Indoor Golf Drills for Seniors
In today’s guide we share the best indoor golf drills for seniors. These practice drills are easy to set up at home so you can work on your golf skills indoors.
Below you’ll find 3 sets of drills:
- Indoor Putting Drills for Seniors
- Indoor Chipping Drills for Seniors
- Indoor Golf Swing Drills for Seniors
If you’re not a senior, no worries. These golf drills are perfect for all types of golfers (beginners, mid-handicappers, men, women, kids).
Best Indoor Putting Drills for Seniors
Drill #1: Clock of Tees – Imagine yourself at the center of a clock. Set up tees around you that are 5 feet away at all the different hours on a clock.
Each tee should be turned upside down so that it’s standing up but upside down. You should now have a circle of 12 tees around you with you at the center.
Starting with the 12 o clock tee, putt a golf ball trying to knock over the tee. Then putt to 1 o clock, 2 o clock and so on working your way all around the clock until you’ve knocked over all 12 tees.
Repeat this drill counter clockwise as well as by placing the tees further and further away for more of a challenge.
Drill #2: Putt into the Sleeve – For this drill find an empty golf ball sleeve box. This would be the skinnier 3 ball box that your golf balls came packaged in.
Set or tape this box so many feet away from you depending on your choice and try to putt all 3 balls back into the box. It’s easier than it seems as long as the box is stuck to the ground and won’t slide when a ball mishits it.
Drill #3: Two Ball Putting – Place two golf balls down on the ground, one above the other and touching or nearly touching. Then set up to them as if they were one big golf ball. Each ball should take up half of your putter face.
Next make a putting stroke trying to hit both balls at the same time and analyze your results.
If the top (outside) ball travels ahead of the bottom (inside) ball then you likely had a slightly closed face at impact where the toe of your putter struck first before the rest of your putter made contact.
If the bottom ball leads then you likely had an open face where the heel made contact first.
If both balls roll together equally then you had a square club face. Both balls rolling together equally or the top ball slightly outpacing the bottom ball are good signs that your putter face is square at impact.
Do this drill several times and see how your results vary from putt to putt.
Drill #4: The Ace – Find an ace from a deck of playing cards and set it on the ground starting 10 feet away from you. Putt a golf ball trying to get it to stop on top of the ace. Once you’ve completed this then move back each time to further distances.
Drill #5: Eyes Closed for Feel – Find a hallway or open room where you can make a pretty long putt. Set up to your putt and imagine you’re on the green about to attempt a lag putt.
Close your eyes before stroking the putt and let your senses take over judging how much power you feel you put into the stroke.
Then guess based on feel how far you think your putt went and open your eyes to check the results.
Best Indoor Chipping Drills for Seniors
Drill #1: Chipping to a Towel – Set up a towel about 10 feet away from you to start. Chip golf balls trying to land them on the towel.
The balls momentum will naturally carry it off the towel so don’t worry about that. You’re just trying to hit the target towel from different distances to work on landing zones.
This drill will greatly improve your feel around the greens and improve your ability to carry the ball the intended distance.
Drill #2: Knock the Water Bottle Over – Set up a water bottle(s) at different distances in an open room. Then chip balls trying to knock them all over.
You can record your attempts to each distance if you want to in order to have something to compare to in the future as you break your personal best for least amount of attempts.
Drill #3: Laundry Hamper Chipping – Another variation of previous chipping drills is to chip to a laundry hamper.
Set the hamper 10 feet or more away and see how many balls out of 50 you can make into the hamper. Move the hamper to different distances as well as challenge yourself to make so many chips in a row into the hamper.
Best Indoor Golf Swing Drills for Seniors
Drill #1: Increased Shoulder Turn
If you want to hit the ball longer or preserve distance as you age, it’s important to maintain a full shoulder turn.
For this drill, sit up straight in a chair with your driver or iron held out in front of you with two hands and feet planted on the floor.
One hand should be on the golf clubs head and the other should be holding the other end of the club at the grip.
Now twist your upper body to the right trying to keep your lower body still and feet planted on the floor. Then twist as far as you can to the other side to work on balanced flexibility and shoulder turn.
This drill should increase your range of motion and shoulder turn if you practice it often and carefully attempt to turn further each time. You can stretch your back and upper body muscles prior to doing this drill to help avoid any strains.
Your turns during the drill should also be slow and controlled to avoid muscle injury. You’ll feel resistance building stronger as you turn slowly further and further which will give you a decent core workout as well.
Drill #2: The Takeaway Book Drill
Place a light weight book or a sports ball right behind your normal golf swing set up. Then perform the take away with your iron, pushing the book or ball backwards.
This drill will train your arms to work in sync during the takeaway.
Drill #3: Weighted Golf Club Swings
Purchase some weighted doughnut holes from your local sports or golf shop to slide onto your golf club adding weight to it. Then perform controlled golf swings keeping proper form.
This drill will build power as well as swing speed over time as it works your muscles harder than a lighter club.
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Drill #4: Stretch
This is critical to keep your muscles flexible and loose during the off-season. Each week make sure to perform a solid stretching routine that stretches the hamstrings, calf muscles, back, chest, and wrists.
Drill #5: Lift Weights 2-3 Times Per Week
If you want more control as well as power over your golf swing then lifting weights will be important. Lift heavier weights for shorter reps to build strength.
Make sure to incorporate stretching and practice swings each week that you lift to maintain your golf flexibility.
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