Golf Advice for Beginners: Practice without a Ball
You might think that a golf ball is essential to practicing your golf game when you are just getting started, but that is actually not the case. While you aren’t going to make very much progress on the course if you don’t have a golf ball to use, you certainly can practice away from the course without a ball. There are many techniques to learn in the game of golf, and you can certainly rehearse them without having a ball in front of you. Once you put the ball back and head out to the course, hopefully your practice sessions will help you make better swings and hit better shots.
The following are three quick ways in which you can practice your golf game without the presence of a ball –
- Practice Swings. Quite simply, just make golf swings without a ball to get a better feeling for your technique and what could be improved. Without the pressure of hitting the ball – and the need to watch where the ball goes after you hit it – you can focus more on how your body is moving and what you should change. Try making practice swings with a variety of the clubs in your bag, and always make sure that balance and tempo are the keys you keep in the back of your mind.
- Impact Bag. To work specifically on your impact position in the swing, purchase an impact bag training device. This is a product that is filled with some kind of soft material so you can strike it in place of a golf ball and check the position of your body. You don’t want to hit the bag at full speed, but make slow swings and see how your body is positioned when you reach the bag. If you are swinging properly, your hips should be opened up toward the target but your chest should still be pointed down at (or near) where the ball would be.
- Visualization. Not only do you not need a golf ball for this drill, you don’t even need a club. Before you play a round, take a moment to sit down, close your eyes, and visualize the shots you are going to hit. If you have played the course previously, it should be easy to picture the holes and what kinds of shots will be needed to play them. This simple drill should only take a few minutes, but it can have a powerful effect on your performance.