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
At the end I’ll also share 5 helpful golf training aids to use at home for your indoor golf practice sessions.
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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Golf Training Aids to Help You Practice at Home
Below is our review of some awesome golf training aids aimed at improving your putting. These can be great additions to your putting mat and golf simulator so you can continue to practice and work on golf from home / indoors.
#1: Mark-Tech Rechargeable Red Laser Putter Pro
This might be one of the more innovative putting aids I’ve seen available to golfers. This laser puts off a straight red line from your putter to the hole so you can make sure your putter face is lined up to the hole.
If the angle of your face is off by any degrees, you’ll be able to clearly see this as the laser will be pointing off center of the cup.
It’s best to practice with this putting training aid nearby a wall so the laser has the wall or floor trim to run into for better visual reference.
#2: Wood Golf Putting Green with Auto Ball Return
This golf putting mat is newer to Amazon and brings a lot of features you won’t find on a typical indoor putting mat.
For starters, it’s portable. You can easily roll up the green and pack it away to take with you or to clear space in your home if you don’t want it out 24/7.
It has alignment lines that run the entire length of the putting mat so you can practice aiming your putts on line with the hole and track if the ball veers off to the side.
Upon making putts, this putting green has an auto ball return feature so your ball comes back to you, saving time and helping you get more putting reps in during your practice sessions.
#3: PuttOut Putting Mirror & Alignment Gate
One of the best features about this putting aid is the “putting gate” that comes with it. This little device allows you to work on hitting straight putts in order for the ball to successfully make it through the gate.
To help you hit straighter putts on line to the hole, you can start by using the alignment mirror. Adjust the magnetic guides to the proper width for your putter to fit between them.
Then use the lines on the putting mirror to help aid your aim and alignment throughout the set up and putting stroke.
As you improve, move the putting gate further and further away from the mirror to challenge yourself and see if you can hit straight putts that still continue to pass through the gate successfully.
#4: Sure Putt Pro Green Reader
This small device is easy to carry with you in your pocket on the golf course during practice rounds. It’s made from high quality aluminum and has been electronically anodized so the paint will seal and not chip away over time.
The vial inside the center of this training aid is used to read slope so you can understand any slopes and breaks in the green to improve your green reading skills.
The more you use this device, the better you’ll train your eyes to see breaks and contours in the green. It truly is worth the investment to help improve your putting!
#5: GoSports Lag Putting Circle
One of my favorite golf putting drills is practicing lag putts from 30 feet away, 40 feet away, and even up to 70 or 80 feet! This is super important because hitting long putts close to the hole, sets you up for making an easy second putt to finish off the hole, and avoid 3 putting.
This circle ring training aid, gives you targets to aim for when practicing your long distance putting. The goal is to putt the ball inside the small circle, but if not, then at least make it inside the larger circle.
The small circle acts as a 3 foot radius around the hole, so if you get your putt within this circle, you know you have done really well and only have a short 3 foot or less putt left. The larger circle is 6 feet.
A great putting drill to do indoors is set this circle about 30 feet from you, if you have that much distance in your home (maybe the widest part of your basement or living room / kitchen or hallway.
Then practice hitting 100 putts in sets of 10 and see how many you can get inside the circle out of 100. Beat that score each week until you can get 100/100.
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