brushing the carpet on the target side of the ball. This practice is essential for producing crisp ball, then turf contact. Chip into the pillow as you develop the feel of proper bottom of swing control.
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No More Bull
Slowing down is a vital part of skill evaluation and adjustment. There’s no better place to build awareness of how you’re moving than training indoors. If you expect to safely navigate your belongings, pets or other, you can’t swing away with the “bull in the china shop” mentality. Swinging indoors forces you to really challenge your pace, which is often very difficult when holding a Driver in front of 400 yards of fairway.
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More top players are practicing the ancient art of meditation. Meditation has many benefits, including training the ability to quiet the mind before each shot. One exercise related to this pursuit is known as finding “The Gap.” The gap represents the stillness that exists between your thoughts. Sit in a quiet place and close your eyes. As you notice the thoughts your mind is generating, gently release each one as if you were releasing a small helium filled balloon. This will in time condition the mind to rest and quiet down. Ultimately, you’ll experience gaps in thinking or spaces of thoughtlessness. Think less to play better is always a good formula for success!
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One of the most important aspects of the game you can learn to improve quickly is balance. Find a corner of a room. With your heels about a foot away from the wall, stand with your back to the corner. Lift one foot off the ground and see how long you can maintain your balance. You can put your hands out to either side gently using the walls as support. Over time you’ll be able to use the walls less or not at all indicating an improvement in skill. As you ability advances do the same with your eyes closed. Switch legs and keep pushing your time limit to set new personal records. There’s never been a great golfer with poor balance. Spend a little time here and see the results in your play.
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Firm It Up
A lousy weather day is perfect for a no-excuses workout. Try a few sets of jumping jacks, push-ups, wall-sits, plank and lunges. Fit as many as you can into a 30 second interval. If after one round you’re feeling good, push for two more. You’ll break a sweat and tone some key muscle groups to help you on the course.
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