Golf Practice Nets - The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

Due to Coronavirus lockdowns, many golfers, both pro and amateur, are now honing their swings in their back gardens

Golf Practice Nets - The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

Due to Coronavirus lockdowns, many golfers, both pro and amateur, are now honing their swings in their back gardens

Golf Practice Nets - The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

The Coronavirus (opens in new tab) pandemic has seen lockdowns enforced in the UK, Europe and wider world, forcing golfers to be creative with their practice.

Many courses and golf facilities are now closed for the time being so golfers, of both the amateur and professional kind, are practising their games at home.

We've seen a huge amount of people using practice nets, both homemade and standard, with some being very creative and some perhaps less so...

Joost Luiten

Arguably the most impressive homemade net we've seen is Joost Luiten who has turned his Rotterdam balcony into a stunning skyline driving range.

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Jordan Smith

A more low budget option is seen with Jordan Smith's creation using just a doormat, clothes rail and bed sheets. Very impressive.

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Lydia Ko

The former World No.1 and 15-time LPGA Tour winner has a very standard set up in her garden.

She posted a video of her swing with the caption, "Dear competitive golf, I'll be waiting here patiently till we're a go again."

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Francesco Molinari

The 2018 Open champion and Ryder Cup hero, like Ko, has a very standard set up in his garden.

He also live-streamed his practice session on social media.

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Ryan Evans

Challenge Tour Pro Ryan Evans made the stand for his practice facility himself using wood, and used bed sheets as the net.

Lovely work.

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Matt Fitzpatrick

The Englishman tweeted that his practice net has arrived and that "he's perfect."

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Amateurs

One of the sadder nets comes from Richie Swin who used his washing line and some bedding, which ultimately ended up in him shanking one and smashing his glass door.

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Here are some more very creative homemade back garden golf nets with items used including duvets and old curtains...

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Do you have a practice net at home? Or have you made one yourself? Send us a picture of video on social media

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Elliott Heath
Senior Staff Writer

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.


Elliott is currently playing:


Driver: Honma TR20

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

2 iron: Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x