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Top 5 Golf Tips to Practice at Home

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One of the good ways to improve your golf game is by practicing at home. If you are unable to practice on the course for various reasons, then your backyard can be an amazing opportunity to sharpen up your skills. Home golf practice is an excellent way to get better at the game. The key to being able to take advantage of this opportunity is knowing what you need to do in order for it to be effective. I would like to share some of the drills I use to help me get better at golf.

One of the good ways to improve your golf game is by practicing at home. If you are unable to practice on the course for various reasons, then your backyard can be an amazing opportunity to sharpen up your skills. Home golf practice is an excellent way to get better at the game.

The key to being able to take advantage of this opportunity is knowing what you need to do in order for it to be effective. I would like to share some of the drills I use to help me get better at golf.

There are plenty of ways to improve your swing, and there’s always room for improvement no matter how good you think you are as a player!

Work on Setup and Balance Points

One of the key components to a successful swing is the setup and balance points. If you want to improve your game, it’s essential that these two elements are perfected before anything else is done with your golf club.

You can do this exercise in front of the mirror or by taking a video of your swing. The great thing about practicing at home is you don’t need to worry about other people watching you which can be a huge source of embarrassment and make it difficult for you to focus on improving your form.

Make sure that your armpits are over your knees and your toes, this allows you to have weight evenly distributed between front and back.

You don’t actually need to hit a golf ball, all you need to do is a slo-mo swing to work on your balance and setup. This will allow you to improve your swing without having any distractions from a ball going in the wrong direction or hitting off target.

You can break your back-swing into three parts: weight shift, spine angle, and shoulder turn. This will help you determine when your swing is off balance or if it’s too short which can be fixed by working on these three steps.

Working on your blueprint swing at home will give you a strong foundation that can then be improved on the course.

Set up and Drill Rotation Set Up

The better we rotate the better x-factor stretch we get the more power we can generate which then leads to a better shot and longer distance. What you will need for this drill are two alignment sticks and a golf club. Place one of the line sticks so it’s running through the center of your stance and the other one roughly at a 45-degree angle pointing behind you.

This is going to be a really good blueprint for you to work towards. Use a golf club holding across the chest pointing more out of the lead side trying to feel the separation between the shoulder turn and hip turn, this is going to work both ways, backswing, and in-down swing. We are looking at hips getting close, somewhere to a 45-degrees angle, and the bottom of your club pointing just to the right of the centerline.

Once you have a really good feeling of trying to get the backswing working, try to unwind it in the opposite direction. The lower half goes, then the upper half goes, now you can feel the stretch and at the impact, you should have the hips open more than your shoulders.

Once you have a good feel for the rotation try to work it into shots. This is great as you can use this drill square onto the mirror so you are working on two aspects of your game, slo-mo swings but also creating separation, creating rotation which will definitely have an impact on your game.

Highlight your Areas on Weaknesses and your Strengths

Whether it’s your driving, short game, or putting we all have areas of the game that we struggle with and other parts that come naturally. One of the ways of analyzing your golf game is to look at your previous scorecards.

This can teach you a lot about your strengths and weaknesses. Take a look at your scorecards from the past few rounds you have played. I suggest looking back as far as six months to get a bigger sample size.

Your strengths will probably be those areas where you shot lower scores and had more birdies or eagles compared to other parts of your game. Your weaknesses would be those spots on your scorecard where you had more double bogeys or worse. You can use these numbers to help identify the areas of the game that deserve more practice time and which parts come naturally for you.

This exercise is a great way to find out what type of practice routine will give you the best results in terms of improving your golf skills. I have only done this recently and was surprised to see that my short game was atrocious.

I had the worst chipping and putting statistics compared to all other parts of my game. This exercise showed me exactly what needed more work in order for me to get better at golf. I only wish I had done this earlier.

Score Card

This is not to say that there are no other areas of the game where I struggled but these were my main trouble spots and they needed more practice in order for me to get better at golf.

If you take a look at your past scorecards, it will be easier for you to identify those parts of the game that you need to focus on. It’s also important not to get discouraged when you see that your weaknesses come naturally for other people and are even better than what you can do.

Don’t let the fact that others are better in certain areas discourage you from practicing at home. Simply look at this data as a way of determining which parts of the game deserve more attention.

You can’t become great at everything overnight but if you keep practicing, eventually you will see improvement in your game. Now that I know my chipping and putting need more work than other parts of the game, it’s easier for me to focus on these areas when I practice golf at home.

Having Some Fun Putting at Home

Most of you are already practicing your putting at home. It’s a great way to get in some quality practice time, but you can also have fun doing it. Try putting from different locations in your house and different surfaces such as carpet or tile.

This will help you get used to all types of conditions so that when you get on the course, nothing can surprise you.

Home Putting

There is a lot of putting mats you can buy online and they are really good like this one I got from amazon but make sure that you make your putting practice fun. Set up two golf balls and try to knock them over with one shot, try different putting strokes, and become the mini-golf master.

This is great especially for building up feel, consistency and a great way to improve accuracy on short shots from close distances which can help lower your score in no time!

Believe me or not there isn’t a spot in my house that I can’t putt from. My favorite is the long putt from the hallway, who says you can’t go pro at home?

Taking Online Lessons

Taking online lessons is another way to improve your golf game without having to go the course. This is great for those who are too busy with work, kids, or have other responsibilities. Prior to your online lessons, you can take a video of your golf swing and send it to your instructor for them to review.

Not only does taking lessons online save you money as compared to paying a professional trainer at your local golf club but it also allows you access from anywhere that has an internet connection.

The best part about learning how to play golf is that you can do it at any age and start as a beginner even if it has been years since you last swung a club or played the game.

Final Thoughts

There are a lot of ways that you can practice golf at home and improve your game. The key is using effective drills to get better results in the shortest amount of time possible. Having some fun putting from different spots around your house will help you with all types of surfaces found on the course.

Taking online lessons is another great way to improve without having to go the course. Lastly, don’t let the fact that others are better in certain areas discourage you from practicing at home. You can become a great golfer if you simply focus on your weaknesses and practice as much as possible. Don’t forget to make it fun!

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