19th August 2020
Sometimes it can be difficult to get to the golf course to practice, but that doesn’t mean your game has to suffer. There are many effective ways to work on your game at home. And this practice doesn’t even require expensive exercise aids – there are a number of household items that work just as well.
That was the topic of the Birdies Not BS podcast this week, when True Spec’s Doug Smith and LPGA Tour pro Cheyenne Woods shared a set of household items that doubles as exercise aids. Here are seven of their favorites.
1. Tile grout lines
The good thing about these lines is that they are guaranteed to be straight and can give instant feedback. And if they’re not straight, next time hire a better contractor. The lines can be used to see if your clubface is open with us, if your snack is on the plane and countless other things that require straight lines. Make use of the geometric contours of your house.
Quarters can be a useful training aid for practicing your putting stroke. Take two quarters and stack them on top of each other. Then try to scrape the top quarter off the top. This forces you to focus on your stroke as it hits the ball and promotes square contact on the greens.
Clothes hangers can serve several purposes as a home exercise aid. When you’re ready to practice your putting stroke, put your arms in the hanger and take your normal stroke. This will help promote proper forearm width as you rock back and forth. It can also tell you if your forearm angles are tilted. You can also grab a racket with the coat hanger hook parallel to the face. As you take a swing, this feedback will help you know what the club face is doing even better.
Grasp the flashlight like a club, with the end of the light pointing towards your body. Turn on the lights, then do some swings. The light shows you where the piston of your club is pointing and can help you out when you are out of sync.
5. Cover with golf balls
Take two golf balls and place them a club head or putter head width apart. Use the sleeve as a gate to check your path as you approach impact.
A chair can be good for promoting proper posture through the ball. In your stance, stand with your back against the back of the chair, then perform your normal swing. You want to feel like you remain connected to the chair the entire time to prevent premature stretching.
Towels can be used for many training aid purposes. When chipping, put the towel under your armpits and hit a few strokes. You should pin the towel under your armpit to get the feeling of joined arms and body and to make the swing into one piece. You can also lay the towel flat on the chipping green to represent your intended landing site. Try letting your ball land in the towel to determine your feel around the greens.
1. Tile grout lines 2. Quarter 3. Coat hanger 4. Flashlight 5. Golf balls 6. Chair 7. Towel
Zephyr Melton is Assistant Editor at GOLF.com, where he spends his days blogging, producing, and editing. Before joining the GOLF.com team, he attended the University of Texas, followed by stints with Team USA, the Green Bay Packers and the PGA Tour. He helps with all teaching questions and is the self-proclaimed “expert” of the employees on a development journey.