8 products to help you improve your golf skills whilst ‘Working from Home’
So, thanks to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, many of us are having to work from home, and as a real kick to the nether regions were also not allowed out to play our favorite frustrating sport, golf.
Whilst you’re looking out your window like a sad dog, realising that spring is upon us, the days are getting longer and warmer just to rub salt into the wound, but don’t worry, it’s not all bad news.
Fore Right is here to bring you a list of ‘Top 8 Golfing at Home Equipment’ to keep you sane. They may even help you improve your game, so when we can finally return to our much loved sport it will help soften the blow of that first tee shot. We’re not making any promises though!
In no particular order, let’s get rolling with our top 8 products to help you golf at home.
1. Putting Mat with Auto Ball Return – £32
I imagine a fair few of you readers out there will already have something like this sitting in a cupboard or shed somewhere, so dig it out and get practising those puts!
If you haven’t, these putting mats are a great tool that can be set up in any room of the house. As I’m sure you’re aware, putting is a vital part of the golfing game and can really make a difference to your score. The auto ball return feature on these mats is great and saves you from having to walk the entirety of 8ft to collect your balls!
There are a whole host of other putting mats out there so feel free to have a look around and find one that suits your needs, we like ‘The Golfers Club’ putting mat for its different design and ball return feature.
2. PhiGolf WGT Edition 2019 Golf Simulator Game – £250
PhiGolf takes golfing video games to another level, adding in the physical motion and taking your swing speed into account to make this one of the most realistic virtual golf game available. The £250 price tag may be a bit much for people to justify spending on a video game but we can reassure you the experience is like no other golf game out there currently.
We like the realistic approach WGT have taken with their game which allows you to play at world famous golf courses including Pebble Beach, St. Andrews, Pinehurst and Celtic Manor.
As this is a smart phone app you don’t need to fork out for an expensive games console either, the app works on both android and apple devices so you can take it anywhere with you on the go.
3. Portable Practice Net – £33
For those with the extra space or a garden to practice in we recommend a golf net. These are great for golfers at all levels and we recommend you get one even if you’re not stuck at home, it will save you a fortune in Range balls!
The portable design means it can be put up and taken down to be stored easily when not in use. Perfect for practising all types of shots, swing nets can really help you keep things in motion when you haven’t been able to get on the course for a while.
4. Golf Swing Trainer – £38
These swing trainers are a great way of improving your swing and grip at the same time. They give a natural feel whilst training the muscle groups used when swinging golf clubs.
Golf Swing trainers can be used inside or outside (just watch where you’re swinging them so you don’t break any of that really expensive china you have). These products are a must have in a lot of golfers training bags.
5. The Golf Club (PS4 & Xbox One) – £29
For those fairweather golfers who don’t like to get their feet wet, or any other part of their body, this console game is the one for you!
The Golf Club is slowly becoming the most popular video game for golfers across the world, its growing fan base makes it even more fun to play as you can create your own holes and then play on courses other people have made.
The realistic graphics and fun yet challenging game play allows you to take on the PGA championship on the world’s most popular courses. Play online against your friends or complete a solo career mode, we have spent many many hours on this game and can highly recommend it.
6. Golf Club Cleaner and Groove Sharpening – £17
Might as well make the most of the time stuck inside by cleaning those clubs, we know you’ve been meaning to get round to it for so long…
Clean clubs really can make a difference to your game and give you better control over how the ball spins. Spend an hour or two by showing them the love they deserve! We recommend the TickTockGolf tool as it has all you could possibly need but there are a fair few of these types of tools on the market.
8. The Big One – £2K +
For those of you that may be thinking, ‘Hey, Fore Right, all these products are great and all but I’ve got £2.5k burning a hole in my pocket that I need to spend on some home golf equipment and I need to spend it now!’ Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
You’ll need a screen enclosure, a projector, a launch monitor and a mat…just to get you started, and space to put it all, obviously.
Screen Enclosure : EasySimPro Golf Simulator Screen – £1,200
You could get away with hanging an old sheet up on your washing line in your garden and hitting a ball against it, but then what would you do with the spare £1200 you’ve just saved?! That’s right, nothing! So buy one of these and do the job properly.
Launch Monitor : Ernest Sports – £539
There are slowly becoming more and more affordable launch monitors on the market. With some of the top end launch monitors setting you back £22,000 from the likes of ForeSight, we see this launch monitor from Ernest Sports as a bit of a bargain.
Projector : VANKYO Performance V600 – £180
There are hundreds and thousands of different projectors out there but this is a good all round performer. You may also want to consider a ceiling mount for the projector to angle it onto the screen enclosure properly, something like this should do the trick.
Golf Mat : £10 – £430
Last but not least you’ll need something to hit the balls off to stop you ruining your freshly mowed lawn, or carpet. Any of these will do the trick.
The good stuff: FORB Pro Driving Range Golf Practice Mat – £430
The ‘it’ll do’ stuff: Mini Fairway Golf Mat – £10
You’ll need some rubber golf tees as well : https://amzn.to/2V4urb4 – £5
That brings our home golfing list to a close, we hope you can find something useful here to keep yourself busy for the time being, but be sure to leave a comment below if you think we’ve missed out anything.
Take care, and keep golfing!