Some golfers think that it’s a waste of time trying to practice golf away from the golf course, but this negative thinking will not improve their game. The amount of time you can spend honing your skills at home is equally important to the time spent playing. Getting to the golf course isn’t always an option, especially in the winter months, but there are many things you can do at home to improve your performance on the golf course and impress your buddies with your skills. Here are six tips to help you do just that.
Set Yourself Up for a Good Game
Many golfers think that the game starts as soon as they tee off, but this is not the case at all. You need to be in the mood to play with a good night’s sleep and a great breakfast behind you. You also need to be able to focus on the game in hand for a couple of hours rather than worry about work or home concerns.
How we visualize the great game can be the difference between playing well or playing badly. Professional golfers will often employ mind coaches to help them visualize a great game. However, this is something that is often overlooked in their amateur game. If you are unable to physically go to the golf course, take some time out, find a quiet spot and visualize yourself playing a great game. It can help if you often play on the same golf course as this will make visualization easier.
Practicing your moves in front of a full length mirror will improve your game immensely. This is something that you can’t do on a golf course, so take full advantage of it at home. How do your arms look when you are about to take that perfect swing? How much do you bend your knees? Practicing your posture in a mirror will help you to know how your body should feel when you play and improve your game.
Literature and Videos
Watching the professionals is a good way to learn. Download important games that have been played and learn from watching. Reading about golf can also help you to improve your own game. Think about what you are seeing and reading. What is the difference between how the professionals play and your own game? If you can learn some of their moves, this will help your game to get better.
You may not have enough space in your home to practice your swing without breaking anything, but putting practice should not be as much of a problem. If you are able to dedicate some space such as a man cave in the garden or a corner of the basement, then that’s even better. A golf simulator is a good option if you are not short on space and you can always invite your golf buddies over to play it with you on rainy days.
Cross training is important if you want to be fit enough to play golf regularly and you can do this at home quite easily. Work on muscle and core strength by lifting weights and benchwork, which don’t need to take up a lot of space in the home. Flexibility and balance can be improved by yoga which you can learn by watching some internet videos. You may be surprised by just how much cross training has helped you when you return to the golf course.
Follow these easy tips and your golfing performance can be improved even if you can’t get out and play.