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One of the unfortunate things about golf is the amount of land and space that’s required to not only play a round, but hit more than a putter and wedge. Some players can get very rusty either in the winter or if you don’t have enough space to practice all of your shots on a regular basis.
There are numerous golf drills that you can do indoors with confined space to keep your golf muscles and your mental game intact. Here are just a few suggestions for indoor golf drills.
Full swing drills
- One thing that often goes away when you don’t play often enough is your swing path, especially when it comes to your backswing. Players tend to either bring the club too far inside or outside, creating an overcorrection on the downswing which can cause a slice or a hook. Try placing a mirror behind your setup and bring the club back exactly halfway. As you stop and look back at the mirror, your club should be exactly parallel to the ground and the clubhead should block the shaft and grip from view. Repeat this takeaway over and over until you can get the club in the correct position at least 10 times in a row. This will help with your consistency and swing path when you return to the course.
Indoor putting drills
- Practice your 3-6 foot putts on a smooth surface (a smooth and fast carpet is probably best). The accuracy here isn’t important, but what is important is getting your putter on a consistent line and feeling confident that you can hit the ball straight off the face anytime you have a short putt. This is a 3-putt avoidance drill more than anything else but should give you confidence over short putts when you return to the course.
Indoor chipping drills
- Your mom or dad probably has told you not to swing a golf club in the house. However, there is a way to practice your chipping without damaging any of the fine china. Grab a towel(s) and throw 10 balls down. Place the towel about 10 feet away from you and try to land all 10 balls in the towel. Once you do this, change to a smaller towel and repeat the drill. An easy way to focus on landing your chip shots to a spot rather than just chipping to the hole.
Practicing these drills will give you a leg up on the competition even before you step foot on the course this spring.