You may not be able to get out on the course right now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get your golf fix. This can actually be a great time to work on those parts of your game that you typically ignore. We’ve gathered _ tips and habits you can develop from your living room, backyard, or wherever else you can find space at home to keep your handicap from skyrocketing once courses open back up.
1. Metronome Drill For Better Putting
Carpet may roll a bit slower than the putting green, but you can still work on maintaining a good rhythm on your putts. Don’t have an alignment stick? Get creative: find a mop, broomstick, curtain rod, or any other similar household items.
2. Using Bounce for Better Chip Shot
You may not mind leaving divots on the course, but you probably don’t want them on your own lawn. That’s just the motivation you need to practice bouncing the club on your chips.
3. The High & Soft Pitch Shot
Once you have a grasp on getting bounce on your shots, grab a trash can or bucket and start honing in your accuracy on those tight approach shots. Maybe just make sure you have some extra room behind it to avoid launching a mishit into your neighbor’s window.
4. Walk Up for the Win
Practice your approach on anything you find lying on the floor as you walk through the house: your socks, your kid’s toys, your pets, etc. (Pro tip: do not actually swing the club.)
5. Single Swing Thought
We all know the mental aspect of golf is the toughest to master, so what better time to focus on it? Find your single thought and work on your swing without worrying about hitting the ball.
Bonus tip: While working on your swing is important, keeping your body in proper shape can have just as much benefit to a long and healthy lifetime of golf. Our friends at Fairway Approach have put together an excellent list of stretches to get the most out of your golf game.
For updates on when you’ll be able to get back out on the course, visit this blog. Until then, you can find more habits to develop at home on the SCGA Youtube channel.
Kevin is a born and raised Southern California golfer. His golf highlights include occasionally breaking 90, losing an entire dozen balls in one round, and sinking a 20 foot putt on camera on the first take. Kevin is a member of Tiny Putters Golf and his current Handicap Index is none of your business.