How to practice golf... indoors

how to practice golf indoors

Here are a selection of checks and drills produced by Golf monthly top 25 coach covering everything you need to know on how to practice golf indoors

How to practice golf indoors

The game of golf, and indeed, the world, is in a strange and uncertain place. One of the great challenges we are all facing is how to stay active at home. This is where golf, and a smart indoor practice routine, comes in. This might just be the time to make those lasting improvements you've had your eye on for some time. Golf Monthly Top 25 coach Gary Alliss has produced a great piece on how to practice golf indoors.  His simple advice can help improve your game, even if can't make it to the course right now.

Takeaway check

A good swing path starts with an orthodox takeaway. This can be trained using a basketball as I am doing here. Hold the basketball so you are looking straight down the lines at address. Adopt your normal golfing posture – your left shoulder should be a fraction higher than your right and your right elbow should be fractionally bent. Now practice your takeaway. There should be no rotation of your forearms but as you finish the takeaway the lines on the ball should still be pointing towards you.

Check your swing plane at home

Release drill

You can use the basketball to perfect your release. When we talk about the release we are referring to how the angle stored in your wrists during the backswing is ‘released’ through impact. Get it right and you’ll inject some crucial extra clubhead speed when you need it most while also benefitting from better accuracy. As your practice this move with the basketball, I want you to release the ball as you release the angles in your wrists. The ball should go straight towards your target. If you are prone to ‘casting’ – releasing this angle too soon – you will let go of the ball too soon and it will head off to the right.

Posture & Plane Check

Here’s a great drill to illustrate where the club should be half way into the backswing. Stand upright with the club stretched out in front of you and a mirror directly behind you. Now move the club back so the sole is pointing directly at the mirror. Now get into your normal golf posture – do this by hinging your upper body over the ball at the hips and then flex your knees. Now look at the position of the club in the mirror. You should have the perfect posture and half way back position - try to replicate this in your swing!

Golf swing tips

Downswing initiation

One of the most common mistakes I see among the players I coach is an ‘over the top’ action. This is when the right shoulder initiates the downswing causing the club to outside the ball-to-target line during the downswing. In this situation pulls and slices are the inevitable result. To help, buy a stretchy exercise band and attach it to a door handle. Stand far enough away from the door so the band is tight and then practice your downswing move. The band will prevent your right shoulder from coming over the top, encouraging you to use your hips to start the downswing. This drill could transform your weak slice into a powerful draw!

Balance check

The way you transfer your weight in the golf swing is essential for both power and accuracy. A great way to get a feel for that is to make a series of swings without your shoes on. With your feet sitting flush on the ground you should get a much better appreciation for the flow of your swing. Your weight should move over your right side on the way back and then towards the target on the way through.

Basket test

For every chip shot you hit, you need a clear picture of what your ball is going to do. Visualising the flight, landing spot and roll is essential and this drill is designed to help you thnk about your flight and landing spot. Find a basket or small bin, place it about 10ft from you and hit 10 balls. See how many you can get to land in the basket…

Putting strike drill

Those who are naturally good on the greens have one thing in common – an ability to find a true roll. This is something you can hone in practice by drawing a line around your ball. Find a flat area of carpet and hit a series of putts. If you are delivering the putter on a good path and striking the ball from the middle of the blade, the ball will roll with the line pointing straight at your target throughout. This is a great way of training the fundamentals to a good stroke without becoming too technical and losing your feel.

Neil Tappin
Neil Tappin

In his current role, Neil is responsible for testing drivers and golf balls. Having been a part of the Golf Monthly team for over 15 years and playing off a handicap of 3, he has the experience to compare performance between models, brands and generations. For 2022 he thinks the main trend in drivers is: "In a word, consistency. Whilst all the brands are talking about ball speed (and the new drivers are certainly long), my biggest finding has been how much more consistent the ball flights are. Mishits don't seem to be causing the same level of drop-off or increase in the spin numbers. This means that more shots seem to be flying the way you want them to!" As far as golf balls are concerned the biggest development is in the, "three piece, non-Tour, urethane-covered section. For regular golfers, these models offer superb performance at both ends of the bag without denting your wallet quite as much as the premium Tour-played options."

Originally working with the best coaches in the UK to produce instruction content, he is now the brand's Digital Editor and covers everything from Tour player interviews to gear reviews. In his time at Golf Monthly, he has covered equipment launches that date back well over a decade. He clearly remembers the launch of the Callaway and Nike square drivers as well as the white TaylorMade driver families, such as the RocketBallz! If you take a look at the Golf Monthly YouTube channel, you'll see his equipment videos dating back over a decade! He has also conducted 'What's In The Bag' interviews with many of the game's best players like Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm. Over the years, Neil has tested a vast array of products in each category and at drastically different price-points. 

Neil is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade Stealth Plus Fairway Wood: Titleist TSi2 Hybrid: Titleist TS3 Irons (4-9): Mizuno JPX 919 Forged Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 46˚, 50˚, 54˚, 60˚ Putter: Odyssey Triple Track Ten Ball: Titleist Pro V1X