Though the weather outside may be frightful, practice indoors can be delightful. Indoor golf drills can help you keep your game sharp in the off season so that you don't spend several months in the spring getting back to the level you were playing at in the fall.
Place a quarter on the carpet. From varying distances, try putting your golf ball OVER that quarter. Try to get the ball to roll a about 6-12 inches past the coin. After you have mastered that, replace the quarter with a nickle. Then with a dime. Once you are able to consistently roll your golf ball over a dime, the cup on the green will look huge!
Fine-tune your feel on the carpet at home. While putting in the above drill, balance a penny on the back of your putter.
When you hit putts, swing the putterhead consistently at the same speed back dot and forward. Accelerate too much, and the coin on the putter will slide off. Your goal is to roll the ball the same distance every time.
Place a golf ball on a penny and choose various distances from which to putt your ball AT that other ball, attempting to touch that golf ball without knocking it off the penny. I know, I know; you're thinking that this must pretty hard to do. Well, it is. But it's one of the most effective ways to get your mind on distance control.
Place a golf towel on the floor between 8 and 10 feet away from you. Use your pitching wedge to chip balls onto the towel. Concentrate on landing them directly onto the towel instead of hitting the ground in front of it and letting it roll onto the surface. This will help you improve your ability to chip into target zones. This will help you around the greens when it warms up enough to hit the links.
Good chips and pitches come from catching the ball first, then the ground. You can quickly get a feel and immediate feedback with a few props: a one-inch-thick book, a desk chair and foam practice balls.
Place the book three inches behind the ball, and hit chips or pitches into the back of the chair in front of you (below right). You'll quickly notice that if you scoop with your hands to lift the shot—the common mistake—you'll whack the book.
Flexibility is a critical element of hitting longer drives. While sitting down in a dining room chair with your feet flat on the floor and spread widely apart, hold the club head in one hand and the grip in the other and place the shaft of the club on the back of your neck. Twist your shoulders to the right, holding the position for five seconds. If done properly, you'll feel the torque on the left side of your body. Turn back to your starting position and relax. Repeat this process 10 times.
One of the simplest ways to develop distance and accuracy doesn't even involve swinging a club. Make some practice swings from your regular setup with a standard kitchen broom. The weight of the broom won't let you make the arms-only swings that many players use on the course. You'll be forced to involve your core in the motion, which promotes a blend of arm swing and body rotation (right). You're working on two things at once—exercising and stretching your golf muscles—and you'll improve the overall sequencing of your backswing and downswing.
Stick two Band-Aids on either side of your putter's sweet spot. As you practice, you'll notice that each time you hit a Band-Aid instead of the sweet spot, your ball won't roll as far, and it will feel much different as it comes off your putter.