My practice areas are growing! It is exciting to move my golf training outside with the weather improving and it was just announced that golf courses in Ontario will likely be opening soon. So, expanding my practice areas seems to be happening at the perfect time. It is nothing special, but anytime I can hit golf balls outside is always a good thing!
My DIY chipping area is set up in my front yard. It is far enough away from my house that I do not have to worry about causing damage. 🙂 This was an easy transition from indoors to outdoors. See what I have going:
I set up using my DIY chipping mat (this little project is getting lots of mileage). I paced off 25 yards; selected 50 golf balls; and started hitting.
On a side note, the ball collector was something I bought years ago and never used. Well, I am pleased as punch that I did because it sure speeds up the golf ball retrieval process.
I started using my 52° wedge and hit 50 balls. I was amazed that I was able to hit 45 of the balls within three feet of the target, my chipping net. It was amazing and the only thing true about my above statement was that I used my 52° wedge. Sorry, I could not resist. Actually, I was all over the place. I was within about five yards on most shots and hit the target dead on about 4 times. Overall, it was great fun, but I did not stop there.
Then, I grabbed my 56° wedge and hit another 50 balls. I hit ball after ball and felt just as comfortable with either wedge as I continued to work on my short game. I can say is that I felt like a kid in a candy store; it was incredible to hit ball after ball in the bright warm sun. But that is not all.
As you can see from the picture, I have room for expansion. I can easily double the length of my chipping range without worrying about my house. I am not quite ready to do this yet, but it is in the back of my mind. I like having options for what comes next.
With the golf courses opening soon, my outdoor DIY chipping area will pay dividends. The weather is suppose to fantastic today, so I will be out there hitting more balls honing my skills.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!