Unfortunately, chances are strong that you don't have a multi-acre, immaculate, private practice facility in your backyard like the one Tiger Woods has. (Heck, he's practically the only professional golfer with that sweet a setup). But that doesn't mean you can't practice at home. Here are three ideas for using parts of your living space in the eternal quest to shave strokes off your handicap.
Golf simulators have existed, in one form or another, for the better part of 20 years. They started out as expensive novelties, but in the last few years millions of dollars have been invested in turning them into powerful tools that can extend the golf and golf instruction experience well beyond what was previously possible.
Although it is often overlooked, the golf bag is an important piece of golf equipment and should not be ignored. In a lot of ways, a golf bag is like the façade of the golfer's house: It gives others a palpable first impression of the gear and skill within. The type of golf bag you carry can say a lot about you.
Golf Academy of America's five campuses are home not only to experienced faculty, but also to some of the latest golf technology. The equipment is used to improve the playing abilities of the student body and to educate them on the golf swing so that they, in turn, can pass their expertise on to others.
You may drive for show and putt for dough, but your irons are the workhorses in your golf bag. They may not get the glory, but they produce a far more varied array of shots over the course of a round and a season than your woods or flatstick. That's why you need to do your due diligence as you look for your next set.
Jordan Spieth may have taken the golf world by storm this year by making seemingly every important putt, but the ability to drive the ball remarkable distances is still a huge source of glory in the game. Whether on the PGA Tour (embodied by the likes of Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Bubba Watson) or just around your home course, players love watching bombers bomb the ball almost as much as they aspire to become bombers themselves.
One reason golf intrigues us so much is because there are so many factors that contribute to hitting a good shot. Even if you hit a good shot, additional contributing factors could still force you into a bad situation: Distance. Lie. Wind. Stance. Trees. Sand. Water. Speed of the green.
There’s another big factor - your mind. Was your last shot awful? Was it awesome? Do you need a birdie to get back into contention? Did you hit a bad shot the last time you used this club? Even a regular shot can drive you crazy if you let it.
So how can you increase your confidence when making some of the more difficult golf shots? Golf Academy of America has a few tips to make these tough shots a little less daunting.