Getting good at golf takes practice.
The good news is, you don't always have to go through the hassle of finding time to hit the range- you can do it in your backyard! Anytime you can find the time to practice is a good idea!
Here are 6 golf training aids under $20, that you can use anywhere to get better.
Note that these are affiliate links, and I'll love you if you click and buy one or more of these... but I also think it's my responsibility to make you're aware of cheaper alternatives where applicable. If you're interested in the quick route, buy the products; if you're into saving money, use my DIY methods.
Sorry, but this one has no DIY alternative I can think of. No practical one, at any rate... If you have the skill, you could drill a hole into a shag ball, thread a rope through it (knotting one end, to keep it from flying away) and attach it to a dog chain anchor.
Not gonna lie: it'd be pretty janky. And there's a possibility the ball could explode, depending on how old the ball you intend to use is. Here's a video of a guy drilling into one, and it's kinda freaky how much gas came out of the ball- at two separate times!
DIY Alternative: Go to your local Home Depot, Lowe's, Ace Hardware, etc., and find Driveway Markers. They're fiberglass rods, just like the "golf rods", but at a much-reduced price. I bought a pair at Home Depot for less than $6 total.
Amazingli Golf Impact Smash Bag
Making contact with the ball is fun. Making contact with stuff that isn't the ball... that can go either way. Something hard, like a tree or the refrigerator- not so much.
But that's why they invented smash bags! You can work on your impact location anywhere, without risk of injury!
DIY Alternative: Get a soft bag. Your duffel bag or a laundry bag will do the trick. All you have to do is fill it with laundry and smash away!
PRO TIP: Fill the laundry bag with dirty laundry... that way when you're done practicing, you can make the Significant Other happy by remembering to wash the clothes!
DIY Alternative: two books or magazines. Just lay the books on the ground, spine to spine, and accomplish the same thing. If you're out at the course and on the practice green, you can do this with two tees. It looks like this:
Click to see the "Gate Drill"!
Elixir Golf Swing Trainer Brace Band
$19.41 (also available for lefties!)
It's not a good idea to cup your wrist at impact. What I mean is, you don't want your wrist to bend as if it was trying to make your knuckles touch your forearm as the clubhead's hitting the ball. You add loft at impact, which means a high, weak shot.
When your wrist's flat, you present the face with a more delofted face. At worst, it'll have the loft that was designed into it. That means you'll get that "penetrating" ball trajectory that carries to its highest potential.
DIY Alternative: A credit or library card. Yup, a thick card, like a credit or library card, will do the same thing. You stick it into the back of your glove halfway. While you swing, if at any point the card digs into your wrist, you'll know you cupped it. For example:
Click to see the "Credit Card Drill"!
There's something to be said about negative feedback...
That's it- six golf training aids under 20 dollars- and 6 DIY alternatives- to help you get better on your own time! Hope you enjoyed it!
Got any others? Why not add them in the comments section!