It’s not always possible to dedicate the amount of time you would like to practice your golf. With work and family commitments, free time is usually dedicated to getting out on the course and enjoying a round of golf.
However, that doesn’t mean you should miss out on practicing altogether and by purchasing a golf net, you can practice any time you like. By setting up the net at home or work, you can take advantage of 5 minute breaks by picking up your golf clubs and playing some shots into the net.
Even if you are a beginner, you can still practice using a golf net at home and not have to worry about damaging any of your own or someone else’s property. This does not mean you can set-up your golf net anywhere you like.
If you are a beginner you should try and find somewhere with minimal property around it. Even professional golfers can make a mishit and you do not want to hit a heavy slice only to find it breaks the window to your home. So, set up the net in as safe a place as possible.
Approach each session with the practice net in the same way you would when you are at the driving range. Make sure your muscles are warm so you do not get injured, especially if you are using the net in the garden during the winter months.
Take your time with each shot. Although you may have little time in which to practice and every second counts, you will waste the short amount of time you have by rushing your shots. Make sure you position yourself properly with the correct stance and take your normal alignment, as you would when on the golf course.
Have an idea of the type of shot you are trying to play. Are you playing a long, straight drive, hitting an approach shot to the green from 150 yards or chipping onto the green from close range? Your approach and execution for each of these shots will be different.
Analyse each shot and think about the impact the club is making with the ball and the trajectory of the ball once it has left your club. Are you striking the ball with the centre of the club each time and is the ball travelling straight or are you consistently missing the centre of the club and spraying the ball left and right?
To assist you further in analysing your swing, you can film yourself when using a practice net. You are in the privacy of your own home after all, so there is nothing to worry about. Take this opportunity to film your swing from different angles and view it when you have time. Look at what you are doing and think about any improvements you could make. Film yourself again next time, with these improvements in mind and see the progress you are making with your swing.
Using a golf net is not about seeing where your shot finishes, that’s impossible. Instead, use a golf net to fine-tuner your swing and make little improvements where necessary.