Can I practice with the OnsongSwing indoors, and how can it help my game?
You can get quite a lot of value from performing practice drills indoors. This is especially true if your winters are long and snowy or you have very wet seasons and you can’t hit the nets at your course or practice at a driving range.
We suggest using soft foam balls or plastic whiff balls indoors (yes the OnsongSwing still displays the ball impact). And be mindful of low ceiling heights and taking divots out of your carpet!
Seriously now – practice drills!
If you set up a net and practice mat in your garage, and bang away with a bucket of range balls there is certainly a risk of grooving in a wrong move. An example might be that you look up during each swing to see where the ball hits in the back of the net. Another downside can be practicing “under coercion” that is being timid in case you sky a ball through the ceiling. This is why golf simulators are such good value, even if a bit too expensive.
You can easily build yourself a practice drill for indoors. Choose your favorite Iron to start off with. I do suggest a mat & net as above, and a dozen foam or plastic whiff balls. Your drill should have one or more measures of success included.
The following example may sound simple, but practiced until it becomes a habit, it can be very effective. It is aimed at those of us who like to take an early peek at where the ball went. Step one; hang a small empty cardboard carton or similar in the back of the net. This will act as a sound marker of your whiff ball hitting your target, you either did or did not, no need to look. Step two; watch the club face hit the ball and resist the temptation to look up until that moment has past.
A practice drill training for consistent impacts on the club face is valuable. Buy a can of spray-on club face marker or chalk line spray and work specifically for a cluster of marks in the middle.
And now a couple of practice drills that the OnsongSwing can help you with, at home or at the range.
Practice to generate graphs that show consistent and steep acceleration through the ball. You may be surprised at how difficult this can be. And delighted at how achieving it can transform your game.
Practice to slow your back swing using the swing sound. Select a very low threshold speed so the tone starts if you rush your takeaway. Use similar settings to use the swing sound to detect casting at the top of the back swing.
There is also a great drill in our User Manual (and in this blog post) for practice with your short pitch and chip technique. I personally prefer to use my game balls for these short shot practice drills. However you can definitely get the hang of it with a whiff ball.
You don’t need an OnsongSwing to practice indoors, but it will provide some extra measures that you can apply to your practice drills.