Is a Golf Practice Net Worth It? — Part 3

In this short series of posts we’re exploring whether using a golf practice net is worth your time or not. In the last post we went through the different types of golf nets and what aspect of your golf game they can improve. In this post we’ll look at some of the dangers of using golf nets.

If Only it Was That Easy

I wish I could just tell you to go buy a golf net and that it would fix all your problems and you’d become a golf pro overnight. Unfortunately it doesn’t work that way. Golf practice nets are meant to improve your golf game but in some cases they can also hurt it. There are also a few things to consider before buying a golf net to make sure you’re not disappointed with your purchase.

Golf Net Complaints

The single one complaint that seems to come up over and over again has to do with the quality of the golf net. A net that can’t stop the ball properly because it tears every time you throw a ball at it would kind of defeat the purpose. So the first thing to look for is quality netting.

A golf net that crumbles every time you throw a ball at it can also be annoying. You want to spend as much time as possible hitting golf balls not setting the net up every third swing. Find a good sturdy net made from quality materials.

Another common complaint that I hadn’t really thought about is with golf nets that have a target. First I don’t think there really is point to having a target for a driving practice net. The problem with most of them is two fold. First they can be noisy. Now you might not care that much but if you have neighbours that like to complain then don’t them this opportunity. The second issue is that most of the targets are not build to sustain the impact or a golf ball coming in at full speed. A golf net with a torn down target in the middle will quickly look like crap and then you’ll have to convince you wife that the backyoard doesn’t look like crap because of you latest toy :) .

Golf Net Disaster

Now this is really sad which is why I call it the golf net disaster. The whole point of getting a practice net and spending time using it is to improve your golf game. If you don’t know why or what you’re trying to improve and you’re aimlessly swinging you might actually find out you need to write bigger numbers on your score card the next time you play on the golf course.

The more we repeat a movement the more automatic it becomes. This is a great for a lot of things, imagine if you had to think about contracting and relaxing each and every muscle independently every time you took a step; you’d get no where fast! The reason you practise your golf swing is to make it automatic but if you don’t know what you’re doing and you just hit balls in a net how do you know you’re not making your swing worst? With most golf nets you can’t know if you just hit a slice or a straight shot. This is why you need to be prepared and have a specific goal when you’re hitting golf balls.

Is a Golf Practice Net Worth It? — Part 2

In this short series of posts we’ll try and figure out if using a practice net to improve your golf game is a good idea. Here’s the intro post titled ‘Is a Golf Practice Net Worth it‘ which will have links to the whole series when it’s done. In this particular post we’ll start exploring the different kinds of golf nets available.

Golf Practice Net Types

There are many kinds of golf practice nets to choose from. Each type is designed to help you improve different aspects of your golf game. When you’re trying to decide if a net will help your golf game you first need to figure out what your weaknesses are. Once you know what needs improvement you can select the perfect golf net.

Golf Driving Nets

Golf driving nets are probably the type of golf net most people thing of when they think about a golf practice net. These will vary is shape an size but the simplest form consists of two vertical posts with a stretched net in between. The purpose of this net is two fold. First it will prevent the ball from travelling a long distance. This lets you practice your swing in a small area and also protects other valuables that are located behind the net. Secondly, the net will collect the balls. Some nets are better than others but essentially you won’t have to walk very far to get the balls back so you can spend more time swinging and less time running around collecting golf balls in a field!

Golf Driving Cages

Golf driving cages are essentially the same as golf driving nets but they usually enclose a whole area instead of just the front. When you step inside the cage the ball will be contained whether you hit the ball straight ahead, on the sides and even up high. These can be useful if you require more protection and you want to make sure you never miss the net. They’re also good if you want to practice high shots and you don’t have a lot of space.

Golf Chipping Nets

Golf chipping nets are usually pretty small and very easy to setup. The provide the perfect target to practice your chipping shots. They act like a bucket and will catch the ball when you hit the target. They come in different shapes and sizes and some have multiple targets.

Continue to part3.

Is a Golf Practice Net Worth It?

The secret to succeeding at any type of physical activity is repetition. Whether you look at tennis players serving the ball at faster speeds than you could ever dream of going at in your car  or a guitar player going through a fast solo and making it look as easy as breathing you know these guys have repeated those movement over and over again. Since golf is a physical activity it just makes sense that you’d want to practise your golf swing over and over again until you get good at it.

What Are You Trying to Improve?

In this short series of posts we’ll explore if a golf practice net is a good golf training aid for you. As you will see the answer to that question is: ‘it depends’. I know this is cliché but it’s true. Before you can figure out if this is a good idea you’ll have to ask yourself a few questions and look at the current state of your game and your golf swing.

As you will see there are a lot of different nets to choose from and a lot of different price points. Also depending on what your specific goal is you will most likely choose a different net. As we will see there are a couple of different net types like golf cages and golf chip nets.

We’ll also cover some of the advantages and disadvantages of using a golf net to improve your golf swing.  Some of them are pretty obvious but you’ll also discover some cases where using a golf net could hurt your game.

After we’ve discussed all of these points you’ll be in a much better position to select the perfect golf net for your specific situation. If you can’t wait and just want to compare a bunch of different golf nets, checkout our golf practice net comparison chart.

Continue to part 2, part3.