Should I set up a Home Golf Practice Area?
Today it’s not just the weather and time which is preventing enthusiastic golfers from practicing as much as they would like to, it’s the lockdowns. How can keen golfers, looking to improve their game ensure that they get the required amount of practice when the golf courses are shut? The answer, home golf practice.
There are so many options for the modern golfer in being able to practice at home. I remember growing up simply putting on the carpet at home, or chipping in the garden. However today, if you have the time, money, and inclination you can spend thousands setting up a home golf studio!
I was keen to understand whether a home golf practice area was worth the time and energy to set up so I reached out to my local Golf Professional Richard Lally. Richard has been a PGA Teaching Professional for over 22 years.
Richard is currently Head Pro at the Aspley Guise & Woburn Sands County Championship Golf Club. I was lucky enough to be able to recently speak with Richard on the pro’s and cons of practicing at home, and what he would advise for golfers to ensure they keep sharp during winter and lockdown.
Practice Makes Permanent…
According to Richard, most golfers lack practice, the more you practice, the more you will improve, it’s as simple as that. Practice makes permanent, if you put the hours in then you’ll see the benefits on the course. Richard was speaking to me from his state-of-the-art golf studio at Aspley Guise, here he provides detailed analysis of golfers swings and his students have seen amazing improvements by being able to see themselves on video. The instant feedback you can get from video analysis is eye opening for golfers, explained Richard.
Richard has even provided remote video advice to his members and students, if they send him a short video, he’s able to give them some pointers on their swing and opportunities to improve. Another great way to keep sharp during time away from the course.
When discussing the increase in golfers turning to online tuition and YouTube videos to get golf tuition Richard was quite clear. ‘There’s so much great content available now, golfers have access to some of the top golf coaches in the world, however their local pro might know their swing better and provide more tailored advice. More golfers should reach out to their local golf professional.’
Does practicing at home lead to bad form on the course?
In Richards opinion, every golfer should have a net or practice area at home. If golfers are genuinely serious about improving, they need to put the effort in. However, golfers don’t need to spend thousands in setting up home golf practice areas, it can be remarkably simple things at home that can improve your golf. Richard suggests exercises such as putting on the carpet at home and aiming for a penny on the floor, or in the garden, chipping towards a golf tee. Anything you can do when you’re away from the course will help your game, so no it won’t necessarily lead to bad form.
Should golfers take a lesson?
Richard would encourage all golfers to take a lesson, this can have dramatic benefits to your game. Richard currently holds an extremely popular Women’s Golf Academy from the golf studio and club’s practice facilities at Aspley Guise. This includes group sessions, and 1-2-1 tuition. During this academy he has seen a variety of students come through the doors. There are golfers who have zero experience, and are new to the game join his academy, they receive expert tuition, and dramatically improve their game.
This goes to show the benefit of golf tuition. If you’re local to Milton Keynes and Bedfordshire I would recommend checking out Richard’s website and seeing how he can transform your golf, visitors are always welcome.
What is the best home golf practice equipment?
I’ve scoured the internet, read hundreds of reviews and sought feedback from my community, and below I’ve listed some of the best golf practice equipment that you should have a look at if you want to improve your home golf practice.
This home putting mat is ideal for golfers looking to practice at home. It comes in two sizes, 10 foot or 12 foot. You can putt anywhere, and it comes with three holes on a 2 inch incline. Fun Golf would definatley recommend this product to keep sharp in your home golf practice.
This lightweight golf net is perfect for your home golf practice. It’s foldable and easy to set up and at 2m its a really good size to use for practicing your golf swing.
Capture data and distances on your golf swing with the FlightScope Launch Monitor. This can be used indoor and outdoors. Data parameters include carry distance, club head speed, ball speed, smash factor, vertical launch angle, spin, apex height and flight time. At less than £500 this is a great addition to any home golf practice set up.
This is a complete chipping set, it includes balls, tee, chipping mat and a handy carry holder when folded away. If you want to keep your short game in top condition during time away from the course you should include this in your home golf equipment. This is owned, tried and tested by Fun Golf.
Anything you can do to keep yourself sharp in the winter, or during lockdown will be a benefit to your golf. If you put the effort into your golf during these winter months, you’ll reap the rewards in the spring. However, if you simply want to sit at home and binge watch Netflix don’t be surprised when your game doesn’t improve to the standard you expect in the new year.
If you’re interested in reading more about how to improve your golf, I would recommend reading my article with Nick Buchan, owner, and head coach of Stronger Golf. Nick who is a certified TPI Golf Coach explains how your strength and fitness can have a direct impact on your game.
Also let’s not forget how your equipment can also dramatically improve your golf, so if you’re looking for the best putters, best drivers or irons be sure to have a read of my other guides into what you should know before making that purchase.