The consequences of COVID-19 are devastating, and the entire world is feeling them. The death toll is high and is getting higher, with well above 200,000 people already succumbing to the virus.
And in addition to the unprecedented amount of sickness and death, the economy is suffering too. Many companies have had to close their doors for the time being, with some actually just going out of business, and unemployment has sky-rocketed.
With most of us being stuck at home for the foreseeable future, we’ve all had to make some pretty significant changes to the way we live our lives. How we interact with people is different, our daily routines are thrown off-kilter, and some of us have had to give up hobbies.
There’s been a halt on pretty much all sports, with team sports, in particular, being basically impossible and that industry taking a huge hit. And as you can imagine, this has been a huge shock to the system for people who are used to regularly playing a sport.
But if your sport of choice is golf, then you actually use this time to your advantage. You can’t go out to golf courses just yet, but you can get some practice in from the comfort of your own home.
Let’s look at a few ways you can work on your golf technique while we’re still in lockdown:
The towel drill is one of the most well-known golf drills out there, and it’s used and recommended by a lot of professionals. You may have even already heard of it if you’ve been practicing and playing the sport for a while already.
You can do this basically anywhere because you don’t need that much space, and outside of the golf club itself, the only other equipment that you need is a dish towel. What you are going to do is hold the dishtowel underneath your back elbow.
This will prevent your elbow from moving outside during your takeaway. It forces you to keep your front arm connected and to ensure that your chest actually rotates. This should help to ensure that you can maintain a consistently powerful swing.
What we are trying to achieve with a bucket drill is that you have control over your landing point, which is especially important when you’re on the green. A lot of golfers tend not to think about this particular part because driving and putting seem more important.
All you need for this is a bucket, which you are going to stand upright and try to hit the ball inside it. It’s an easy drill to set up and an easy one to practice for a long period of time because of how little space and equipment you need.
And then just move around a little bit, try it from a few different angles and distances to really develop this skill in a more rounded way.
As you can see from the last two points, a big thing we’re trying to focus on here is adapting to the fact that you have significantly less space in your home than you do on the course or at a driving range.
And bouncing the ball takes virtually no space whatsoever. I mean, it’s probably wise to do it somewhere where you’re not at risk of the ball flying off and hitting something valuable, but for the most part, you can do it anywhere.
Use a wedge for this and try to bounce a ball on it for as long as you can; it’s good for hand-eye coordination as well as building up strength in your forearms. If you try this for about half an hour every day, by the time the lockdown is over, you could be managing 1,000 bounces in a row.
Prepare for Normalcy
What a lot of people seem to be forgetting right now is that there will come a time when things will go back to normal. And while we are a long way away from it right now, golf might be one of those things to come back a little sooner.
It’s one of those sports that it is possible to practice social distancing while you’re playing, and driving ranges for sure will be really good for that. If you don’t keep this in mind, you will get disheartened.
You’ll lose the drive to keep practicing, and your technique will suffer. So just keep golf in mind. Plan some trips to the course way in advance, keep in regular contact with your golfing buddies and keep the conversation about the sport going.
Order some new equipment online for delivery if you want, some new clubs or maybe a new bag, just some stuff that you can be excited about using when all this is over. Just make sure you don’t let the fact that golf is a big part of your life slip away.
So while sports are suffering as a whole, your golf technique doesn’t have to suffer. There are many ways you can keep those muscles working and maintain as much of your ability as possible. All it takes is a little innovation.