For many people in the United States and around the world, we’ve identified a new work-life balance, which means more time working from home.
While the golf course might be a great place to get some fresh air and exercise, many golfers will still feel attached to their home desk. This does not mean, however, that their golf game must suffer. You can take a break from your desk, that Zoom call or some other responsibility and play indoor golf!
If you work from home, want a different place to work your game, or want to spend some time golfing with your family, here are five ways to play golf indoors, practice your game of golf. and improve yourself.
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5 ways to play golf indoors
Buy a golf simulator: If you’ve been hesitant to create a simulation space in your home, there’s no better excuse to get one than now. If you’re planning on staying at home for the foreseeable future, why not try out a short game of simulator golf? As long as you have enough room to swing a golf club and around 9 square feet, you can get a golf simulator in your home. Our friends at Rain or Shine Golf offer a variety of golf simulator packages, with packages for many budgets. There are a variety of networks and ways to display the simulator, whether it’s on a projection screen, laptop, or TV.
Practice your putting: Whether you have a spacious and airy house or live in a studio with roommates, there is always room to work on your putting. If you don’t already have one, buy a putting mat, like this one from PuttOut. It is 8 feet long and works in tandem with the PuttOut Pressurization Trainer – or any mug you might have. The mat has distance markers spaced 1 foot apart, as well as alignment aids and targets. Spend some time working on your shot and feeling comfortable with those knee kicks so that when you can play, you feel confident. If you really want to go deep, get the Blast Motion Swing and Stroke Analyzer to record data on each putt that will help you improve your shot with granular analysis.
Chip with wiffle or foam golf balls: Maybe you don’t have the room (or the money) for a simulator. Maybe you don’t have the ceiling height to do a full swing. Okay, get over that by working on your chipping and pitching. Take a small bag of foam golf balls, like these from Callaway Golf. (There are many varieties from different manufacturers.) You can steal and plant in spaces of your house. You can even add targets, like a trash can or bowl, shredded nets or just a stain on the floor. If you don’t want to scratch your parquet or chip the carpet, take this little chipping mat which has three different types of artificial turf to work on your game from various lies.
Improve your swing speed with a training system: If you have room to play hard with a golf club in your house, why not use the time you have at home to go faster? The SuperSpeed swing training system comes with three weighted golf clubs that will help train your muscles to swing the golf club faster. The company says you’ll see an average 5 percent increase in swing speed by working out with these clubs for six weeks at just 10 minutes a day, three times a week.
Work on your pace and flexibility: At the very least, you should be stretching every day. You can do it in the shower, or you can do it on a morning walk, or you can do it at your desk. If you have the space and want to include some golf-specific stretches, consider getting a Orange Whip Complete Swing Trainer. It’s a great tool that has a weighted end with a whipped shank to help you feel the beat in your full swing. Only 10 to 12 swings a day will help you. Then when you’re outside and playing more, you can put it in your golf bag for a quick warm-up on the first tee.